One year coming up

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BillyMac
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Date Joined Feb 2008
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   Posted 7/31/2008 8:43 PM (GMT -6)   
It is now just about 12 months since my surgery. I am feeling physically on top of the world and recovery has been good, with only a very minor occasional drips on heavy exertion or if I forget to do such things as "squeeze before you sneeze." ED?..... now sadly, that's another story. Psa to date has been essentially zero and I have just had my 12 month blood sample taken. For some reason I am really apprehensive about the results of this test......more so than the apprehension preceding my earlier post-surgery PSA tests. I have no idea why.......maybe subconsciously it's a special landmark. Mind you I know far more about PCa than I did back then...............oh, what blissful ignorance. I get the results Monday so here's hoping.
Bill
1/05 PSA----2.9 3/06-----3.2 3/07-------4.1 5/07------3.9 All negative DREs
Aged 59 when diagnosed
Biopsy 6/07----4 of 10 cores positive for Adenocarcinoma-------bummer!
Core 1 <5%, core 2----50%, core 3----60%, core 4----50%
Biopsy Pathologist's comment:
Gleason 4+3=7 (80% grade 4) Stage T2c
Neither extracapsular nor perineural invasion is identified
CT scan and Bone scan show no evidence of metastases
Da Vinci RP Aug 10th 2007
Post-op pathology:
Positive for perineural invasion and 1 small focal extension
Negative at surgical margins, negative node and negative vesicle involvement
Some 4+4=8 identified ........upgraded to Gleason 8
PSA Oct 07 <0.1 undetectable
PSA Jan 08 <0.1 undetectable
PSA April 08 <0.1 undetectable


James C.
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 4462
   Posted 7/31/2008 9:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Congrats on the year, that fear and worry is just normal for such a big marker along our journey, ya know.  After this one, you got a whole nother year before another one is due...lol

James C.
Co-Moderator- Prostate Cancer Forum

Age 61
4/19/07 PSA 7.6, referred to Urologist, recheck 6.7
7/11/07 Biopsy- 16 core samples, size of gland around 76 cc. Staging pT2c
7/17/07 Path report: 3 of 16 PCa, 5% involved, left lobe , GS 3/3:6.
9/24/07 (open) Retropubic Radical Prostatectomy performed
9/26/07 Post-op Path Report: GS 3+3=6 Staging pT2c, 110gms, margins clear
10/15/07 ED- begin 50mg Viagra and Vacurect pump nightly, Fully continent
1/14/08 Caverject started/stopped, aching. 2/24/08 .5ml Bimix started-success
7/31/08 ED- Viagra, pump continues, no response- Trimix .10ml x 2 weekly continues
Post Surgery PSA's:  3 mts-0, 6 mts.-0, 9 mts.-0.


jetguy
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Date Joined Sep 2006
Total Posts : 741
   Posted 7/31/2008 9:08 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey Bill, ya' wanna' chat?


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.


BillyMac
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Date Joined Feb 2008
Total Posts : 1858
   Posted 7/31/2008 9:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm on the way in.
1/05 PSA----2.9 3/06-----3.2 3/07-------4.1 5/07------3.9 All negative DREs
Aged 59 when diagnosed
Biopsy 6/07----4 of 10 cores positive for Adenocarcinoma-------bummer!
Core 1 <5%, core 2----50%, core 3----60%, core 4----50%
Biopsy Pathologist's comment:
Gleason 4+3=7 (80% grade 4) Stage T2c
Neither extracapsular nor perineural invasion is identified
CT scan and Bone scan show no evidence of metastases
Da Vinci RP Aug 10th 2007
Post-op pathology:
Positive for perineural invasion and 1 small focal extension
Negative at surgical margins, negative node and negative vesicle involvement
Some 4+4=8 identified ........upgraded to Gleason 8
PSA Oct 07 <0.1 undetectable
PSA Jan 08 <0.1 undetectable
PSA April 08 <0.1 undetectable


mvesr
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Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 823
   Posted 8/1/2008 9:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Bill

I just passed the one year mark myself and the PSA was less than zero. Yours will be too.

Take care

Mika
age at dx 54 now 56
psa at dx 4.3
got the bad news 1/29/07
open surgery Duke Medical Center 5-29-07
never more than 2 pads
Tossed the pads this spring
ED still a problem
first year PSA less than zero
 


biker90
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Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 1464
   Posted 8/1/2008 10:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Bill,

Having a year cancer free is cause for celebration alright. Each day takes us farther away from this disease and closer to recovery from its side effects. Keep up the good work...

Jim
Age 74. 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 - 7/17/08 0.00. 
Next PSA test on 1/28/09
Lung cancer dxed on 5/16/08.  Surgery on 6/25/08  T1N1M0 - Stage IIA  Start chemo in September 08
"Patience is essential, attitude is everything."


divo
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Date Joined Jul 2008
Total Posts : 637
   Posted 8/4/2008 8:58 PM (GMT -6)   
A wonderful book is...."The Power of Now" by Eckert Tolle.....It helps you realize that most worries are either from yesterday or tomorrow...The only thing we have is Right Now........As a wife, it has helped me deal with my husband's problems....Tomorrow's worries eat up today....and yesterday is over. Today, or This Moment, is what we each have..and that gives you peace....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
AUS Operation at MSK Sept 8. Dr. Sandhu


JCL
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Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 242
   Posted 8/5/2008 4:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the one-year cancer free club! Hope to see you in the two-year club.

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.

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