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CPA
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   Posted 6/24/2009 7:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Greetings, everyone.  My Dad just called to tell me his twin brother, my uncle, died this morning.  He was 81 and had a long and very fruitful life and is now pain free and in a better place.  If anyone ever doubts this disease is hereditary, my Dad, and 2 of my uncles had prostate cancer.  My dad had 2 other brothers who died fairly young (44 and 59) of other cancers. 
 
My Dad chose radiation for his treatment and is doing fine.  My older uncle had seeds implanted and died of another cancer at 84.  My uncle who died this morning had surgery but it had already spread prior to his surgery several years ago.  He had several good years but it spread to his back and liver. All 3 were diagnosed between age 70 and 75.
 
My son will be starting his PSA testing in another 4 years when he turns 35 (if not before)! I try and be an advocate to anyone I can to make sure everyone is getting regular exams and PSA tests.  This is even more important when there is a family history.  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


geezer99
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   Posted 6/24/2009 8:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Our sympathy and prayers go out to you and your family.
Age at diagnosis 66, PSA 5.5
Biopsy 12/08 12 cores, 8 positive
Gleason 3 + 4 = 7
CAT scan 1/09 negative, Bone scan 1/09 negative

Robotic surgery 03/03/09 Catheter Removed 03/08/09
Post surgical pathology report. Lymph nodes negative, Seminal vesicles negative
Surgical margins positive, Capsular penetration extensive Gleason 4 + 3 = 7
At 6 weeks: 1 pad/day, 1 pad/night -- mostly dry at night.
At 10 weeks: no pad at night -- slight unpredictable leakage day/1 pad.


Purgatory
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   Posted 6/24/2009 8:29 PM (GMT -6)   
David,

I am sorry to hear of the death of your uncle, another brother of the PC gone from among us. My condolences to your entire family with your loss. May he rest in peace, to suffer no more.

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, 6/9 .11, July 13 - meet with radiation oncologist
 
 


Doting Daughter
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   Posted 6/24/2009 9:40 PM (GMT -6)   
So sorry for your loss and the effects this ugly disease has had on your family. Peace be with you and your loved ones.
Father's Age 62 (now 63)
Original Gleason 3+4=7, Post-Op Gleason- 4+3=7,
DaVinci Surgery Aug 31, 2007
Focally Positive Right Margin, One positive node. T3a N1 M0.
Bone Scan/CT Negative (Sept. 10, 2007)
Oct. 17 PSA 0.07
Nov. 13 PSA 0.05
Casodex adm. Nov 07, Lupron beg. Dec 03, 2007 2 yrs
Radiation March 03-April 22, 2008- 8 weeks 5x a week
July 2, 08 PSA <.02
Oct. 10, 08 PSA <.02
Praying for a cured dad.

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IKE-D
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   Posted 6/24/2009 9:45 PM (GMT -6)   
So sorry to hear this Dave. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and family.

Regards
>Age 41 (At Dx-July 05) -Psa during annual physical went from previous 2.8 to 3
>Biopsy by 'primary' Urol Aug 05 - Gleason 6 low grade. 2nd opinion at  Hopkins confirmed Dx
>Chose Active Surv (AS)- modified diet etc.
>Around Oct 07 Psa moved up to 5.5. I decide to treat at Hopkins. Not sure what kind yet. My doctor decided on re-biopsy first.
>2nd Biopsy Dec 07 at Hopkins was NEGATIVE for Pca! Nothing found in 14 cores!
>'Primary' Urologist baffled. Planned a saturated biopsy (22 cores) to settle issue once and for all. I wasn't going to do 22 cores wide awake!
>July 07 - Did MRI just for comfort. Nothing significant found. No spread. I'd live! Still in AS mode.
>July 08 - Saturated Biopsy performed. Cancer confirmed again (of course, you took 22 cores)! Same Gleason score, same grade, similar numbers but Urol says treat very soon! I am thinking not so fast - numbers are same and you told me it means not aggressive! In any case I agreed with Urol that I will go the way of the Seeds. I research seeds more and I don't like it.
>July 08 - Dec 08 I re-lapse back into AS mode but seriously researching/considering treatment options beside surgery - went on to Mass Gen and Georgetown to explore proton therapy and Cyberknife respectively. Anything but Surgery! Both experts who are about my age were unanimous in strongly declaring they will chose surgery 'if they were me'. In addition, I learn that if either if these radiation methods (and seeds too!)  failed, no backup plan (or will be complicated)! I got the message!
>Jan 09. Went back to see my doc at Hopkins. I decide to put my fate in the hands  of the 'Da Vinci Robot' then!
> May 09. Had surgery. some Pain and discomfort but normal. Pathology all clear. Gleason 6 as before. Feeling very lucky. I gambled (based on my numbers and got 4 more years!) on the slow nature of the cancer and took my time. Very happy I finally did it. Hoping for a great recovery of all 'key' functions. Great wife and family helping out.


Tony Crispino
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   Posted 6/24/2009 10:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Dang it!!!
David,
My sincerest condolences. And my prayers for peace for you and you family. I am very sorry for your loss...

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!


LV-TX
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   Posted 6/25/2009 7:10 AM (GMT -6)   
It always brings a tear to my eyes to read about the loss of someone due to this disease. My heart felt condolences to you and your family.
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


Dirtmover
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   Posted 6/25/2009 9:10 AM (GMT -6)   
CPA, IM VERY SORRY TO HEAR OF YOUR LOSS MY BROTHER , IM VERY GLAD TO SEE YOUR GETTING YOUR SON TESTED AT 35 , IM AN ADVOCATE AS WELL, THERE IA NO SUBSTITUTE FOR EARLY DETECTION, ,,,,,,,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


SHU93
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   Posted 6/25/2009 12:23 PM (GMT -6)   
My condolences!! I will say a prayer today for him and your family. Please have your son tested soon, I was diagnosed a week after I turned 37. Similiar to your family it was prevelant in my family.
Age Dx 37, 7/2008
First PSA : 4.17 5/2008
Second PSA After 2 weeks of antibiotics : 3.9 6/2008
DRE: Negative 5/2008
Biopsy : 6 out 12 Postive all on right side, Gleason 7 (3+4).
Bone Scan/CAT Scan: Clear 7/2008
Cystoscope: Normal 7/2008
Prostate MRI: Normal 7/2008
Da Vinci Surgery 7/2008
PostOp: T2c (On Both sides), margins clear, seminal clear, nodes, clear. Gleason 6(3+3).
First PostOp PSA 9/2008: <0.01
2nd PSA 12/2008: <0.1 (Different Lab then 1st)
3rd PSA 3/2009: <0.1
4th PSA 6/2009: <0.1
 
 
 


Magaboo
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   Posted 6/25/2009 12:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi David,
 
I'm sorry to read about your loss. Please accept my heart felt condolences. There is some comfort in knowing that he is now in a better place without pain or worries.
All the best to you.
 
Magaboo

Born Sept 1936
PSA 7.9
-ve DRE
Gleason's Score 3+4=7, 2 of 8 positive
open RP 28 Nov 06 (nerve sparing), Post op staging T3a
Gleasons still 3+4=7
Seminal vesicles and lymph nodes clear
Catheter out 15 Dec 06, Dry since 11 Feb 07
All PSA tests in 2007 (4) <.04
PSA tests in 2008: Mar.=.04; Jun.=.05; Sept.=.08; 3 days before Rad Start=0.1
Salvage RT completed (33 sessions - 66 Grays) on the 19th Dec., 08.
PSA on the 26 Jan., 09, =0.05. PSA tests now every 6 month


Jerry1
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   Posted 6/25/2009 4:50 PM (GMT -6)   
 
 
I am so sorry to hear about the death of your uncle my thoughts are with you and your family.
 
Jerry1
Age 69
DX 8/13/08 , PSA 4.0, Biopsy 14 samples 1 positive 12% of sample,
Gleason Score 4+4 =8  Bone scan and MRI negative
Da Vince surgery on Oct 17, 08 Florida Hospital Dr Vipul Patel
Post Gleason report  3+3= 6 Lymph nodes on both sides negative
margins Negative  Stage II (pt2a) 
Cath out on October 29th left in longer due to small leak.
11/19/08 dry no more pads
12/2/08 first PSA <0.1
 3/6/09 6 Month PSA 0.0
6/3/09 9 month  PSA <0.1
new gleason score of 4=4
 


CPA
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   Posted 6/25/2009 5:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Greetings everyone.  Once again this group proves to be a blessing and source of support.  We appreciate your thoughts and prayers in these days.  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 6/25/2009 5:18 PM (GMT -6)   
David, that is why we are here for each other. We cheer together, we grieve together, that's what brotherhood is all about. Peace be to you.

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, 6/9 .11, July 13 - meet with radiation oncologist
 
 


IdahoSurvivor
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   Posted 6/25/2009 6:23 PM (GMT -6)   

David,

May you receive comfort from memories of good times with your uncle that you can carry forward with you.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to you.


Barry ~ (a.k.a. "Idaho")

 

Da Vinci Surgery July 31, 2007… 54 on surgery day
PSA 4.3  Gleason 3+3=6  T2a  Confined to Prostate

Post-PSAs  09/07  <0.04; 12/07  <0.04; 03/08  <0.04;

06/08  <0.04; 12/08  <0.04;

06/09  =0.062 (doc says don't worry yet)

My web site: http://pca-info.blogspot.com


Aries8
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   Posted 6/25/2009 6:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I am a regular at the anxiety forum. Just by chance I found this posting. I just wanted to tell you David, that your family is in my thoughts. Your uncle is no longer suffering and is in a better place! Take care and try not to worry about yourself or your son. Good luck!

Generalized Anxiety Disorder
 
60 mg. Prozac, Ativan as needed.
 
"Nothing makes us so lonely as our secrets." Paul Tournier


Ralph Alfalfa
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   Posted 6/25/2009 7:10 PM (GMT -6)   
So sorry, David. A loss like this really hits close to home and makes us realize the need for vigilance. My sons have also promised to get checked at 35. My younger brother did recently and, thank goodness, he's okay. Peace be with you and your family.

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
 6 month Psa , 0.1 
Fully continent...ED progressing as expected.


robdav
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   Posted 6/26/2009 3:33 PM (GMT -6)   
David,

Although I do not know you or your family personally, your loss is felt by all here. I am a twin myself, thankfully my brother is clear, but I have also lost family to PC.

Please accept my condolences at this most difficult of time.

rob
PC Survivor
Diagnosed at 38 years old with family history.
Lost both male Grandparents to PC. My father is also a PC survivor.
Da Vinci removal 03/04/09.
PSA 3.0 at time of diagnosis. Now < 0.01 ng/mL at first post operation test.
 

don826
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   Posted 6/26/2009 5:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello David,
 
May I offer my sincerest sympathy to you and your family on the passing of your uncle. May you all find peace and comfort in your memories of him.
 
Sincerely,
Don

Ed C. (Old67)
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   Posted 6/26/2009 9:48 PM (GMT -6)   
David,
Sorry about the death of your uncle. I alos have a lot of PC in my family. My Dad died from PCa at the age of 89. My brother also had PCa but he died of a heart attack. My prayers for you and the rest of your family. May he rest in peace.
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
continent after 4 months
1st PSA test 4/7/09 result <0.1


rob2
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   Posted 6/27/2009 7:37 AM (GMT -6)   
I am sorry to hear about your loss. You are correct to say this disease is hereditary.
 
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


CPA
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   Posted 6/28/2009 6:17 PM (GMT -6)   

Thanks again everyone.  Our family appreciates all of your great support.  It was a very affirming service - all three of his daughters and their spouses participated. 

I'll try to catch up on reading posts and responding as I can in the next few days.  You all are a great bunch of people who provide great support.  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


marryjames
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   Posted 8/27/2009 3:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Glade to see that im as a one that fighting the same disease and know how it feels like
and i am happy to see those news
just for the importency i once used medical transportaion with VIP airambulance
they took a proffesional care of me and helped me all the way to the hospitel..
take a good care and feel good

James C.
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   Posted 8/27/2009 4:26 PM (GMT -6)   
marryjames, welcome to the forum. As a first time poster and one who has posted in 4 other forums at the same time, all seemingly promoting VIP AirAmbulance Service, I would like to ask that you read the rules concerning spamming and consider that your appearance so far adds a really strong smell factor to your posts. If you are promoting or spamming this airambulance service, I must tell you that is not allowed.

I note that you state that you are fighting the same disease, so again welcome to the site. Usually we like to share the details of our Journey with PCa, with stats and particulars, so we'd appreciate your sharing your story thus far with us.
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 110gms.- Path Report: GS 3+3=6 Stg. pT2c, 110gms, margins clear
22 mts: ED- 50 mg Viagra 3X week, pump daily,Trimix 30/1/20-.05ml 2X week continues
PSA's: .04 each test since surgery


Purgatory
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   Posted 8/27/2009 4:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Good eye, James, I was wondering what this post was even about, seem to come out of no where.

David in SC
 Age 57, 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
 Pathlogy Report:Gleason 3+4=7, pT2c, 42 grm, tumor 20%, Contained in capsule, one post. margin, clear lymph nodes 
2009 PSA   2/9 .05, 5/9 .10, 6/9 .11, 8/9 .16
Lastest 7/13 met with Rad. Oncl, considering options, 7/20 Catheter #6 after complete blockage, 8/14 met with Rad Oncl, 8/18 - laser scope surgery to clear blockage, now on Cath #7, 8/26 - cath removed
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Ed C. (Old67)
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   Posted 8/28/2009 7:48 AM (GMT -6)   
David,
Sorry about your uncle's death. My sympathy and prayers to you and your whole family. I fully agree that PC seems to run in families. My dad and brother both had it although they died from other causes. I have 3 sons and worry about them all the time. They started taking their PSA at the age of 40.
Age: 67 at Dx on 12/30/08
PSA 9/05 1.15; 8/06 1.45; 12/07 2.41; 8/08 3.9; 11/08 3.5 free PSA 11%
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 Dr Fagin, Austin TX
Pathology report:
Prostate weighed 57 grams size:5.2 x 5.0 x 4.9 cm
Posterior lateral lesions measuring 1.5 x 1.4 x 1.0 cm showing focal capsular penetration over a distance of 3mm.
Prostatic adenocarciroma accounts for approx. 10-20% of the hemisphere.
Gleason 4+4
both nerve bundles removed,
pT3a Nx Mx, Negative margins
seminal vesicles clean, lymph nodes: not dissected
continent after 4 months
8 weeks PSA test 4/7/09 result <0.1
5 months PSA test 7/9/09 result <0.1

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