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LV-TX
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Date Joined Jul 2008
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   Posted 12/17/2008 8:03 AM (GMT -6)   
As a result of my bone scan...and an xray that reveal a small lung nodule (10mm) prior to surgery, I had my followup CT scan, xray and blood work again.  Great news...things unchanged after 4 months.  The significance is that the volumn doubling time (VDT) for lung cancer is around six months, so with no change...Woo Hoo.  Thats the good news, but the bone thing still remains questionable they say.  CT scan shows activity and blood test confirm...but no idea why.  The path from surgery doesn't indicate the bone activity is from the PCa and with no change in the lung nodule, probably not Lung cancer either.  So while that is still unknown and I will have another followup again every three months for the next year or so...heck no big deal at this point.  Getting past that first 4 month mark was a very big relief for us.  Now Christmas won't be put on hold anymore waiting on lab and test results.
 
Things are finally getting back to normal now and I know most folks go through that fear waiting on PSA results after surgery...you can imagine waiting for test results on two fronts.  But all is good now and I just wanted to share with everyone this morning...because boy do I feel lucky today and I am on top of the world right now and celebrating with everyone. yeah
 
Thanks guys and gals.
Les
 
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


Steve n Dallas
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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 12/17/2008 8:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like great news.
Age 53   - 5'11"   205lbs
Overall Heath Condition - Good
PSA - July 2007 & Jan 2008 -> 1.3
Gleason - 6
(biopsy done March 4, 2008-> 2 of 12)
 
06/25/08 - Da Vinci robotic laparoscopy
10/03/08 - 1st Quarter PSA -> less then .01
 

Surgeon - Keith A. Waguespack, M.D.

Las Colinas and Plano Offices

 


Frank1205
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Date Joined Feb 2008
Total Posts : 308
   Posted 12/17/2008 8:48 AM (GMT -6)   

Les,

That is certainly good news.  I hope this makes your Holidays a little brighter.  I wish you and yours the very best.

 

Frank

 


Age 54
DRE normal , 2004 Biospy negative - 2008 Biopsy positive (01-08-08)
10 cores, 1 positive and at 1% of that one core
PSA @ surgery 6 
Bone and Ct scans negative
clinicaly Staged at T1C - Gleason 3+3 = 6
Robotic Da Vinci performed March 27th, 2008, University of Chicago.
Catheter out in 7 days normaly expected leakage
Post Pathology T2C, Gleason 7, 10 % of both portions of prostate
Seminal vessels clear, fat tissue clear, single positve margin at apex measuring less than 1/2mm. 
Six week PSA < 0.1 , 4 month PSA <.05 Gen II test. 6 month PSA  <0.01
Watching PSA closely,  will do salvage radiation if necessary.
Fair to Good results with Viagra,  side effects are bothersome at times. 
 


Purgatory
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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25369
   Posted 12/17/2008 9:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Congrats on some very good news at a very good time of the year, enjoy the feeling.
David
Age 56, 56 at DX
 
PSA 2007 5.8
PSA 9-2008 14.9
 
3rd Biopsy 9-2008 Positive
7 of 7 cores positive, ranging from 40 - 90%
2 tumours noted, Gleason 4+3 and 3+4
 
Open RP surgery completed on Friday, November 14, 2008 at
St. Francis Hospital, Greenville, SC, Dr. Ronald Smith - Surgeon,
Non-nerving sparing, 4 days in hospital, staples removed 11/24/8,
Catheter out on 12/15/8 on day 32.  Day 33, urine stopped flowing, new catheter put in 12/16/08 - uncertain of what went wrong.
 
Post-surgery Pathlogy Report:
Gleason 3+4=7, pT2c pN0 pMx, Prostate 42 grams, tumor 20% cancer
Contained in capsular, neg. margins apex, bladder neck, right lobe, neg. in seminal vessels and lymph nodes. Left lobe: infiltrating tumor miscroscopically appears to extend to marked left posterior margin
 
First PSA Post Surgery  Scheduled for 1/5/9
 
 


James C.
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 4462
   Posted 12/17/2008 9:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Les, it's really good news and I am so glad to hear it.  You have faced a lot of stress and worry courageously and with grace, now is the time to relax and enjoy Christmas, and let daily life get back to normal stuff and away from the medical stuff. 

James C.         Age 61
Co-Moderator- Prostate Cancer Forum
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
16 mts: ED- Viagra, pump continues, no response- Trimix ..35ml x 2 weekly continues
Post Surgery PSA's: 3 mts-.04, 6 mts.-.04, 9 mts.-.04, 1 Year-.02.


Tony Crispino
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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 8128
   Posted 12/17/2008 11:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Good deal!,
Staying healthy for the holidays is the way it should be. Congrats...

Tony
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!
 
You can visit my Journey at:
 
STAY POSITIVE!
 
 


Rolerbe
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Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 235
   Posted 12/18/2008 10:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Excellent present. Merry Christmas!
50 YO
PSA at Dx: 8.2
DaVinci RALP: 10/31/08
Negative margins, no extra-capsular involvement
One nerve spared
No follow-up PSA yet (next week).
 

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