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TeddyG
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Date Joined Apr 2009
Total Posts : 133
   Posted 7/5/2009 7:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello guys,
In the vein of progress on this journey, I have been taking each issue one day at a time. I am in the post recovery, get your leakage under control chapter. Today is the first time that I ventured out w/o a pad. This week will be 3 months from surgery (2.5 months since catheter removal.) It happened inadvertently as I was getting dressed for church this morning , my wife was yelling at me to hurry up or she was leavinf w/o me as I had slept in a bit and was running late. You all can relate to a wife on a mission I am sure, so I hopped into my Jockey shorts and forgot my mini-pad! Low and behold, no problem at all today. One step, one day at a time...
Next chapter in the journey: getting Mr. Happy back! 
Best to you all in whatever chapter you are in..
Ted
Background:
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.
Stats:
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....
 


geezer99
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Date Joined Apr 2009
Total Posts : 990
   Posted 7/5/2009 8:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Great news!
Sometimes God works in mysterious ways his wonders to perform. Other times we have to be hit upside the head. I don't know which one this was, but we celebrate with you.
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
Pathology report. Lymph nodes negative, Seminal vesicles negative
Margins positive, Capsular penetration extensive Gleason 4+3=7
6 weeks: 1 pad/day, 1 pad/night -- mostly dry at night.
10 weeks: no pad at night -- slight unpredictable leakage day/1 pad.


Purgatory
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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25393
   Posted 7/5/2009 8:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Wonderful news, Teddy. The situation today probably forced you to gamble on the pad when you might not have normaly. Good progress.
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
 
 


DS Can
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Date Joined May 2009
Total Posts : 195
   Posted 7/5/2009 10:35 PM (GMT -6)   

Ted,

Progress is always a reason to celebrate.  Enjoy your extra 48 seconds in bed each morning!

April 9, 2009: not all that long ago, but we have been through a lot.

Keep healing,

Dan

 

 


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!
 
 


london2000
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Date Joined Jun 2009
Total Posts : 36
   Posted 7/6/2009 3:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Well done Ted! It's inspiring to see someone making such good progress.

I've seen it reported by others that the absence of the safety net of a pad provides that extra incentive to remain dry.

Roger
Diagnosed with PCa in April 09, aged 59. PSA 9.5 ng/mL, Gleason 3+3, 3/8 cores positive on biopsy.

Had laparoscopic radical prostatectomy in 21 May 09. Histopathology raised Gleason score to 3+4 but cancer confined to capsule with surgical margins being negative. Stage T2c. Nerves spared.

Catheter removed on 4 June 09. Currently trying to cope with incontinence issues!


CPA
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Date Joined Feb 2008
Total Posts : 655
   Posted 7/6/2009 5:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Greetings, Ted.  The Lord works in mysterious ways - sometimes we need that little bit of extra incentive even if it does come through our wives.  Congratulations!  This is an important milestone.  David

Diagnosed Dec 2007 during annual routine physical at age 55
PSA doubled from previous year from 1.5 to 3.2
12 biopsies - 2 pos; 2 marginal
Gleason 3+3; upgraded to 4+3 post surgery
RRP 4 Feb 08; both nerves spared
Good pathology - no margins - all encapsulated
Catheter out Feb 13 - pad free Feb 16
PSA every 90 days - ZERO's everytime!
Great wife and family who take very good care of me


Dirtmover
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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 158
   Posted 7/7/2009 1:24 PM (GMT -6)   

GOOD FOR YOU MY BROTHER, AS I HAVE SAID IN DEVERAL OF MY POST I REALLY DO THINK THERE IS SOMEWHAT OF A PSYCOLOGICAL DEPENDANTCY FACTOR IN THERE SOMEWHERE I TOO BELEIVE THE LORD WAS WITH YOU AS WELL  THAT DAY  GOOD LUCK..................DIRT turn


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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