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Gerbe
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Date Joined Sep 2008
Total Posts : 42
   Posted 12/23/2008 2:55 PM (GMT -6)   
5:30 AM appt, out to the garage, had thrown one chain during yesterday's practice outing. Head between hands, but the show must go on. 20 miles of creeping along in the unfamiliar deep Seattle snow with the one chain. Not knowing whether the support staff would show up.

They did. Robotic yesterday. All green flags on the op side of things. Hospital discomfort night, leaving for home in an hour. Now to see what the countryside is like on this side of the bridge.

This moment, here and now, is nothing less than the totality of existence.


<FONT color=#008000>I can't control my life, but I can influence this moment.



Age 59

PSA 1.6, 1.8, 2.0 at yearly intervals

Last PSA 2.0 or 2.4 depending upon lab

Mild DRE finding (hindsight unrelated) lead to biopsy

3/08 1st biopsy, 18 core. Pathologist 1, HPIN and ASAP, 0.5mm 1 core. Pathologist 2, carcinoma

7/08 2nd biopsy, 16 core. Pathologist 1, 1 core carcinoma. Pathologist 3, 3 cores carcinoma

Urologist retired. Referred to another Dr. in same practice, not experienced enough.

Robotic da Vinci performed 12/22/08, Univ of Washington Med Center, Dr. William Ellis. Both nerves spared, complimented on my 'wide pelvis' (my feminine side, I guess) which gave more room to operate. Now the healing begins.


apacker1950
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Date Joined Nov 2008
Total Posts : 122
   Posted 12/23/2008 4:24 PM (GMT -6)   

Welcome to the other side.  Hope your recovery goes well.  Have a safe trip home and I hope you'll feel well enough to enjoy Christmas.  May you get a Zero for a late Christmas present.


Age 54 at Dx.   Currently 58
Jly 05- PSA 8.1
Sept 05- PSA 10.7
Sept 05- Biopsy revealed 9 of 12 cancerous, Gleason 3+3=6, T2 stage
Bone scan and cat scan showed hot spot on hip bone.
Oct 05- Surgery for bone biopsy.  Pathology showed benign growth, no cancer in bones. Who ever thought I would be happy to only have PCa?
Nov 05- PSA 15.4
Nov 18, 05- Nerve sparing open RP at Huntsman Cancer Center, SLC, UT by Dr. Robert Stevenson. 
Home after 3 days.Cath out at 2 wks.
Incontinence gradually improved for about 3 months to 100% continence.
ED- Tried the big 3 pills with no results
Feb 06- PSA undetectable, Started VED which worked but caused discomfort with constriction rings.
May 06- PSA undetectable, Dr. gave me an Rx for Trimx injections. They work great.  Still use VED on off days without constriction for therapy.
Aug 06- PSA undetectable 
Nov 06, May 07, Nov 07, May 08, Nov 08 - PSA undetectable
ED appears to be perminant but doing great with Trimix.


Purgatory
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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25393
   Posted 12/23/2008 5:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Glad you made it to this side, careful coming home in that bad weather out your way. Be thankful for those wide pelvis, my dr. is still complaining about how deep and narrow mine was during my open surgery, and how much it complicated things from a surgical perspective. Good luck on your healing.

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-nerve 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
 
 


DJBearGuy
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Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 818
   Posted 12/23/2008 6:15 PM (GMT -6)   
It's impressive that you're doing well enough to email. May you continue to improve.
DJ

Age 53
PSA 2007 about 2
PSA 2008 4.3
Diagnosed September 2008.
Biopsy: 6 of 12 cores positive
Gleason 4+3 = 7
CT and Bone scan negative
Da Vinci surgery at City of Hope December 8, 2008
Radical prostatectomy and lymph node dissection
Catheter removed on 7th day, replaced on 8th day
pT2c
lymph nodes negative
"microscopic margins"


Bluenose
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Date Joined May 2008
Total Posts : 260
   Posted 12/23/2008 6:33 PM (GMT -6)   

 

 Welcome to this side Gerbe and glad to hear things are going good for you....watch that Seattle snow. I was out there in about 74' or 75' putting a ship through the yards over in Bremerton when it snowed 3-4 inches....I was amazed coming from the midwest, it literally shut that place down....of course all of us sailors had a ball, but then....that's another whole story!! 

 Again, welcome to this side, take time and heal....


 
   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 
      Gleason-3+4=7
      T2a
      5 of 15 cores positive
      Da Vinci scheduled..7.29.08..as I read somewhere on this 
      site....."the first show of the day"
       DaVinci completed 7.29.08,
       Bladder Sling installed, umbilical 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)...one 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!
         12.22.08 2nd post-op PSA-Zeros still...  
           .
         .."just tryin' to reason with hurricane season"..
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
       


James C.
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 4463
   Posted 12/23/2008 6:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Glad to see you are over here and heading home for well- deserved rest, healing and recovery. 

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.


Purgatory
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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25393
   Posted 12/23/2008 6:52 PM (GMT -6)   
DJ, i thought the same thing, to be able to email still in the hospital, man, i was so doped up, there's no way i could have done that at that time.

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-nerve 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
 
 


Tim G
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Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 2358
   Posted 12/23/2008 7:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Glad to hear from you, Gerbe. Take it easy and don't try walking in the Seattle Winter Wonderland! Merry Christmas!


PSA quadrupled in 1 yr (0.6 to 2.5)  
DRE neg  1 of 12 biopsies pos (< 5%) 
Open surgery June 06 at age 57
Organ confined to one small area Gleason 5   
PSA's undetectable  < 0.1  


Tony Crispino
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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 8128
   Posted 12/23/2008 9:04 PM (GMT -6)   
And the Seahawks won too!

I was a good day for you, Gerbe! Welcome to the other side!

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!
 
 


divo
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Date Joined Jul 2008
Total Posts : 637
   Posted 12/23/2008 9:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Good for you Gerbe! I also am very impressed with your upbeat and positive email! You are great! You will be fine! Diane
Husband Pete
dx Jan 2001 gleason 4 + 3 PSA 16.5
Seed implant and conformal radiation and 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 Dr. Eastham
Fistula operation 2/07 MSK Dr. Wong
Many cystoscopies and ER visits with strictures
Catheter for one year....Catheter taken out Sept 07..
Total Incontinence since then....
PSA .52 3/08
AUS Operation at MSK Sept 8 2008 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
PSA .6 12/08
Waiting to see if AUS gets better results
Complete hip replacement surgery coming up Jan 9, 2009

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