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Tony Crispino
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   Posted 10/11/2008 10:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Frd63 said...
Hi Magaboo, I wish you the best.

I am afraid I am heading in the same direction. When I saw my urologist three weeks ago, he mentioned that my last PSA (Sept 8) was 0.01 and everything looked very good. I asked whether it was <0.01 but I don’t remember getting an answer. I always request a copy of my test results. Last week I received them and it is actually =0.01. I am trying to e optimistic, but I can’t help thinking that it will keep rising. I started trying to find more information about treatment options and that’s how I found out about this forum.

Best of luck to all of us.


Age 45 (44 at the time of Dx),
Pre op PSA 4.48, 3/8 positive biopsy.
RRP at Royal Vic, April 30, ‘07.
Pathology: 3+4, pT2C, Tumor invades the prostatic apex, neg for extra prostatic extension, neg margins.
Post op PSA: 2, 7, 14 months PSA <0.01. Last PSA=0.01 (Sept 8, ‘08) .
Hi Frd,
I caught your post an Magaboo's thread.  Welcome to the best PCa support site on the web.  Sorry you are here, but we are glad to have you.  I was 44 at Dx too.  When I look at your PSA numbers I have to think that you mean you are at 0.1.  Mostly because 0.01 would not be cause for action. 
The group you will meet here is like no other on the net.  They are caring and compassionate in every way.  And I am sure will welcome you as well.  Look around and if you need anything, my EM is open to all.
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 (September 17 '08): <0.1 ~ Undetectable!
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Date Joined Jul 2008
Total Posts : 149
   Posted 10/11/2008 11:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Frd,
Welcome to the site! Like Tony said this is the best site going. You can get any information you need here. There are a lot of well read folks here. At any rate good luck to you and maybe the rise was just a miscue. Well I will be seeing you around the board.

Age 53
Pre-op PSA 4.3
Surgery Feb. 17 2005
Post-op Path : Gleason 3+3=6
Right pelvic lymph nodes: negative for metastatic carcinoma
Left pelvic lymph nodes: negative for metastatic carcinoma
extent: right lobe 40% left lobe 10%
capsular penetration: Absent
Seminal vesicles and vasa differentia: Uninvolved
Prostate: 26 grams
Post-op PSA's <0.04 for 3 years
Feb. 08: 0.07, March 08: 0.08, June 08: 0.09 and Sept. 08: 0.1
IGRT scheduled.....

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Total Posts : 1211
   Posted 10/12/2008 12:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Frd,
Just a quick note to tell you that I'm sorry you have to be here, but also to welcome you to this site. You'll find a lot of caring, knowledgeable and compassioned people here that will do everything they can to help you to get thru this stressful part in your life. Your numbers are really very low and should not concern you at this time. Small variations in PSA level at such low numbers are apparently nothing much to worry about. Stay positive and enjoy life.
All the best to you.

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; Sept.=.08
Next step: Salvage RT

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   Posted 10/12/2008 3:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Although we all know you'd rather not be here, welcome anyway. Don't get your knickers in too much of a knot if the levels are as you posted. <.01ng/L could mean the actual level obtained was .009ng/L and a mathematical increase of .001ng/L (a ridiculously small number) will then give a reading of .01ng/L. At that level it's meaningless.
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 (disregarded due to lab "misreporting")
PSA August 08 <0.001 undetectable (disregarded due to lab "misreporting")
Post-op pathology rechecked by new lab:
Gleason downgraded to 4+3=7
Focal extension comprised of grade 3 cells
PSA September 08 <0.01 (new lab)

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Total Posts : 1382
   Posted 10/12/2008 3:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the club FRD, not many people want to join us for obvious reasons, but hey you are here so get your money's worth.
I would agree with everyone so far I think your PSA level is not a cause for concern. From everything I have read and what my doctor told me is this, if you get to .2 and have an increase for three measures then there is a reason to be concerned. Granted we do have cancer and the concern is always there, however if you can relax and enjoy life. Stick with us and please ask or say whatever you to, we love everyone.

peace and love
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
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

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