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Date Joined Apr 2009
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   Posted 6/11/2009 7:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I got great news today, all 12 cores were benign.  I was in shock but thankfully it was a happy shock.  We will recheck the PSA in six months to stay on top of it.  From all the posts I realize first biopsies can be just the beginning - but for now I am a very happy man. 
Dr. mentioned a recent study of men who had negative biopsies who started taking Avodart.  Apparently there is an indication that those on Avodart ultimately had a lower incidence of PCa.  I do not have an enlarged prostate so I don't need it to reduce the prostate size, but of course would like to decrease my chances of developing PCa.  Does anyone have any further information about Avodart? 
I want to thank everyone on here who has posted and especially those who have responded to my posts.  Reading posts on this site over the past few weeks helped me to know what I needed to do next if the results had come back differently.  And, I realized I was not alone. 
Age:  49
PSA 4/08:  1.7
PSA 3/09:  3.6
PSA 4/09:  6.0
Anxiously awaiting biopsy results on 6/11

DS Can
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Date Joined May 2009
Total Posts : 195
   Posted 6/11/2009 8:59 PM (GMT -6)   

Good for you Jon,

I'm glad for you on your biopsy results.  You are wise to keep on top of this.


PSA 01/07 was 1.2, PSA 01/08 was 1.9, PSA 01/09 was 2.5.
BIOPSY 02/24/09, adenocarcinoma DX at age 52
 Right:GS 3+3=6, tumor 3/6 cores, 10% involvement,PNI-Yes
 Left: GS 3+3=6, tumor 1/7 cores, <5% involvement,PNI-No
LARP 04/09/09,nerve sparing. Final pathology:
 GS 3+4=7, Margins uninvolved, 2 lymph nodes negative.
Catheter removed on 04/17. First no-pad day was 05/03.
ED treatment is 25 mg Viagra nightly.
First followup PSA results on 05/28/09: <0.1,undetectable!

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Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted 6/11/2009 9:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Great News Jon, and I hope its not just the start for you.  However having said that, I think if I were in your boots, aged 49 yrs, with psa of 6, I probably would not be waiting six months for psa test, I think I would make it 3 months max.  Cus your psa has almost doubled in just one month.  Just my two bobs worth.  But good luck for the future and please keep us posted................Cheers Nothard. smilewinkgrin
Age 51yrs
DX 11/11/08
6 out of 8 cores positive 3 X 60% / 3 X 10%
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"

Regular Member

Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 375
   Posted 6/11/2009 11:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations on the results of your biopsy. I hope you never have to go through the prostate cancer experience. In all honesty though I don't want to bum you out but biopsies can miss prostate cancer even if it is there, since the sampling technique is taking shots in the dark. My first biopsy showed a few atypical cells, nothing more. The repeat biopsy 4 months later found the cancer in 2/12 cores. If you follow the posts on this website regularly you will see many guys who have biopsy after biopsy and don't find the cancer until a few more shots at it. Some guys have a color doppler ultrasound done to help locate the cancer, I don't know anything about that. In any event, keep doing your PSA's and biopsies to stay on top of your condition. That's all you can really do to keep this beast at bay, sleep tight tonite.............. yeah
my age=52 when all this happened,
PSA went from 1.9 to 2.85 in one year, urologist ordered biopsy,
First biopsy on 03/08, "suspicious for cancer but not diagnostic"
Second biopsy on 08/14/08, 2/12 cores positive for Prostate Cancer on R side, 1 core=5% Ca, other core = 25% Ca, Gleason Score= 3+3=6 both cores,
Clinical Stage T1C
Bilateral nerve sparing Robotic Surgery on 09/11/08, pathological stage T2A at surgery,
No signs of spread, organ contained,
3 0's in a row now, 7 months out
Incontinence gone in early December '08,
ED remains, uro said try oral meds and then trimix for sex only now

Veteran Member

Date Joined Feb 2008
Total Posts : 655
   Posted 6/12/2009 7:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Great news Jon.  Always good to get good news.  Glad you are staying on top of your situation and we'll trust that you will remain cancer free.  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

Veteran Member

Date Joined Jul 2008
Total Posts : 966
   Posted 6/12/2009 8:14 AM (GMT -6)   
That is good news Jon...just make sure you get a copy of the biopsy report...often times it will have additional information that will be pertinent for the subsequent biopsy if needed. Reason is if there was High Grade PIN shown, then that particular area will need to be sampled again. Otherwise...stay on top of your PSA and don't forget the Free PSA test as well. That is another test that can be just as important to determine whether you will need another biopsy.

(BTW...I am not a supporter of multiple biopsies. Despite what they say, it can cause complications down the road....I was one of them with only one biopsy)
You are beating back cancer, so hold your head up with dignity
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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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 4462
   Posted 6/12/2009 9:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Good news and good deal. We've had several negatives this week, all wonderful news!
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

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Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 673
   Posted 6/12/2009 7:12 PM (GMT -6)   

That's great news, Jon. Stay on top of your tests as your PSA is rising. I wish you many more negatives. Already said but, get copies of all your test results.


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. 

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