Just curious how many hee have Pc in their family

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   Posted 7/12/2008 10:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Just wondered how much of this runs in familys eyes

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   Posted 7/12/2008 11:31 PM (GMT -6)   
It most definitely runs in families - you are twice as likely to get Pca if your Dad had it and three times as likely if brothers have had it.  Both of my brothers had it - didn't know my Dad, but would assume since all three of the boys had it he probably did too.  Family history is one of the "red flags".
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. 

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   Posted 7/12/2008 11:33 PM (GMT -6)   
My Father joined the club at age 70, elected to have his family jewels removed as treatment and died at age 78 from heart problems. He never had any trouble from Pca after his surgery. I had a vasectomy at age 40, aways have wondered if it caused my Pca to appear at age 52, rather than in my 70's.

PSA 10 June 2007
Biopsy July 2, 15 of 16 samples positive
prostate weighed 40 grams
Di Venci 10/09/07, four hours on table, 3 in recovery
Total time in Hospital: 29 hours
Record for Dr. Lance, 70% of prostate had cancer, but NO spread, clean margins,Clean nodes,
First PSA at 5 weeks, UNDETECTABLE!
Catheter out at seven days, dry from hour one!
Second PSA 19 weeks post op, UNDETECTABLE 2/11/2008
Third PSA 5/12/08, six months post op, UNDETECTABLE
The Lord has truly Blessed me.

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   Posted 7/13/2008 8:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Both my father and my grandfather have/had pc.
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
July 3, 08 PSA .02
Praying for a cured dad.

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Tony Crispino
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   Posted 7/13/2008 2:45 PM (GMT -6)   
No known history. But My fathers dad died in his 60's from diabetes complications. So it was possible there may have been the "gene". Dad and brother are clean. None on my mothers side.  Lucky me!


Age 46 (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
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Post Edited (TC-LasVegas) : 7/13/2008 1:55:24 PM (GMT-6)

caring wife
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   Posted 7/13/2008 2:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Both Ron's father and grandfather had PC....one of his first cousins has it as well.
My husband is 60 years old.
RRP surgery April 14 2008
Gleason score 3 +4
PSA 6.8
Free PSA 6.5
Father and Grandfather had prostate cancer
Father is still alive..diagnosed with lymph node involement in 1993...He has received hormone therapy since then....just this year has bone mets.
Path report for my husband showed negative margines but extra prostatic extension.
First PSA done one month post surgery  results .04

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   Posted 7/13/2008 10:19 PM (GMT -6)   
There is no know history in my family.  However, if a man is in his 70's or 80's he likely has at least early stage prostate cancer.  He'll just usually outlive it if he gets that far.

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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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   Posted 7/13/2008 10:57 PM (GMT -6)   
There is little evidence of PCa in our families however, since Paul has had 2 male hormone cancers we will continue to encourage our son to take precautions throughout his life. The other male hormone cancer, male breast cancer, is also on our watchful list.

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   Posted 7/14/2008 5:58 AM (GMT -6)   

My Dad died at 51 of PC, I was diognosed just shy of my 50th birthday.

Your friend,


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!!!

Ken S
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   Posted 7/14/2008 8:03 AM (GMT -6)   
I was diagnosed almost 2 years ago at age 54 and my brother was just diagnosed 6 weeks ago at age 58.

Age 54 (2006)
PSA: 2005 - 3.2, 2006 - 3.7
Biopsy 8/06, Gleason 6 (3+3), T1c
Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy 11/3/06
Memorial Hospital, Pawtucket, RI
Post-Op Biopsy, still Gleason 6 (3+3),
T2c, right apical margin positive
CT Scan 1/07, tumor discovered on right
kidney (unrelated to PCa)
Partial Nephrectomy 3/9/07
R.I. Hospital, Providence, RI
IMRT (37 Treatments) 4/23/07 - 6/14/07
PSA: 11/07 - less then 0.01
4/08 - 0.04

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   Posted 7/14/2008 8:24 AM (GMT -6)   
As you can see below at my signature line, my father and g-g-grandfather had PC. My father had his prostate removed 11 years ago and has been cancer free ever since. My g-g-grandfather died from it. My grandfather and g-grandfather lived into their late 80s and were never diagnosed with PC, and died from natural causes.

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.

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   Posted 7/14/2008 8:25 AM (GMT -6)   
No known hx of PCa in my family, uncle had BPH which was severe enough to require prostatectomy but was not cancerous.

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

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   Posted 7/14/2008 8:34 AM (GMT -6)   

I wonder IF noone was ever checked how many would not have problems from it. Lets say you have it at 50 yrs old and do nothing, is it a death sentenace for sure or not ??


I know its a big roll of the dice but curious is it always severe at this age

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   Posted 7/14/2008 9:07 AM (GMT -6)   
No family history whatsoever... lucky me....
Husband and father of two (current ages 4 and 6).
Age when diagnosed: 47 (current)
Biopsy showed cancer only on left side.
Pre-surgery PSA: 13.7
Pre-surgery Gleason: 4+3=7
Pre-surgery Staging: T2
CT Scan, Bone Scan, PET Scan: Clear
Robotic Surgery on May 28, 2008, at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis.
Right nerve bundle spared; left bundle removed.
Catheter for 8 days with infrequent "stress" leaking since. Now use one or two pads during the day and none at night.
Gleason: 4+3=7
some perineural invasion noted.
no lymph node involvement.
margins clear.

Doting Daughter
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   Posted 7/14/2008 9:46 AM (GMT -6)   
I can't imagine anyone being diagnosed at 50, doing nothing, and living to a ripe old age with pca.  I would imagine if you were diagnosed at 75, and did nothing, you may very likely die from other causes.  We have all witnessed how aggressive this cancer can be and not something I think most would want to roll the dice with.  Just my opinion.
cvc said...

I wonder IF noone was ever checked how many would not have problems from it. Lets say you have it at 50 yrs old and do nothing, is it a death sentenace for sure or not ??


I know its a big roll of the dice but curious is it always severe at this age

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
July 3, 08 PSA .02
Praying for a cured dad.

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   Posted 7/14/2008 2:34 PM (GMT -6)   

My father died of metasticized pca at 73. I didn't start checking my PSA's until 1995 when I was about 58 and as you see below it started out fairly low but has now rapidly jumped.

I've waited, for some inexplicable reason. until just recently to get treated but I'm told it's still contained. If it is I'm darned lucky I think.


Pre-Diagnostic PSA record, begun 1995 at age 58..... now 70:
1995 - 1.2, 1997 - 1.7, 1998 - 1.4, 1999 - 1.7, 2000 - 3.4, 2001 - 2.0,
2002 - 4.6 on 6/6, 4.1 on 7/24, 3.5 on 10/1 at urologist's office
2003 - 2.3, 2004 - 2.7, 2005 - 3.2 on 7/15, 2006 - no test????
2007 - 5.8 on 2/5, 5.7 on 6/16
2008 - 10.4 on 2/29, 8.8 on 4/21 --- Scheduled biopsy for 5/6/2008.
2008 - 10.6 on 7/2. Radiation oncologist suggests either IMRT or Proton Beam

5/22/2008 -- Results of biopsy
4 of 12 cores show adenocarcinoma:
LLM - Gleason 3+3=6, PTI=10%, LM - Gleason 3+3=6, PTI=2%
LLA - Gleason 3+4=7, PTI=25%, LA - Gleason 3+3=6, PTI=20%
Clinical Stage: T2a
RLB - There is focal acute prostatitis
LLM - There is focal perineural invasion
LLA - There is focal perineural invasion
Partin Table:
OC - 33%, CP - 52%, SV+ -10%, LN - 4%

I have selected Proton Beam Radiation Therapy at Univ of Florida Proton Institute

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   Posted 7/14/2008 3:20 PM (GMT -6)   
My Father was diagnosed when he was 74, had brachytherapy and died of complications of Parkinson's Disease. My maternal grandfather dies from PCa. I have a paternal uncle who was diagnosed with PCa in his late 50s and had the radical and ended up going back because a few cells were left and hsi PSAs were rising.

I'm going in for my first (and hopefully only) biopsy on Monday. I suspect Dr. Moran will find PCa and we will treat it.
I am age 47 - Father, Paternal Uncle and Maternal Grandfather had/have Prostate Cancer.
Father 74 years old, PSA = 10.6 Gleason = 5 + 5 = 10 (very aggressive) and high involvement in all cores. Seed therapy is the only option. Father died cancer free.
6/4/08 - At physical DRE normal, PSA test returns 4.4
6/20/08 - First Urologist visit. DRE and ultrasound finds nothing conclusive. Doctor says biopsy is the only safe way to go. Prostate volume is 40 grams.
7/11/08 - PSA test returns 4.1. Scheduled the Stereotactic Transpareneal Prostate Biopsy for 7/23

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   Posted 7/14/2008 8:08 PM (GMT -6)   

As far as I know I am the only one in my family with a verified case of PCa. Five uncles on father's side. No cancer. Four uncles on mother's side one died of bone cancer. Knowing what I know now I suspect that it started as PCa. This was around 1967. From diagnosis to death was 90 days for my uncle. He was in his early to mid 60's. He just sort of gave up or at least that is how it seemed to me as a teenager. He was a favorite uncle and missed dearly.
Cause of death for the remaining members of the family including parents, aunts, grand parents, and brother have all been heart attack and a couple of strokes. I have done a great deal aimed at preserving my heart health so the PCa sort of snuck up on me.

Diagnosed 04/10/08
Age 58
PSA 21.5 (first and only test resulted from follow up visit to emergency room for kidney stone. first time for kidney stone too)
Gleason 4 + 3
DRE palpable tumor on left side
100% of 12 cores positive for PCa range 35% to 85%
Bone scan clear
Chest x ray clear
CT scan shows potential lymph node involvement in pelvic region
Started Casodex on May 2 and stopped on June 1, 2008
Lupron injection on May 15 and every four months for next two years
Starting IMRT/IGRT on July 7, 2008. 45 treatments scheduled

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   Posted 7/14/2008 8:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm the only one.

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.

M. Kat
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   Posted 7/15/2008 6:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Jeff's father had PCa, surgery at Johns Hopkins in the late 80s when he was in his 60s, died at the age of 82 in his sleep. he was diagnosed with bone cancer with a PSA over 400 at that time, but said he never felt any symptoms. My father had PCa and surgery about 15 years ago. he is now 80 and cancer free. We've told our 2 sons that they should be vigilant about this disease because their chances are very good of getting it. hopefully in 20 years there will be a cure. :)

What I'm curious about is why are younger men being diagnosed? is it because they are being tested sooner? are they getting PCa at a younger age? are there any studies out there about this?
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
switched to Levitra - works much better than Viagra & Cialis - fewer side affects

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   Posted 7/16/2008 6:28 PM (GMT -6)   
My dad had prostate cancer surgery around 10 years ago when he was early 70s.

His PSAs are still 0 at 84.
52 Year Old DBA by profession; amateur pianist by passion.
June and Aug 2006:  PSA 4.6.  DRE prostate enlarged.  Second opinion
Sep  2006:  Biopsy results positive one lobe.  Gleason 3+3.
Nov  2006:  RPA performed at Fletcher Allen in Burlington VT.
Nov  2006:  Pathology report: Stage T3a and Gleason 3+4.
Dec  2006:  PSA 0.1
Feb, May  2007:  PSA 0.0 (under 0.1)
Aug, Nov  2007 and Feb 2008:  PSA 0.1
Mar-May  2008:  IMRT Radiation..completed May 1, 2008 
Trying my hand at blogging.

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   Posted 7/16/2008 7:04 PM (GMT -6)   
My dad had prostate cancer and had his prostate removed around age 74. He also had diabetes.
Age 59 - diagnosed in Jan. 08 after biopsy
da Vinci Robotic Prostatectomy 4/11/08 - both nerves spared
Catheter removed 4/25/08
Prostate Pathology:
Gleason Grade 6 (3+3)
Tumor corresponds to a AJCC/pTMN stage II
5 wks post-op Continence: 1 pad night, 2 during day
7 wks post-op Continence: 2 pads every 24 hours
First post-op PSA at 7 wks: 0.1
10 wks post-op Continence: 1 pad every 18 hours
11 wks post-op Continence: 1 pad every 24 hours

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   Posted 7/16/2008 7:19 PM (GMT -6)   
My Dad, his twin brother and their older brother all had prostate cancer.  My doc says with a family history like that, my son needs to start being checked at 35.  By the way my doc also said that if I had been 70 then he would have given me lots of options but at 55 he recommended surgery and that is what we did.  David

Age 55
Diagnosed Dec 2007 during annual routine physical
PSA doubled from previous year from 1.5 to 3.2
12 biopsies - 2 positive with 2 marginal
Gleason 3 + 3 = 6
RRP 4 Feb 08
Both nerves spared
Good pathology - no margins - all encapsulated - Gleason 4 + 3 = 7
Catheter out Feb 13 - wore pad for couple of days - pad free Feb 16
Great wife and family who take very good care of me

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   Posted 7/16/2008 8:48 PM (GMT -6)   
My dad had PCa in his mid-sixties, that was almost 13 years ago. He had a RP and radiation follow up and has been clean since then.

My 46 year old brother has a PSA of 2.0 and my 42 year old brother 1.1. Both are being checked every 6 months and have changed their diets etc.
Dx'd 2/18/05
PSA 271, bone mets, lymph node involvement
Gleason Score: 7
Current (6-30-08)
PSA: 53.40
Taxotere + Prednisone + Atrasentan
[started June 9th]
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