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KrisP
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   Posted 2/11/2009 8:18 PM (GMT -6)   
After a long week of waiting and sweating I finally got my third PSA result today. < 0.1 (undetectable). Man, I was so relieved. I don't think it gets any less nervous around PSA time.
Age: 54
Occupation: Mechanical Engineer
Home: Dallas/Fort Worth Area
Biopsy: 3/5/2008; Pre surgery: Gleason 6 (3+3), involving left lobe
Clinical stage: t2b. DaVinci Surgery on 4/21/2008 in Austin by Dr Randy Fagin.
Pathologist report upgraded to a Gleason 7 (3+4); Clinical stage upgraded also to a T3a; Margins: Clear
First post surgery PSA = < 0.04 (Undetectable)
Second PSA (10/27/08) = < 0.1 Undetectable


divo
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   Posted 2/11/2009 8:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Way to go Kris!! Very happy for you!! Di
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
AUS improving..only 2 pads a day and one at night
Complete hip replacement surgery Dr. Waters Gainesville, FL 1/9/09
Forging ahead to health!


James C.
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   Posted 2/11/2009 10:08 PM (GMT -6)   
That's great news. congratulations kris Keep building a string of those zero's
James C. Age 62
Co-Moderator- Prostate Cancer Forum
4/07 PSA 7.6, referred to Urologist, recheck 6.7
7/07 Biopsy: 3 of 16 PCa, 5% involved, left lobe, GS 3/3=6
9/07 Nerve sparing open RRP- Path Report: GS 3+3=6 Stg. pT2c, 110gms, margins clear
16 mts: ED- 50 mg Viagra 3X week, pump daily,Trimix .35ml 2X week continues
PSA's: .04 each 3 months


Doting Daughter
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   Posted 2/11/2009 10:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Great news!!!! Those undetectables don't come easy. Cheers to a lifetime of them!
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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Godfather
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   Posted 2/11/2009 10:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Kris:

Congratulations. Your undetectables give us all hope. Keep 'em coming.

Tony
Age at diagnosis 61  5'8" 260 lbs.
Resides in SW Florida
12/07 PSA 2.6  12/08 PSA 4.0
Biopsy 1/09 - 6 of 8 nodes positive 
Left - 2 of 4 positive, 2% involved, 4+3=7 Gleason
Right - 4 of 4 positive, 40% involved, 4+3=7 Gleason
Perineual invasion is present 
DRE small nodule on right - Prostate 22.6 cc's
 


Salty_clark
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   Posted 2/12/2009 12:31 AM (GMT -6)   

Extremely happy for you Kris.  I know you were worried about the upgrade of your gleason score after your RRP.  After nine months I think you are home-free and I think our good Doctor Fagin got all of it.  Go into the future now with confidence and live your life to the fullest.  God bless you and your family.

Salty


Age 75 at DX 76 on 9 May 08
DRE positive with nodule 15 Jan 08
PSA 3.8 18 Jan 08
Biopsy 11 Mar 08 Gleason 8 (4+4) on the right 3 out of 12 positive <5%. Gleason 7 (4+3) on the left 1 out of 11 positive <5%.
Bone scan and CT scan Negative 12 Mar 08
Robot Assisted da Vinci prostectomy with Dr Fagin in Austin scheduled for 30 April 08.
- - - - - - - -
da Vinci successfully completed by Dr Fagin as scheduled.
Path Report:
Gleason downgraded to 3+4=7
Tumors confined to the prostate.
Bilateral tumor on right side 5 of 10 levels and on left side tumor present in 9 of 10 levels.
Margins Negative.
Extraprostatic Extension Negative
Seminal Vesicle Invasion Negative
Stage pT2c
As far as it goes between you, me and the fence post I am cured. 
06-24-08 <0.1 Undetectable.
09-23-08 <0.1 Undetectable.
01-10-09 <0.01 Undetectable. 
AUS/IPP installed by Dr Morey 1/21/09 Activation to be 03/09/09 


creed_three
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   Posted 2/12/2009 4:43 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Kris,  Great news to hear your third PSA is good!  

So glad to hear of your continued good health. Take care & celebrate! Lana & CJ.


Creed_three
Husband 51 yrs (49 years at diagnosis)
PSA (2002) 2.1.  PSA (2006) 3.5.  1 x (5%) core of 12 positive at biopsy. 11 cores negative. Open Radical Prostatectomy with nerve sparing April 2007. Gleeson 3 + 4 = 7.   Undetectable PSA since Surgery (< 0.1) specifically,  
June 2007: 0.01; Oct 2007: 0.02; April 2008: 0.02: October 2008: 0.03: November, 2008 (repeat PSA with instructions to lab to calibrate carefully) = 0.02.
 


BillyMac
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   Posted 2/12/2009 6:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Excellent news and may you always be a zero yeah
Bill
1/05 PSA----2.9 3/06-----3.2 3/07-------4.1 5/07------3.9 All negative DREs
Aged 59 when diagnosed
Biopsy 6/07
4 of 10 cores positive for Adenocarcinoma-------bummer!
Core 1 <5%, core 2----50%, core 3----60%, core 4----50%
Biopsy Pathologist's comment:
Gleason 4+3=7 (80% grade 4) Stage T2c
Neither extracapsular nor perineural invasion is identified
CT scan and Bone scan show no evidence of metastases
Da Vinci RP Aug 10th 2007
Post-op pathology:
Positive for perineural invasion and 1 small focal extension
Negative at surgical margins, negative node and negative vesicle involvement
Some 4+4=8 identified ........upgraded to Gleason 8
PSA Oct 07 <0.1 undetectable
PSA Jan 08 <0.1 undetectable
PSA April 08 <0.001 undetectable (disregarded due to lab "misreporting")
PSA August 08 <0.001 undetectable (disregarded due to lab "misreporting")
Post-op pathology rechecked by new lab:
Gleason downgraded to 4+3=7
Focal extension comprised of grade 3 cells
PSA September 08 <0.01 (new lab)


Purgatory
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   Posted 2/12/2009 8:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Kris, great for you, that must be another big sigh of relief, hope you have many, many more to come!!!
Age 56, 56 at DX, PSA 7/7 5.8, 7/8 12.3
3rd Biopsy 9/8 Positive 7 of 7 cores pos, 40-90%, Gleason 7
Open RP surgery 11/14/8, Right nerves saved, 4 days hospital, staples out 11/24/8, 5th cath out on 1/19/9
Post-surgery Pathlogy Report:Gleason 3+4=7, pT2c, 42 grm, tumor 20%, Contained in capsular, clear margins, clear lymph nodes 
First PSA Post Surgery   2/9 .05
 
 


Lungman
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   Posted 2/12/2009 11:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Excellent news Kris, I wish you a long lifetime of ZERO'S. I agree, the wait and anticipation is excruciating, but it does get some easier, but that fear is always lurking. So far, so good !!

Randy
46 you when diagnosed, now 48
Pre-Op PSA 9.9
1 of 12 cores positive, Gleason 3+3
DaVinci on 9/5/2007
Post-Op Gleason 3+6, Negative Nodes and Margins
Less than 1% of prostate involved with CA
3 Month PSA 0.01, 6 Month PSA 0.01, 9 Month PSA 0.01
One Year PSA 0.01
Incontinence resolved 9/15/2007, one day after cath removal
ED showing significant improvement.
Occasional Success with Oral Meds
Success with BiMix


Magaboo
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   Posted 2/12/2009 12:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations KrisP. Keep the zeros string going.
All the best to you.

Magaboo
Born Sept 1936
PSA 7.9
-ve DRE
Gleason's Score 3+4=7, 2 of 8 positive
open RP 28 Nov 06, Post op staging T3a
Gleasons still 3+4=7
Seminal vesicles and lymph nodes clear
Catheter out 15 Dec 06, Dry since 11 Feb 07
All PSA tests in 2007 (4) <.04
PSA tests in 2008: Mar.=.04; Jun.=.05; Sept.=.08; 3 days before Rad Start=0.1
Salvage RT completed (33 sessions - 66 Grays) on the 19th Dec., 08.
PSA on the 26 Jan., 09, =0.05. PSA tests now every 6 month


coxjajb
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   Posted 2/12/2009 1:13 PM (GMT -6)   
A buddy of mine is scheduled with Dr. Fagin on the 19th of this month. Looks like he did a great job for you. I'll let my friend know. Good luck with future zeros.
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


Sephie
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   Posted 2/12/2009 2:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations...your stats are virtually identical to my husband's (he has 57 at diagnosis with clinical stage T1c but pathology upgraded him to T3a with gleason 3+4 and clean margins and seminal vesicles). He had his surgery in March 2008 and has his 11 month PSA and check up on the 20th. So far, his PSA results have all been 0.0 (yippee!).

May you have a long and happy life filled with ... what else ... zeros!

sandstorm
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   Posted 2/12/2009 5:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Great news KrisP, hope to join you next week. Congratulations
Age at DX 57
5-18-07 PSA 7.7
5-06-08 PSA 4.6  8% free psa, but stable
10-23-08 PSA 5.65 4% free psa
11-04-08 biopsy
11-11-08 2 of 12 cores positive
Gleason 3+3  6  stage t1c / post-op 3+4  7  stage t2c
CT and Bone scan negative
Da Vinci RRP 01-09-09
Catheter removed 1-15-09
Pathology Report says it's gone!
First Post-op PSA due 2-17-09


mvesr
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   Posted 2/12/2009 7:35 PM (GMT -6)   
HI Kris

Great news, glad to hear it

Mika
age at dx 54 now 56
psa at dx 4.3
got the bad news 1/29/07
open surgery Duke Medical Center 5-29-07
never more than 2 pads
Tossed the pads this spring
ED still a problem
Got a shot last week and it was great
A year an a half of zero's
 


KrisP
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   Posted 2/12/2009 7:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you every one and I do wish everyone on this site with lifetime of zero’s. You are all great people and the best of friends. It’s a pity we have to meet under these difficult circumstances. It feels like only yesterday when I found out I had this dreadful disease and came home immediately and went on the Internet for answers. Maybe it was my lucky day also as I came across this wonderful website where everyone cares for each other even if we haven't even met.
Thanks again to everyone for your kind words.
[color=blue><FONT>Occupation: Mechanical Engineer


[color=blue><FONT>Biopsy:
3/5/2008; Pre surgery: Gleason 6 (3+3), involving left lobe
t2b. DaVinci Surgery on 4/21/2008 in Austin by Dr Randy Fagin.

Pathologist report upgraded to a Gleason 7 (3+4); Margins: Clear

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<FONT color=black>Second PSA (10/27/08) = < 0.1 Undetectable

<FONT color=black>Third PSA (02/11/09) = < 0.1 Undetectable


Ralph Alfalfa
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   Posted 2/12/2009 8:27 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi,Kris

Gotta love the goose eggs.  Keep 'em coming.  Now and forever.

Bob


 AGE:57
 Dx: October,27(the day after my birthday)
 Psa 14.5
 Gleason:(4+3) 7 T1c
 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


rob2
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   Posted 2/12/2009 10:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Great news. Are you still going to Austin for follow-ups are in the Dallas area? Anyway, you are right, the anxiety builds up waiting on the results. My doctor's office has the machine and I have the blood drawn and wait the 20 minutes for the results.
 
Age 48
occupation accountant
PSA increased from 2.6 to 3.5 in one year
biopsy march 2008 - cancer present gleason 7
decision - surgery (robotic)
surgery may 9, 2008 - houston, tx
pathology report -gleason 8
margins clear
9 month  PSA <.04 (low as the machine will go)
continent at 10 weeks (no pads!)
ED is still an issue


gpg
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   Posted 2/13/2009 9:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Great news Kris, never get tired about hearing about 0's.

Best wishes. Scott
Diagnosed @ 48yo 04/07
focal, low volume tumor gleason 6
RRP 07/30/07 robotic
Persistance of PSA
IMRT 11/07-01/08
Emerg, cysto obstructed bladder 01/08
Persistance of PSA
08/08 learned Dr. left significant amount of prostate
12/08 PCA3 negative
12/08 saturation biopsy 36 cores 24 having normal prostate tissue
12/08 referred whole to med malprac attorney


chrisinmaine
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   Posted 2/13/2009 9:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Woohooo! Way to go KrisP. I get my second one next week!
Age 51
March 08 PSA prior to biopsy 6.65
PSA caught in life insurance exam.
Completely asymptomatic.
April 08 Biopsy: Gleason Grade 3+4=7
Tumor in 5 of 13 cores
July 22, 08 Radical Robotic Prostatectomy
All nerves spared
Pathology: Margins clean, Seminal Vesicles negative for tumor
Gleason Grade 3+4=7 Percent Gleason Grade 4-20% no Gleason grade 5.
First post-op PSA scheduled for 10/08
Very minor incontinence since catheter removal on 7/29
ED assisted by low dose of Levitra. So far so good.
I feel very, very lucky.
First post op PSA 11/19/08 <.02 undetectable!


GreenAcres
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   Posted 2/14/2009 9:29 AM (GMT -6)   
I actually missed a few days rushing through here or would have thrown my congrats in sooner! Hey, KrisP - way to go! Yep, we still get nervous about those PSA tests, probably always will. So glad to see this report.
Husband: Age 67
PSA had doubled in 14 mos to 4.3/Gleason 6
da Vinci 8/06 in Austin with Dr. Randy Fagin
Post surgical path shows encapsular penetration; possible bladder neck involvement.
PSAs remain undetectable; no further treatment at this time.
Next PSA: April 08


kcragman
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   Posted 2/14/2009 12:49 PM (GMT -6)   
KrisP:

Congrats. I'm a T3a also (the P means it was upgraded from the initial diagnosis). It's always good to hear that another T3'er is doing well.

Live long and prosper,
kcragman
Age: 53; 52 at DX
March 2006: PSA 2.5
Dec 2007: PSA taken for insurance application. I did not see the results until late
              Jan '08 - after I was rejected. Their lab said PSA 4.5.
Feb 2008: PSA 3.7.
March 2008: Biopsy. Gleason 7 (4+3) 12 cores taken. 5 on the left side were
              cancerous and the 6th was suspect.  
May 5, 2008: Da Vinci robotic laparoscopy at GW Hospital, Washington DC.

Post op: Gleason 9 (4+5). 15% of prostate involved. Stage: pT3a. Negative margins. Lymph node and nerve samples taken, and appeared to be cancer free.

July 2008: PSA at 7 weeks was undetectable.
August 2008: PSA at 14 weeks (3 months) was undetectable.
Nov 2008: PSA at 6 months was undetectable.


livinadream
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   Posted 2/14/2009 7:11 PM (GMT -6)   
welcome to the club my friend. Hope you have many more years of undetectables.

peace and love
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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