Anxiety about PSA test - take 3

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   Posted 7/10/2009 2:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Well guys, as the saying goes, I've worried about so many things in my life, most of which never happened.  I learned the results of my biopsy today and it's all clear!!! 
Biopsy was taken on Tuesday and the results were back on Friday so I didn't have to wait too long.
Thanks for all your help, support, and encouragement.  I'm glad I don't get to join the club, (yet) as there are some great people here.
Good luck to all of you.

Mike A
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Date Joined Feb 2007
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   Posted 7/10/2009 3:04 PM (GMT -6)   
We all celebrate your great news! We hope you never have to join our group, but we'll be here if you ever do. Go out and celebrate, but by all means keep getting tested!
June 2005 - Age 53 PSA 4.8 at regular physical
October 2005 - After several rounds of anti-biotics, PSA 5.2 at Urlogist November 2005 - Biopsy negative
July 2006 - PSA 5.9 at regular Physical October 2006 - After several more rounds of anti-biotics PSA 8.1 November 2006 - Second biopsy - Positive December 2006 - Gleason (3+4=7), Tumor T1c, CT Scan and Bone Scan Negative
January 2, 2007 Robotic Prostatectomy, University of Rochester Medical Center - Tumor confined but larger than thought, only one partial nerve able to be spared. Margins clear.
February 2007 - Three to four pads a day, no erection with viagara.
April 2007 - First Post-Surgical PSA 0.02. Down to one pad a day.
July, 2007 - Six Month Post-op: PSA 0.04 No change in ED.
October, 2007 - Nine Month Post-op: PSA back down to 0.02! Almost totally dry! Only slight improvement in ED - Will try injections if not improved by next appointment.
January 2008: One Year Post-OP PSA 0.02 still dripping, but improving. Tried 500 dose of MUSE for ED, no luck. Will try 1000.
July, 2008 PSA 0.04 again, will recheck in October. Use .15cc Trimix injections, partial success. Will try .20cc.
October, 2008 PSA still 0.04. Won't check until April - Yay! .20cc trimix still only partial success. Will try .25cc.

Post Edited (Mike A) : 7/10/2009 2:08:58 PM (GMT-6)

James C.
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   Posted 7/10/2009 3:23 PM (GMT -6)   
That's absolutely good news. Now don't let the door hit you in your behind on your way out.  smilewinkgrin Seriously, you're welcome anytime, and come back, if heaven forbid, you have a need...Have a good rest of your life..
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

Ed C. (Old67)
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Date Joined Jan 2009
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   Posted 7/10/2009 4:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations. I hope you never have to come back. Enjoy the good news and thank the Lord. Go and celebrate.
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

Regular Member

Date Joined Jun 2009
Total Posts : 25
   Posted 7/10/2009 8:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Again, you guys are the best!! Thanks again for the support.

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Date Joined Feb 2008
Total Posts : 655
   Posted 7/10/2009 9:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Greetings, arkclk.  Congratulations!  You are always welcome but we trust you will never need to join the club.  Have a great celebration and continued best wishes. 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

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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 1015
   Posted 7/10/2009 9:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey arkclk,

What great news! tongue

Here's wishing you a life full of good health and blessings of family and friends.

All the best,

Da Vinci LRP July 31, 2007… 54 on surgery day
PSA 4.3 Gleason 3+3=6 T2a Confined to Prostate
6th PSA 06/09 still less than 0.1

DS Can
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Date Joined May 2009
Total Posts : 195
   Posted 7/12/2009 10:24 PM (GMT -6)   
a woohoo moment for sure!

John T
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   Posted 7/13/2009 3:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Great news. Keep monitoring your psa every 6 months and keep a record of all your psa tests. Graphing them would be very helpful. A consistant rise of over .75 in a year or a psa doubling time of less than 12 years should be a red flag that needs attention.

64 years old.

PSA rising for 10 years to 40, free psa 10-15. Had 5 urologists, 12 biopsies and MRIS all neg. Doctors DX BPH and continue to get biopsies yearly. Positive Biopsy in 10-08, 2 cores of 25, G6 less than 5%. Scheduled Surgery as recommended.

2nd Opinion from Dr Sholtz, an Oncologist said DX wrong, path shows indolant cancer, but psa history indicates large cancer or metastasis. Futher tests and Color Doppler confirmed large transition zone tumor that 13 biopsies and MRIS missed. G 4+3 approx 2.5cm diameter.

Combidex MRI in Holland eliminated lymphnode mets. Casodex and Proscar reduced psa to 0.6 and prostate from 60mm to 32mm. Changed diet, no meat and dairy.

Seed implants on 5-19-09, 3 hours door to door, no pain, minor side affects are frequency and burining urination. Daily activities resumed day after implants.

Scheduled for 5 weeks IMRT in July


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