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Purgatory
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   Posted 6/8/2009 10:48 AM (GMT -7)   
I am back here at HW for the day and evening, miss the place, despite my own "demons" I am fighting.  Wish one and all well.
 
I get so aggervated at dr.'s in general.  Had a special CAT scan done a week ago on my lungs, when they did the CAT for the PC last October, they spotted a suspicous lump at the bottom of my left lung.  A week later, still no results from the latest CAT.  It might be nothing, or something benign, but my GP really wants to get to the bottom of it.  Or could it be PC in the lung, or worse to me, the dreaded Porocarcinoma that I had 3x in the past?  Not knowing is still the worse thing to me.  I keep leaving messages, but get no return calls.  Does that mean that something is wrong, or are they just slack?
 
On the PC front, next week they will draw the special 6 weeks PSA, and then 2 weeks from today, I will meet with my dr/urologist/surgeon to go over the results.  As a reminder, my 3 month post was .05, and my six month was .10.  If I were a betting man, and I am not, I am predicting somewhere between .13 and .15 on this one.  I hope and pray I am wrong.
 
The thought that there might be another cancer in my body at the same time that I am in the midst of this PC fight is beyond my comprehension and ability to digest.  I know there are some here that dealt with lung cancer and PC at the same time, I believe.
 
Still no job, been on a couple more interview, actually was made a very poor offer to a financially weak firm very far from where I live, as much as I needed work, it made no practical sense to take the job.
 
Been busy on the restoration of my wifes 1972 Shasta Compact travel trailer.  It's so pretty with everything in pink and white (gag), but that is what the girl wanted, and that is what she is getting.  You ought to try hunting down a pink stove, microwave and fridge for a camper sometime.
 
I will come out of my self-imposed exile soon, as soon as I sit down with my dr. in 2 weeks and hopefully have a better idea of what is going on with me, is there reaccurance with the PC or not, is there something bad going on in my lungs, etc.
 
My spies, lol, keep me informed of the highlights here, glad to hear of some of the sucessess and more zero reports coming in.
 
I leave for now with a question, and will check back and forth through the evening tonight.
 
If I have to go through radiation, how strong should they go, I dont have the geographic or financial options to go somewhere else for fancy treatments.  Will radiation mess up my good fortune of not having any ED currently, or mess up being dry 100%.  Already worrying about what I don't know.
 
My best wishes and greetings to all my PC brothers and sisters here, and a welcome to any new friends that have joined HW since I went away.
 
David aka Purgatory
here in hot and bright western South Carolina
 
P.S.  To David CPA - must we keep copying each other, same name, same profession, and now I read, you are from the Sooner State like me?  I was born in Tulsa, and all my father's people came from Ireland to Welch, OK on the Kansas border.


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, 5/9 .10 doubled in 3 months, new test in six weeks, then possibly off for salvage radiation
 
 


dsmc
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Date Joined Jul 2008
Total Posts : 149
   Posted 6/8/2009 11:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi David,
Good to see you here! I had 68GY with my SR and as of right now it seems to have been successful. I had a 4 month psa and it came back <0.04 which is as low as my Uro/Surgeons assay goes. I have not noticed any more ED or bladder issues than usual, which are both good at this point. I hope that your CTand other test come back good as I know it is a mental drain on you. Good luck and I will keep you in our prayers. Keep us informed.

David
Age 53
Pre-op PSA 4.3
Surgery Feb. 17 2005
Post-op Path : Gleason 3+3=6
Right pelvic lymph nodes: negative for metastatic carcinoma
Left pelvic lymph nodes: negative for metastatic carcinoma
extent: right lobe 40% left lobe 10%
capsular penetration: Absent
Seminal vesicles and vasa differentia: Uninvolved
Prostate: 26 grams
Post-op PSA's <0.04 for 3 years
Feb. 08: 0.07, March 08: 0.08, June 08: 0.09 and Sept. 08: 0.1
IGRT scheduled.....November 17th....
FINISHED 01/14/09 YEA!
05/14/09
1st PSA after Salvage RT <0.04..... Another YEA!


Purgatory
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   Posted 6/8/2009 12:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you David, glad your situation is doing so well too.
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, 5/9 .10 doubled in 3 months, new test in six weeks, then possibly off for salvage radiation
 
 


DJBearGuy
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   Posted 6/8/2009 1:20 PM (GMT -7)   
David (Purgatory),

Good to hear from you! Wish I could help answer your question. Around here in southern Calif, there is a lot of advertising about cancer, so you can't stop thinking about it. City of Hope has big bulletin boards saying "Canswer"--clever, eh? Loma Linda advertises their proton beam on the radio.



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-)
4/23/09 still undetectable!


Purgatory
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   Posted 6/8/2009 1:42 PM (GMT -7)   
DJ, thanks. Things aren't so advanced here in the deep South. No proton beam for me to think about around here.
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, 5/9 .10 doubled in 3 months, new test in six weeks, then possibly off for salvage radiation
 
 


Radical
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   Posted 6/8/2009 1:46 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey Purg, I have this crystal ball at home and I gave it a rub, and whispered the words "Purgatory" into it- I saw a big .07 and lots of these signs <<<<<< for future PSA tests.

On a serious note, I am praying for you mate, and I refuse to accept that your PSA will rise any further, you have just had a little bump in the road, and its about to level out again for you.  God knows you deserve it. 

PS. Even as far away as Australia, we are sending you the light !


Age 51yrs
DX 11/11/08
6 out of 8 cores positive 3 X 60% / 3 X 10%
PSA 4
Gleason 3+4=7
Stage T1c
Robotic Surgery 24/12/08
Upgrade Gleason 4+3=7 (60% Grade 4)
Stage T2c
Three small foci total volume <10%
Neg Margins and Nodes
Nil - Extraprostatic Extentions
Dry less than 1 week.
ED- taking Meds/ No results yet/still "NotHard"
PSA 1/09  .03
PSA 2/09  .03
PSA 5/09  .03
"Everyday in Everyway I get better"


mikey1955
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   Posted 6/8/2009 1:54 PM (GMT -7)   

 

Hi David,

Good to see you here again.

I know about the waiting. I waited 3 1/2 weeks to get my surgery pathology report. Doc said it was very unusual to take that long. I had a closer look at some fine print on that path report. There was a date that was 4 days after my surgery on all pages. I can only assume that this date was the date of record the pathologist used when tissue was accepted or report was started, and not the date it was completed...there was also a note that stated a second pathologist was consulted...maybe part of the delay also. Waiting that long was tough and even after phoning a couple times...had to wait. Hope it's good news for you!

I'm seeing a radiation oncologist in a couple days for a consultation. Don't know what to expect or what potential future RT may include. I'm new to this part and am interested to get her opinion, etc. I'll let you know what I find out.

 

Mike


Lower left groin hernia: mesh and large scar: surgery early 2006
Nov/Dec 07 and March 08 and now Dec 08: Severe perineal pain (between scrotum and rectum). Septra/Bactrim for 8 months (Nov 07-Jun 08) for diagnosed prostatitis.
PSA start of 2008: 5.3..... PSA June of 2008: 7.3
14 DRE all benign or nothing felt
TRUS Biopsy Nov 08: Got copy of pathology (see below). Prostate about 40 cm sq.
General Health: pretty good, 5' 10", 180 lbs, slim.
Bone scan Dec 08: Negative
Barium enema X-ray (March 09 due to several days of blood in stool)
MRI with endorectal coil (April 09 as part of a study)
3D advanced TRUS (April 09 as part of a study)
CT (April 09 as part of a study)
Biopsy Pathology: 5 of 8 cores positive, adenocarinoma in both lobes. 30%-65%. One core perineural invasion. 2 cores "foamy" and suspicious. All +ve cores, 3+3 GS 6.
Open RP surgery: May 5/09 Surgeon spoke to my wife and was very positive. Said both nerve bundles spared and not damaged. Bilateral lymph node dissection performed. Discharged 48 hours after surgery. Staples out, catheter out and pathology sheduled for May 21.
Post Surgery Pathology: pT3a N0 MX, extraprostatic extension (EPE), stage III prostate cancer, lymph nodes clear, seminal vesicles clear, Gleason upraded to 3+4 GS 7. EPE within surgical margins. Other than prostate and EPE, all tissue removed negative for cancer involvement.
Physical State: Getting back to working out slowly. Urinary control pretty much from the time of catheter removal. Rectal pain, sometimes bad but, told is normal. Erectile function at best 25-30% of presurgery. Trying Levitra...first 10 mG dose gave me nasal congestion, 50% chubby and a 24 hour headache...may go away with more use or change of meds. Considering pump. Recovery from surgery going very well.
Mental State: Pre-surgery anxiety gone. Positive attitude. Some anxiety about seeing radiation oncologist and upcoming 3 month PSA. 


Tudpock18
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   Posted 6/8/2009 2:01 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi David:

I can't really help with the answer to your question, but just wanted to say hello.  I have missed you around here and hope you are back soon with some really good news on all fronts. 

All the best,

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 6/1/09.  6 month PSA now at 1.4 and my docs are "delighted"!

Purgatory
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   Posted 6/8/2009 3:07 PM (GMT -7)   
nothard, hoping you will be rock hard one of these days, thanks for the kind thoughts and words from down under. wishing you the best.

mikey - keep me posted on you, we might be on the same path again soon. first open surgery, perhaps RT.

Bro. Tud, thanks for the kind words. Miss you and all the guys, so far, leaving HW hasn't helped or proven anything, been just as worried on my own!
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, 5/9 .10 doubled in 3 months, new test in six weeks, then possibly off for salvage radiation
 
 


LV-TX
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Date Joined Jul 2008
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   Posted 6/8/2009 3:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome back David,

Know well the feeling when the CT scan says...small lung nodule found! I have a 10mm nodule in my right lower lung that appears to be benign at this point....But I have the standard contrast scans every four months just to be sure.

BikerJim here is the one that was diagnosed with Stage 2 non small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) awhile back. He had the surgery and chemo and last heard is doing pretty good.

As with everything we deal with in life...keep a positive attitude, because one thing I know for sure, if you don't have a positive attitude it makes life a complete misery.

I am thinking of you bud, and heres hoping for a good outcome on both fronts.
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


James C.
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   Posted 6/8/2009 3:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Good to hear from you, and to see one of your fears has been eliminated. Now get out of here and get back to your exile like you promised yourself and the family... smilewinkgrin
James C. Age 62
Co-Moderator- Prostate Cancer Forum
4/07 PSA 7.6, referred to Urologist, recheck 6.7
7/07 Biopsy: 3 of 16 PCa, 5% involved, left lobe, GS 3/3=6
9/07 Nerve sparing open RRP- Path Report: GS 3+3=6 Stg. pT2c, 110gms, margins clear
21 mts: ED- 50 mg Viagra 3X week, pump daily,Trimix .35ml 2X week continues
PSA's: .04 each 3 months


Purgatory
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   Posted 6/8/2009 3:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Les, thanks for the words, hoping you are still faring well. I knew there was somewhere else here in that situation.

James, great to hear from you too. You guys are as much a part of my world as anyone else here in SC, more so in some ways.
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, 5/9 .10 doubled in 3 months, new test in six weeks, then possibly off for salvage radiation
 
 


BillyMac
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   Posted 6/8/2009 5:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey David..............thinking of you mate and sending best wishes for the upcoming PSA test. Much mojo that the lung scan will work out well for you too.
Pink trailer????shocked shakehead
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

Post Edited (BillyMac) : 6/8/2009 6:41:40 PM (GMT-6)


60Michael
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   Posted 6/8/2009 5:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome back David!! Long time viewer and first time poster here. But wanted you to know that over the last six months of this healing process that your words and thoughts have been quite helpful. Had my surgery May 5 and tomorrow it will be 5 weeks post surgery. Since learning that I had PCA in Dec. this site has been the best. I had to take a break from time to time and then come back and learn some more. You have given a lot here David, so God bless and time for you to take care of you.
 
Michael
 
Diagnosed with PCA Dec 2008
2 out of 12 core positive at time of biopsy
PSA 4.5
Robotic Surgery Atlanta May 5,2009
Catheter out May 15
Gleason upgraded to 3+5
Surgeon said the surgery was a success

John T
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   Posted 6/8/2009 5:48 PM (GMT -7)   
David,
Welcome back, we all missed you. As far as radiation goes it is a matter of dose and accurracy, most qualified institutions with good IMRT machines can do a very good job. The more experience with PC of course the better. Get the highest dose you can, with the new technology the side affects are minimal. If you do get ED it will show up in a few years.
Wishing you the best of luck on your psa and scans.
JT

64 years old.

PSA rising for 10 years to 40, free psa 10-15. Had 5 urologists, 12 biopsies and MRIS all neg. Doctors DX BPH and continue to get biopsies yearly. Positive Biopsy in 10-08, 2 cores of 25, G6 less than 5%. Scheduled Surgery as recommended.

2nd Opinion from Dr Sholtz, an Oncologist said DX wrong, path shows indolant cancer, but psa history indicates large cancer or metastasis. Futher tests and Color Doppler confirmed large transition zone tumor that 13 biopsies and MRIS missed. G 4+3 approx 2.5cm diameter.

Combidex MRI in Holland eliminated lymphnode mets. Casodex and Proscar reduced psa to 0.6 and prostate from 60mm to 32mm. Changed diet, no meat and dairy.

Seed implants on 5-19-09, 3 hours door to door, no pain, minor side affects are frequency and burining urination. Daily activities resumed day after implants.

Scheduled for 5 weeks IMRT in July

JohnT


Geebra
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Date Joined May 2009
Total Posts : 476
   Posted 6/8/2009 5:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Met the radiation oncologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering on Friday. They advocate 72 Grays to prostate bed. He also told me to have pelvic radiaion in conjunction with HT. Turns out they have done a (second opinion) pathology report on my surgical speciment and neglected to tell me they see multiple focal extra prostatic extensions, making it a T3a cancer, hence the more aggressive approach. But the prostate bed radition doze is their standard. Hope you won't need this...

Previous 5 biopsies over 4 years negative

PSA going from 3.8 to 28

Father died from PCa @ 78 - normal PSA and DRE

Dx Nov 2007, age 46

PSA 29, Gleason 4+4=8

Decided to participate in clinical trial at Duke

6 rounds of chemo (Taxotere+Avastin)

1/8/2008

33.90

1/11/2008

29.50

1/31/2008

38.20

2/21/2008

32.00

3/13/2008

26.20

4/3/2008

26.60

4/24/2008

20.60

followed by RRP at Duke (Dr. Moul) on 6/16/2008

Gleason downgraded 4+3=7, T2c N0MX, one small positive margin

PSA undetectable for 8 months, then

2/6/2009

0.10

4/26/2009

0.17

5/22/2009

0.20


Purgatory
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   Posted 6/8/2009 6:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Billy, for all my wife has done for me, if she wants a pink/white caravan, that is what she is getting!

Michael, I am glad you are doing well too, thanks.

John T, thanks, I will have my former oncologist from 9 years back, one of the best in SC and has a good national reputation.

Geebra, sorry about your T3 situation, but sounds like you have a good plan in place, be thinking of you ahead.
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, 5/9 .10 doubled in 3 months, new test in six weeks, then possibly off for salvage radiation
 
 


CPA
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   Posted 6/8/2009 7:01 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi David.  I left another message on another thread when I saw your name.  Glad to hear you are staying busy.  The job market is tough right now, but it seems like your lovely wife has you on a meaningful project.  My wife is actually in Kansas as we speak - she has a brother in Hutchinson and one in Denver and they try and get together once a year and this is that week.  I normally join them, but too many budget meetings this week.  We are a $300 million plus non profit and are in the process of making some adjustments.

Please keep us posted on how things are going - look forward to having you back in the group in a couple of weeks.  Hang in there, brother.  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
PSA every 90 days - ZERO's everytime!
Great wife and family who take very good care of me


Purgatory
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   Posted 6/8/2009 7:44 PM (GMT -7)   
I shall be back soon enough. Getting the clear signal on the CT for my lungs after having that linger for 7 months over my head and done a lot to help me think clearer for what may be ahead.

What you guys need to understand, I fought even the idea of salvage RT, because for one, I didn't expect it to be a possibility six months after what was suppose to be a squeaky clean surgery and pathology report, and the fact that I had such a terrible time with RT 9 years ago, from which I still have SE, chronic fatique, bad memories, and it took one full year of physical therapy to get over even that.

I am hoping there have been some advances in RT since 2000, like anything else medical. Was hoping to avoid this step or treatment, at least for a few years after surgery. But on the other hand, not willing to refuse it and die sooner.

I honestly thought I would live to be 100, and get shot by a jealous husband, but hey, we never know what is going to get us in the end.

Good luck to one and all, keep up the good fight, help one another, knowledge overcomes fear and despair everytime.

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, 5/9 .10 doubled in 3 months, new test in six weeks, then possibly off for salvage radiation
 
 


DoingFine
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Total Posts : 46
   Posted 6/9/2009 12:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi David

Although I do not post here often any longer . . . I was following your posts. For the last while I have been searching for them, with concern in my thoughts . . . (note to administrator: is there a way to search for a particular member?)

I am happy you are doing well.

Hang in there . . .
Rich
Age at dx: 51 Age now: 52
Great health: Riding bike 200+ miles weekly; no symptoms
First PSA: 4.7 March 2008 Second PSA: 4.97 June 2008
Biopsy June 2008 Positive 5 of 12 cores T1c, Gleason 3+3, Bone scan: 7 July negative
RRP surgery 3 Sept 2008 at the Mayo Clinic: Rochester, MN, All clear
Catheter out 22 Sept 8:30 AM, catheter back in at 11:30, Catheter out 30 Sept (this time for good!)
Total continence, no erectile difficulties from day one (Cialis 10mg daily)
Back on bike 15 Oct. (42 days . . . with doc's approval)
Dec. 2 2008 psa Undetectable!


James C.
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   Posted 6/9/2009 1:08 PM (GMT -7)   
+Rich, to search for a subject or person, use the Search button on the bar to the upper right, between Chat and Members. This search will allow you to select posted by or posts containing a subject. The Google custom search further up won't get you anything specific. Hope this helps.
James C. Age 62
Co-Moderator- Prostate Cancer Forum
4/07 PSA 7.6, referred to Urologist, recheck 6.7
7/07 Biopsy: 3 of 16 PCa, 5% involved, left lobe, GS 3/3=6
9/07 Nerve sparing open RRP- Path Report: GS 3+3=6 Stg. pT2c, 110gms, margins clear
21 mts: ED- 50 mg Viagra 3X week, pump daily,Trimix .35ml 2X week continues
PSA's: .04 each 3 months


Dirtmover
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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 158
   Posted 6/10/2009 10:38 AM (GMT -7)   
david . your words of encouragement have helped me thru  i sure wish you the best my brother , and a big thank you for what you have done for us, .......dirt

Diagnosed November 2007   (43 years old )
PSA 3.9 / Gleason 6 / TC1 6 cores 1 shows 25%
Sugery scheduled 5/29/08 - City of Hope - Dr. Mark Kawachi
 "First show of the day"
 and now for the new ive been waiting for
 FINAL PATH REPORT:gleason upgraded to 3+4 T2c bilateral disease,tumor involvment 5%
extra prostatic extention:absent
seminal vesical invasion :absent
pathological staging:pTNM pT2 ORGAN CONFINED
margins free of carcinoma
usable erections ;6-6-08 with little blue pill
continence; 1 pad a day, dry at night
continence a non issue at 10weeks
 1 year p.s.a. undetectable

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