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New Member

Date Joined Apr 2009
Total Posts : 3
   Posted 4/10/2009 9:57 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been reading and learning from you all on this site long enough with out expressing my thanks. You have helped me in many ways, answered numerous questions and keep me grounded with my impatience. Thru this forum I know my PCa is a life altering journey and I'm glad to have folks to help and share it with. My wife and family are great support but who gives better support and understanding than those that are living it!
Kudos to all who are regular here and share so freely of their lives.

Age 52 at Diagnosis (now 53)
PSA 2005 1.8
PSA 2008 4.25
Biopsy 1/09
4 of 12 cores positive 30-40% involved
Gleason 3+4=7
DaVinci: 2/24/09, performed by Dr Doug Southerland, Tacoma WA
nerve sparing was possible
cath removed: 3/3/09
path report: clear margins, negative lymph
currently 2 pad a day man

Elite Member

Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25382
   Posted 4/10/2009 10:16 AM (GMT -6)   

we are all in the same boat here, that's why we are here. to support one another, and our families. to cheer with the good news, to feel sad together with the bad, and to constantly seek to learn more about this terrible cancer we share. sounds like you are doing pretty good so far, we will be looking forward to you joining the zero club soon, that's always a reason to rejoice. my best to you, brother.

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
Veteran Member

Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 8128
   Posted 4/10/2009 11:42 AM (GMT -6)   
We have all felt that way when we found this place at one time or another. I have been here over two years and still recall coming here like it was yesterday. Looking at your signature, I see you have found a good road to travel and are well on your way to healing. We are glad to have you along. Let us know if you need anything at all. Feel free to ask anything at anytime. There is plenty of experience here to help. Welcome to Healingwell.


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  

Ed C. (Old67)
Veteran Member

Date Joined Jan 2009
Total Posts : 2460
   Posted 4/10/2009 12:28 PM (GMT -6)   
We are a very unique group who love and care for each other. When I read a success story on this forum and makes me happy. We have been dealt a bad hand but we can overcome that by supporting each other and providing specific information about our journey that may help someone else. I hope that you can be continent soon. I'm currently on one semi wet pad per day (nothing at night or when sitting at hope) but, I'm not quite comfortable going out without a pad.
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
1st PSA test 4/7/09 result 0.1

Veteran Member

Date Joined Apr 2006
Total Posts : 1732
   Posted 4/10/2009 3:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Ummm, how about those who "live" with it with us? Cancer is not a spectator sport. What I go through so does my family. Took me forever to realize how true it is that my wife and our kids know exactly what I've had to deal with. They've dealt with it just as much. Sometimes more than they should have. There was a time when I selfishly thought no one could know but I was a real jerk thinking no one else could have any idea. After 2 bouts of the C I think the lesson finally sunk in. No armchair shrinks in this house. Only family.


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