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   Posted 6/2/2008 7:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Mrs. Dirt Mover here...
Can anyone tell me what the "a" in PCa means?
By the way Kevin (Dirt Mover) is doing very well. We went to Universal City today (not inside the park) walked around for a couple hours. He still has that terrible gas pain in his shoulders but is doing very well.
Thank you for all of your support. All of you are fantastic!
Thanks again
Mrs Dirt Mover (Christina)
Diagnosed November 2007
PSA 3.9 / Gleason 6 / TC1 6 cores 1 shows 25%
Sugery scheduled 5/29/08 - City of Hope - Dr. Mark Kawachi

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   Posted 6/2/2008 7:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I think it is PCa. The little a is a continuation of the word cancer. I could be wrong. With me you can never tell.
please understand around here no question is silly. Gosh without everybody sharing healingwell just would not be what it is. I will watch this thread to see how the answers come out.

peace and love to you Mr and Mrs Dirtmover. please keep us updated on your condition.

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
Currently on Lupron
I go to The Cancer Treatment Center of America
Married with two kids
latest PSA 5-27-08 0.11
cancer in 4 of 6 cores

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   Posted 6/2/2008 8:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm sure you're right. I wondered about this too when I first came here.

There are at least two other common uses for the 'PC' abbreviation. 'PCa' makes it quite clear that we are referring to our particular one.
Age 63. Other than cancer, in good health; BMI 20
Pre-op: No symptoms; PSA 5.7; Gleason 4+5=9; cancer in 4 of 12 cores
7 March 2008, RRP, non nerve sparing
Two nights in hospital; catheter and staples out after 7 days
Continent, no pads needed from the get-go
Post Op: Stage pT2 M- N-; clear margins and lymph nodes; Gleason 4+4=8; prostate weight: 37gm
6-week PSA: 0 

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   Posted 6/3/2008 3:35 AM (GMT -6)   
It is my understanding that "Ca" is a common abbreviation for cancer (medical-speak) and therefore with P + ca becomes Pca - so the "a" does not really stand for anything Christina, just part of the abbreviation for the word cancer. Breast ca etc is not normally "Bca" however, so I think the Pca, is really just our "forum speak" too. If you did not know the condition, it would be unlikely that the P would necessarily stand for prostate cancer. Hubby and I use it mainly as this term is also on our medical reports so would be the accepted term, so this is how we understood the word breakdown. Sorry, but you did ask, and as always, sometimes I can't help myself but respond. I guess there would be other words and letters referring to ca for specific cancer conditions, but probably only familiar to those who know the condition - like Pca is only really recognisable to those with Pca. It is however confusing. cheers to all  :-)

Creed_three (Lana & CJ)
Husband CJ aged 50 yrs (49 years at diagnosis and surgery)
PSA (2002) 2.1.  PSA (2006) 3.5.  1 x (5%) core of 12 positive at biopsy. 11 cores negative. Open Radical Prostatectomy with nerve sparing, on 17th April 2007 (Sydney, Australia).
Gleeson 3 + 4 = 7.   
Fortunate to have three (3) "undetectable" PSAs since surgery 1 yr ago.  June 2007: PSA 0.01; Oct 2007:PSA 0.02; April 2008:PSA 0.02.

Post Edited (creed_three) : 6/3/2008 2:42:14 AM (GMT-6)

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Date Joined Feb 2007
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   Posted 6/3/2008 3:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, the P stands for prostate and the Ca for cancer.
Sounds like all is going pretty good if you were able to walk Universal - wasn't there alot of odor left over from the fire?  I fought a fire there in 1965, so brought back alot of memories.
Continue to do well and best to you both.
Diagnosed Feb 2001  (Age 65)  Currently 72
PSA 4.8      Gleason 3+3=6      Stage   T2b
Completed Proton Therapy @ Loma Linda - 2001 - No side effects.  My journey is at:
7yr PSA - 0.2
Our responsibility now is to educate men about Pca, PSA and the importance of early detection. 

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