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   Posted 8/2/2008 9:51 AM (GMT -6)   
 ....Good Moorrnnnnniggg everyone....and what a woderful day it is. My Doc just called checking on my progress and to  share the outcome of the Path report...."Cancer was fully contained"......Wow, what a feeling after hearing those words....and I will admit, it brought tears to my eyes.
  Thanks to you all.....and all that positive energy, prayers, whatever you choose to call it....Thank you!
    (now, let me see, off to jump in the shower-me and this best friend, we've not come to terms with this whole shower senairo quite yet) 
   age: 53
   Pre-0p PSA  Feb. 08, 5.0
      4.22.08, 4.1
      PSA had spiked once about 8yrs ago to 5.0 three months later
      back to 2.9...then into the 1.2 range until my re-scheduled 
      "missed" appointment this past Feb.
      Biopsy 5.1.08 
      5 of 15 cores positive
      Da Vinci scheduled..7.29.08..as I read somewhere on this 
      site....."the first show of the day"

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   Posted 8/2/2008 9:54 AM (GMT -6)   

FANTASTIC news!!! I'm so happy to hear your cancer was contained.

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.
06/04/08 - At physical DRE normal, PSA test returns 4.4
06/20/08 - First Urologist visit. DRE and ultrasound finds nothing conclusive. Doctor says biopsy is the only safe way to go. Prostate volume is 40 grams.
07/11/08 - PSA test returns 4.1. Scheduled the Stereotactic Transperineal Prostate Biopsy for 7/21
07/21/08 - Had the biopsy.  Not so bad but sore on day 2. Back to work tomorrow
07/23/08 - Pathology comes back NO CANCER DETECTED!
08/01/08 - Urologist calls and says Prostatic Intraepithelial Neoplasia ("PIN") was found in my biopsy 

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   Posted 8/2/2008 9:56 AM (GMT -6)   

Great news, Denny.  Before long your "best friend" will leave you as well.  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

Doting Daughter
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   Posted 8/2/2008 9:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Great news! Congrats!!
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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James C.
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   Posted 8/2/2008 3:04 PM (GMT -6)   
That's great news and a stress reliever for you, I'm sure. 

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.

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   Posted 8/2/2008 3:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Denny,

"Cancer was fully contained" are the sweetest words we can possibly hear and the sense of relief justifies the pain and anxiety we went through in deciding on and following through with surgery. They are the prize we sought and we won. Take a victory lap...

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."

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   Posted 8/3/2008 6:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Denny

Great news. Let us know how things progress with you.

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

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   Posted 8/4/2008 6:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Great news.

Keep us informed.

By the way, they will give you a hard copy if you ask. Also, ask for some "pictures". I have some they gave me.
52 years old
T1c 3+3=6
DaVinci July 16, 2007
largest cancer .2mm
Bladder Sling installed during prostate removal
nerve sparing with both nerve bundles intact
all cancer contained within prostate nothing near margins
11 weeks post-op - no more pads
4 PSA's all < .1 - Undetectable

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Date Joined May 2008
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   Posted 8/4/2008 7:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations, Thats great news!!!!!! My surgery is a week away and those words will be what I will be praying for. Good luck and best wishes for a speedy recovery.
New Jersey
Age 51
Psa 0.9
Biospy 1 core positive
Gleason 3+3-6
Surgery date Aug.11, 2008

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   Posted 8/4/2008 8:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Excellent news...........................now you are on a roll. Soon your little friend will be gone and then it's up and away. yeah
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 <0.001 undetectable
PSA August 08 <.001 undetectable

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   Posted 8/4/2008 8:20 AM (GMT -6)   

Wonderful news to hear those words of cancer contained, good luck with the rest of your recovery and keep us up to date with your progress.

Age 49, PSA 6.22 on 9-26-06
Biopsy 11-01-06, 2 of 13 cores 10% cancer, 2 other cores abnormal Up-dated 20% prostate cancerous
Gleason score 3+3=6 After Surgery Pathology report 4+3=7 a couple agressive Grade 5 cells found
Da Vinci surgery 01-09-07 UW Madison
Pathology Report- cancer 100 % capsual contained 1-18-07
1st & 2nd Post PSA Blood Test .1 and less - Undetectable
3nd Post PSA Blood Test 01-17-07 .3
March 27th PSA .4 Begin Salvage Radiation April, 14 2008
Incontenence-Pad free since end of May 07 4 1/2 months post surgery 
ED back to 95% prior to surgery - no medication required.

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Total Posts : 260
   Posted 8/4/2008 8:35 AM (GMT -6)   


  Hey guys thanks.....Biker I'm working on those laps, but man-o-man the humidity has been fun here, but then these extra things I have hanging out and off of me dont help I'm sure, but doing great!.......To you Rip thanks....our little talk before helped alot, same Doc's, same hospital, and I will be getting that hard copy and some pictures....my girlfriend wanted to see the procedure on film, pictures will have to do!

  Nemo, you'll do great... the waiting is the hardest as I'm sure you've heard a few times....it'll be over before you know it and you my friend will up and cruising the hallways!!  Good luck brother..

   As far as myself, still doing fine. Eating alittle more, still have my cath and JP drain. Thinking I will get the JP removed sometime this afternoon  as it's slowed down enough that I can make the call to the Dr. I won't have to go down to have them do it as we made arraingments for my gal to remove after speaking with the office(kinda' nice having my nurse around, but daggone, my Payback is going to be HUGE:)). I won't get the catheter out until Friday, at least that's when I go back down to the office, get my x-rays etc. All seems to be going well, urine is clear, no pain...so I have no reason to believe otherwise and remain positive on the rest of the recovery process.....thanks guys and gals, I do feel all the good and positive that comes from all of you....quite a group we have here! 

   oh yeah, my brother-in-law was Dx'd the day before my surgery....PCa...I don't know any of his numbers as he's not really had that first appointment. Trying to get him to this site, I think he's been lurking some....OK, I'm really out this time, off to play with my best friend in the shower again, I think it's getting the "hang" of it!!!   Later all....


   age: 53
   Pre-0p PSA  Feb. 08, 5.0
      4.22.08, 4.1
      PSA had spiked once about 8yrs ago to 5.0 three months later
      back to 2.9...then into the 1.2 range until my re-scheduled 
      "missed" appointment this past Feb.
      Biopsy 5.1.08 
      5 of 15 cores positive
      Da Vinci scheduled..7.29.08..as I read somewhere on this 
      site....."the first show of the day"

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Date Joined Jul 2008
Total Posts : 24
   Posted 8/5/2008 5:07 AM (GMT -6)   
That is fantastic news!!
Age : 45
Nerve Sparing Rad. Prost: 3 July 2008
PSA: 3.2 (had been high for four years)
Gleason : 3+3 = 6
T1 .1cm diameter, right apex. Contained, excellent clearance.
First Post op PSA: 18 August 2008
Continence: Discovered my pelvic floor, continence was great day one...wore pads for insurance, no pads from day five after catheter removal (had a few small stress leaks).
Potence: A work in progress...

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   Posted 8/5/2008 5:18 AM (GMT -6)   
way to go my friend. Like I always say it is the good news like this that keeps us coming back. A celebration is in store for you. Please keep us posted so we can continue to share the enthusiasm.
peace and love
My PSA at diagnosis was 16.3
age 46 (current)
My gleason score from prostate was 4+5=9 and from the lymph nodes was 4+4=8
I had 44 IMRT's
Currently on Lupron
I go to The Cancer Treatment Center of America
Married with two kids
latest PSA 5-27-08 0.11
PSA July 24th, 2008 is 0.04
cancer in 4 of 6 cores

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Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 242
   Posted 8/5/2008 4:52 PM (GMT -6)   
CONGRATULATIONS! And good luck with the rest of your recovery.

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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