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War-eagle
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Date Joined Sep 2007
Total Posts : 219
   Posted 8/29/2008 1:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Greetings and a War Eagle to all.
I have been off chemo now for 6 weeks. It was not a good experience and left me with some side affects that still are hanging around today. Foot pain and severe joint pain. I am controlling it with the pain meds. The good news is my hair is coming back and I have also lost a little weight. That was the good news. We have great news to report. My blood work is back in from yesterday and my PSA has dropped to 4.56tongue Down from over 10. Praise be to the Lord.
So this means no clinical trial, but the whole purpose of the trial was to get the PSA down. I am happy. I did get another 6 month Eligard shot yesterday along with Zometa. I am still happy. What a great way to start the holiday weekend.
 
Blessing to all and a huge WAR EAGLE, baby.
 
Walt
 
PS: Doting, a special War Eagle to you. Love ya. 
Age: 55 ( still alive at 55)
PSA 43 7/2005
Biopsy 12/14 Gleason 7 & 9
Divinci 9/2005 - spread to bladder
HT - 10/2005 (Eligard every 6 months)
RT - 10/2005 (38 treatments)
PSA 0.12 to 1.9 2/2007
Bone Scan and CT 4/2007 Bone mets
Casodex 4/2007
Zometa infusions 4/2007
PSA 4.8 8/2007
PSA 6.34 12/2007
Radiation (15 treatments) started on bone mets 12/2007
PSA 6.72 1/2008
PSA 8.23 2/2008 - Starting prednisone for 30 days
PSA 14 2-29-2008 - start chemo on 3/12
PSA 12.82 3/1/2008 round one chemo
PSA 12.24 4/2/2008 round two chemo 
PSA 10.86 4/24/2008 round three chemo
PSA 10.4 5/15/2008 round four chemo - increase dosage next month
PSA 12.98 6/5/2008 round five chemo
PSA 13.63 6/26/2008 round six chemo
PSA 10.46 7/17/2008 no chemo
 
"I will persist without exception - I will find a way where there is no way"


Tony Crispino
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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 8128
   Posted 8/29/2008 3:13 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey Walter,
I don't think I have ever heard of PSA dropping so much nine weeks after the last treatment.  When you called me I cried the best way ~ Tears of joy!  What an amazing.  There is ALWAYS hope!!!  You just proved that...

Hey ~ Ruthie is just as excited.  We are so happy! turn yeah tongue yeah turn

Have a great weekend.  I'll ring next week.

Your Brother!!!

 


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
Visit my Journey at:
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STAY POSITIVE!
 
 


Magaboo
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Date Joined Oct 2006
Total Posts : 1210
   Posted 8/29/2008 5:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Walt,
So happy to hear that you really scored a bulls eye with your last chemo. I guess those darn cancer cells are down and out or at least begging for mercy. Congratulations!
Wishing you many years of good health.
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


jetguy
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Date Joined Sep 2006
Total Posts : 741
   Posted 8/29/2008 5:24 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey Walt!

I'm really happy to hear the good news.  I get updates from your CaringBridge site and learned the good news there.  I expect that Tony is just thrilled.  I'm pullin' for you as hard as I can.

If you don't mind, please post again the War Eagle meaning.  It's neat and I've forgotten it.

Regards,

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.
 


biker90
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Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 1464
   Posted 8/29/2008 7:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Great news Walt,

Glad to hear the chemo worked so well and I hope your side effects wear off soon.

Goood luck,

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."


beachbum50
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Date Joined Sep 2007
Total Posts : 292
   Posted 8/29/2008 9:29 PM (GMT -7)   

 

:-) Walt, Your great news has made my weekend! Keep up the great fight and keep beating the cancer cells back, you can win this fight!

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.


Gordy
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Date Joined Jun 2005
Total Posts : 528
   Posted 8/30/2008 6:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Walt-

I can't begin to tell you how delighted I am for you!! You give hope to all of us.

I have been on Sprycel (dasatinib) clinical trial for several weeks and get my second (21 days apart) Taxotere infusion on Tuesday, 9/2.

-Les
1/2005 Dx PSA 26.5 Gleason 7 (4+3) @Age 61
1/2005 Start Casodex and Zoladex
PSA drops to <0.01
7/2005-8/2005 5 weeks of IMRT and then HDR brachy
1/2007 Rad Oncologist orders CT scan of pelvis
because of complaints of pain in both thighs
MRI confirms pain not caused by cancer BUT
1/2007 CT scan of pelvis picks up a nodule at bottom of left lung
5/2007 CT scan of lungs shows 1/2007 nodule has grown and
there are numerous nodules on both lungs.
6/2007 Thoracic surgeon removes wedge of left lung for biopsy
6/2007 Path report says 95% chance of metastatic PCa, but she's
never seen cells like this before.
8/2007 2nd opinion at M.D. Anderson in Houston.
They confirm: mutated PCa, very rare, but seen there 2 or
3 times. Recommendation: have CT scans every 6 weeks
and watch for change. At that point start chemo and will
survive for 22 - 24 months thereafter.
PSA still undetectable, but get Lupron shot to bring T down from 27
2/2008 Trip to Houston – PSA now 0.5 and nodules larger. Lupron shot.
6/2008 Trip to Houston - Finally got results from doc. A number of lung nodules have grown, but, more important to him, is the fact that the malignant lesion on my pelvis seems to have flared up and he wants me to start chemo. He said I could wait a few months, but I told him I want to start now. He to get me signed up for a clinical trial in nearby NY.


Mike A
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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 213
   Posted 8/31/2008 10:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Walt (Our War-Eagle),
Can't tell you how happy I am at your news! Go out and celebrate Labor Day in style! Nobody deserves it more than you!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Best,
Mike
June 2005 - Age 53 PSA 4.8 at regular physical October 2005 - After several rounds of anti-biotics, PSA 5.2 at Urlogist November 2005 - Biopsy negative July 2006 - PSA 5.9 at regular Physical October 2006 - After several more rounds of anti-biotics PSA 8.1 November 2006 - Second biopsy - Positive December 2006 - Gleason (3+4=7), Tumor T1c, CT Scan and Bone Scan Negative
January 2, 2007 Robotic Prostatectomy, University of Rochester Medical Center - Tumor confined but larger than thought, only one nerve able to be spared. Margins clear. February 2007 - Three to fo ur pads a day, no erection with viagara. April 2007 - First Post-Surgical PSA 0.02. Down to one pad a day.July, 2007 - Six Month Post-op: PSA 0.04 No change in ED. October, 2007 - Nine Month Post-op: PSA back down to 0.02!Almost totally dry! Only slight improvement in ED - Will try injections if not improved by next appointment. January 2008: One Year Post-OP PSA 0.02 still dripping, but improving. Tried 500 dose of MUSE for ED, no luck. Will try 1000.
July, 2008 PSA 0.04 again, will recheck in October. Use .15cc Trimix injections, partial success. Will try .20cc.

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