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norskie
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   Posted 8/6/2008 1:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Well yesterday was my 2 month follow up and PSA test upon completion of salvage radiation on June 4, 2008. Both myself and doctor were hoping for my PSA to decline at least a little from the .422 reading prior to starting radiation and not increase. 2 months after my last treatment we were both plesantly surprized that in the fact that it not only had went down but all the way down to a reading of .09 or less then .1 which most doctors consider undetectable. In fact he told me their PSA testing device will only read down to .06 so to say the least it felt as though someone had lifted a large elephant from my shoulders. I will not take any of this for granted and must stay aware at all times going forward but it was wonderful words to hear him say this and then tell me, see you in 6 months to check it again. I am a lucky guy that it was found pretty early and one who thought surgery had caught in only to have it come back, but with radiation maybe we have it now, only time will tell. Thank the lord and for everyone here that has supported me these past almost 2 years now, your well wishes and thoughts do make a huge difference. Never lose faith and let it get you, the mental drain is the worst and I hope everyone can be sucessful in their treatment journey's.
To say the least everyone on this site is in my thoughts each day that you will have sucessful outcomes in beating this disease.
 
Norskie   
norskie
Current age 50, Age at Dx- 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 .422 Begin Salvage Radiation April, 14 2008
Radiation Complete June 4, 2008 36 treatments
August 5, 2008 PSA .09 or < .1 again
Incontenence-Pad free since end of May 07 4 1/2 months post surgery 
ED back to 95% prior to surgery - no medication required.


Paralleli
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   Posted 8/6/2008 2:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Right On Norskie!
53 yrs
PSA 4.8
T1c – Gleason 3 + 3
IMRT 1/07 thru 2/07 (42 treatments)
PSA 6/07 – 0.76
PSA 12/07 – 0.36
PSA 6/08 – 0.72


James C.
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   Posted 8/6/2008 3:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Great news, norskie.  Here's wishing you many years more of undetectables...

James C.
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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.


soxfans4life
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   Posted 8/6/2008 4:03 PM (GMT -6)   
tongue  oh yeah and more of the same! smiles here for you!!  Annie

dx. 3-08  @ age 63. gleason 6 . 1 out of 12 cores positive. 4th biopsy in 8 years. previous 3 negative. followed closely due to family hx.grandfather, father and 2 uncles dx. with prostate cancer. dre negative, cat and bone scan negative. davinci scheduled for may 27, 2008. 2 daughters, retired hospital administration, air force family years ago. Davinci on May28,2008, both nerves spared. Catheter removed in 8 days, pathology report revealed precancerous lesions. Presurgical psa was 5.9, 1st  psa scheduled for August.


BillyMac
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   Posted 8/6/2008 5:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Good for you Norski. I hope to hear that this is the new start of a very long line of undetectables. yeah
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 <0.001 undetectable
PSA August 08 <.001 undetectable


Every time I see an adult on a bicycle I no longer despair for the human race.
H.G.Wells


Doting Daughter
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   Posted 8/6/2008 5:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I hope you blasted any PCa cells left and that your PSA stays undetectable forever!! Congrats and cheers to a lifetime of undetectables!
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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livinadream
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   Posted 8/6/2008 5:51 PM (GMT -6)   
welcome to the zero club norskie. Hope it continues for years to come.

peace and love
Dale
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
Casodex
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
92%
80%
37%
28%
 


Bob & Wife
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Total Posts : 100
   Posted 8/6/2008 6:39 PM (GMT -6)   
yeah   yeah yeah Wow wow and wow that is great news Norski we are very happy for you and hope your psa numbers stay undetectable.
 
Bob is down to five radiation treatments and then he is done and will get his psa drawn in two months.  He has an appointment with the urologist tomorrow, he has a large lump in his left testicle.  Not sure what it is going on and will try and find out tomorrow.
 
Again great news and keep us posted.
 
Bob and Bob's wife Sherry

Age 59 at diagnosis
PSA 1.7  Nodule felt. Biopsy 4+4 T2B
1-30-06 Surgery, Infiltrating adenocarcinoma.Nodes & margins clear
Post op Gleason 7  T2c 4+3 PSA .04
12-07 PSA jump .14  (11 Months)
12-07 Nodule felt -  biopsy negative
PSA .16
PSA .17
4-3-08 PSA .32 ouch
4-15-08  Nodule size increased.
5-8-08 PSA still .32
5-15-08 Bone scan clean, nodule size increased. Biopsy scheduled for 5-22-08
5-30-08 Biopsy came back cancerous. Next step consultation with oncology 6-5-08 for further scans & test.
 
6-19-08 Starting Radiation, treatment facility two hours from home.


41diagnosed
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   Posted 8/6/2008 11:45 PM (GMT -6)   
everyone deserves to hear new like that! happy for you.
 
42 yo. now
 
5/07 PSA 4.65 at routine physical
6/07 biopsy positive for cancer...Gleason 3+4...diagnosed at 41 y.o.
6/07-9/07 manic research and interviews with physicians across the country in search of the "right" decision.  I went to Mass General in Boston, Loma Linda, University of Chicago and Northwestern.
9/17/07 - Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy Surgery at Northwestern Memorial in Chicago by Dr. William Catalona.  Thankful the father of the PSA test was right here in Chicago.
 
Post op pathology was Gleason 3+4 with negative margins, no seminal vesicale involvement, no lymphatic or vascular invasion, bladder and urethral free and tumor volume was 5% of 27.3g.  
 
9/27/07 - Catheter removal...let the games begin...
 
12/07 - Threw out the pads.  I only had to use 1 pad per day for protection against minor drips. 
 
I started Trimix 8 weeks after surgery with success.
 
I hope someday I won't need injections, but I hope more that my PSA stays at 0 forever.
 
 
 


M. Kat
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   Posted 8/7/2008 6:06 AM (GMT -6)   
great news Norskie! may you have a lifetime of zeroes!!!
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
summer of 2008 - have had a few erections with no drugs! yeah!!


RBinCountry
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Total Posts : 270
   Posted 8/7/2008 7:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for sharing that great and encouraging news - so very happy for you! God Bless! RB

RBAge 61
Original data - pre-operation
PSA: 5.1
T1C clinical diagnosis, Needle biopsy - 10 cores, Gleason 7 = 3+4 in 1 core (40%), 7 cores Gleason 6 = 3+3 ranging from 5% to 12%
All scans negative
Lupron administered 4/9/2008 for 4 months (with idea I would undergo external beam radiation followed by seed implants - then I changed my mind).
Robotic DiVinci surgery - Dr. Fagin (Austin) May 19th
Post operative - pathology
pT2c NX MX
Gleason 3+4
Margins - negative
Extraprostatic extension - negative
seminal vesicle invasion - uninvolved
1st Post PSA .04

beachbum50
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Date Joined Sep 2007
Total Posts : 292
   Posted 8/7/2008 8:02 AM (GMT -6)   
tongue   tongue tongue yeah yeah yeah
Norski, Your fantastix news has brightened up my day, way to go and welcome back to the zero club!
 
Beachbum
Beachbum
 
PSA 10 June 2007
Biopsy July 2, 15 of 16 samples positive
T2C
3+3=6
prostate weighed 40 grams
Di Venci 10/09/07, four hours on table, 3 in recovery
Total time in Hospital: 29 hours
Record for Dr. Lance, 70% of prostate had cancer, but NO spread, clean margins,Clean nodes,
First PSA at 5 weeks, UNDETECTABLE!
Catheter out at seven days, dry from hour one!
Second PSA 19 weeks post op, UNDETECTABLE 2/11/2008
Third PSA 5/12/08, six months post op, UNDETECTABLE
The Lord has truly Blessed me.


Pelahatchie
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   Posted 8/7/2008 9:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Nork, I have been looking for your update since we are in a similar boat and am thrilled to hear your good news.  I have my six month test coming up on August 18th and like you I am praying for good results.  Congrats.
Age 45 at DX
 
DX 8/05 Gleason 5, Mayo clinic Second Opinion Gleason 6, PSA 2.8
 
Da Vinci surgery Dr. Dasari, Centennial Nashville 9/24/05
 
Pathology Report Gleason 6, 15 % on left side only very near to the edge of capsule, too close to call on margins, doc's said to watch it very closely, final decision T2A
 
PSA's have basically ranged from <.04 to .05 for two years.
 
no E.D. and no Incontinence, feel very blessed
 
PSA Nov 07 = .06
 
PSA Dec 10th 07 =.07
 
PSA Jan 4th 2008= .1
 
Started Guided IMRT on January 7th, 2008 to treat prostate bed and lymph nodes, completed on March 6th, 2008
 
PSA April 18th 2008 =.03


Tim G
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   Posted 8/7/2008 10:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Great news, Norskie!!
Age 59  PSA quadrupled in 1 yr (0.6 to 2.5) 
DRE neg  1 of 12 biopsies pos (< 5%) 
Open surgery June 2006 
Organ confined pT2a  Gleason 5   
Cancer-free for 2 years  PSA's undetectable 


Magaboo
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Total Posts : 1210
   Posted 8/8/2008 12:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations Norski!! Keeping my fingers x'd for many, many more of those zeros for you.
My PSA is slowly creeping up as well and I will probably have to under go RT sooner or later. Hope my outcome will be as good as yours.
Have a wonderful future.
 
Magaboo

Born Sept., 1936
PSA 7.9
Stage T1C
-ve DRE
Gleason's Score 3+4=7
2 of 8 positive
open RP 28 Nov 06
Post op staging T3a
Gleasons still 3+4=7
Seminal vesicles and lymph nodes clear
Catheter out 15 Dec 06
Dry since 11 Feb 07
All PSA tests in 2007 (4) <.04
PSA tests in 2008: Mar.=.04; Jun.=.05


norskie
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Date Joined Jan 2007
Total Posts : 376
   Posted 8/11/2008 7:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks all for the well wishes and here's hoping we all return to the 0 club and stay there for a lifetime. Bob great news on almost being complete with your follow up radiation treatments, things should start act more normal in the next few days and my guess is you will see your energy level start to pick up a gain also. Keep me posted and here's hoping for your results to do as well as mine have in the short time since completing my radiation.

Good luck to all the Healing Well family
Norskie
norskie
Current age 50, Age at Dx-48 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 .422 Begin Salvage Radiation April, 14 2008
Radiation Complete June 4, 2008 36 treatments
August 5, 2008 PSA .09 or < .1 again
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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