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Purgatory
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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25393
   Posted 12/24/2008 1:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Just want to wish every man here, their wives, and families, the best of holiday wishes, with respect to all religious views.  I am thankful to be a part of this family here, and hoping we all have a better year in 2009.  I know now, that this is an every expanding family, today's newbies will soon be old timers, as more and more men, will be diagnosed and join our merry troop.  Thanks for all the good support and advice since I've been here.
 
David in SC
 
P.S>  Because my wife is a nurse, she is working on Christmas day, so the younger mothers with small children can be at home Christmas morning with their kids.  My family is all coming here in a few hours to do Christmas with mom/dad along with the Grandchildren, all except my youngest son, who is in Indianapolis meeting his future in-law relatives for the first time.
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
 
 


apacker1950
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Date Joined Nov 2008
Total Posts : 122
   Posted 12/24/2008 1:23 PM (GMT -6)   

Merry Christmas to you.  May the New Year be a year of healing for you and so many others in this forum.  I surely hope that when the catheter comes out next week it stays out and you can really begin to heal.  Good luck.

 

Allan


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 12/24/2008 2:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Me too Allan, though my nursey wife tells me, she works with the elderly, she has patients male and female that have catheters for years and never complain or think about them. I don't like it by choice, but I have learned to accept it and adapt to it, weeks ago, it was like a noose on my neck, but now I know there are worse things.

The best to you,

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
 
 


Tony Crispino
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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 8128
   Posted 12/24/2008 2:29 PM (GMT -6)   
David, and Allan,
Have a very Merry Christmas.

God Bless!

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!
 
 


Ralph Alfalfa
Regular Member


Date Joined Nov 2008
Total Posts : 469
   Posted 12/24/2008 3:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Merry Chrismas, David.
 
Enjoy your time with your family today.  Today is my oldest son's birthday, so he and his wife and my grandson will be here soon for that.  Then he, my other son, my daughters and their families will be here tomorrow morning.  IL'd better take a nap.
 
Bob
 
 AGE:57
 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. 19, 2009.Dr. Scott Montgomery, KC Urology,
Shawnee Mission Med. Center. Kansas


DJBearGuy
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Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 820
   Posted 12/24/2008 6:33 PM (GMT -6)   
David,

Yes, there seem to be some advantages to the tube, such as you don't have to get out of bed during the night. The last few days, I was driving around with the leg bag, took my kids Christmas shopping. It's pretty functional, and actually I it never bothered me as much as I thought it might.

Sounds like you have a nice family. Enjoy the holidays!
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, removed again 14th day following negative cystogram
pT2c
lymph nodes negative
"microscopic margins"


divo
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Date Joined Jul 2008
Total Posts : 637
   Posted 12/24/2008 7:59 PM (GMT -6)   
David, Merry Christmas to you and your family. Your wife sounds like a special girl!! We are getting our three grandgirls the day after Christmas for a week...They are like bobcats! I hope Pete and I can take it. Pete has a hip replacement coming up Jan 9. He may need two hips done! 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


Purgatory
Elite Member


Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25393
   Posted 12/25/2008 11:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Merry Christmas Diane, and to Pete, of course. My grand kids live 15 mins. from here, so get to see that often. Not sure I could take them for a week straight, geez, lol. Couldn't imagine going through one or two hip replacements, still trying to get over the open RP, six weeks ago tommorow. Just came back from eldest sons house, where my grand kids live, and had Christmas breakfast with them and my son's inlaws. Lot of fun, back home now chilling, while poor wife is working a 12 hour shift. And yes, she is very special, will be 35 years for us this coming April, she had just turned 18 when we got married not long after I got out of the Navy. Hope you have an enjoyable time today and through the holidays.

David & Peggy 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
 
 


livinadream
Veteran Member


Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 1382
   Posted 12/25/2008 1:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Merry Christmas David and may the peace and grace of our Lord continue to be with you and your family.

Love you all
Dale
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
Casodex
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
PSA Dec 16th, 2008 is .06
Testosterone keeps rising, the current number is 156, up from 57 in May
cancer in 4 of 6 cores
92%
80%
37%
28%
 

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