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Date Joined Mar 2007
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   Posted 7/13/2008 4:24 PM (GMT -6)   
in my family, no uncles, brothers, grandfathers had prostate cancer.  My father is 90 and his Dr. says his prostate is that of a 50 year old, my brother's last psa at 50yr old with a prostate is the same as mine without one, <0.04.
Hate that my son's chances have now doubled!
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)

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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 1219
   Posted 7/13/2008 6:47 PM (GMT -6)   

My husband feels the same way, Montee.  Don's cancer is aggressive and his concern is real.

We want our sons to be vigilant without driving them crazy, you know? Both (37 & 42) got their exams & PSA's immediately and swear it will be an annual event.  Their doctors agree.

I know it doesn't feel good to have this worry for someone you love, it's an "emotional side effect" of this terrible disease.


I wish you well,


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 Jul 2008
Total Posts : 637
   Posted 7/21/2008 7:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Montee, I understand...we have two sons 39 and 34....My husband's father did have Pca but kept it a secret...He died at 95. He had surgery at 67...We didnt know what it was for...If we had, maybe Pete would have been more vigilant. Good luck on your journey...Di
Husband Pete
dx Jan 2001 age 67 gleason 4 + 3 PSA 16.5
seed implant and conformal radiation Lupron from Jan 2001 to Jan2002
2005 Dec PSA began to rise from .5 to 8 within 6 months
Salvage surgery at MSK 9/06
Fistula operation 2/07 MSK
Many cystoscopies and ER visits with strictures
catheter for one year....Catheter taken out Sept 07..
Total Incontinence since then....
PSA .52 3/07
In line for AUS possibly in Sept 08

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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 1064
   Posted 7/22/2008 10:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Both my father and my grandfather had/have PC. I have a brother and a son and I am terrified. I try to remind myself though, that knowledge is power and early screening makes all the difference with this disease. I also hold on to the hope that with all the research that is conducted, there will be a cure soon. There is a silver lining and we truly do not know what is right around the corner.
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 2, 08 PSA <.02
Praying for a cured dad.

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