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   Posted 7/7/2009 9:57 AM (GMT -6)   
I just got the results of my three month PSA (the first since surgery) It was 0.0! I see my uro next week and so I was planning on spending this week reading up on salvage therapy and now I won’t.. I asked my wife what I should do with the extra free time – she had some suggestions

I know that this is just a starting point, but at least it is the best place to start from. I’ll get my zero club dues in the mail real soon now (to see why I can’t do it right now read the end of the first paragraph.)

I will add this information to my sig, but I will also do some editing to keep it short – Hint, Hint, Hint!
Age at diagnosis 66, PSA 5.5
Biopsy 12/08 12 cores, 8 positive
Gleason 3+4=7
CAT scan, Bone scan 1/09 both negative.

Robotic surgery 03/03/09 Catheter Out 03/08/09
Pathology: Lymph nodes & 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 leakage day/1 pad.
3 mo. PSA 0.0

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   Posted 7/7/2009 10:00 AM (GMT -6)   

a big hearty welcome to the zero club, no greater feeling than that in our club. hope it's just the first of many to come. you and yours need to go out and celebrate big on all of our's behalf.

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

Steve n Dallas
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   Posted 7/7/2009 10:48 AM (GMT -6)   

Now we can call you geezer99.01

Welcome to the club.

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   Posted 7/7/2009 11:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations, hopefully this is just the begining of a lifetime of many more zeros!!
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

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   Posted 7/7/2009 11:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations on your wonderful first PSA test result! May your future be full of those zeros.
All the best to you in the years to come.

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

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   Posted 7/7/2009 11:39 AM (GMT -6)   
This is great news! Bring out the beer!

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   Posted 7/7/2009 12:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Great news, geezer! In fact, the very best of news! Long may the zeros continue.

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 coping with incontinence issues, but making progress!

James C.
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   Posted 7/7/2009 12:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Great news. congrats....
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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   Posted 7/7/2009 2:52 PM (GMT -6)   
My younger brother (seeds 5 years ago and still undetectable PSA) reminded me that the only way to be certain that PC will not recur is to die of something else! I think this translates as congratulations on your zeros.

Steve n Dallas
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   Posted 7/7/2009 3:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I put it another way on my 12 month ZERO -> Odds are are pretty darn good I won't die from "this" cancer.

Age 54   - 5'11"   205lbs
Overall Heath Condition - Good
PSA - July 2007 & Jan 2008 -> 1.3
Biopsy - 03/04/08 -> Gleason 6 
06/25/08 - Da Vinci robotic laparoscopy
05/14/09  - 4th Quarter PSA -> less then .01
Surgeon - Keith A. Waguespack, M.D.

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   Posted 7/7/2009 3:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Greetings, Geezer.  Congratulations and we trust that this will be the first of a long, long string of zero's in your long, long, life.  I go tomorrow morning to update my membership in the zero club and trust my report will continue to be just like yours.  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

Ed C. (Old67)
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   Posted 7/7/2009 4:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Geezer99, I'm very happy for tou. That first zero is so important. I wish you many many more of them for ever.
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
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

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   Posted 7/7/2009 8:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Great news and may there be many more of them in the future.
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

Cajun Jeff
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   Posted 7/7/2009 8:21 PM (GMT -6)   

Way to go Geezer.  Congrats and welcome to the club.


Jeff T Age 57
9/08 PSA 5.4, referred to Urologist
9/08 Biopsy: GS 3/4=7
10/08 Nerve sparing open RRP- Path Report: GS 3+3=7 Stg. pT2c, margins clear
3 mts: PSA .05 undetectable
 ED- 5 mg Cialis daily, pump daily,

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   Posted 7/7/2009 8:45 PM (GMT -6)   


Thanks for more encouragment for the entire club.


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....

DS Can
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   Posted 7/7/2009 10:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Its great to see that 0  Keep healing
PSA 01/07 1.2, PSA 01/08 1.9, PSA 01/09 2.5
BIOPSY 02/24/09 adenocarcinoma DX age 52
 Right:GS 3+3=6, 3/6 cores 10% involved,PNI-Y
 Left: GS 3+3=6, 1/7 cores <5% involved,PNI-N
LARP 04/09/09 nerve sparing. Final pathology:
 GS 3+4=7, Margins uninvolved, 2 lymph nodes negative
Catheter out 04/17, 1st no-pad day 05/03
25 mg Viagra nightly for ED
Followup PSA 05/28/09 <0.1

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   Posted 7/8/2009 5:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Great news my friend welcome to the club. I usually charge more for first timers but hey I am running a summer special for those new found zeros. My prayer is that you will have many years of zeros and it will allow you to right the next chapter in the wonderful book of life.

peace and love
President Zero club
My PSA at diagnosis was 16.3
age 47 (current)
My gleason score from prostate was 4+5=9 and from the lymph nodes (3 positive) was 4+4=8
I had 44 IMRT's
Currently on Lupron
I go to The Cancer Treatment Center of America
Married with two kids
latest PSA 5-27-08 0.11
PSA July 24th, 2008 is 0.04
PSA Dec 16th, 2008 is .016
PSA Mar 30th, 2009 is .02
Testosterone keeps rising, the current number is 156, up from 57 in May
T level dropped to 37 Mar 30th, 2009
cancer in 4 of 6 cores

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   Posted 7/8/2009 6:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Congrats and best to you and your wife.
Treasurer of the ZERO Club.
No adverse SE

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   Posted 7/8/2009 8:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Geezer, what a lovely number zero is! Congratulations, and may you have a lifetime of zeros. Now, go celebrate!
Husband diagnosed in 2/2008 at age 57 with stage T1c. Robotic surgery performed 3/2008. Stage updated to T3a with one microscopic extension into but not through capsule. Surgical margins, bladder and SV negative for tumor. Gleason 3+4 (no change from biopsy). PSA of 0.0 every 3 months since surgery. Incontinence is very good to excellent. Making progress with ED.

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   Posted 7/10/2009 11:39 AM (GMT -6)   
By the way, with my 3 month zero, my wife observed that since I wasn’t going to die of prostate cancer I was going to have to pick a different way to die. I told her that I was hoping to die at age 97, shot to death by an irate husband who came home and found me making love to his 36 year old wife and 18 year old daughter at the same time. She said it was more likely that I would be shot by an irate wife a lot sooner than that.
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