5 year and still ZERO!!

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Pete trips again!
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   Posted 8/20/2008 5:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi All,
Some of you may know me from the old days here but most probably don't as I don't post much anymore. I can't beleive it's been 5 years since my RP and nothing but goose eggs! I would like to thank everyone who have helped me get this far, Y'all know who you are!! 
Your Friend,
Pete 

55 years old, Surgury, Radical Prostatectomy 8/20/03, PSA 6.6, Gleason 3 + 3 = 6, Adenocarcinoma extent (moderate) Stage & Margin:T2NOMX, No Metastases, Organ Confined, bone scan: Neg. 3 1/2 years of depression after surgery prior to Hypogonadizm DX, Testosterone Theropy (Testim Gel)since 12/06 but switched to a higher dose of (Androgel) 6/08. Fighting to stay upbeat daily. I am's what I am's and that's all that I am's! (Popeye)  55 and still alive!!! Feel free to pray for me, I can use all the help I can get!!!


RBinCountry
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   Posted 8/20/2008 8:22 AM (GMT -6)   

Congratulations on your continued "0's" - that is an encouragement to all of us dealing with PC.  I do hope you get other matters lined up as well as your PC.  Thanks for checking in!!!! Keep praying and looking up!

RB

Age 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


Swimom
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   Posted 8/20/2008 8:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Pete,
 
You've always been a zero to me tongue
 
Thank goodness. Glad to hear the continued good news. So, how about them shots instead of gels? No way can a Doc argue with success after 5 years. Paul is doing sooooo much better.
Once a week and an occasion teenie tiny 1/2 pill and he's good to go.
 
Swim
 


Doting Daughter
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   Posted 8/20/2008 8:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Congrats!!! What a milestone! 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.

Co-Moderator Prostate Cancer Forum


Pete trips again!
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   Posted 8/20/2008 9:16 AM (GMT -6)   

Hey Swim,

YES, I've been thinking about asking him for T-shots instead of this dumb jelly stuff! Does Paul give himself shots or does he go in once a week? Maybe I'll get rid of this Uro he he says NO!

Thanks You all for your nice replies!

Pete 


55 years old, Surgury, Radical Prostatectomy 8/20/03, PSA 6.6, Gleason 3 + 3 = 6, Adenocarcinoma extent (moderate) Stage & Margin:T2NOMX, No Metastases, Organ Confined, bone scan: Neg. 3 1/2 years of depression after surgery prior to Hypogonadizm DX, Testosterone Theropy (Testim Gel)since 12/06 but switched to a higher dose of (Androgel) 6/08. Fighting to stay upbeat daily. I am's what I am's and that's all that I am's! (Popeye)  55 and still alive!!! Feel free to pray for me, I can use all the help I can get!!!


norskie
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   Posted 8/20/2008 9:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Pete

Great news on 5 years of posting undetectable readings, you give us all great hope. May you stay a 0 forever!

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.


SHU93
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   Posted 8/20/2008 9:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations, something I am looking for to celebarting in 5 years as well!!!

Pray, and LIVESTRONG!
Age 37
 
Diagnosed 7/2008
Da Vinci Surgery 7/2008
First PSA : 4.17 5/2008
Second PSA After 2 weeks of antibiotics : 3.9 6/2008
DRE: Negative 5/2008
Bone Scan/CAT Scan: Clear 7/2008
Cystoscope: Normal 7/2008
Prostate MRI: Normal 7/2008
Biopsy : 6 out 12 Postive all on right side, Gleason 7 (3+4).
PostOp: T2c (On Both sides), margins clear, seminal clear, nodes, clear. Gleason 6(3+3).
First PostOp PSA: 9/2008


Swimom
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   Posted 8/20/2008 10:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Does his own Pete.

I helped him with the first but he's done his own since. Simple, quick and with the right technique, painless. Cypionate delivers 75mgs of T from each 100mg dose) His Doc wanted 200mg/week but no way!!! Started with 100 for 6 weeks then upped his dose to 125mg. This is a dose that works well for Paul.
Didn't want to make a monster out of the guy. Just want him healthy.

Vick
 


Pete trips again!
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   Posted 8/20/2008 10:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Swim,
Is he loosing his hair? I think this stuff is making me loose mine. I don't care, I'm not that vain. Is there any other wierd stuff going on w/ these shots? Does he get frisky when there's a full moon or grow any extra body hair, how about his K-9 teeth, do they get long & pointy?? Biker, feel free to chime in anytime, I know you were using the shots?
Thanks,
Pete
55 years old, Surgury, Radical Prostatectomy 8/20/03, PSA 6.6, Gleason 3 + 3 = 6, Adenocarcinoma extent (moderate) Stage & Margin:T2NOMX, No Metastases, Organ Confined, bone scan: Neg. 3 1/2 years of depression after surgery prior to Hypogonadizm DX, Testosterone Theropy (Testim Gel)since 12/06 but switched to a higher dose of (Androgel) 6/08. Fighting to stay upbeat daily. I am's what I am's and that's all that I am's! (Popeye)  55 and still alive!!! Feel free to pray for me, I can use all the help I can get!!!


biker90
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   Posted 8/20/2008 12:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Pete,

5 years of zeros is indeed a major milestone. Congrats!!!

I shoot 1 cc of T each week. That is 200 mg of testosterone and is my dosage for the past 12 years of so. I feel good at that dosage so will stay on it until something changes. It keeps my "frisky" level up to where sex is fun and I don't howl at the moon and have not grown canines - yet. I was taking 2 cc every two weeks but switched to 1 cc a week in order to level out the response. (Swim helped me decide to do that - bless her one more time.)

MaryLu gives me the shots. I have injected myself a few times and can get it done but its still very awkward due to my having 5 thumbs on each hand. Besides she rather enjoys the moment when she gets to stab me in the butt.

Good luck buddy and keep rolling those zeroes...

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."


Navy corpsman
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   Posted 8/20/2008 1:09 PM (GMT -6)   

Pete-

Congratulations on all the zeros. You're an inspiration to all us new guys.

- John


Age:  44
We have a family history of PCa.  My Dad and uncle died from it at 65 and 53. My PSA velocity increased in the last 2 years and I had to talk my GP into refering me to a urologist.
Biopsy results:  5 of 11 cores positive, all 30%. Gleason 6. T1c. PSA 2.53  Date of biopsy 15MAY08.
Open RRP at Johns Hopkins with Dr. Partin on 09JUL08.
Pathology report:  Gleason 6, pT2, neg. margins, 0 lymph node and seminal vessical, organ confined, I lost 1 nerve bundle and 22 lymph nodes.
As of today, about a month after surgery, I feel at about 80%. Urinary control seems to be improving. Little Elvis has taken a nap and has not awakened yet. I hope when he wakes up he is well rested because he is going to get one heck of a workout.
 
 


mvesr
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   Posted 8/20/2008 8:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Pete
 
 
Great news on the 5 year PSA.  I hope to grow up and be just like you.   I am only a little over a year out but looking forward to each year.
 
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
 


jetguy
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   Posted 8/20/2008 9:01 PM (GMT -6)   

Greetings My Friend,

I am pleased that time finds you well. 

What I mean is:  Great!  Wonderful!  Outstanding!  Sierra Hotel!  The Best!  Keep It Up!

Good for you, Pete.

Bill


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.
 


B&B's World
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   Posted 8/20/2008 10:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Pete, What a milestone! Thank you for sharing the great news.

Age 51

Gleason 3+3

PSA from 3.2 to 4.3 in one yr

Biopsy 11/06

DRE negative

4 of 12 cores positive, one lobe, less than 10%

Inflammation only second lobe

Stage T1C Clinical Dx

PSA prior to surgery: 3.9

Da Vinci Prostatectomy 2/27/07:

PCa in BOTH lobes 5-10% of gland

Gleason 3+3

Negative tissue margins

Bladder, seminal ves, vas deferntia negative

Two inguinal hernia repairs

Catheter removed 1 wk after surgery

Full continence (no pad needed) 1 wk after surgery, then intermittent drips 4 wks out

Full erection, 12th day after surgery

2 mo’s post-op, some ED after penetration

3 month PSA 0.03

6 month PSA non-existent

1 year   PSA  non-existent

1 1/2 yr PSA  non-existent

Erectile function--up and running!

 


IdahoSurvivor
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   Posted 8/20/2008 11:24 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Pete,

Absolutely wonderful news!  yeah

May you always have years full of zeros!

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


M. Kat
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   Posted 8/21/2008 6:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Great news Pete! thanks for sharing with us. glad to hear that all is well. 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
summer of 2008 - have had a few erections with no drugs! yeah!!


Pete trips again!
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   Posted 8/21/2008 9:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks All> If I can do it trust me, anyone can! It must be all the clean living of my youth> NOT!!! Anyway, I do apreciate your kind words more than you know. Stay the course>00000000000000000>
Your friend,
Pete
55 years old, Surgury, Radical Prostatectomy 8/20/03, PSA 6.6, Gleason 3 + 3 = 6, Adenocarcinoma extent (moderate) Stage & Margin:T2NOMX, No Metastases, Organ Confined, bone scan: Neg. 3 1/2 years of depression after surgery prior to Hypogonadizm DX, Testosterone Theropy (Testim Gel)since 12/06 but switched to a higher dose of (Androgel) 6/08. Fighting to stay upbeat daily. I am's what I am's and that's all that I am's! (Popeye)  55 and still alive!!! Feel free to pray for me, I can use all the help I can get!!!


beachbum50
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   Posted 8/22/2008 1:21 PM (GMT -6)   
:-)   Wow Pete, I hope I will also be a zero in four years and two months! Now you are "officially" cancer free, CONGRADULATIONS!
 
Beachbum :-)
Beachbum
 
PSA 10 June 2007
Biopsy July 2, 15 of 16 samples positive
T2C
3+3=6
prostate weighed 40 grams
Di Vinci 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
Fourth PSA 8/21/08, nine months post op, UNDETECTABLE
The Lord has truly Blessed me.


BillyMac
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   Posted 8/22/2008 6:16 PM (GMT -6)   
5 years of undetectables. It's news like that that does wonders for all of us. Congratulations and may you always be a zero. Live long and live fast! 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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livinadream
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   Posted 8/22/2008 7:59 PM (GMT -6)   
hope you stay a member of the zero club 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%
 


creed_three
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   Posted 8/25/2008 3:53 PM (GMT -6)   
:-)  Hi Pete, Not sure how I could miss your great post recently, but I did!
 
Excellent news on your 5 years of clear PSA's and your good health. Enjoy! Lana & CJ xx
Creed_three
 
Husband 50 yrs (49 years at diagnosis)
PSA (2002) 2.1.  PSA (2006) 3.5.  1 x (5%) core of 12 positive at biopsy. 11 cores negative. Open Radical Prostatectomy with nerve sparing April 2007. Gleeson 3 + 4 = 7.   Undetectable PSA since Surgery. 
June 2007: 0.01; Oct 2007: 0.02; April 2008:0.02.
 


Tony Crispino
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   Posted 8/25/2008 4:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Not just great news. What a great post. Hope for us all!

Lana, Great to see you again, too!

Tony
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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STAY POSITIVE!
 
 

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