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Date Joined Mar 2007
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   Posted 12/10/2008 5:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Well I did it! first PSA at 7 weeks and I joined the Zero club PSA was <0.1 I will be celebrating tonight!  To think that a few months ago I was scared to death not knowing what to do when I got the cancer diagnoise but now that I am on the other side I can thank god and everyone that has supported me in this journey.  This site has been and will be invaluable to me going through this journey knowing we are all in the same place some better than others but all helping and caring.  My wife has been my biggest supporter and has been there for me all the way.  Right now I feel like the luckiest guy in the world.  Next week I go back to Orlando for my first post op visit now I will be going back knowing I am in the Zero club.  Continence is no longer an issue I have been playing tennis everyday and feel great.  Hopefully the Lymphocele is going away since I am now only getting up once or twice a night and I did that before the surgery, and all the burning has stopped so hopefully the bladder leak is healed.  Sorry to keep going on but can finally breath.
Age 69
DX 8/13/08 , PSA 4.0, Biopsy 14 samples 1 positive for Prostate Cancer 12% of sample, Second option of biopsy from Methodist Hospital Houston same DX
Gleason Score 4+4 =8
Bone scan and MRI negative
Da Vince surgery on Oct 17, 08 Florida Hospital Dr Vipul Patel
Tumor size 2.9 x0.8 x 0.8 cm
Location: single focus, left posterior peripheral zone (pt2a)
Post Gleason report  3+3= 6
Lymph nodes on both sides negative
margins Negative 
Stage II (pt2a) 
Cath out on October 29th left in longer due to small leak.
11/10/08 diagnosed with lymphocele 7.7 x5 pressing on bladder reason for urinating every two hours and leak is not  yet healed.
11/19/08 dry no more pads
12/2/08 first PSA <0.1

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Date Joined Jul 2008
Total Posts : 966
   Posted 12/10/2008 5:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Woo Hoo Jerry on so many look forward to many many years of nothing but Zeros....kinda makes me think of the old TV commercials...Nothin' but Net...but this time...Nothin' but Zero....way to go there Jerry
Age 58 at Diagnosis
Oct 2006 - PSA 2.6 - DRE Normal
May 2008 - PSA 4.6 - DRE Normal / TRUS normal-Gland 38 cc
July 2008 - Biopsy 4 of 12 Positive 5 - 30% Involved Bilateral (Perineural Invasion present at base)
Gleason (3+3) 6  Stage T1C
August 23 - Bone Scan - Hips, Spine and ribs marked uptake - X-Ray showed clear -Hooray
Sept 9 2nd DRE - questionable - TRUS...shadow in base - Gland now 41 cc
Robotic Surgery Sept 18, 2008
Pathology October 1,2008
Gleason 7 (4+3) Staged pT2c NO MX
Gland 50 cc
Seminal Vesicles and Lymph Nodes clear
Positive Margins Right Posterior Lobe
4 tumors in prostate - largest being 6 cm 
PSA Oct 08 <.05

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Date Joined Jul 2008
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   Posted 12/10/2008 7:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Great Jerry!! We are so very happy for you...really great. we are going for PSA tomorrow and hope for the best....Di
Husband Pete
dx Jan 2001 age 67 gleason 4 + 3 PSA 16.5
seed implant and conformal radiation Lupron from Jan 2001 to Jan2002
2005 Dec PSA began to rise from .5 to 8 within 6 months
Salvage surgery at MSK 9/06
Fistula operation 2/07 MSK
Many cystoscopies and ER visits with strictures
catheter for one year....Catheter taken out Sept 07..
Total Incontinence since then....
PSA .52 3/07
AUS Operation at MSK Sept 8. Dr. Sandhu
Activated Oct 28th Dr. Sandhu..MSK
Some difficulty with AUS arising Nov 10 2008
Meeting with Dr. Sandhu to discuss AUS problems and new PSA test Dec 11, 2008

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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 12/10/2008 7:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jerry 1
Great news.  A zero can be a wonderful thing.  It has been almost a year and a half since my open surgery.  Got the results today of my PSA test last week.  I too had a big fat zero.
Take care and keep in touch
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

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   Posted 12/10/2008 8:20 PM (GMT -6)   

Welcome to the Zero Club Jerry.  yeah


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   Posted 12/10/2008 8:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Way to go Jerry and welcome to the Zero club. Hope you get many more zero's
Age: 54
Occupation: Mechanical Engineer
Home: Dallas/Fort Worth Area
Biopsy: 3/5/2008; Pre surgery: Gleason 6 (3+3), involving left lobe
Clinical stage: t2b. DaVinci Surgery on 4/21/2008 in Austin by Dr Randy Fagin.
Pathologist report upgraded to a Gleason 7 (3+4); Clinical stage upgraded also to a T3a; Margins: Clear
First post surgery PSA = < 0.04 (Undetectable)
Second PSA (10/27/08) = < 0.1 Undetectable

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Date Joined May 2008
Total Posts : 260
   Posted 12/10/2008 8:38 PM (GMT -6)   


  Congrats on being a zero Jerry...

   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 
      5 of 15 cores positive
      Da Vinci 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.    
        Sent home 30hrs,  JP drain in place 7days,
       Path report "cancer fully contained"....Margins clear
        Cath removed 8.8.08(ten days) 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..... 
        9.15.08 pad free at night, one thin (light) pad during the daytime
        hours. Just because I'm chicken..!
         9.18.08 1st post-0p-PSA-Undetectable...Zero's!  Yes!
           ..."just tryin' to reason with hurricane season"..

Ralph Alfalfa
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Date Joined Nov 2008
Total Posts : 469
   Posted 12/10/2008 10:23 PM (GMT -6)   
MayI join the zero club in about a month, guys. Pretty please.

Congratulations to all.

 Dx: October,27(the day after my birthday)
 Psa 14.5
 Gleason:(4+3) 7
 Bone scan:Negative
 Cat scan: Negative
 Biopsy: 4 of 12 positive, left side, pre-cancerous on the right.
 Confined to prostate.
 DaVinci scheduled for Jan. 2009.Dr. Scott Montgomery, KC Urology,
Shawnee Mission Med. Center. Kansas

Tim G
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   Posted 12/11/2008 1:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations on your excellent PSA results, Jerry!  I am celebrating with you...Tim 

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Total Posts : 407
   Posted 12/11/2008 1:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations on joining the "club."

Age:  59 (58 at diagnosis - June, 2008)

April '08 PSA 4.8 ("free PSA" 7.9), up from 3.5 year prior

June '08 had biopsy, 2 days later told results positive but in less than 1% of sample

Gleason's 3+3=6

Developed sepsis 2 days post-biopsy, seriously ill in hospital for 3 days

Dr. recommended robotic removal using da Vinci

Surgery 9/10/08

Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL

Dr. Robert Nadler, Urologist/Surgeon

Post-op Gleason's:  3+3, Tertiary 4

Margins:  Free

Bladder & Urethral:  Free

Seminal vesicles:  Not involved

Lymphatic/Vascular Invasion:  Not involved

Tumor:  T2c; Location:  Bilateral; Volume:  20%

Catheter:  Removed 12-days after surgery

Incontinent:  Yes (getting better, though)

Combination of Cialis and MUSE (alprostadil) three times weekly started 9-27-08

Returned to work 9-29-08 (18-19 days post-op)

PSA test result, post-op, 10/08: 0.0


James C.
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   Posted 12/11/2008 12:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Jerry, great news, and congratulations on joining the club.  Each test gets you more zero

James C.
Co-Moderator- Prostate Cancer Forum
Age 61
4/19/07 PSA 7.6, referred to Urologist, recheck 6.7
7/11/07 Biopsy- 16 core samples, size of gland around 76 cc. Staging pT2c
7/17/07 Path report: 3 of 16 PCa, 5% involved, left lobe , GS 3/3:6.
9/24/07 (open) Retropubic Radical Prostatectomy performed
9/26/07 Post-op Path Report: GS 3+3=6 Staging pT2c, 110gms, margins clear
Present- 1 year: ED- Viagra, pump continues, no response- Trimix .10ml x 2 weekly continues
Post Surgery PSA's: 3 mts-.04, 6 mts.-.04, 9 mts.-.04, 1 Year-.02.

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Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 235
   Posted 12/11/2008 12:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations. I'm just a week away from my first post-op PSA. Thought I was in good mental shape, but as I get closer, all the same stuff starts to overwhelm me again. Looking forward to posting my own 'all-clear'.
50 YO
PSA at Dx: 8.2
DaVinci RALP: 10/31/08
Negative margins, no extra-capsular involvement
No follow-up PSA yet (next week).

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Date Joined Nov 2008
Total Posts : 184
   Posted 12/11/2008 8:08 PM (GMT -6)   
That's great news Jerry. You're well on your way to recovery.
Age 50
Pre - Op PSA, 4.3
Gleason 3+4=7
Stage T1C
da Vinci Prostatectomy 8/1/08
No issues with incontinence since day 1 after catheter removal
ED, need a little help from Levitra
First post op PSA 11/11/08, 0.00

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Date Joined Sep 2008
Total Posts : 72
   Posted 12/12/2008 9:50 PM (GMT -6)   

Congrats to you! I just got my second one back today it was still undetectable! Yeah!!!!!


Don't get discouraged!!
Diagnosed Feb 2008  54 years old
3+4=7 gleason
7.5 PSA
4 out of 20 biopsies were cancerous
daVinci Robotic surgery July 24, 2008
Univ of Calif San Francisco Med Center  Dr Peter Carroll
In hospital 2 nights altho I had option of leaving the next day but stayed due to distance home.
Contained in prostate, not spread
Six weeks post surgery PSA less than .01

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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 1382
   Posted 12/12/2008 11:26 PM (GMT -6)   
another member to the sacred zero club. Darn do we have any more room???? YES YES YES we do. We need thousands of members. WAY TO GO

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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