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IdahoSurvivor
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   Posted 6/22/2008 8:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Biker,
 
Thinking of you on your big week!
 
I noted on my calender that your lung cancer surgery date is Wednesday, June 25. 
 
I hope the op preparation is going as well as it can. 
 
Please know that your friends are here rooting for you!
 
Best wishes for very successful surgery and a rapid recovery time!
 
Kind regards,

Barry ~ (a.k.a. "Idaho") - Prostate Cancer Forum Moderator

 

Da Vinci Surgery July 31, 2007… 54 on surgery day
PSA 4.3  Gleason 3+3=6  T2a  Confined to Prostate

1st PSA  09/11/2007  <0.04 (undetectable)

2nd PSA 12/10/2007  <0.04

3rd PSA  03/17/2008  <0.04

My web site: http://pca-info.blogspot.com


biker90
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   Posted 6/22/2008 10:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Barry,

I've been busy getting ready for surgery on Wednesday. Walking 3 miles a day and doing breathing exercises. I feel better now than I have for several years.

Also I'm working on my getting my attitude ready. First, I am convinced that this surgery is the only way to go with my condition. I asked my pulmonologist what would happen if I did nothing. He said I would have 2 to 3 years to live. That made the surgery decision lots easier. Second, I have full confidence in my surgeon. He has been doing these operations for 30 some years and is very confident in his ability. I will go into the OR cheering on the surgical team. (At least till the lights go out...)

The statistics for my apparent stage of cancer are that about 60% live more than 5 years. We will know more about that after getting the post-op pathology report. At any rate, I am determined to prove the numbers wrong again. They apply to the survivors they kept track of and have absolutley nothing to do with me.

Sorry for being off-topic folks. Just wanted to give y'all an update...

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."

Post Edited (biker90) : 6/22/2008 9:40:18 PM (GMT-6)


jetguy
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   Posted 6/22/2008 10:38 PM (GMT -6)   
It is certainly NOT off topic. Anything that happens to those we care for (dare I say love?) is not off topic. As I have said in the past and you have reminded me

Keep Your Mach Up!

Bill
August of 2006, PSA up to 4.2 from 2.7 one year ago. 
October free and total PSA 12% free and 5.0 total.
A month, or so later, 4.7.
Late in the year decide on Image Guided IMRT.
Begin 43 treatments on January 23, 2007 and finish on March 23.
Four month post treatment PSA is 1.9.
Seven month PSA is 0.8.


DanmanBob
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   Posted 6/22/2008 10:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Biker Jim,
 
You were the first person to welcome me here and I will never forget the kindness.
 
I appreciate the private email exchanges that we have on occasion on various topics, too.
 
You are a great guy and a wonderful contributor to this site.
 
You are in my prayers daily.
 
DanMan
Danman Bob, Born 1951
Nerve-sparing, open prostate surgery November 13, 2007
Gleason score 9, PSA 14; Biopsy result - 9 of 12 sticks showed cancer
Post-op pathology stated that cancer was confined to the prostate
Unrelated surgery January 2008 delayed incontinence recovery, which is now showing good signs of improvement (fraction of a pad a day as of late April 2008)
100 MG Viagra 3 times a week beginning December 2007
Osbon Erec-Aid Esteem manual pump for therapy beginning mid-February 2008
30 MG papaverine/1 MG phentolamine bimix injections beginning late April 2008
Five week post-op PSA 0.2, five month post-op PSA 0.1, next test August 2008


Tony Crispino
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   Posted 6/22/2008 10:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jim,
I will be thinking of you this week. Good luck and good healing. We know you will lick this. Stay Positive! Uh, where have I heard that before?
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 (May 9 '08): <0.1
I will continue HT until May '09. 
Years in Remission (3/23/07): 1
Visit my Journey at:
And at:
 
STAY POSITIVE!
 
Prostate Cancer Forum Moderator


anniea
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Total Posts : 234
   Posted 6/22/2008 10:56 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Jim,

You are a truly amazing man I love your attitude towards this cancer and I truly beleive that after your surgery you will once again be cancer free.  You get back to us soon after surgery and let us know how you are doing we will all be waiting for the news.  Good luck my friend and we will say an extra prayer for you.

 

All my best

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
06/18/2008 PSA 0.74


VaFan
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   Posted 6/23/2008 2:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Biker,
Just to let you know our thoughts are with you this week. We wish you a fell and speedy recovery! You have been so much help to us on this forum and I expect to see you back here soon to keep pulling us all thru as we will do the same for you!!
Cindy and Kent
Age 51 Kent Cindy 49
January 08 PSA 5.2 round of antibiotics went to 4.3
February 08 another round of antibiotics went to 4.2
March 17,08 had biopsy, 2 days later told cancer was on
one entire side of prostate.
Gleason 3+3
Doctor thinks its best to get the whole prostate with Perineal  Prostatectomy.
Surgery scheduled for this Thursday April 10th. Only took 1 1/2 hours. In recovery 1 hour.  Both nerves were spared.
Home 4-11. Cath out 4-22. Incision looks completly healed on the outside by 4-25.  Incontinence "a thing of the past" as of 5-28
lst PSA 0.04 June 3. YAY!!!
viagra up to 100 a day and feeling some change. Keep our fingers crossed.


M. Kat
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   Posted 6/23/2008 7:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Jim, our thoughts and prayers are with you this week. best wishes and God bless! Jeff and Kat
Husband Jeff 56 years old diagnosed July 27, 2006
PSA 6.5, 2 positive areas in biopsy, Gleason 3+3=6
Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy August 30, 2006
pathology report - all clear - cancer gone
1st post-surgery PSA test <0.1, 2nd post-surgery PSA test <0.1, 3rd PSA <0.1
no more pads Oct 12, 2006
first "real" erection with use of pump 12/16/06
3/07 - occasional dribbles and erections with Cialis and pump
8/07 - 1 yr PSA <0.1
9/1/07 - achieved erection with Viagra - no pump!
3/08 - 18 mo PSA <0.1
tried Levitra - works much better than Viagra - fewer side affects


JCL
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   Posted 6/23/2008 9:42 AM (GMT -6)   

Biker, just wanted to let you know that I have enjoyed and learned so much from your posts over the last year. Good luck this week. You are in my prayers, brother.

Jack


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. Fully continent and can achieve erections.
Post Surgery PSA: Five 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.


myman
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   Posted 6/23/2008 10:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Jim, (aka Main Biker Dude)

There are many who send their good thoughts and well wishes as you head once again into surgery. Our thoughts will be with you, ML & your surgeon on Wednesday.
Once you're settled in your comfy hospital bed after surgery, they'll be right there wanting to get you moving around...and I know you'll co-operate to the fullest! Do recovery right & well. I think you've said once or twice..."be patient".

We'll be anxiously waiting for word and you know we're hoping for the best,
Susan


scool You are NEVER off topic!

soxfans4life
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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 63
   Posted 6/23/2008 10:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Jim, all your words and strength and thoughts were a blessing for us and for everyone. Our prayers are there for you now for comfort and healing. Rod & Annie
dx. 3-08  @ age 63. gleason 6 . 1 out of 12 cores positive. 4th biopsy in 8 years. previous 3 negative. followed closely due to family hx.grandfather, father and 2 uncles dx. with prostate cancer. dre negative, cat and bone scan negative. davinci scheduled for may 27, 2008. 2 daughters, retired hospital administration, air force family years ago. Davinci on May28,2008, both nerves spared. Catheter removed in 8 days, pathology report revealed precancerous lesions. Presurgical psa was 5.9, 1st  psa scheduled for August.


JustJulie
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   Posted 6/23/2008 10:49 AM (GMT -6)   

Biker:

Our thoughts are with you this week - you are in our prayers.

JustJulie


Gordy
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Total Posts : 528
   Posted 6/23/2008 8:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Jim-

I may be a rebarbative curmudgeon, but I want you to know you are in my thoughts and I wish you the best. This is but one more bump in the road and I'm sure you'll handle it extremely well.

Keep a stiff upper lip.

-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.
6/2008 Trip to Houston - PSA undetectable, T is 20 and only one nodule has grown (from 8mm to 12mm). Feeling much more confident than after 2/2008 reports


kw
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Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 883
   Posted 6/23/2008 9:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Biker, We will be praying for you on Wednesday. You gonna ask them for a cathiter just for old time's sake???...heheheh
I know you will do well and be back to chasing ML around the house soon.
Take Care Buddy
KW
    43 at Dx and Surgery
    PSA 5.7, Biopsy 3 of 12 positive (up to 75%) all on left side of prostate, Gleason 7
    RRP on Oct. 17, 2006 - Nerves on right side saved. All Lab's clear. 
    Cathiter in for 28 days due to complications in healing. Removed Nov. 9, 2006
    First Post op PSA on Dec. 11, 2006  Undetectable 0.00.
    ED workable and usable with Viagra.
    Feb. 20th, 2007 - Feb. 4th, 2008  Cystoscope, Two Collagen injections,Second Opinion Consultation for Incontinance at OU Medical Center, Bio-Feedback training, Chiropractic, Accupuncture  to try to resolve ongoing incontinance (4-6 pads a day)  All PSA's 0.00.
    Feb. 22nd, 2008 - Surgery to install the AMS AdVance Male Sling.
    March 27th, 2008 - Sling not working, Little or no improvement.
    April 18, 2008 - Collagen injection.  Back to using 4-6 full pads a day within a week.
    May 14, 2008 - Another collagen injection to try to Band-Aid the leaking for our June cruise.  Will start making conusultation appiontments for AUS after we return.
 
     


Lungman
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Total Posts : 276
   Posted 6/23/2008 9:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Good Luck Jim, we are all pulling for you and Ms. Biker, you and family are in my prayers. Wednesday will be one year ago I rec'd my PCa dx, my year has been good and I'm sure yours will be also. Let me know if I can do anything with info, I'll be glad to help, been a Respiratory Therapist for too long (30 yrs). God Bless.

Randy
46 you when diagnosed, now 47
Pre-Op PSA 9.9
1 of 12 cores positive, Gleason 3+3
DaVinci on 9/5/2007
Post-Op Gleason 3+6, Negative Nodes and Margins
Less than 1% of prostate involved with CA
3 Month PSA 0.01, 6 Month PSA 0.01, 9 Month PSA 0.01
Incontinence resolved 9/15/2007, one day after cath removal
ED showing significant improvement.
Cialis 5 mg every night.
Success with BiMix


biker90
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   Posted 6/23/2008 10:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank all you wonderful guys and girls. You are pulling me through.

I will spend tomorrow doing my final prep for surgery. Walking and talking to myself. (I get to do that cause I"m old.) My spirits are up and I'm in the best shape I've been in for years. My surgeon sleeps well at night and we both are ready to go.

The only thing I resent is that I have to have a darn catheter for a couple of days. Thought I was done with that thing. The reason is that they keep me numb from the shoulders down for a while. They don't want me to mess up their nice sheets. (I will find a way to get even. Maybe I'll start leaking when they take it out.)

Walt War Eagle wrote a wonderful post about the meaning of HeallingWell. We really are a family here. Tony's visit and the visits MaryLu and I have had with Bluebird, Puget and IdahoSurvivor solidify our relationships. Where would we be without each other?

Let's all get well together...

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."


Swimom
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   Posted 6/25/2008 8:42 AM (GMT -6)   
:-)   :-) :-) Thoughts and prayers of Jim today.
 


Swimom
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   Posted 6/25/2008 8:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Maybe for Jim too !!! :>)
 


DanmanBob
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   Posted 6/25/2008 8:49 AM (GMT -6)   

Jim,

Thinking of you and your family today.

Hope the surgery goes great for you.

DanMan


Danman Bob, Born 1951
Nerve-sparing, open prostate surgery November 13, 2007
Gleason score 9, PSA 14; Biopsy result - 9 of 12 sticks showed cancer
Post-op pathology stated that cancer was confined to the prostate
Unrelated surgery January 2008 delayed incontinence recovery, which is now showing good signs of improvement (fraction of a pad a day as of late April 2008)
100 MG Viagra 3 times a week beginning December 2007
Osbon Erec-Aid Esteem manual pump for therapy beginning mid-February 2008
30 MG papaverine/1 MG phentolamine bimix injections beginning late April 2008
Five week post-op PSA 0.2, five month post-op PSA 0.1, next test August 2008


Tony Crispino
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   Posted 6/25/2008 8:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Jim,
You are the best. My heart is with you today and I will keep you in my thoughts all day. God Bless you, my friend!

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 (May 9 '08): <0.1
I will continue HT until May '09. 
Years in Remission (3/23/07): 1
Visit my Journey at:
And at:
 
STAY POSITIVE!
 
Prostate Cancer Forum Moderator


Doting Daughter
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   Posted 6/25/2008 9:13 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm out of town, but wanted to jump on and wish you well Jim!! Thinking of you today!!
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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Pete trips again!
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   Posted 6/25/2008 10:39 AM (GMT -6)   

Biker Jim,

As the #1 member of "The Biker Jim Fan Club" I know you are having your surgery today and want you to know that we are all pulling & praying for you! GET WELL SOON!!! I know they can't keep a good man down and you my old friend are a GOOD MAN!! Hope to hear from you soon but PLEASE don't rush yourself, even to the computor, we'll be here when you are ready! Do everything they tell you and keep your spirit up>

Your Bud,

Pete


55 years old, Surgury, Radical Prostatectomy 8/20/03, PSA 6.6, Gleason 3 + 3 = 6, Adenocarcinoma extent (moderate) Stage & Margin:T2NOMX, No Metastases, Organ Confined, bone scan: Neg. 3 years depression after surgery prior to Hypogonadizm DX, Testosterone Theropy (Testim Gel)since 12/06. Fighting to stay upbeat daily, I am's what I am's and that's all that I am's! (Popeye)  55 and still alive!!!


IdahoSurvivor
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   Posted 6/25/2008 7:17 PM (GMT -6)   
** BIKER UPDATE **
 
I just talked to Jim's sweet wife 30 minutes ago.  It sounds like his surgery went well, but Jim is more pain than he should be.  MaryLu indicated that the doctors are going to try to make things right to help him be more comfortable tonight.  MaryLu is such a gem!
 
I talked to Jim as well.  He can feel the support from this forum.  I told him we're all rooting for him! yeah
 
Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers for getting some rest tonight.  I know he'll appreciate it.
 
I'll call on a regular basis and let you know how he is doing until he gets back on-line.
 
Kind regards,

Barry ~ (a.k.a. "Idaho") - Prostate Cancer Forum Moderator

 

Da Vinci Surgery July 31, 2007… 54 on surgery day
PSA 4.3  Gleason 3+3=6  T2a  Confined to Prostate

1st PSA  09/11/2007  <0.04 (undetectable)

2nd PSA 12/10/2007  <0.04

3rd PSA  03/17/2008  <0.04

4th PSA  06/17/2008  <0.04

My web site: http://pca-info.blogspot.com

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