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Date Joined Nov 2008
Total Posts : 5
   Posted 12/17/2008 1:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, I had a prostate biopsy two days ago so I guess I've applied to join the club.  Of course I hope everything comes out well and I don't get in the club.  The urologist said a local pathologist will do an initial read of the slides by next week, and then they will be sent out for a second opinion.  The waiting is already difficult.
Thanks to all of you for your posts - I have been lurking here since my PSA came back in early October.  I have learned so much about prostate disease from this forum and you have eased many of my fears.  If I have to face PC at least I've got a little knowledge now.
If the biopsy turns out bad, I'm sure I'll have lots of questions.  It is nice to know you gentlemen (and ladies) are out there.

Age 49
Feb 2006 - 2.1
Feb 2007 - 2.9
Oct 2008 - 3.8
Nov 2008 - 4.2
DRE - GP said he felt something; Urologist said he didn't feel anything.
Biopsy done 15 December.  Awaiting results.
My Father: DX with PC in 1994 at age 62.  Had already spread outside prostate.  Radiation, hormones.  It came back in 2006 - chemotherapy treatment.  He is now under Hospice care.

James C.
Veteran Member

Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 4463
   Posted 12/17/2008 1:56 PM (GMT -6)   
ConcernedDc, Welcome and thanks for sharing.  I will keep you in mind as you wait on your results from the biopsy. Hopefully you will get a negative...

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
Veteran Member

Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 8128
   Posted 12/17/2008 2:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi DC,
Needless to say you don't need to be told about the ramifications of missing the opportunity to catch this early. I am heart broken when I read stories like the one your signature line tells us about your father. He did well for 12 years and that is a testimonial as well. When we think we're clear, it can come back with a vengence. My very best to you and your family in these times.

You have a good signature, I hope you don't have to use it here, but if you have the disease, this is the best place I have found for compassionate and caring support. Please post those results...

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:

Steve n Dallas
Veteran Member

Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 4849
   Posted 12/17/2008 4:24 PM (GMT -6)   
DRE - GP said he felt something; Urologist said he didn't feel anything. said..
Had a Urologist find nodules. GP couldn't find anything BUT admitted that Asians like himself with short stubby fingers aren't the best to do a DRE....Second Urologist found the nodules.
It still blows my mind thinking about what might have happened/not happened if I had gone to the GP first for a physical. (psa was 1.3)
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


Elite Member

Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25394
   Posted 12/17/2008 4:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello DC,

Hope you get to cancel your membership here with a clean biopsy, but if not, you have come to the best place on the net. Wonderful bunch of men/women here, good answers, and you can talk about all your fears and fealings anytime you want.

Sorry to hear about your father, that kind of news would get to anyone here on a regular basis. My best hopes for him and your family.

David in SC
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

Regular Member

Date Joined Nov 2008
Total Posts : 184
   Posted 12/17/2008 5:01 PM (GMT -6)   
ConcernedDC, Let's hope your membership into the club is denied. Good luck. Wishing you good news from the biopsy.
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

Veteran Member

Date Joined Jul 2008
Total Posts : 637
   Posted 12/17/2008 8:55 PM (GMT -6)   
We will be watching and hoping for your good news. There has been a lot of good news lately, so be hopeful....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

Forum Moderator

Date Joined Sep 2008
Total Posts : 4278
   Posted 12/19/2008 12:10 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi DC:

I will hope for the best re your biopsy and will be happy if you don't want/need to join our club!  However, in case of bad news, if you want some advice about docs or options in the greater DC area, pls. bump up this thread and ask. I live in N. VA and did a lot of research and spoke with several docs in our area.

Good luck!

Age 62
Gleason 4 +3 = 7
PSA 4.2
Brachytheraply volume study done on 11/14/08
Brachytherapy December 9, 2008.  73 Iodine-125 seeds.  Procedure went great, catheter out before I went home, only minor discomfort.  Regular activities resumed, everything functioning normally.

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