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FLHW(David E)
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Date Joined Nov 2007
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   Posted 6/5/2008 8:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been a little quite latley....just lurking fir the most part.

Monday, in about 88 hours, but whose counting, I start chemo.

I'm not worried, concerned, fearful of the treatment but perhaps a wee bit worried
about the results.

And so another stage of my journey begins
Dx'd 2/18/05
PSA 219, bone mets, lymph node involvement
Gleason Score: 7
Current (5-19-08)
PSA: 48
Lupron only as I await a Chemo trial on June 9
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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 1382
   Posted 6/5/2008 8:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for letting us know. I am sure you are a bit worried as we shall be waiting for your results. As you enter this next phase of the journey please keep the hope and dream of a brighter future formost in your mind. The battle will get grueling but I still belelive we can win.
My prayers are with you.

peace and love
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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Date Joined Feb 2008
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   Posted 6/5/2008 8:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Just remember you've got a lot of people on your side here and every one of them is pulling for you.
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

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Date Joined Sep 2007
Total Posts : 219
   Posted 6/5/2008 9:55 PM (GMT -6)   


You will be in our thoughts and prayers as you start your new stage. I had round number 5 today of Taxetere. Two hours of infusions of Tax, Zometa, etc. I came home and mowed 2 acres of grass on the riding mower. What I'm trying to say is that you will be fine. Have you given any thought about gettind a port? It makes the infusions so much easier. I have a "Power Port" and love it. One other thing. Look it getting some "Elastogel" mittens. The nurses put them in the frige when I get there. I wear them when they start the Tax. They help with finger nail issues from the Tax. 

You will do great and the new stage will lead to recovery. Everyone here is pulling for you. Keep us up to date. As we go through the chemo, it will be a great tool for others that might have to consider this treatment option. It is not a scary as it seems. It's just another road that we have been put on. Keep the faith brother, we love ya.   

War Eagle, baby
Age: 55 ( still alive at 55)
PSA 43 7/2005
Biopsy 12/14 Gleason 7 & 9
Divinci 9/2005 - spread to bladder
HT - 10/2005 (Eligard every 6 months)
RT - 10/2005 (38 treatments)
PSA 0.12 to 1.9 2/2007
Bone Scan and CT 4/2007 Bone mets
Casodex 4/2007
Zometa infusions 4/2007
PSA 4.8 8/2007
PSA 6.34 12/2007
Radiation (15 treatments) started on bone mets 12/2007
PSA 6.72 1/2008
PSA 8.23 2/2008 - Starting prednisone for 30 days
PSA 14 2-29-2008 - start chemo on 3/12
PSA 12.82 3/1/2008 round one chemo
PSA 12.24 4/2/2008 round two chemo 
PSA 10.86 4/24/2008 round three chemo
PSA 10.4 5/15/2008 round four chemo - increase dosage next month
"I will persist without exception - I will find a way where there is no way"

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   Posted 6/6/2008 6:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Thinking of you David.

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

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Date Joined Jan 2007
Total Posts : 376
   Posted 6/6/2008 8:26 AM (GMT -6)   

We will all be here thinking and rooting for you and I know what you mean about starting a new treatment and the big question, will it work and what will the results be. Here's hoping you will do well during this time and that the end results are what you are looking for.

Good luck
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 6/6/2008 9:45 AM (GMT -6)   

We have missed your posts on here. Always good to hear from you, but wish it were better news.  Good luck with Chemo and God speed in the recovery process.  We will be thinking of you and wishing you well in this stage of the journey.


Father's Age 62 (now 63)
Original Gleason 3+4=7, Post-Op Gleason- 4+3=7,
DaVinci Surgery Aug 31, 2007
Focally Positive Right Margin, One positive node. T3a N1 M0.
Bone Scan/CT Negative (Sept. 10, 2007)
Oct. 17 PSA 0.07
Nov. 13 PSA 0.05
Casodex adm. Nov 07, Lupron beg. Dec 03, 2007 2 yrs
Radiation March 03-April 22, 2008- 8 weeks 5x a week
Praying for a cured dad. First PSA 3 months!

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Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 57
   Posted 6/6/2008 9:48 AM (GMT -6)   
David, we will be with you in spirit Monday as you start the new treatment. We're all in your corner!

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Date Joined May 2008
Total Posts : 70
   Posted 6/6/2008 10:29 AM (GMT -6)   
We'll be thinking of you on Monday. Think positive David.

FLHW(David E)
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Date Joined Nov 2007
Total Posts : 201
   Posted 6/6/2008 11:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone for the notes and encouragement.
Walt - I have the Power Port!! Used it twice already for my scans on Tuesday
and Zometa last month....what a difference!!
Dx'd 2/18/05
PSA 219, bone mets, lymph node involvement
Gleason Score: 7
Current (5-19-08)
PSA: 48
Lupron only as I await a Chemo trial on June 9
Personal Blog:

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Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 1464
   Posted 6/6/2008 1:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey David,

Good luck with the chemo. Your winning attitude will see you through this phase also...

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."

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