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sterd82
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   Posted 5/13/2008 3:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Just looking for some good vibes my way....
 
I had my blood draw on Monday and meet with my oncologist tomorrow... just  shy of my biopsy anniversary from 2 years ago.  The butterflies are starting to get pretty active in my stomach.
 
This one is kind of a biggie because its really the first PSA I've taken on this side of RT/HT AFTER the hormone therapy has worn off.   My last Zolodex shot was March of last year -- it was a three-month depot, but it took another 6 months to wear off after that (end of hot flashes, return of libido)... praying for an undectable!
Sterd82
Age 47 - pre-surgury PSA 39
Open Radical Prostatectomy 6/9/2006
Pathological Stage T3a, Positive Surgical Margin
Gleason 3+4
PSA rose to .24 in November of 2006
6 month hormone therapy initiated December 1. 2006
36 sessions of IMRT Ended Feb 1, 2007
PSA as of May 25, 2007 undetectable
PSA as of November 29, 2007 undetectable
Next PSA May of 2008


Gordy
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   Posted 5/13/2008 4:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I've got my fingers crossed for you.

-Les
1/2005 Dx PSA 26.5 Gleason 7 (4+3) @Age 61
1/2005 Start Casodex and Zoladex
PSA drops to <0.01
7/2005-8/2005 5 weeks of IMRT and then HDR brachy
1/2007 Rad Oncologist orders CT scan of pelvis
because of complaints of pain in both thighs
MRI confirms pain not caused by cancer BUT
1/2007 CT scan of pelvis picks up a nodule at bottom of left lung
5/2007 CT scan of lungs shows 1/2007 nodule has grown and
there are numerous nodules on both lungs.
6/2007 Thoracic surgeon removes wedge of left lung for biopsy
6/2007 Path report says 95% chance of metastatic PCa, but she's
never seen cells like this before.
8/2007 2nd opinion at M.D. Anderson in Houston.
They confirm: mutated PCa, very rare, but seen there 2 or
3 times. Recommendation: have CT scans every 6 weeks
and watch for change. At that point start chemo and will
survive for 22 - 24 months thereafter.
PSA still undetectable, but get Lupron shot to bring T down from 27
2/2008 Trip to Houston – PSA now 0.5 and nodules larger. Lupron shot.


PianoMan
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   Posted 5/13/2008 4:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Same here Sterd82.  All positive thoughts to you!  We'll wait to hear the good news!!

D.O.B - 8/9/52

PSA: First ever was 9.8 in late Oct. ‘06, two weeks later, 10.1

DRE: Negative

Biopsy results 11/22/06.  Both lobes involved.  Six out of eight cores positive - from 100 percent to 90, to 60, to 50, two 20s and two zeros.

Gleason 3+3 = 6

Da Vinci Robotic RP surgery, City of Hope, Jan 12, 2007

Post surgery pathology – Organ confined, Gleason still 6, margins clear.  Volume of tumor much less than biopsy suggested.  12 percent overall.

First post-surgery PSA -- Undetectable, 2/20/07

Second post-surgery PSA -- Undetectable, 9/11/07

Third post-surgery PSA -- Undetactable, 2/15/08

Surgery for bilateral inguinal hernia repair, 4/4/08 


KrisP
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Total Posts : 162
   Posted 5/13/2008 4:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sterd82
My prayers are with you hoping you will get undetectable PSA result. As you can see in my signature our gleason and stage are similar except my margins are clear and I had surger to remove prostate. I'm waiting for my first PSA in four weeks.
Good luck and keep us posted.
Kris
 
Biopsy done 3/2008
Pathology report: Gleason 6 (3+3), involving left lobe
DRE=15gm with indurated left base and mid prostate
Cores positive: left base medial, left base lateral, left mid medial and left mid lateral (4 of 12)
Clinical stage t2b.
Prostate Carcinorna 185
DaVinci Surgery on 4/21/2008 in Austin by Dr Randy Fagin.
Pathologist report upgraded to a Gleason 7 (3+4)
Clinical stage upgraded also to a T3a
Margins Clear


myman
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   Posted 5/13/2008 5:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Your jitters are understandable...you've done all you can right now and the "waits" are so hard.

Sending all good thoughts your way, Sterd - we'll be waiting to hear from you.

Susan
Husband Diagnosed 11/17/05 Age: 63 PSA: 7.96 No Symptoms
2/09/06: LRP - Post Pathology - Gleason 4+3 Stage T2b NO MX
3 mo. PSA: 11.8 Stage T3a
6 mo. PSA: 18.8 Stage IV Systemic w/ distant lymph node involvement
Start HT - Lupron 3 mo. shots
12/06/06: PSA 0.8
03/07/07: PSA 0.3
PSA - Undetectable since 6/07/07

Link to journey:
http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=35&m=826731


BillyMac
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   Posted 5/13/2008 5:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Good vibes headed in your direction. May the news be great and always undetectable.
Bill
1/05 PSA----2.9 3/06-----3.2 3/07-------4.1 5/07------3.9 All negative DREs
Aged 59 when diagnosed
Biopsy 6/07----4 of 10 cores positive for Adenocarcinoma-------bummer!
Core 1 <5%, core 2----50%, core 3----60%, core 4----50%
Biopsy Pathologist's comment:
Gleason 4+3=7 (80% grade 4) Stage T2c
Neither extracapsular nor perineural invasion is identified
CT scan and Bone scan show no evidence of metastases
Da Vinci RP Aug 10th 2007
Post-op pathology:
Positive for perineural invasion and 1 small focal extension
Negative at surgical margins, negative node and negative vesicle involvement
Some 4+4=8 identified ........upgraded to Gleason 8
PSA Oct 07 <0.1 undetectable
PSA Jan 08 <0.1 undetectable
PSA April 08 <0.1 undetectable


ChrisR
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   Posted 5/13/2008 5:53 PM (GMT -6)   
You'll be fine.  I've got a good feeling about this for you.   Drink a glass of wine/beer. 

Magaboo
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   Posted 5/13/2008 6:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm keeping my fingers x'd for a good test result for you. I know all about the 'jitters'; we all have and hate them, but have no other choice but to put up with them. I'm due for another test in about 3 weeks and my butterflies are just getting ready for another rampage.
All the best to you sterd.
 
Magaboo

Born Sept., 1936
PSA 7.9
Stage T1C
-ve DRE
Gleason's Score 3+4=7
2 of 8 positive
Open RP 28 Nov 06
Post op staging T3
Gleasons still 3+4=7
Seminal vesicles and lymph nodes clear
Catheter out 15 Dec 06
Dry since 11 Feb 07
All PSA tests in 2007 (4) <.04
PSA test Mar., 08 =.04 
 
 


lawink
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   Posted 5/13/2008 7:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Warm thoughts going your way Sterd . . . . only "undetectible" results wished your way!
;o) Linda & Bob
Bob (62) - Laproscopic Prostate Removal Sept 27, 2006 at age 60.
2 of 12 malignant biopsy samples - gleason 3 + 3 = 6.
Pathology - Gleeson 3 + 4; stage T2; cancer completely contained, even a second more aggressive, previously undetected cancer) PSA UNDETECTABLE Nov 2006; Feb, May, Oct 2007; May 2008.  WHOOO HOOOO! 
Bob also has two secondary conditions -- Polycythemia (elevated red & white cells & platelets) and . . Myelofibrosis) -- If anyone has experience with or information on these, please email us.


Bob & Wife
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   Posted 5/13/2008 7:28 PM (GMT -6)   

Positive thoughts for undectable numbers.  Fingers and toes also crossed for you.

Bob & Bob's wife Sherry


Age 59
12-10-05 Diagnosed PSA 1.7 T2b Nodule felt.
1-30-06 Surgery, nodes & margins clear
Post op Gleason 8  T2c 4+3 PSA .04
12-07 PSA jump .14 changed doctors
Nodule found biposy negative
PSA .16
PSA .17
4-3-08 PSA .32 ouch
4-15-08 Returned to orgininal doctor about psa jump. Nodule size increased.
5-8-08 PSA still .32
5-15-08 Bone scan scheduled and bladder scope.


Doting Daughter
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   Posted 5/13/2008 7:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Hoping, wishing and praying for zeroes tomorrow and always!!!
DX July 15, 2007
Age 62 (now 63)
PSA 5.5
Original Gleason 3+4=7, Post-Op Gleason- 4+3=7, T3a N1 M0
DaVinci Surgery Aug 31, 2007
Focally Positive Right Margin, One positive node
Bone Scan/CT Negative (Sept. 10, 2007)
Post Surgery Gleason- 4+3=7
Oct. 17 PSA 0.07
Nov. 13 PSA 0.05
Casodex adm. Nov 07
Lupron beg. Dec 03, 2007 2 yr
Radiation March 03-April 22, 2008- 8 weeks 5x a week
Praying for a cured dad. First PSA 3 months!


sterd82
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Date Joined Sep 2006
Total Posts : 187
   Posted 5/13/2008 9:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks all --- the people on this forum are just the best....! Took some advice and had a drink, played some Wii with my daughter...helped chase the butterflies away....will post my result---thanks again!
Sterd82
Age 47 - pre-surgury PSA 39
Open Radical Prostatectomy 6/9/2006
Pathological Stage T3a, Positive Surgical Margin
Gleason 3+4
PSA rose to .24 in November of 2006
6 month hormone therapy initiated December 1. 2006
36 sessions of IMRT Ended Feb 1, 2007
PSA as of May 25, 2007 undetectable
PSA as of November 29, 2007 undetectable
Next PSA May of 2008


anniea
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Total Posts : 234
   Posted 5/13/2008 10:05 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Sterd,

I am hoping & praying for a big fat 0 on your PSA. I know those jitters and I hate them. I will watch for your results when you post them.

Good Luck

Diana


Rick & Diana
Age 68/ 67@ Dx
6-30-06  PSA 2.54
1-22-07  PSA 4.98
1-26-07  PSA 5.09
Diag: 2-14-07 Gleason 8 Stage T1c PSA 5.09
Bone Scan 3-1-07 Clear
3-6-07 Triple Spinal Fusion (due to old back injury)
Radical retropubic surgery 4-2-07  Post surgery Gleason 9 Stage T3a Positive margins
4-29-07 PSA 0.02
6-9-07   PSA 0.02
7-6-07   PSA 0.03
8-1-07   CT Scan & Chest X-Ray   Clean
 9-26-2007 PSA 0.07
11/1/07 PSA 0.1
11/30/07 PSA 0.12
01/31/2008 PSA 0.3
03/01/2008 PSA 0.3
04/28/08 PSA 0.6


Tim G
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   Posted 5/13/2008 11:06 PM (GMT -6)   
By the time you read this, you may already have your results.  I hope that your numbers continue to be what they've been for the past year.  Your surgery was two weeks before mine. Take care and hang in there...Tim
Age 59  PSA quadrupled in 1 yr (0.6 to 2.5) 
DRE neg  1 of 12 biopsies pos (5%) 
Open surgery June 2006 
Cancer confined to prostate (1 pea-sized area) 
T2a  Gleason 5 (3+2)  PSA < 0.1  


JCL
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Total Posts : 242
   Posted 5/14/2008 6:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Positive thoughts coming your way from this end. Hoping for the best.
Biopsy: Diagnosed March 25, 2007. PSA 3.0. Gleason 6. Five of twelve samples positive with <5% each. No perineural invasion seen.
Surgery: May 21, 2007, Florida Hospital, Orlando,FL
Post-op Pathology: Upgraded to Gleason 7 (3+4), negative margins, negative capsular penetration, negative seminal vesicles, lymph nodes left intact, multifocal perinural invasion, 15% of prosate involving cancer in both lobes. T2c
Continence/Erections Out of pads at five weeks. Ten months post-op I'm fully continent. No problems with having erections.
Post Surgery PSA: Four tests, all <0.1
Family history: Great-great grandfather died from PC. My Father had his prostate removed at age 67 in 1997 and has had an undetectable PSA ever since. I was diagnosed at a much earlier age and had a more agressive cancer than my father. Go figure.


Tony Crispino
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   Posted 5/14/2008 10:51 AM (GMT -6)   
I leave in 45 minutes for NCI to get my PSA results from Friday. It's these moments that make you just want to shout, but I am at a point where it is what it is. Not sure what time your appointment is Sterd, but I'm at 11:00PST. Then my Lupron injection at 1:00PST. Yea Buddy. I'll come back to visit you here. my prayers for the both of us.

Tony
Age 45 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8
Surgery on Feb 16, 2007 @ The City of Hope
Post-Op Pathology: Gleason 4+3=7, positive margins, Stage pT3b (Stage III)
HT began in May, '07 with Lupron and Casodex 50mg
IMRT radiation for 38 Treatments ending August 3, '07
Current PSA (1/08): <0.1
I will continue HT until May '09. 
Years in Remission (3/23/07): 1
Visit my Journey at:
 
STAY POSITIVE!
 
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biker90
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   Posted 5/14/2008 11:51 AM (GMT -6)   
All the best to both Sterd and Tony for zeros..

Jim
Age 73. Diagnosed 11/03/06. PSA 7.05. Stage T2C Gleason 3+3.
RRP 12/7/06. Nerves and nodes okay.
Catheter out on 12/13/06.  Dry on 12/14/06.
Pathological stage: T2C N0 MX. Gleason 3+4.
50 mg Viagra + 1000 mg L-Arginine + .03 cc Trimix = Excellent Results
PSAs from  1/3/07 - 1/17/08 0.00. 
Next PSA test on 7/17/08
"Patience is essential, attitude is everything."


smilingoldcoot
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Date Joined Jan 2008
Total Posts : 338
   Posted 5/14/2008 1:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Both of you guys have been lifted up in prayer.

Richard
Retired USAF Richard & Debbie on The Shores of Toledo Bend Lake Louisiana
Biospy 1/10/08 Gleason 10, Stage T1C  8 of 12 samples positive all Less Than 5% 
U of Florida Proton Therapy Institute
5/2/2008 LUPRON & Casodex
IMRT to start 5/15/2008 for approx 4 weeks with Proton to follow for approx 4 weeks
Turn Stumbling Blocks into Steping Stones and Keep Smiling
Our Journey is on WWW.GLEASON10.COM
 


sterd82
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Date Joined Sep 2006
Total Posts : 187
   Posted 5/14/2008 3:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks again... the support here is overwhelming --- God Blees you all! PSA was undectable!!!! Next check up in 6 months ---- hoping the same for Tony ---
Sterd82
Age 47 - pre-surgury PSA 39
Open Radical Prostatectomy 6/9/2006
Pathological Stage T3a, Positive Surgical Margin
Gleason 3+4
PSA rose to .24 in November of 2006
6 month hormone therapy initiated December 1. 2006
36 sessions of IMRT Ended Feb 1, 2007
PSA as of May 25, 2007 undetectable
PSA as of November 29, 2007 undetectable
Next PSA May of 2008


Tony Crispino
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   Posted 5/14/2008 4:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Twice as good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Great Job Sterd......Awesome. Drum Roll......Me too! UNDETECTABLE!

Tony
Age 45 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8
Surgery on Feb 16, 2007 @ The City of Hope
Post-Op Pathology: Gleason 4+3=7, positive margins, Stage pT3b (Stage III)
HT began in May, '07 with Lupron and Casodex 50mg
IMRT radiation for 38 Treatments ending August 3, '07
Current PSA (1/08): <0.1
I will continue HT until May '09. 
Years in Remission (3/23/07): 1
Visit my Journey at:
 
STAY POSITIVE!
 
Prostate Cancer Forum Moderator


biker90
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   Posted 5/14/2008 4:08 PM (GMT -6)   

Congrats Sterd and Tony,

Zeros are our friends...

Jim



norskie
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Date Joined Jan 2007
Total Posts : 376
   Posted 5/14/2008 4:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Way to go guys keep those big 0's coming forever.

Norskie
norskie
Age 49, PSA 6.22 on 9-26-06
Biopsy 11-01-06, 2 of 13 cores 10% cancer, 2 other cores abnormal Up-dated 20% prostate cancerous
Gleason score 3+3=6 After Surgery Pathology report 4+3=7 a couple agressive Grade 5 cells found
Da Vinci surgery 01-09-07 UW Madison
Pathology Report- cancer 100 % capsual contained 1-18-07
1st & 2nd Post PSA Blood Test .1 and less - Undetectable
3nd Post PSA Blood Test 01-17-07 .3
March 27th PSA .4 Begin Salvage Radiation April, 14 2008
Incontenence-Pad free since end of May 07 4 1/2 months post surgery 
ED back to 95% prior to surgery - no medication required.


Doting Daughter
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   Posted 5/14/2008 4:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Hooray!!! Congrats Sterd! So happy for the great news!!!!
DX July 15, 2007
Age 62 (now 63)
PSA 5.5
Original Gleason 3+4=7, Post-Op Gleason- 4+3=7, T3a N1 M0
DaVinci Surgery Aug 31, 2007
Focally Positive Right Margin, One positive node
Bone Scan/CT Negative (Sept. 10, 2007)
Post Surgery Gleason- 4+3=7
Oct. 17 PSA 0.07
Nov. 13 PSA 0.05
Casodex adm. Nov 07
Lupron beg. Dec 03, 2007 2 yr
Radiation March 03-April 22, 2008- 8 weeks 5x a week
Praying for a cured dad. First PSA 3 months!


livinadream
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   Posted 5/15/2008 4:40 AM (GMT -6)   
This is awesome, all the support and prayers at the begining of this thread and as I read further I find out that STerd and Tony both had great results. God is great and so are the people here at Healing Well. Support, encouragement, and positive attitude are major components of a successful battle.

peace and love
Dale
My PSA at diagnosis was 16.3
age 46 (current)
My gleason score from prostate was 4+5=9 and from the lymph nodes was 4+4=8
I had 44 IMRT's
Casodex
Currently on Lupron
I go to The Cancer Treatment Center of America
Married with two kids
 

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