Dale, I liked your post, had to stop and think before I replied.
For me, the worse for 2008, is when I had my yearly exam in July, family dr. said I was in great shape for 56, but by the way, your psa went up from 5.8 to 12.3 in a year, going to refer you to Dr. Smith the Urologist.
2 biopsies 6 weeks apart told me the dx. that I was shocked to hear.
Best for 2008, having a good family dr. that knew what was going on, sending me to a top notch urologist, having surgery in the best hospital in the state, having a wonderful loving and caring wife, and the providence that lead me to this web site. The kinship and care I feel here is an important part of each day in my own personal battle and struggle. I care about each of you here, when you hurt, I hurt, when you have a victory, I get excited for you too.
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