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Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 789
   Posted 7/30/2008 8:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone, it is one year since my operation, and after the op, and follow up radiation, my PSA is still 0.5. Saw the urologist yesterday, he said that maybe a few cells had escaped into my system, OR the radiation still needed more time to work, he said that he was hoping for a PSA of 0.2 but this may still be achieved. he said that he had patients whose PSA was around 0.5 for the last 8 years.
My wife asked him if there was any way that the cells (or cell) could be traced, and he said that as the cells were microscopic an MRI or bone scan could not detect them. I am seeing the oncologist on 13th Aug. so will ask him about a ProstaScint scan, can this scan detect small cells? don't know if they do this here, so will ask.
On the other hand, I might just be getting into a tizz for nothing, eh?
Regards Mal.
age 67 PSA 5.8 DRE slightly firm Rt
Biopsy 2nd July 07 5 out of 12 positive
Gleason 3+4=7  right side tumour adenocarcinoma stage T2a
RP on 30th July,
Post op Pathology, tumour stage T3a 4+3=7, microcsopic evidence of capsular penetration, seminal vessels, bladder neck, free of tumour, lymph nodes clear, no evidence of metastatic malignancy, tumour does not extend to the apical margins.
Post op PSA 0.5 26th Sept.
PSA 23rd Oct.0.5 seeing Radiation Onocologist 31st Oct.
Started radiation treatment on 5th Dec, to continue until 24 Jan. 08.
Finished treatment, next PSA on 30th April.
PSA 30th April 0.4
PSA 30th July 0.5

Tony Crispino
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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 8128
   Posted 7/30/2008 9:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I just had a relatively new test in the prostate cancer arena. It's called a CTC or Circulating Tumor Cell test. The test is more common in the breast cancer arena but it has been approved here in the states for PCa. Stay positive my friend. Life is a good thing, but not as fun being worried. I'll EM you again soon. Be well...

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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Date Joined Jan 2008
Total Posts : 338
   Posted 7/30/2008 10:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Hang tough and see what 3 more months brings. I now know the feeling of the waiting game.
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% 
Suspected lymph node involvement
Lupron & Casodek May 08 for 2 years
Completed 25 IMRT and 17 PBRT U of Florida Proton Therapy Institute 7/24/08
PSA .21, free PSA .08, Percent free PSA 38.1, testosterone 14.6
Turn Stumbling Blocks into Steping Stones and Keep Smiling
Our Journey is on WWW.GLEASON10.COM

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