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smilingoldcoot
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Date Joined Jan 2008
Total Posts : 338
   Posted 6/26/2008 8:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I will include this in my journey but it is of enough importance for it's own topic.
 
Today was doctor day here at the Proton Center.  As those who have followed my journey know it has been suspected that my PCa had escaped  the prostate and was in one lymph node.  The is why I have been going thru Hormone Therapy and IMRT to the left pelvic area and the prostae before getting my final 17 treatments with Proton.  Well today my doctor told us that my latest CT/MRI DID NOT indicate anything in the area that they suspected. Based on that information they are changing my Proton to only the prostate and not the lymph node.  I told him I wanted an aggressive program over a passive program and he told us that to radiate the lympn node area would cause me more problems as it would be my intestines getting radiated. 
 
He also told us he feels my stomach cramps after eating is because part of my intestines have been getting hit as they moved back into the area vacated by the problem lmphn node.  He said once they stopped radiating the pelvic area on Tueday my problem would dissapate.
 
Say of a prayer of thanks tonight on my behalf.
 
Richard yeah tongue yeah
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% 
Jan & Feb & Mar all tests clear
MD Anderson = No surgery and No Proton only Hormone and IMRT
Contacted with Loma Linda and UFPTI in FL
Started Treatment at the U of Florida Proton Therapy Institute in April 2008
May 2, 2008 LUPRON & Casodex
IMRT to started  5/27/2008 Will get 42 treatments 19 IMRT and then 23 Proton
Turn Stumbling Blocks into Steping Stones and Keep Smiling
Our Journey is on WWW.GLEASON10.COM
 


myman
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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 1219
   Posted 6/26/2008 8:33 PM (GMT -6)   
That's great, Richard! To get better than expected news...well, that doesn't happen too often.

All the best,
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


War-eagle
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Date Joined Sep 2007
Total Posts : 219
   Posted 6/26/2008 8:47 PM (GMT -6)   

Richard,

Great news. Consider the prayer said. We all rejoice in your success. You keep leading the way and we will follow.

Have a great night my friend,

Walt


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
PSA 12.98 6/5/2008 round five chemo
 
"I will persist without exception - I will find a way where there is no way"


montee
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Date Joined Mar 2007
Total Posts : 315
   Posted 6/26/2008 9:19 PM (GMT -6)   

Great news and I pray you will continue to get good news.  A prayer of thanks will be included during my wife and I prayers tonight.

God bless and be with you.

Ron


diagnosed sept 2006 @ 54 years old, live in Georgia
 biopsy report gleason 3+4=7, right lobe only
psa 4.7  (psa rose 1 point per year for 3 years, urologist said still under 4 and no concern.  If I can find out about PSA velocity, why didn't he know!)
Told not to have surgery at Dana Farber as cancer had already penetrated prostate, in seminal vesicles, would have positive margins. Would only treat with radiation and HT
RP Emory Atlanta December 2006
Path-negative margins, negative lymph nodes
negative seminal vesicles, multifocal perineural invasion, both lobes involved
40% gland involved
gleason 3+4=7
Fully continent 2 weeks post catheter removal
1st psa April 2007-<0.04
 6 Mos PSA <0.04
9 mos PSA still <0.04
12 mos PSA still <0.04
15 mos PSA <0.04 (3-21-2008) 
18 mos PSA <0.04 (6-25-2008)


Dutch
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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 400
   Posted 6/26/2008 9:20 PM (GMT -6)   

Richard:

What GREAT news!!!!!  The proton should be much easier on you.  Will continue to keep you in our thoughts.

Dutch


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: http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=35&m=727565
7yr PSA - 0.2
Our responsibility now is to educate men about Pca, PSA and the importance of early detection. 
 
 
 


IdahoSurvivor
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 1015
   Posted 6/26/2008 9:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Richard,
 
Thanks for the good news!  tongue
 
May you see continued blessings in your journey to Healing Well
 
All the best,

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


VaFan
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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 203
   Posted 6/26/2008 9:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Richard,

Great News!! The prayers are here with you.
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.


livinadream
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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 1382
   Posted 6/27/2008 4:13 AM (GMT -6)   
That is the best news I have heard on this bright early morning. When a friend gets good news, it starts the day off on a positive note. Congrats Richard, and I pray for many years of good health.

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
latest PSA 5-27-08 0.11
cancer in 4 of 6 cores
92%
80%
37%
28%
 


norskie
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Date Joined Jan 2007
Total Posts : 376
   Posted 6/27/2008 8:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Richard

Great news Richard and while my treatment has been somewhat different I had the proton and the side effects where not bad but having now been done for about 23 days my systems are running pretty close to normal and my energy is getting better too.
Good luck and here's to a successful treatment.

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.


Tim G
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Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 2299
   Posted 6/27/2008 5:12 PM (GMT -6)   
This is good news, Richard and a great reason for thanksgiving!  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 
Organ confined pT2a  Gleason 5   
Cancer-free for 2 years  PSA's undetectable 


jetguy
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Date Joined Sep 2006
Total Posts : 741
   Posted 6/27/2008 5:16 PM (GMT -6)   

Way to go Richard!  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.

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