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IdahoSurvivor
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 1015
   Posted 7/31/2008 10:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello friends,
 
It has been an incredibly busy two weeks, but I wanted to get online this evening and thank all of you! yeah
 
It was July 31, 2007 when I had laparascopic radical prostatectomy.... a scary time.  Soon after, I found this forum. 
 
You supported me through those difficult weeks following surgery, getting through the many changes in my body.   You encouraged me until I started feeling somewhat "normal" again.
 
You helped me get through my first post-surgery PSA test, congratulated me with sincerity, and you gave me courage to brace for those tests to come. 
 
You showed me how to be compassionate to others. 
 
You showed me how to laugh and to cry with good people who I have never met in-person, but feel a great connection with.
 
Thank you for every little thing and for helping me through this first year. 
 
I wish all the very best and comforting times with family and friends.
 
Kind regards,

Barry ~ (a.k.a. "Idaho") - Prostate Cancer Forum Co-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


biker90
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Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 1464
   Posted 7/31/2008 10:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Barry,

Time flies when you're having fun!!! You have made a major contribution to this forum with your service and co-moderator and by your thoughtful posts. We have a steady hand at the helm and I want to thank you for your service.

On a personal level, I want to thank you for your trips to Spokane and our visits. Especially the last time in the hospital after my LCa surgery. Thank you my friend...

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."


IdahoSurvivor
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Date Joined Aug 2007
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   Posted 7/31/2008 11:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jim,
 
Thank you.  All I can say is that you have been a solid contributor and a great support to everyone on the forum.  
 
It was a pleasure to visit you and MaryLu in the hospital and be able to hear the doctor give you the good news that you were going home that day.  I can't believe it has alread been one month!
 
Also, thanks for always updating "Jim's Space" so we can keep track of your post-surgery progress. 
 
We are with you in this new fight and wish you the very best, good buddy.
 
I look forward to seeing you and MaryLu again in September.
 
You friend,
 
Barry 
 

smilingoldcoot
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Date Joined Jan 2008
Total Posts : 338
   Posted 8/1/2008 6:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Barry
 
Thanks for the news and the best to you in the coming years.
 
Richard
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
 


James C.
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   Posted 8/1/2008 8:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Good news, indeed, Barry. Wishing you many more years of good health and enjoyment of life.

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.


Doting Daughter
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 1064
   Posted 8/1/2008 8:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Congrats Barry! Cheers to good friends and cancer free futures!! All the best and thank you!
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.

Co-Moderator Prostate Cancer Forum


mvesr
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Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 823
   Posted 8/1/2008 8:08 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Barry

Great news for you.  My, a year can really fly by when you are having fun.  Hope the PSA stays where it needs to be.

 

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
 


IdahoSurvivor
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 1015
   Posted 8/2/2008 12:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks to all!
 
Have a great weekend!
 
Barry

maldugs
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Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 784
   Posted 8/2/2008 2:16 AM (GMT -6)   

Hey Barry, congrats, you had your op the day after me, all the best.

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


M. Kat
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Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 715
   Posted 8/3/2008 7:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Barry, it is amazing how quickly time flies by, even when you're not having fun! :) We are wishing you many, many more years of good health. jeff and kat
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


rob2
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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 1131
   Posted 8/3/2008 7:15 PM (GMT -6)   
great news. congratulations.
 
Age 48
occupation accountant
PSA increased from 2.6 to 3.5 in one year
biopsy march 2008 - cancer present gleason 7
decision - surgery (robotic)
surgery may 9, 2008 - houston, tx
pathology report -gleason 8
margins clear
4 week and 6 week PSA .04 (undetectible)
continence ok during day - 1 pad
night time different story
kegel's twice a day 20 reps

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