Safeway/Vons Campaign for PCF

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Tony Crispino
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   Posted 6/4/2009 6:32 PM (GMT -6)   
When checking out at our local Vons market today they were asking for donation for prostate cancer.  Can anyone guess my answer?  The lady ahead of me already donated, but I took the time to thank her.  I told that dollar does matter.  The Prostate Cancer Foundation is doing this campaign across the country at several markets during the month of June.  Mike Milken, founder of PCF, will be touring across the country again as well talking to various baseball teams and fans.  Milken was diagnosed with stage IV prostate cancer in 1994.  Famous for several things, and in some cases infamous, his work in prostate cancer has been monumental.  I applaud this campain, Mike's work, and Safeway/Vons. 
 
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 (May 11, 2009): <0.1
 
My Journal is at Tony's Blog  
 
STAY POSITIVE!


FLHW(David E)
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Date Joined Nov 2007
Total Posts : 201
   Posted 6/4/2009 8:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Right on Tony! No Vons/Safeway around here I like to think I do my part for PCF each year!
tongue
Dx'd 2/18/05
PSA 271, bone mets, lymph node involvement
Gleason Score: 7
Current (3-30-009)
PSA: 36.36
Treatment: Lupron
+ Atrasentan (or placebo)
[Finished Taxotere on January 26th]
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Personal Blog:
prostatecancerat42.blogspot.com


Tony Crispino
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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 8128
   Posted 6/4/2009 8:24 PM (GMT -6)   
FLHW has been a fantastic grassroots effort, David. Thank you for all you have done with the program and the very fun events.

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 (May 11, 2009): <0.1
 
My Journal is at Tony's Blog  
 
STAY POSITIVE!


Steve n Dallas
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Total Posts : 4828
   Posted 6/5/2009 4:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Tom Thumb which is a division of Safeway is doing the same thing. This time last year I kind of laughed since I had a date with my surgeon...I have since started giving a little to all of the causes..
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
xx/xx/xx   - 3rd Quater skipped
05/14/09  - 4th Quarter PSA -> less then .01
Surgeon - Keith A. Waguespack, M.D.
 


LV-TX
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Date Joined Jul 2008
Total Posts : 966
   Posted 6/5/2009 12:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I am like Steve...you start thinking about all sorts of causes now. The other day I was going into a local Albertson's with the wife, and there was a booth out front collecting for Breast Cancer. I calmly walked over and dropped a couple of bucks in the bucket and they saw my blue wrist band and both ladies walked around the table to give me a hug....Caught me off guard so to speak, caused a bit of emotional moment for not only me but the wife.
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
July 2008 - Biopsy 4 of 12 Positive 5 - 30% Involved Bilateral w/PNI - Gleason (3+3)6 Stage T1C
Robotic Surgery Sept 18, 2008
Pathology October 1, 2008 - Gleason 7 (3+4) Staged pT2c NO MX - Gland 50 cc
Seminal Vesicles and Lymph Nodes clear
Positive Margins Right Posterior Lobe
PSA 5 week Oct 2008 <.05
                   3 month Jan 2009 .06
                   6 month April 2009 .06


Steve n Dallas
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Total Posts : 4828
   Posted 6/5/2009 1:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Being in the cancer club is "different." I often go to happy hour with the same group of long term friends. One of the wives is in remission from rectal cancer. She and I often go off to the side and exchange stories. She is the only one I can easily talk about injecting Tri-Mix...And she told me the story about asking her doctor: "Will my pubic hair ever grow back?"

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
xx/xx/xx   - 3rd Quater skipped
05/14/09  - 4th Quarter PSA -> less then .01
Surgeon - Keith A. Waguespack, M.D.
 


rob2
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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 1131
   Posted 6/6/2009 5:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I went to Randall's today (a division of Safeway). I hit the contribute button as well. We should be thankful that Michael Milken has put so much energy is pc.
 
Age 49
occupation accountant
PSA increased from 2.6 to 3.5 in one year
biopsy march 2008 - cancer present gleason 7
Robotic Surgery May 9, 2008 - houston, tx
Pathology report -gleason 8, clear margins
12 month  PSA <.04 (low as the machine will go)
continent at 10 weeks (no pads!)
ED is still an issue but getting better


KeyWestPirate
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Date Joined May 2009
Total Posts : 60
   Posted 6/8/2009 9:22 AM (GMT -6)   

A concerted grass roots effort could almost eliminate PC deaths in a few years. 

How about this:  First PSA at 40, then every two years after until 50.  That would catch many of the early, agressive cancers while they are still treatable.  There is still going to be the guy who dies at 37, but these are rare.  Possibly eliminate the DRE until later and just do the PSA early?  How many cancers are caught by DRE when there is not a corresponding PSA number?  A lot of guys avoid the whole prostate cancer issue because of the DRE.   A GP could pull blood as part of the yearly physical.  Blood could be pulled at any number of Fairs or other events.  The point of all this is early detection, when all the options are still on the table, and the prognosis is excellent. 

PCa IS the good cancer.  Caught early enough, it can be easily eliminated.  We have several treatment options available.  Treatment outcomes are getting better and more consistent.  There are new treatment options, better diagnostic tools, and a potential vaccine on the horizon.  This is a cancer that could be beaten in our lifetimes. At the very least, a lot fewer people would have to die from it.

We have an African American president who's community is more affected by this cancer than the general population.  He is also talking about better health care.  PCa could be the poster boy of his efforts.  This might be the time.

We need a slogan.  I like:     Beat PC NOW    since I don't like political correctness any more than I like PCa.   And how about a Beaver named Woody for our mascot?

 


Post Edited (KeyWestPirate) : 6/8/2009 9:34:06 AM (GMT-6)


LV-TX
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Date Joined Jul 2008
Total Posts : 966
   Posted 6/8/2009 10:33 AM (GMT -6)   
KeyWestPirate said...

PCa IS the good cancer. 

Sorry bro...gonna have to disagree with you on that statement...
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
July 2008 - Biopsy 4 of 12 Positive 5 - 30% Involved Bilateral w/PNI - Gleason (3+3)6 Stage T1C
Robotic Surgery Sept 18, 2008
Pathology October 1, 2008 - Gleason 7 (3+4) Staged pT2c NO MX - Gland 50 cc
Seminal Vesicles and Lymph Nodes clear
Positive Margins Right Posterior Lobe
PSA 5 week Oct 2008 <.05
                   3 month Jan 2009 .06
                   6 month April 2009 .06


KeyWestPirate
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Date Joined May 2009
Total Posts : 60
   Posted 6/8/2009 11:21 AM (GMT -6)   

Yeah, I hear what you say.  No cancer is good cancer. 

But, the guys with pancreatic and the girls with ovarian would love to have early stage prostate cancer rather than what they have. 

 Thankfully, it looks like you are beating yours so far.  Good luck going forward.


Steve n Dallas
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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 4828
   Posted 6/8/2009 11:31 AM (GMT -6)   
How many cancers are caught by DRE when there is not a corresponding PSA number? said...
ONE Here. PSA 1.3 and big nodule.....No other symtoms.
 
If it weren't for the DRE - no telling how long I would have waited to do anything.
 
So guys just need to bend and take it like a man yeah
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
xx/xx/xx   - 3rd Quater skipped
05/14/09  - 4th Quarter PSA -> less then .01
Surgeon - Keith A. Waguespack, M.D.
 

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