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pa69
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Date Joined Mar 2009
Total Posts : 260
   Posted 3/10/2009 10:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello all,
I've been lurking here since I discovered this site shortly after my surgery in December. I've learned a lot from all of you and I thank you for that. I felt that I needed to contribute something back so I finally signed up. It's about 3 months since surgery and I feel great! Looking back I realize that I've had symptoms for at least 10 years. I had trouble relieving myself since at least the year 2000. I guess it just creeps up on you and you don't realize how difficult it becomes. Since surgery I just can't believe how easy it is now to pee! I still have some incontinence issues but it's improving with time.
Age 69, First ever PSA 7.8 taken June 2008, Biopsy July 2008, 10 of 12 cores positive, Gleason 3+3=6
da Vinci surgery December 10, 2008, catheter removed December 29 2008
St. Lukes Hospital, Bethlehem, Pa.
Dr. Frank Tamarkin

Prostate weight 73.0 grams, Gleason 3+3=6, stage pT3a
Tumor locations: right anterior apex, right posterior apex to mid
left anterior mid to base, left posterior apex to mid
extensive perineural invasion in right anterior apex, right and left posterior apex to mid
seminal vesicles negative

First post PSA < .1 Jan 16 2009


Tony Crispino
Veteran Member


Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 8128
   Posted 3/11/2009 12:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi pa,
Welcome aboard. I can think of quite a few better clubs than a cancer forum to join, but we are glad to have you. St. Lukes is a great facility and I am certain the healing will continue to be good. You had a pretty good size prostate so it's no surprise there was constriction. And you are right. While I didn't have any problems at the urinals, I do spend quite a bit less time there these days. One big plus for surgery as long as you can shut it off. Big congrats on the first PSA being good. After a pT3x, an undetectable is an incredible Godsend. You've already been looking around so not much to do for you. This is an open board and I think most come here the same way with much of the same questions...

Welcome again, and may peace be with you always,

Tony


Age 46 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8 : Surgery at The City of Hope on February 16, 2007
Geason 4+3=7, Stage pT3b, N0, Mx
Positive Margins (PM), Extra Prostatic Extension (EPE) : Bilateral Seminal vesicle invasion (SVI)
HT began in May, '07 with Lupron and Casodex 50mg (2 Year ADT)
IMRT radiation for 38 Treatments ending August 3, '07
Current PSA (January 13, 2009): <0.1
 
My Journal is at Tony's Blog  
 
STAY POSITIVE!

Post Edited (TC-LasVegas) : 3/11/2009 9:54:51 AM (GMT-6)


Steve n Dallas
Veteran Member


Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 4835
   Posted 3/11/2009 8:19 AM (GMT -6)   
OH...The small joys in life we take for granted - being able to pee.....

Age 54   - 5'11"   205lbs
Overall Heath Condition - Good
PSA - July 2007 & Jan 2008 -> 1.3
Biopsy - 03/04/08 -> Gleason 6 
 
06/25/08 - Da Vinci robotic laparoscopy
Catheter in for five weeks.
Dry after 3 months.
 
10/03/08 - 1st Quarter PSA -> less then .01
01/16/09 - 2nd Quarter PSA -> less then .01
Surgeon - Keith A. Waguespack, M.D.
 


Purgatory
Elite Member


Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25380
   Posted 3/11/2009 9:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello and welcome PA,
Glad you came out of the shadows of lurking and joined us! Glad you are on this side of your surgery, the healing and recovery side. Looks like you are doing well so far, hope it stays that way for you for a very long time. Let us know if you need anything, plenty here to help.

David in SC
Age 56, 56 at DX, PSA 7/7 5.8, 7/8 12.3,9/8 14.5
3rd Biopsy Sept 08: Positive 7 of 7 cores, 40-90%, Gleason 7, 4+3
Open RP surgery 11/14/8, Right nerves spared, 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, 6 month on 5/9
 
 


James C.
Veteran Member


Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 4462
   Posted 3/11/2009 9:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome, PA. Nothing to add that the other guys haven't said. Nice signature...
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


kcragman
Regular Member


Date Joined May 2008
Total Posts : 240
   Posted 3/11/2009 11:54 AM (GMT -6)   
pa69 -

T3'ers rock! Woo-hoo!

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.
Feb 2009: PSA at 9 months was undetectable.


pa69
Regular Member


Date Joined Mar 2009
Total Posts : 260
   Posted 3/11/2009 9:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the replies. I have visited Tony's blog. Really an awesome site! When I was approaching the time for my first PSA I was sweating it a little bit. Probably because of the stage I was at. I have another coming up in mid April. Starting to sweat it already. One thing I've learned from this experience is to never ignore symptoms and be sure to get regular checkups. Prior to this experience I thought I was invincible from a health standpoint. I learned that I'm really not.
Age 69, First ever PSA 7.8 taken June 2008, Biopsy July 2008, 10 of 12 cores positive, Gleason 3+3=6
da Vinci surgery December 10, 2008, catheter removed December 29 2008
St. Lukes Hospital, Bethlehem, Pa.
Dr. Frank Tamarkin

Prostate weight 73.0 grams, Gleason 3+3=6, stage pT3a
Tumor locations: right anterior apex, right posterior apex to mid
left anterior mid to base, left posterior apex to mid
extensive perineural invasion in right anterior apex, right and left posterior apex to mid
seminal vesicles negative

First post PSA < .1 Jan 16 2009

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