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Purgatory
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   Posted 4/6/2009 7:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Well, today is April 6th, my wife and I celebrate our 35th wedding aniverersery today.  Most of her peers have a hard time believing she has been married that long, but they have to know that she had just turned 18 when we married.  I was 22, just out of the Navy and back from Nam.  Plus her natural red hair makes her look much younger.  I am taking her on a weeks's vacation to her beloved hometown of St. Petersburg, Florida a couple of weeks to celebrate.
 
We both certainly put the "for sickness, as in health" part of our wedding vows to good use over the years.  I started out with a near fatal attack of pancreatitis when I was 28 years old, they put me in ICU for 10 days.  Within 2 years, I was mostly grey haired completely.
 
She went through 3 childbirths, the first 2 were all natural, and went well.  On the 3rd and final, something terrible went wrong, and they had to do an emergency extraction at the infamous Parkland Memorial in Dallas, Tx.  They almost lost her several times during the attempt, but thank goodness, jr. and mother both pulled through.
 
Next up, was my first case of porocarcinoma, in my scalp.  No big deal, they surgically removed it, and that was that.  Wrong.  A year later, it grew back in the same spot, and in a fast and vicious manner.  It was large and ugly, guess they didn't cut enough margin the first time.  So the second time, much more involved surgery, and so much was removed, that they had to do major plastic surgery to cover the large gap in my scalp.  That was a fun one.
 
As I was recovering from that, my wife had to have some long overdue corrective foot surgery, to fix something that she was born with.  We were a fine pair both recovering from something at the same time.
 
Two years later, while shaving, I discoverd a large painless lump in the throat, went to the gp, who said it was nothing, who sent me to the surgeon, who said it was nothing, had lumps removed from both sides of my throat.  Right side - fine, left side - heavily populated with the deadly porocarcinoma cancer in my lymph nodes.
 
To be safe, had two more operations to remove suspicious lumps, one in my loin area, and one in my thigh, they were both harmless.
 
That's when I had my first oncologist, and expert on porocarcinoma, because he had one other patient.  Seriously, at that time, only 38 known cases in the U.S.  And only 5 cases ever recorded on the scalp.  They knew chemo wouldn't work, and they were unsure about radiation, so they blasted me for 35 days of intense radiation.  It did a number on me, I was radiated from the center of my chest to just below my eyes.
 
Two months after the radiation ended, I was hit with severe fatigue (chronic), wouldn't go away, so they put me into 6 months of physical therapy, eventually that helped, but I never fully recovered even to this day, still have side affects.
 
Next up, my wife contracted severe case of Hepititis C.  At that time, the only hope was experimental drugs.  I had to give that poor wife of mine a shot in her stomach once a week with this strange combo of drugs.  The insurance did pay, thank goodneess, as each weekly treatment cost around $2,000.  She recovered, and no sign of a return.
 
When she was well enough from that, she underwent female surgery, which involved quite a long recovery time.
 
Next up for me, was a year long bout with Major Clinical Depression (I wonder why).  It was a different kind of fight, but still a fight to survive.
 
And then less then a year later, last August, I got the PCa dx.
 
And to think, I am only covering the major events, the hospital events.  We are both tough birds, and we have helped each other through these medical happenings. I still view my wife as the 18 year old girl I married that had curly red hair down past her waist when we got married.
 
True love conquers all, even horrible diseases like PC, and breast cancer, and all the other terrible maladies that effect us mere humans.  Without the love and strength of my wife of 35 years now, I would have never made it, would have never had the inspiration to overcome these difficulties along the way.
 
My best to each and every man here, and to their wives, salute.
 
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
 
 


LV-TX
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   Posted 4/6/2009 7:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Happy Anniversary David....It's been a long journey in life for the two of you...and here is to many many more (tip of the glass) I know you don't drink...so may it be a glass of juice or your favorite beverage.
You are beating back cancer, so hold your head up with dignity
 
Les
 
Age 58 at Diagnosis
Oct 2006 - PSA 2.6 - DRE Normal
May 2008 - PSA 4.6 - DRE Normal / TRUS normal-Gland 38 cc
July 2008 - Biopsy 4 of 12 Positive 5 - 30% Involved Bilateral (Perineural Invasion present at base) - Gleason (3+3) 6  Stage T1C
August 23 - Bone Scan - Hips, Spine and ribs marked uptake - X-Ray showed clear -Hooray
Sept 9 2nd DRE - questionable - TRUS...shadow in base - Gland now 41 cc
Robotic Surgery Sept 18, 2008
Pathology October 1, 2008 - Gleason 7 (4+3) Staged pT2c NO MX - Gland 50 cc
Seminal Vesicles and Lymph Nodes clear
Positive Margins Right Posterior Lobe
4 tumors in prostate - largest being 6 cm 
PSA 5 week Oct 2008 <.05
       3 month Jan 2009 .06


Purgatory
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   Posted 4/6/2009 7:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Les, my wife does like good wine, so she discovered a very vintage nice red this morning by her coffeemaker. Me, a nice cold glass of Pellegrino does the same.
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
 
 


Lungman
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   Posted 4/6/2009 8:12 AM (GMT -6)   
My Best Wishes for a Happy Anniversary David, I sincerely hope you and your wife have many more. Your journey is remarkable and inspiring. We never know what we can get through until fate deals us a challenge, and you and your wife have had your share. Tough times do one of two things to a relationship, and yours has become stronger, my hats off to both of you. My bride and I also have had our share, and have thankfully survived. I hope you have a nice time in St Pete, our favorite place since attending a professional conference there in 1990, The Don Cesar Resort in St. Pete Beach. Returned many times since, feel a rebirth every time we go, there is nothing as beautiful as a sunset there. Thank you for sharing your story, it is something of value to everyone here.
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, 18 month 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


Purgatory
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   Posted 4/6/2009 8:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, Randy, best to you and your wife too. Yeah, I went to college in St. Pete after the Navy, that is where we met, and got married there too. She still has two brothers there that we will shuttle back and forth. I haven't been back in 20 years, so I would imagine I am in for a shock.

That's why I never like to judge people, you never know what they went through, or are going through. My next door neighbors, mid-50s, only just recently were both recovering from severe bouts of cancer without much family/friends 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
 
 


Ed C. (Old67)
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   Posted 4/6/2009 9:25 AM (GMT -6)   
David,
Happy anniversary and may you have many more. Reading your last 35 years journey it seems that you have been through a lot of surgeries and pain. You are due for some relief and healthy time. I hope that your next 35 years will all be full of health, happiness and free of cancer.
Age: 67
Retired in 2001 and living in Austin TX.
PSA 9/05 1.15; 8/06 1.45; 12/07 2.41; 8/08 3.9; 11/08 3.5 free PSA 11%
Dx 12/30/08
2 cores out of 12 were positive Gleason (4+4) and (4+5)
Negative CT scan and bone scan done on 1/16
Robotic surgery performed 2/9/09
Surgeon: Dr. Randy Fagin, Austin TX.
Post op Pathology report:
Prostate weighed 57 grams
size:5.2 x 5.0 x 4.9 cm
Bilateral 10-20% involved
Gleason 4+4
both nerve bundles removed,
pT3a Nx Mx
Negative margins
Lymph nodes: not dissected
seminal vesicles clean


Godfather
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   Posted 4/6/2009 10:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Happy anniversary, David. You have certainly traveled a bumpy road. My wish for you and your wife is for another 35 years, this time with absolutely no health issues.

My saga continues as you'll see from my updated profile.

Tony
Age at diagnosis 61 5'10" 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 - MRI suspicious for extracapsular extension

DRE positive for nodule on right - Prostate 22.6 cc's

Scheduled for open RRP @ MSK 3/10/09 - canceled

Now scheduled for robotic RLP @ Sarasota Memorial 4/23/09


Doting Daughter
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   Posted 4/6/2009 10:44 AM (GMT -6)   
David-
Congrats on 35 years!! May the next 35 be even sweeter! Thanks for sharing your story and being a part our our HW family. All the best to you on this special day!
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.

Co-Moderator Prostate Cancer Forum


John T
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   Posted 4/6/2009 11:00 AM (GMT -6)   
David,
Have a great time on your anniversity; both you and your wife have earned it after being through a lot. I forgot my 40th last year, and my wife never even got mad. It's great to have a life long partner; we should feel blessed.
JohnT

64 years old.

I had an initial PSA test in 1999 of 4.4. PSA increased every 6 months reaching 40 in 5-08. PSA free ranged from 16% to 10%. Over this time period I had a total of 13 biopsies and an endorectal MRIS all negative and have seen doctors at Long Beach, UCLA, UCSF and UCI. DX has always been BPH and continue to get biopsies every year.

In 10-08 I had a 25 core biopsy that showed 2 cores positive, gleason 6 at less than 5%. Surgery was recommended and I was in the process of interviewing surgeons when my wife's oncologist recommended I get a 2nd opinion from a prostate oncologist.

I saw Dr Sholtz, in Marina Del Rey, and he said that the path reports indicated no tumor, but indolant cancer clusters that didn't need any treatment. He was concerned that my PSA history indicated that I had a large amount of PC somewhere that had yet to be uncovered and put me through several more tests.

A color doppler targeted biopsy in 11-08 found a large tumor in the transition zone, gleason 6 and 7. Because of my high PSA Dr. suspected lymph node involvement, 30% chance, and sent me to Holland for a Combidex MRI, even though bone and CT scans were clear.

Combidex MRI showed clear lymph nodes and a 2,5 cm tumor in the anterior. I was his 1st patient to come up clear on the Combidex which has a 96% accuracy,

I've been on a no meat and dairy diet since 12-08 and PSA reduce to 30 while I awaited the Combidex MRI.

The location of the tumor in the anterior apex next to the urethea makes a good surgical margin very unlikely. Currently on Casodex and Proscar for 8 weeks to shrink my 60 mm prostate. Treatment will be seeds followed by 5 weeks of IMRT while continuing on Casodex and Proscar. So far no side affects from the Casodex.

JohnT


BillSD
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   Posted 4/6/2009 11:12 AM (GMT -6)   

David,

Your journey has been an amazing one. You are an inspiration to us all. Many would have "packed it in" under similar circumstances, but you maintain such a positive attitude. Bless you and your wife as you celebrate this wonderful anniversary. Many more! 

Rev Bill in San Diego


Age 60 (59 when Dx) PSA 4.4
Biopsy 5/15/08 Gleason (3+3=6)
Bone scan and pelvic CT: clear
HT - 2 mo Casodex, 3 mo Trelstar
RRP Surgery 9/15/08 La Mesa California
Post-OP Gleason 3+4=7, Stage pT2c pN0 MX
Seminal vesicals, perineural margin, 18 lymph nodes, bladder neck: all carcinoma free
Perineural invasion & Distal Margin: Carcinoma present
IMRT adjuvant radiation (35 Treatments) End 1/27/09
PSA (10/13/08): <0.1
PSA (3/13/09): <0.1
 


kcragman
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   Posted 4/6/2009 11:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Purgatory -

Congrats on the many victories in your life, and the 35 years of togetherness. You should really consider writing a book. I'm serious. As much as you guys have been thru, you probably have at least a boatload of insights you could share with others.

Here's to 35 more -

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.


Purgatory
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   Posted 4/6/2009 11:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks to Ed, Godfather, Doting Daughter, John, Rev. Bill, and kcragman,

Like all marriages and life in general, its a series of ups and downs, though mostly ups. We still have managed to raise 3 responsible adult children, all talented and able in their own ways, now we have their fruits with 2 grandchildren so far.

John, tsk on your for forgetting that 40th, lol. I can honestly say, I have never forgoteen a single holiday, birthday, aniversery, etc. with my wife in all those 35 years, I think that is the OCD side of me at work.

Despite the major medical things you see me write about myself, what is odd, is how good my regular immune system is. I almost never ever have a cold or sniffle, or even a cough. Been more than 15 years since I had a flu or fever. You can hit me with a hammer and never see a bruise, my wife has never seen a bruise on me. I have no known allergies, even though Greenville SC is listed as the most allergy place in the US. Immune to poison oak and ivy. If I cut my finger, 3 days later there won't even be a trace.

Perhaps that is what has been keeping me alive all these years. I just seem to be a cancer magnet. I try to eat healthy, I don't smoke or drink, and I avoid direct sunlight at all costs, as I sun burn so easily.

Not complaining, life is what it is. A book on my life, lol, bores me to think about it. Just an ordinary joe trying to make it in this world with a few stumbles along the way.

Thanks one and all for your kindness here, you have all helped me so much, more than you would ever know.

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
 
 


CPA
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   Posted 4/6/2009 3:46 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi David.  Congratulations on 35 - you are just a little behind my wife and I.  We celebrated 35 last July.  As I sat in my recliner after surgery - and still with my catheter in - with my laptop in my "lap" and planned a great anniversary trip for us to celebrate 35 years and our good friends down the street to celebrate 40.  We married as mere children so at 35 years have seen a lot and still have many great years to come.  My wife has been an integral part of not only my life, but particularly my recovery from Prostate Cancer.  We have been in this together and have grown even closer through this process.

Our ladies are so important in this process.  We, too, are teetotalers but we did tip several bottles of San Pelligrino on our celebratory trip last year.  So, have one on me tonight.  Congratulations again!  David


Age 55
Diagnosed Dec 2007 during annual routine physical
PSA doubled from previous year from 1.5 to 3.2
12 biopsies - 2 positive with 2 marginal
Gleason 3 + 3 = 6
RRP 4 Feb 08
Both nerves spared
Good pathology - no margins - all encapsulated - Gleason 4 + 3 = 7
Catheter out Feb 13 - wore pad for couple of days - pad free Feb 16
Great wife and family who take very good care of me


Purgatory
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   Posted 4/6/2009 4:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks CPA, and yeah, you guys got a year up on us. Waiting for my wifey to come home so I can take her to her fave place for dinner tonight. High quality bottle of wine awaits here. I am the teetotaler, not her, lol.

My wife has been a integral part of all my life with her, we are a team, we don't believe in the 50-50 rule, we believe in the 100-100 rule, whereby neither party ever lacks for anything. We were married 11 weeks and 3 days after our first date, and been best friends ever since.

Sure you felt glad when that nasty catheter was out of you, I still have nightmares or flashbacks to my 63 days of hell on them. Hope I never have to see one again. Good luck in your healing process.

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
 
 


Ralph Alfalfa
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   Posted 4/6/2009 7:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Eleven weeks and three days? Wow! I thought I was quick by asking my girl at 3 months! She is now my oldest girl as I have two daughters, the youngest getting married on the 23rd of May, and two sons, grown, all on their own with the brightest of futures ahead of them and families of their own who we see all the time. BTW, my wife's and my anniversary is Saturday. 34 years. I asked her what she would like to do on that day and she said...
"We've got to pay for a wedding. Let's stay home and cook some steaks on the grill. Watch some TV and go to sleep." What a romantic gal. Wouldn't have her any other way.

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 Jan. 19th, No lymph node involvement, all margins clear.
 8 week PSa <0.01
 Gleason downgraded to (3+4)7
 Fully continent...ED progressing as expected.


mvesr
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   Posted 4/6/2009 8:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Happy anniversary and enjoy your two weeks in Florida

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
 


Purgatory
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   Posted 4/6/2009 9:08 PM (GMT -6)   
ralph, you are just a year behind us, seems like a lot of "lifers" like us on this site. my wife has the practical side with things, it's always me that wants to spurge and spend, she has a wallet full of her own credit cards and most are rarely used.

mvser, thans, just a week in florida, can't afford the two weeks, but will still be nice. Be my first real vacation in 8 years, I don't coun't medical time out or being laid off as vacation time.

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
 
 


Tony Crispino
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   Posted 4/6/2009 9:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Happy Anniversary, David,
And, oh my, what a long strange trip it's been? You enjoy that vacation. Well deserved.

Peace to you, and may you both enjoy many more!

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!


DJBearGuy
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   Posted 4/7/2009 4:47 AM (GMT -6)   
David,

Thanks for sharing the nice story. I picture that if you and your wife got together with me and my wife, we'd spend the whole time talking about our medical problems. And it would be sorta fun. My wife and I laugh when we realize we've reached this stage of life.

DJ
Diagnosis at age 53. PSA 2007 about 2; PSA 2008 4.3
Biopsy September 2008: 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 out on 7th day, replaced on 8th day, out again 14th day following negative cystogram
Pathology: pT2c; lymph nodes negative; margins involved; 41 grams, 8% involved by tumor; same Gleason 4+3=7
PSA 1/22/08 non-detectable! 8-)


Tudpock18
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   Posted 4/7/2009 8:08 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi David:

Sorry for the delay...happy belated anniversary.  Here's to many more HEALTHY ones!!!

Tudpock

 


Age 62
Gleason 4 +3 = 7
T1C
PSA 4.2
2 of 16 cores cancerous
27cc
Brachytherapy December 9, 2008.  73 Iodine-125 seeds.  Procedure went great, catheter out before I went home, only minor discomfort.  Regular activities resumed, everything continues to function normally as of 4/1/09.

Purgatory
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   Posted 4/7/2009 8:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, Tony.

DJ, yeah, then we would be like all the "old people" that talk about their bowel movements and stuff.
Since my wife is a nurse working with the true elderly, she would just tune us out.

Thanks, Tudpock, we are planning on many more.
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
 
 


creed_three
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   Posted 4/8/2009 2:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi David,

Happy Anniversary (belated!) to you and your beloved wife! I have been away for a few days only, and already there is a variety of new issues here and there. This is a joyful event for you to celebrate - hope you continue with a few weeks of joy and celebrations. Thanks also for being such an important and valued part of this forum. We ALWAYS look forward to reading your posts, suggestions and advice. Your health struggles have been truely amazing - Wishing you great health and happiness now, and on and into the future. Kind regards, 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.
 


rob2
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   Posted 4/8/2009 6:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Happy anniversary. I hope you are enjoying life and good health these days.
 
Age 49
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


Purgatory
Elite Member


Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25393
   Posted 4/8/2009 7:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you, Creed3 and rob2.

Yeah, this will sound corny, but we still act as if we were honeymooners. I always enjoy the company and concersation of my wife. After all these years, she still lights me up.

And for the more curious, aniversery night was a big success. Just as tuned on now by her touch and prescence as I was 35 years ago. My "fellow" responded all on his own and all natural (still a miracle in my mind), and fun was had for one and all. Great ending to a great evening.

Last August, when I was dx. with the PCa, we were resigned to the fact that I may never work down there again, and at best, not for a year or two, and perhaps with a lot of "aids" to help. So we are both thankful.

David in SC (still have that silly grin on my face)
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
 
 


LV-TX
Veteran Member


Date Joined Jul 2008
Total Posts : 966
   Posted 4/8/2009 8:01 AM (GMT -6)   
And to think I thought that was the sun coming up this morning shining so brightly...and now I find out that it was Davids grin shining all the way over here to Texas....congrats my man
You are beating back cancer, so hold your head up with dignity
 
Les
 
Age 58 at Diagnosis
Oct 2006 - PSA 2.6 - DRE Normal
May 2008 - PSA 4.6 - DRE Normal / TRUS normal-Gland 38 cc
July 2008 - Biopsy 4 of 12 Positive 5 - 30% Involved Bilateral (Perineural Invasion present at base) - Gleason (3+3) 6  Stage T1C
August 23 - Bone Scan - Hips, Spine and ribs marked uptake - X-Ray showed clear -Hooray
Sept 9 2nd DRE - questionable - TRUS...shadow in base - Gland now 41 cc
Robotic Surgery Sept 18, 2008
Pathology October 1, 2008 - Gleason 7 (4+3) Staged pT2c NO MX - Gland 50 cc
Seminal Vesicles and Lymph Nodes clear
Positive Margins Right Posterior Lobe
4 tumors in prostate - largest being 6 cm 
PSA 5 week Oct 2008 <.05
       3 month Jan 2009 .06

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