9 month zero but I feel PCa is the least of my problems

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   Posted 4/16/2009 10:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Received another zero on the 9th of April which is good.
Severe chest, stomach and back pain sent me to the ER in Austin, TX on the 23rd.  I was in Austin to see my grand son inducted into the National Honor Society but missed it. After a chemical stress test to rule out Heart trouble I spent 12 days in Austin hospital having a gangrenous gall bladder removed and a ERCP 2 days later to open the bile duct. This affected both my Kidney and Liver functions. I only have one kidney so that was a big concern that kept me in the hospital. Kidney and Liver functions are back at baseline levels but have no energy or strength.
I am in Austin as my daughter had her second spine operation this week and Debbie is in Houston for the birth of grand baby 13, a Boy born April 14th. 20 inches and 7 lbs 5 ounces.
Life is good and continues to go forward. Much to be thankful for. We will overcome.
Thinking and praying for you all
Biopsy 1998 = Neg Bio 2000 = Neg with PIN Bio 1/10/08 Gleason 10, Stage T1C 8 of 12 samples positive all < Than 5%
Bone Scan, CTs and MRI Negative early 2008
March 2008 MD Anderson - No Surgery or Proton = No Action
Feb & Mar PET (Possilbe Lymph Node Involvement  & Prostacint Scan Negative
March 2008 U of Florida Proton Therapty Lupron & Casodek May 08 for 2 years
Completed 25 IMRT and 17 PBRT U of Florida Proton Therapy Institute 7/24/08
Latest CT June 08) showed no trace of tumor in lymph node area
7/24/2008 PSA .21, free PSA .08, Percent free PSA 38.1, testosterone 14.6
8/1/2008 2nd Lupon Shot -- 10/27/2008 PSA <.1 -- 12/9/2008 3rd Lupon Shot
12/11/08 MRI Suspicious for Metastic disease L5 & S1 -- Bone Scan 12/19/08 Indicates No Bone Mets
2/06/09 PSA = < .1
Our Journey is on WWW.GLEASONSCORE10.COM

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Date Joined Apr 2006
Total Posts : 1732
   Posted 4/16/2009 11:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Kind of bitter with the sweet life on your plante lately eh, Rich? Here's to hoping you and your daughter both stay strong and get well quickly......And, contrats to the star student and newest star in the family sky!


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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25393
   Posted 4/16/2009 2:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Richard, you certainly have been through a lot, I feel for you. Wishing only your best for both you and your daughter.

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

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Date Joined Feb 2008
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   Posted 4/16/2009 8:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Sometimes the blows just keep coming but it is great to see you overcome them. I wish your daughter a speedy recovery from her op and many congratulations for the latest zero and the new grandson. Life's pluses often seem to cancel out the minuses we encounter on our journey.
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)
PSA February 09 <0.01

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   Posted 4/16/2009 8:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for posting Richard it is nice to hear from you. I know at times life can be a challenge however my friend you are up to the fight. Know I love you and pray for you often.
Peace and much love
My PSA at diagnosis was 16.3
age 47 (current)
My gleason score from prostate was 4+5=9 and from the lymph nodes (3 positive) was 4+4=8
I had 44 IMRT's
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 .016
PSA Mar 30th, 2009 is .02
Testosterone keeps rising, the current number is 156, up from 57 in May
T level dropped to 37 Mar 30th, 2009
cancer in 4 of 6 cores

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Date Joined Feb 2008
Total Posts : 655
   Posted 4/17/2009 9:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Greetings, Richard.  This has certainly been a trying time - glad to see you are weathering the storm.  We will pray for you and for your complete recovery as well as for your daughter and family.  Congratulations on the new grandchild.  We have our 15 month old here for the weekend for the first time without his parents - fun, fun, fun!  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

Tony Crispino
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Date Joined Dec 2006
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   Posted 4/17/2009 10:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Richard,
I was getting the updates from Deb. It's good to see you back up and about. I was leaving town on the 14th so I did not get the good news on the baby. At least some good there, buddy. God bless you. I love you and miss you both. Give Deb a big hug. She was supposed to give you one, so if she didn't I'll chase here down and force her to...lol.

Your loving friend,

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  

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Date Joined Jan 2007
Total Posts : 762
   Posted 4/18/2009 2:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Richard, We send you best wishes for your recovery and hope you are feeling better soon. What a massive experience for you - no wonder your energy is low. Good news on the PSA however, and sincere congrat's on the new grandbaby - a healthy size for sure! Hope mum, dad and all grandparents are doing well too. Rest up and heal well. Tomorrow is Sunday, so we will light a candle for you. Heal well and best wishes,
Lana & CJ
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: Oct 2008: 0.03:
Nov, 2008: 0.02; April 2009: 0.03 

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