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Date Joined Dec 2008
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   Posted 1/3/2009 6:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello to all the good people here,
I just felt like I should include my diagnosis since I have become a regular visitor here.
Diagnosed at age 50 with Advanced Prostate Cancer....AARRGGGGHHHHH :-)
Biopsy of 12 cores revealed:
3 3+4 80-100%
8 3+3 50-90%
2 cores revealed Benign Prostatic score
Initial PSA 344
12/03/08   .3
Some lymph node involvement but nodes have shrunk by 2/3 since Feb. 08
No Mets.
Currently on Lupron and Casodex.
Drs. at MD Anderson read the slides and all the reports from my Urologist and here is what he told my wife and me:
8-12 years on Therapy. Maybe radiation, possibly Proton.
After dramatic drop in PSA was very was I.
Going back every 6 months for CT Scan and Bone scan...... just to keep my foot in the door
Seeing my Urologist every 3 months for "The Shot"
Thanks to all of you for chiming in.

Doting Daughter
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 1064
   Posted 1/3/2009 7:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Aspen! Thanks for posting your info.  It looks like your PSA has responded really well to HT.  Great news!  Just curious, do you have a family history of PcA?  Please stick around and continue to keep us posted on your progress!  All the best to you in the New Year!

Father's Age 62 (now 63)
Original Gleason 3+4=7, Post-Op Gleason- 4+3=7,
DaVinci Surgery Aug 31, 2007
Focally Positive Right Margin, One positive node. T3a N1 M0.
Bone Scan/CT Negative (Sept. 10, 2007)
Oct. 17 PSA 0.07
Nov. 13 PSA 0.05
Casodex adm. Nov 07, Lupron beg. Dec 03, 2007 2 yrs
Radiation March 03-April 22, 2008- 8 weeks 5x a week
July 2, 08 PSA <.02
Oct. 10, 08 PSA <.02
Praying for a cured dad.

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Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 59
   Posted 1/3/2009 7:49 PM (GMT -6)   

Father had prostate cancer at 62. Lived with it until he died of a heart attack at age 73. would have lived much longer if he had taken care of himself.

Mother said they removed his testies in 1990. I guess that was the norm????

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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25393
   Posted 1/3/2009 8:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Good luck so far, Aspen, welcome here. Looks like you amazingly high psa is moving in the right direction now, hope it stays that way for you.

David in SC
Age 56, 56 at DX
PSA 7/7 5.8, 7/8 12.3, 9/8 14.9, 10/8 16.4
3rd Biopsy 9-2008 Positive 7 of 7 cores positive, ranging from 40 - 90%, G 4+3 & 3+4
Open RP surgery  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, Catheter out 12/29/08.  After 7 hours, complete stoppage again, emergency room put in Catheter #3 early evening of day 45, still 12/29/08. New appt. to see dr. on 1/5/9 as result.
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.
First PSA Post Surgery  Scheduled now for 2/9/9

Regular Member

Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 59
   Posted 1/3/2009 8:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Dave. I'm rooting for you

Veteran Member

Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 3149
   Posted 1/3/2009 10:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Aspen your father had an orechtomy(spelling?) which is another way to stop alot of testosterone (testicals-removed)to fight PCa disease, instead of taking alot of nasty drugs, this is another alternative. It works pretty good and has side effects besides loosing the obvious. It is also effective and some patients still have opted for such, but because of the LHRH drugs and most people don't like loosing significant body parts, the drugs prevail over this method. This also is a one shot cost approach and was chosen probably alot more in the past, it also wasn't all to expensive from what I read in a book, years ago.

"Youth is wasted on the young"-W.C. Fields
"I wouldn't join a club that would have me as a member"-Groucho Marx

Tony Crispino
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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 8128
   Posted 1/3/2009 10:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Aspen,
You are doing great! And you are such a good friend here at HW. Thank you so much for your continued support of everyone while you work through the battle this stupid disease yourself. Keep living the good life and stay with us. We all work together here and do what we can to help each other. No one wants to be hre but it sure is nice to have you with us.

God bless and stay well, my friend!


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!
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Post Edited (TC-LasVegas) : 1/3/2009 9:04:21 PM (GMT-7)

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