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Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 784
   Posted 8/4/2009 11:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone just received my latest PSA, has come in at 0.6, up from 0.5 in April, not much of a rise, but a rise nevertheless, am seeing my radiation Oncologist next Monday for my scheduled 6 monthly visit, will see what he says about it.

Regards to all from Mal.
age 67 PSA 5.8 DRE slightly firm Rt
Biopsy 2nd July 07 5 out of 12 positive
Gleason 3+4=7 right side tumour adenocarcinoma stage T2a
RP on 30th July,

Post op Pathology, tumour stage T3a 4+3=7, microcsopic evidence of capsular penetration, seminal vessels, bladder neck,are free of tumour, lymph nodes clear, no evidence of metastatic malignancy, tumour does not extend to the apical margins.

Post op PSA 0.5 26th Sept.
PSA 23rd Oct.0.5 seeing Radiation Onocologist 31st Oct.
Started radiation treatment on 5th Dec, to continue until 24 Jan. 08.
Finished treatment, next PSA on 30th April.
PSA 30th April 0.4
PSA 30th July 0.5
PSA 27th Oct 0.4 (I am now 68)
PSA 11th March 09 0.5
PSA 3rd Augiust 09 0.6

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Date Joined Jan 2007
Total Posts : 762
   Posted 8/5/2009 12:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mal,

Because everyone else is probably asleep (4.30pm here), I just got home and realised a familiar name over west.. sorry you have this minor hitch Mal - good idea to check it out. CJ is well - not posting much nowadays but wish you well as always. Kind regards, Lana & CJ (over east)..
Creed_three - Husband 51 yrs (49 years at diagnosis)
PSA (2002) 2.1.  PSA (2006) 3.5.  1 x 5% core of 12 positive at biopsy. Open Radical Prostatectomy with nerve sparing April 2007. Gleeson 3 + 4 = 7.   Undetectable <.1 PSA since, specifically, June 2007-0.01, Oct 2007-0.02, April 2008-0.02: Oct 2008-0.03, Nov, 2008-0.02, April 2009-0.03. 

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Date Joined Feb 2008
Total Posts : 655
   Posted 8/5/2009 6:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Greetings, Mal.  Trust you will get some good news from your doc.  I do know that we always say to keep in mind that these tests aren't completely consistent from time to time and there are factors that can cause slight variances in your level.  Maybe you had something totally unrelated that caused a slight blip.  We'll trust you and your doc will get it all sorted out - please keep us posted.  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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Date Joined Jan 2009
Total Posts : 2457
   Posted 8/5/2009 6:31 AM (GMT -6)   
I hope that this is nothing more than just a fluctuation in the PSA test. May your visit with your doctor bring you good news and peace of mind.
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

Tony Crispino
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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 8128
   Posted 8/5/2009 8:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mal,
Let us know what the RO says. Ask him if he can retest as well...

Always nice to hear from you...Good onys, buddy...

 Age 47 (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  

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