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hawkfan75
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   Posted 9/10/2008 11:41 PM (GMT -6)   
This weekend, all high school football officials in Washington State will be using blue penalty flags, instead of the ususal yellow ones, to help raise the awareness of prostate cancer.  Our associations are contacting local media and schools with press releases for the media and announcements at games.  (My local association actually had the flags last Friday night, and used them in honor of "Stand up to Cancer" night.  We had many people inquiring what was up and hope that this weekend's activities will put the issue out even more.)  As the contact person of my local association, when I send out this information to local media and schools, I strongly point out, that as a prostate cancer survivor, how important I feel it is to get this information our to the public.
I'll be thinking of all of us when I throw one of those blue penalty flags during my game this Friday night.
Age 57 at diagnosis (2006),  PSA 4.7 (up from 3.2 one year previous)
Biopsy November 8, 2006 1 of 10 cores positive 5% LEFT Side Gleason 3+3
Robotic surgery January 19, 2007
Post Surgery Pathology Stage T3a, Gleason 3+4, positive margins and capsular penetration RIGHT Side
Post Surgery PSA:  March 5, 2007:  0.01    5 month PSA  0.08
Adjuvant therapy began June 26, 2007 with Zoladex injection
Radiation began August 23, 2007, ended October 8
First post radiation PSA, December 18, 2007:  0;  March 2008 - still 0;  July 2008 - 0
 
 


Doting Daughter
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 1064
   Posted 9/11/2008 9:26 AM (GMT -6)   
What a great idea hawkfan! I wish I could come to a game, but we are actually going to be flying out of town on Friday. If there is anyway that I can support, please send me an email. I will definitely be thinking of you on Friday!! Thanks for sharing!
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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Tony Crispino
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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 8128
   Posted 9/11/2008 11:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Now all we need if for them to throw the flag on the last play again...lol
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, Extra Prostatic Extension (EPE)
Bilateral seminal vesicle invasion (SVI); Stage pT3b, N0, Mx
HT began in May, '07 with Lupron and Casodex 50mg (2 Year ADT)
IMRT radiation for 38 Treatments ending August 3, '07
Current PSA (May 9 '08): <0.1 ~ Undetectable!
 
You can visit my Journey at:
 
STAY POSITIVE!
 
 


Bluenose
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Date Joined May 2008
Total Posts : 260
   Posted 9/11/2008 10:06 PM (GMT -6)   

 

  ...that's pretty cool....I mean really, pretty tuff...speechless...I like that..


 
   age: 53
   Pre-0p PSA  Feb. 08, 5.0
      4.22.08, 4.1
      PSA  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 
      Gleason-3+4=7
      T2a
      5 of 15 cores positive
      Da Vinci scheduled..7.29.08..as I read somewhere on this 
      site....."the first show of the day"
       DaVinci completed 7.29.08, Bladder Sling installed, hernia repair 
       completed during surgery.    
       3hrs in surgery, 2 in recovery...trouble starting the airway pre-
       surgery.
        Sent home 30hrs,  JP drain in place 7days,
       Path report "cancer fully contained"....Margins clear
        Cath removed 8.8.08(ten days)...one lightly used pad 24 hours
        ED therapy begins 8.9.08. 100mg viagra three times a week,
        pump everyday and hold for ten minutes.
        8.16.08 switched to Levitra 20mg.......whahoo, got lucky...
        immediate results..... 
 
           ..."just tryin' to reason with hurricane season"..
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
       


hawkfan75
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Date Joined Jan 2007
Total Posts : 165
   Posted 9/13/2008 12:52 AM (GMT -6)   

Friday night games are all over, and the event was worth it.  We had some coverage on Seattle Television Stations, as well as local media.  Below is a link to "High School Gametime" for Western Washington, that has an article about it.  While it was put together rather quickly - the organizer initially couldn't get the flags produced - I feel the whole thing was a success.  Any PR will perhaps get someone else to remember to get that yearly physical, and include a PSA test.

Also, please check out TC-LasVegas' posting about the clinical trial with the University of Arizona.  It's a psychological intervention trial, that could be very useful for participants and their partners.  Lord knows, this beast can really effect your mental health, and getting that on the straight and narrow is sometimes as important as the physical treatment.

Have a great weekend all....

http://www.hsgametime.com/seattle/


Age 57 at diagnosis (2006),  PSA 4.7 (up from 3.2 one year previous)
Biopsy November 8, 2006 1 of 10 cores positive 5% LEFT Side Gleason 3+3
Robotic surgery January 19, 2007
Post Surgery Pathology Stage T3a, Gleason 3+4, positive margins and capsular penetration RIGHT Side
Post Surgery PSA:  March 5, 2007:  0.01    5 month PSA  0.08
Adjuvant therapy began June 26, 2007 with Zoladex injection
Radiation began August 23, 2007, ended October 8
First post radiation PSA, December 18, 2007:  0;  March 2008 - still 0;  July 2008 - 0; Sept. 2008 - 0;
 
 


Tony Crispino
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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 8128
   Posted 9/13/2008 11:02 AM (GMT -6)   

I will contact the Clark County School District on monday and bring this info with me.  Maybe!  Great stuff, Hawk.  Thanks for sharing it...

The study Hawk is referring to, most of you have seen me post before.  I have bumped to the top again, and you can see it by Clicking Here.

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