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Date Joined Apr 2009
Total Posts : 133
   Posted 6/28/2009 9:36 PM (GMT -6)   
After reading the responses to my inquiry last week, I pumped up the tires did 30 miles today. I am 12 weeks post surgery, 10 post-catheter. I felt great when I donned the spandex and jersey as I lost some weight through the early chapters of the PCa experience.  I had no problems that I can tell although I was careful to make sure that I was seated properly with sit bones on the flair of the saddle. I did not feel any sensitivity to rough roads and of course would stand on the pedals over real bumps (as usual). I must say that I have been waiting for this day for what seems like forever. I did not use a pad either and no leaks and no spurts. It was like being as kid again when winter was over and my dad would bring the bikes out of the cellar! Another milestone in this journey. Next chapter: ED and the rest of my life.
Age 55, two teens, very fit cyclist (avg 2000+ miles per year) and weight, diet, etc. consistent with good habits. Stressful job as attorney; very supporting wife who is helping me through every stage of this war.
2006 PSA - 1.5
2007 PSA - 2.3
2008 PSA - 5.3 (18 mos.)
2009 Jan. 20 - Biopsy 12 samples
        Feb 3 Dx 2/12 samples positive, low volume  (5% and 7-10%)
Gleason 3+4, later downgraded by second opinion at Johns-Hopkins to 3+3, but "it's still PCa" as my Doc said.
Laproscopic surgery April 9,  University of KY Medical Center, Lexington, 3 days in hospital, catheter removal April 21.
Pathology: clear margins, no cancer in prostate: told that this is very rare and Doc has only seen it in 3 out of over 1400 cases; I rearched the concept of "vanishing cancer" and found a tumor classification of tP0 and asked Doc if it applied to me. He said that it was unlikely because if a pathologist had done a much more detailed analysis of the tissue, he would likely find more foci somewhere, and biopsy found "needle in the haystack as opposed to the tip of the iceberg"; Nevertheless, it is a blessing;
Regardless of the science, my family says "miracle."
Now working w/ post-surgery issues....

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Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 216
   Posted 6/29/2009 1:34 AM (GMT -6)   
I was reading about your vanishing cancer while I could understand a biopsy taking out the cancer if it was only one core showing cancer but for it to happen to two cores I find it quite amazing to say the least and was wondering if your original biopsies may have been mixed up in any way
Age 64 From UK now in Thailand 
Baby boy born 2/14/2009
First PSA was showing 9.73 on 1/21/09.   on 5/7/09 PSA 9.78  Free PSA 0.83   Free:Total  PSA 0.08 
1/28/09 Biopsy carried out 12 core results were
Both specimens show no adenocarcinoma
MRSI done on 5/8/09 No signs of any cancer
5/15/0924 Core biopsy results
Gleason'S Grade 3+2=5
Involving approx 30% of one out of 12 cores on each side
no perineural or angiolymphatic invation identified
One side PIN High Grade
Bone scan clear 

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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25382
   Posted 6/29/2009 7:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Ted, there is nothing better like getting back to doing something you love so much. I was happy to read about your good ride, hope its just the start for you. Enjoy it all brother.

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

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Date Joined Sep 2008
Total Posts : 46
   Posted 6/29/2009 2:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Great job Man! Congrats . . .

I should tell you . . . those vibrations I spoke of . . . I did not say they were unpleasant! Just funny!

I assume you live in KY . . . I'll be there in Oct (I think), I'll bring my bike and we can go for a ride!

Cheers . . . and keep after it.
Age at dx: 51 Age now: 52
Great health: Riding bike 275+ 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!

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Date Joined Feb 2008
Total Posts : 655
   Posted 6/29/2009 4:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Greetings, Ted.  Congratulations on getting back in the saddle.  It's always good to get back in a routine - keep up the good work.  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

James C.
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 4462
   Posted 6/30/2009 9:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Those ole westerns always did bring a tear to my eye then they drug out that guitar and sang "Back in the Saddle Again"....  Love to see the modern day version also... 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

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