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Tony Crispino
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   Posted 9/6/2008 10:51 AM (GMT -6)   
I came here with no family history of PC and a PSA as high as 19.8 at the age of 44.  Well I spoke to my father yesterday and his PSA is on the rise and currently at 3.5.  Each of his last few tests have shown increases.  Now he turns 74 this month so a rising PSA is natural, and I am fully aware that at his age he may not be in need of treatment, but it does look to point to biopsy.  At least he has a veteran in the family. 
So my story has been that I was struck out of the blue, but it's looking like many of you here ~ heredity.  I guess I shouldn't be surprised.  My grandfather on my dad's side was an insulin dependant diebetic who died young in the 60's.  I never really knew him.  So we were not able to verify heredity.  But one more rise for my dad, and I'll consider it verified.  My dad is in good health so I probably wouldn't advocate watchful waiting.  But the cart is in front of the horse right now.  We'll cross that bridge when and if we get to it.  After losing my mom to cervical cancer just a few months ago, this year has been just dandy...Prayers that dad doesn't join me are most welcome.
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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   Posted 9/6/2008 11:50 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Tony,

Sorry to hear about your dad. I hope that his news is good on the biopsy should he chose to have it done. Good luck to you and him.


Diagnosed 04/10/08
Age 58
PSA 21.5 (first and only test resulted from follow up visit to emergency room for kidney stone. first time for kidney stone too)
Gleason 4 + 3
DRE palpable tumor on left side
100% of 12 cores positive for PCa range 35% to 85%
Bone scan clear
Chest x ray clear
CT scan shows potential lymph node involvement in pelvic region
Started Casodex on May 2 and stopped on June 1, 2008
Lupron injection on May 15 and every four months for next two years
Started IMRT/IGRT on July 10, 2008. 45 treatments scheduled
First 25 to be full pelvic for a total dose of 45 Gray to lymph nodes.
Last 20 to prostate only. Total dose to prostate 81 Gray.

Navy corpsman
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Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 61
   Posted 9/6/2008 11:55 AM (GMT -6)   

Tony -

With you helping your dad monitor his psa, I'm sure he will be fine.  If I was 74 and had a psa under 10, I probably would just watch it. There is a guy in my man to man support group who is 82 and he has a psa of 14, and he said he isn't doing anything until the quality of life starts to be affected.

I'm willing to bet that all disease has a significant heredity factor and people who say that they don't have a family history probably just don't know.  Environmental factors ( diet, stress. chemicals, etc.) cause genetic changes ultimately leading to disease. 

Your knowledgable and supportive posts on this site are valuable and much appreciated. Keep up the GREAT work!

- 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.

Steve n Dallas
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Total Posts : 4848
   Posted 9/7/2008 6:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Well wishes to your dad.

My dad recently turned 80..Although he has big time problems with being able to urinate, he appears to be cancer free.
Age 53   - 5'11'   205lbs
Overall Heath Condition - Good
PSA - July 07 & Jan 08 -> 1.3
Gleason - 6
(biopsy done March 4, 2008-> 2 of 12)
06/25/08 - Da Vinci robotic laparoscopy

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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 1132
   Posted 9/7/2008 8:14 AM (GMT -6)   
your dad is in good hands with you and his doctor's. like you said don't put the cart before the horse. i recently had a friend from church that had surgery to remove his prostate. he is 70 and recovering OK. if i were 70, i may have gone the radiation route but he seems to be doing great.
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)
12 week PSA <.04
continent at 10 weeks (no pads!)
kegel's twice a day 20 reps

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Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 34
   Posted 9/8/2008 7:26 AM (GMT -6)   
  • tc sorry to hear abut your dad he will be fine with his doctors and mostly your help . god bless him and you.  you are a good person and have helped alot of people , it;s your turn to get advice let us no wat we can do brother ,,good luck lemon lime

Post Edited (lemonlime1) : 9/8/2008 6:29:55 AM (GMT-6)

Doting Daughter
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   Posted 9/8/2008 10:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Prayers headed your way Tony! Keep us posted and best wishes!
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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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 122
   Posted 9/10/2008 6:17 AM (GMT -6)   

Sorry to hear about your fathers rising psa hopefully it is just his age.

hope everything is going well with you

talk to you later


50 years old
gleason 3+4=7 psa5.8 clinical stageT3a
Da vinci surgery April10 2007 Mayo clinic Rochester, Mn.
extraprostatic extension Gleason -same
pelvic lymph nodes -negative
Catheter out April 19
37 treatments IMRT ended 10/26/07
psa Jan 29 2008 0.10
psa april 30 0.14

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