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Purgatory
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Date Joined Oct 2008
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   Posted 4/17/2009 5:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, the wifey and I are off for our trip to St. Petersburg, FL in the morning.  My first real vacation in over 8 years (I don't count medical crisises and unemployment spells as vacation time).  Didn't think my poor wife was going to make it till Friday this week, she still did about 55 hours (the joys of being a nurse).  St. Petersburg is where I started college after getting out of the Navy, where we met, got married, and lived for the first year.  She still has two brothers in the area.  She has been back several times over the years, but it's been 20 years for me, so I am sure a lot has changed.
 
We decided no laptops or internet on this trip.  Just sand, ocean, and sunshine.  And hopefully lots of good seafood.  So for all my non-fans, lol, you will get a good no-Purgatory 5 or 6 days.  Not even going to lurk.
 
I hope we get some new zero club reports  in while I am gone.  Look forward to re-joining you all when I return.
 
David in SC soon to be in FL
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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Date Joined Jan 2009
Total Posts : 2458
   Posted 4/17/2009 5:26 PM (GMT -6)   
David,
Have a great well deserved vacation. Make sure you use a lot of sun block! Enjoy
Age: 67
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.
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
seminal vesicles clean
Lymph nodes: not dissected
1st PSA test 4/7/09 result <0.1


VaFan
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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 203
   Posted 4/17/2009 5:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Have tons of fun. Relax and enjoy!!!!
Age 51 Kent Cindy 49
January 08 PSA 5.2 round of antibiotics went to 4.3
February 08 another round of antibiotics went to 4.2
March 17,08 had biopsy, 2 days later told cancer was on
one entire side of prostate.
Gleason 3+3
Doctor thinks its best to get the whole prostate with Perineal  Prostatectomy.
Surgery scheduled for this Thursday April 10th. Only took 1 1/2 hours. In recovery 1 hour.  Both nerves were spared.
Home 4-11. Cath out 4-22. Incision looks completly healed on the outside by 4-25.  Incontinence "a thing of the past" as of 5-28
lst PSA 0.04 June 3. YAY!!!
July 08 (3mths post op) Cialis 10 mg every other day. Right now, things are not looking so good in that department. Back on Viagra and ordered the pump 11-08
Aug 08 PSA 0.04 Yay Again!!
Nov 08 PSA 0


BillyMac
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Date Joined Feb 2008
Total Posts : 1858
   Posted 4/17/2009 5:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Soak up plenty of that vitamin D and have a great time. How will you get by without your daily Healingwell hit tongue The break will do you both the world of good so make sure that you and your good missus (do you yanks use that word?) have a ball down there. Bon voyage.
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)
PSA February 09 <0.01


livinadream
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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 1382
   Posted 4/17/2009 5:59 PM (GMT -6)   
David I wish you the best on your much deserved vacation. As for rejoining the zero club, well I will have to check our space and your application. If you are nice I will let you back in. haha
Enjoy the beach my friend and I pray you will have a lifetime of zeros

peace and love
dale
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
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 .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
92%
80%
37%
28%
 


Purgatory
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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25371
   Posted 4/17/2009 6:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Billy, my mother, older brother, and sister are all Brits, I was the only American born.

THanks Ed, Val, and Dale. Yeah, I sure don't want the full blazing sun on me, so I bought a wide brim safari hat for starters, really good sunscreen cream, and always wear long sleeve shirts in the direct sun. Never thought about it before, perhaps a bit of the vampire thing in me, Goth Purgatory, nah, doesn't sound right to me either.
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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Date Joined Nov 2008
Total Posts : 469
   Posted 4/17/2009 7:13 PM (GMT -6)   
So if you come back looking like a bronze god with sandy blonde hair from sun and surf...don't blame us.
Enjoy!

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.


CPA
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Date Joined Feb 2008
Total Posts : 655
   Posted 4/17/2009 7:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi David.  Trust you and your wife will have a great time in Florida and will get lots of sun and sand.  Don't even think about prostate cancer and this board for the whole week!  Look forward to hearing all about it when you return.  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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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25371
   Posted 4/17/2009 8:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Ralph, CPA, and Ohio, no chance of the bronze God, all my life, I have low tolerance of heat and sun, in the old days as a kid, use to get what they called "sun sickness", probably why I spend most of my life indoors, at least when its bright and sunny. I was happiest living in the climate of northern NH years ago, but I married a Florida cracker girl, and she couldn't handle the almost -40 F and around 100" of snow in the winters there. It will be a fun memory lane trip though, none the less, and her two brothers will be competing to see who can spend the most money treating us out.

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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