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Allan Garonzik
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   Posted 8/11/2009 8:52 AM (GMT -6)   

Prostate Cancer

A longer than necessary story by Bunky Garonzik

August 26-Sept 6, 2008

 

…During a routine medical exam, my doctor noticed a high blood count in my urine.  This led to a trip to my urologist and further testing. The doctor performed a digital test on the prostate. However, it seemed that he was checking my tonsils---The rubber gloves that extended up to his elbow should have been a clue. My PSA count was a little high….6.4 I think.  Then a few more tests---a C.T. Scan, and an MRI, and a co-payment that bought a new wing on the hospital.  Next, another digital exam where the doctor found his lost Rolex. 

At this point he told me that if we lived in Arkansas, we would be engaged.  Although the Jackie Gleason Test had nothing to do with sending anyone to the Moon, the subsequent Biopsy nearly sent me.  Real tears. He inserted, what seemed like a Lewisville slugger with a camera attached, up my ‘you-know-what’.  Then I heard the sound of something like loading a magazine into an M-16, and he squeezed off a round.  No Purple Heart---just 11 more rounds. Hadn’t had this good a time since the Alligators ate my baby brother!

A phone call would have done it. But the Doctor wanted that little extra “Doctor Visit” to cover his daughter’s tuition.  My co-pay was only $40.  I liked his bedside manner, Everybody who doesn’t have Prostate Cancer please stand up….Not so fast, Bunky.  Gotcha!”

I told him I wanted a second opinion.  “OK, you are ugly and old”, was his response.

“Now, let’s go over the options:

(1)               You can do nothing; the cancer spreads slowly.  It will take about 15 years before you die a slow, horrible, painful death.  Heck, with your weight, and with the shape you are in, something else will most likely get you before you croak from the cancer. With the size of your tummy, I’d bet you haven’t seen your

pecker in years---you need to diet.  “Why”, I asked.  “What color is it now?”

(2)               Your second choice is the old fashion surgery.  We slice you from here to there.  Cut out the prostrate and sew you back up.  Takes a couple gallons of blood, and then recovery--- provided you don’t take the ‘Horizontal Exit’ out of the hospital--- is a few months.  If the pecker is in the way, we’ll take that too---you won’t need it ever again.

(3)               Then, we offer the arthroscopy surgery—three days in the hospital---couple of years recovery—done deal.  Prepare to pee down your leg at the Tom Thumb.

(4)               Also, there is the radiation therapy.  We plant some seeds with radiation, they attack the cancer over time, and sometimes the cancer cells will be gone, and the prostate will shrivel up like a dried prune. Go home, do your research and due diligence and let me know.”

 

…I called my ex brother in law—the plastic surgeon.  He said, “none of the above.  Do the Robotic Surgery.  Period!” My doctor recommended someone in his organization---to get his referral fee, of course.  The recommended doctor was Dr. Raul A. Bensilversteen a DeVry honor graduate from Argentina.  He finished his studies at home in just three short weeks.  Now another $400 consultation.  This took an hour because I had to press #2 to communicate with the doctor.  He explained the DaVinci Robotic Surgery:  “We put you on a gurney, roll you into the O.R. shoot you up with some good drugs from my country, bore 5 holes in your tummy, roll R2D2 on top of you, and I sit at a computer on the other side of the room with a couple of joy sticks.  Did I mention that before I was a surgeon, I was the best Nintendo player in my country?  In one of the holes goes a tube that blows up your tummy with air so I can see all the stuff inside.  In another hole goes a high resolution camera using a bright light with one of those new twisty mercury filled bulbs from China. (If the bulb breaks, the party is over).  In two of the other holes goes the fully articulating instruments that I will cut and sew with.  The final hole is for the zip lock baggy to pull out the worn out prostate.”

            I told him that if things don’t work out, I want to donate my body to science.  He said, “No thanks.”

Page 2---The Surgery

…arrive at 5:00 a.m., dress you in one of those Versache gowns---you know the one with the revealing split up the back and the pocket for your smokes on the front.  For two reasons—one I couldn’t tie the string in the back, and two, I’m a bit modest, so I put the gown on backwards! I jokingly asked the Doctor to make me a video of the surgery. He said, “Forget the video and told me that good things don’t necessarily come in small packages---turn the gown around.”

…The IV, then--- turn out the lights….Five hours later, I looked as puffy as Aunt Sadie pressed up against a piece of glass.  The process is to turn you at about a 70 degree angle with your head down in order to do the surgery.  Some swelling occurs. Close family members and sadists showed up at hospital.  I felt like the Last Chapter of What’s the Use?

…I pleaded for an early release, and got as much sympathy as a three time loser in Huntsville.  The next morning, a force march down the hall---heightening the meaning of what our GI’s went through in Battan, 1942, only Sandra was the one probing me with the bayonet. 

…Mid day, the Doctor returned with my video, and said I could go home after I passed some gas.  Never a problem before! But the day lingered.  By 8:30 p.m., I had worn them out.  I felt like I had been liberated by the 6th Ranger Battalion, and Sandra wheeled me away.

…Tough first night, but by 4 a.m. I squeaked one out.  If the light at the end of the tunnel is not a train, I’m home free! One thing about a catheter you should know:  If you forget that the bag is wrapped around the leg of your nightstand, you will soon remember.

…at first the diet was just a Pancake and Pizza---the only food that they could slide under the door. Later—real food like Jell-O, then Cream of Wheat., and a cup of Apple Sauce  all which passed GO, never slowed down, and shot directly south, passing everything else and, well----just passed! The ‘Big One’ was still a few days away.

…another milestone one week later—the catheter removal and follow up visit.  Catheter removal is not unlike jumping into an ice plunge pool.  It won’t usually kill you, but it will take your breath away faster than seeing Sarah Palin naked.

…not supposed to drive a car for two weeks, or lift anything for 6 weeks.  (ain’t gonna go down like that). The pain of the stitches and bruises get better each day, and the Doctor reports that I am cancer Free.  Never thought of it before, but I guess I’m a Cancer Survivor…Just what I need, another T shirt.

…lastly, I have been prescribed Levitra, and if I’m lucky enough to get an erection that lasts longer than 10 hours, I ain’t calling my Doctor, but rather all the girls I’ve known since the 10th grade!

 

…thanks to everyone for the cards, letters, emails, visits, advice, (although I got no cash contributions). And good luck to those who are about to go through the surgery, and speedy recovery for those who have already gone through it!

 

Bunky    bunky@pwhome.com

 

 

Allan (Bunky) Garonzik is a freelance writer.  Called that because Free is about what his work is worth.  His writing skills emerged some years ago, but until the advent of SpellCheck , he could never get anything on paper.  While spelling, concept, fresh ideas, grammar, punctuation, and uniqueness have never really been part of his style, at 65, he plans to make it on looks alone.

 

 


Tony Crispino
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Total Posts : 8128
   Posted 8/11/2009 9:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Allan (Bunky),
Welcome to HealingWell. Before I read your last paragraph, I could tell you were good looking and a writer. I researched your works and found quite a bit. I will try to in the coming days to actually read some of it. In the mean time, welcome to the best site on the net for caring and compassionate support. Your humor is absolutely refreshing and great for the healing process. But I have to take exception that pancakes and pizza are all that will slide under the door. We italians would also like every one to know that veal does to.

Regardless, welcome again...glad to have you..

Tony
 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  
 
STAY POSITIVE!


LV-TX
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   Posted 8/11/2009 9:37 AM (GMT -6)   
I thought the story sounded familar...welcome to Healingwell Allan...feel free to share your writings again.
You are beating back cancer, so hold your head up with dignity
 
Les
 
Age 58 at Diagnosis
Oct 2006 - PSA 2.6 - DRE Normal
May 2008 - PSA 4.6 - DRE Normal / TRUS normal
July 2008 - Biopsy 4 of 12 Positive 5 - 30% Involved Bilateral w/PNI - Gleason (3+3)6 Stage T1C
Robotic Surgery Sept 18, 2008
Pathology October 1, 2008 - Gleason 7 (3+4) Staged pT2c NO MX - Gland 50 cc
Seminal Vesicles and Lymph Nodes clear
Positive Margins Right Posterior Lobe
PSA 5 week Oct 2008 <.05
                   3 month Jan 2009 .06
                   6 month Apr 2009 .06
                   9 month Jul  2009 .08


Steve n Dallas
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   Posted 8/11/2009 9:47 AM (GMT -6)   
That's a great story. Welcome to the Site.

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.


James C.
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   Posted 8/11/2009 9:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HW, enjoyed the story.
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 110gms.- Path Report: GS 3+3=6 Stg. pT2c, 110gms, margins clear
22 mts: ED- 50 mg Viagra 3X week, pump daily,Trimix 30/1/20-.10ml 2X week continues
PSA's: .04 each test since surgery


Doting Daughter
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   Posted 8/11/2009 9:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome, welcome!! Thanks for sharing your story and your humor! We need both in here! Best wishes on your road to recovery and may you continue to laugh and love on your road to healing well.
Father's Age DX 62 (now 64)
Original Gleason 3+4=7, Post-Op Gleason- 4+3=7,
DaVinci Surgery Aug 31, 2007
Focally Positive Right Margin, One positive node. T3a N1 M0.
Bone Scan/CT Negative (Sept. 10, 2007)
Oct. 17 PSA 0.07
Nov. 13 PSA 0.05
Casodex adm. Nov 07, Lupron beg. Dec 03, 2007 2 yrs
Radiation March 03-April 22, 2008- 8 weeks 5x a week
July 2, 08 PSA <.02
Oct. 10, 08 PSA <.02
Praying for a cured dad.

Co-Moderator Prostate Cancer Forum


Allan Garonzik
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   Posted 8/11/2009 10:31 AM (GMT -6)   
...difficult to find any humor in Cancer, yet adding a bit of levity takes a little sting out of the situation. I'm just happy to be brathing up good air. Thanks to all for your kind words....Bunky

Jstars
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Date Joined Oct 2005
Total Posts : 489
   Posted 8/11/2009 11:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Allan,

Great post about a tough situation ....

And now not only are you Free (of Prostate) ... but also Well Lanced too.

Good luck with that Levitra ... don't forget to check with All Day Chemist for the Adult sizes of those pills .... not that they will do any better for the near future, but you never know.
Age 58, 195lbs, 6'4", 57 at DX, PSA Aug2008 7 4 ... June2007 4.7 (BPH + LUTS)
Biopsy Nov2008 1 of 12 cores 5%, Gleason 3+3 - Sona showed size 140+ cc (110 grams post op).
02/03/09 open RRP surgery , Nerve sparing both sides, 1 day in hospital, Day 4 first BM,
Pathology Report: All margins clear - No Invasive spread - no change in Gleason score.
02/18/09 Cath out, passed a 1cm oblong STONE within hours.
03/06/09 Started Levitra@20mg / Viagra@100mg / (04/01) Cialis@20mg -- no real effect (thru 07/2009).
04/01/09, 07/07/09 PSA <0.1 - Stone Was Oxalate stone -- X-ray showed no additional stones.
Next up (so to speak) -- MUSE(1000mg) -- on 08/07/09.


James C.
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   Posted 8/11/2009 11:31 AM (GMT -6)   
How about making up your signature, with some concise details of your stats and Journey so far, Allan? Go to Control Panel, then Edit Profile, scroll to the bottom and fill out the signature box.
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 110gms.- Path Report: GS 3+3=6 Stg. pT2c, 110gms, margins clear
22 mts: ED- 50 mg Viagra 3X week, pump daily,Trimix 30/1/20-.10ml 2X week continues
PSA's: .04 each test since surgery


Purgatory
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Total Posts : 25380
   Posted 8/11/2009 12:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Bunky, a big welcome to our brotherhood of PC men. Great story, rather articulate with your words, I am a wanna be writer with two published novels, someone got mad at me recently and said all I was , was a wordsmith. Kind of liked that.

Hope your healing continues well for you. Please keep us posted of your journey.

David in South Carolina, "Toothless Faces and Trashy Places" something like that.
Age 57, 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
 Pathlogy Report:Gleason 3+4=7, pT2c, 42 grm, tumor 20%, Contained in capsule, one post. margin, clear lymph nodes 
2009 PSA   2/9 .05, 5/9 .10, 6/9 .11, 8/11 ?
Lastest 7/13 met with Rad. Oncl, considering options, 7/20 Catheter #6 after complete blockage, scarring closed up bladder neck, corrective laser surgery scheduled for 8/18
 
 


Geebra
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Total Posts : 476
   Posted 8/11/2009 2:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Great story. Welcome to the site. I think we have a number of writers here. And a number of those who should be or want to be. Our best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Greg

Father died from poorly differentiated PCa @ 78 - normal PSA and DRE

5 biopsies over 4 years negative while PSA going from 3.8 to 28

Dx Nov 2007, age 46, PSA 29, Gleason 4+4=8

Decided to participate in clinical trial at Duke - 6 rounds of chemo (Taxotere+Avastin)

PSA prior to treatment on 1/8/2008 is 33.90, bounced on 1/31/2008 to 38.20, and down at the end of the treatment (4/24/2008) to 20.60

RRP at Duke (Dr. Moul) on 6/16/2008, Gleason downgraded 4+3=7, T3a N0MX, focal extraprostatic extension, two small positive margins

PSA undetectable for 8 months, then 2/6/2009-0.10, 4/26/2009-0.17, 5/22/2009-0.20, 6/11/2009-0.27

Salvage IMRT + 6 Months ADT: Casodex started 6/12/2009, Lupron 6/22/2009, PSA 6/25/2009-0.1, T=516, 7/23/2009-<0.05, T<10, IMRT to start mid-Aug


mvesr
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   Posted 8/11/2009 8:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Bunky,

Can't cry all the time, you need to laugh a little too.

Mika
age at dx 54 now 57
psa at dx 4.3
got the bad news 1/29/07
open surgery Duke Medical Center 5-29-07
never more than 2 pads
ED is getting better
the shots work great, still can't give them to myself
two years of zero's


goodlife
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Total Posts : 2691
   Posted 8/11/2009 9:03 PM (GMT -6)   
That is absolutely too funny. Too bad I had to sacrifice my one and only prostate to find humor in it !
Age 58, PSA 4.47 Biopsy - 2/12 cores , Gleason 4 + 5 = 9
Da Vinci, Cleveland Clinic  4/14/09   Nerves spared
0/23 lymph nodes involved  pT3a NO MX
Catheter and 2 stints in ureters for 2 weeks due to anatomical issues with location of ureters with respect to bladder neck.  Try 3 tubes where no tubes are supposed to be for 2 weeks !
Neg Margins, bladder neck negative
Living the Good Life, cancer free  6 week PSA  <.03
3 month PSA <.01 (different lab)


Worried Guy
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   Posted 8/12/2009 10:28 AM (GMT 0)   
Hi Bunky,
Thanks for brightening my day. Your descriptions made me pee myself. Can't wait until you cover incontinence. Heck I can't wait, period! Ok...there.... I'm good to go for another 300 seconds.
Welcome to the club no one wants to join.
Jeff
Age 56. Perfectly healthy with no problems until getting the results of my first routine PSA test on April 8th: 17.8. My GP does not believe in general PSA screening so I did not get results during my 50 year physical.
May PSA: 22.6, 3 weeks later: 23.2.
June 10 Biopsy 7 out of 12 cores positive, Gleason 6=3+3.
Bone scan and C/T scan negative.
----------------------------------------------
7/21/2009 Radical prostatectomy by Da Vinci @ University of Rochester
Left nerve gone, right spared.
----------------------------
7/31/2009: Catheter removed and Pathology report received
Gleason 3+4=7 Tumor size: 2.5 x 1.8 cm location: both lobes and apex.
No Malignancy in Seminal Vesicle, vasa deferentia, lymph nodes 0/13
Prostate mass 56 grams. Pathologic Stage: pT3aN0MX


Allan Garonzik
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   Posted 8/12/2009 7:25 AM (GMT -6)   
...looking over the ages of the members in our "Club", I seem to be a Senior(66). My surgery was just over a year ago, and I have been lucky with the results and after effects. My initial numbers were not too high, but the decision to remove the prostate took only about 10 seconds. Recovery was also pretty fast. My biggest problem is bladder control---when I gotta go, I gotta go. I did a 220 mile road rally this weekend in South Texas, and I finished with wet pants. However, compared to just a few years ago, medicine has come a long way.

LV-TX
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   Posted 8/12/2009 9:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Allan...on a bike or car? (South Texas Road Rally)
You are beating back cancer, so hold your head up with dignity
 
Les
 
Age 58 at Diagnosis
Oct 2006 - PSA 2.6 - DRE Normal
May 2008 - PSA 4.6 - DRE Normal / TRUS normal
July 2008 - Biopsy 4 of 12 Positive 5 - 30% Involved Bilateral w/PNI - Gleason (3+3)6 Stage T1C
Robotic Surgery Sept 18, 2008
Pathology October 1, 2008 - Gleason 7 (3+4) Staged pT2c NO MX - Gland 50 cc
Seminal Vesicles and Lymph Nodes clear
Positive Margins Right Posterior Lobe
PSA 5 week Oct 2008 <.05
                   3 month Jan 2009 .06
                   6 month Apr 2009 .06
                   9 month Jul  2009 .08


RFP
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Total Posts : 30
   Posted 8/12/2009 11:20 AM (GMT -6)   

Great Story.  Keep us advised as you heal. I am out 7 months now and am just starting to get control again.  Continence is improving and I'm down to only 1 or 2 pads a day.  It does take time, but you will heal.  Please keep us advised of your progress.

RFP


Last PSA prior to biopsy- 5.9
Biopsy - 12/08
Gleason Score - 3+3=6
Staging - T1c
Age at biopsy - 66  good Health (Work of 3-5 times a week at Lifetime Fitness and Bike)
da Vinci RP surgery - 1/20/09 at Sherman Hospital in Elgin IL
Surgeon - Dr. Griffin
Hosp stay - 1 night
Catheter removed - 1/28/09
Post-Op blood test - 2/25/09  PSA 0.04
Scheduled weekly biofeedback sessions with Physical Therapist started 3/2/09
Electrical stimulation started 4/6/09


Allan Garonzik
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   Posted 8/12/2009 12:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Les---This one was in a ZO6 Corvette. This one is called the 3 Twisted Sisters just outside of Kerrville Texas Did the Tail of the Dragon on a motorcycle a few months ago--Tennessee. Send me an email, and I'll send you a picture of my toys. bunky@pwhome.com

RFP----I was out of the pads in a little over a week (after the catheter was removed). Consider myself very lucky. A cough or a laugh or not being able to find a tree will cause a problem, but considering everything, I wouldn't trade my deal!

CPA
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   Posted 8/12/2009 1:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Greetings, Bunky.  Great story - always good to apply some humor to a situation we'd rather not find ourselves in.  Thanks for posting.  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


Cajun Jeff
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   Posted 8/12/2009 2:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Bucky: Loved the story laughed so much I had to tractice my keigle excercises to keep the squirt away. Too funny. If we can't make fun of this situation then were toast. Thanks for the laugh.

On aonther note I want to see the toys. I have driven the Tail of the Dragon in my 2001 vette vert. What a rush. The Louisiana club is planning a trip back there in Oct. I just may have to breatk away and make the run again.

Jeff T
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
 10th month  PSA <0.01
ED- 5 mg Cialis daily, pump daily, going to try MUSE next


curly805
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   Posted 8/12/2009 3:00 PM (GMT -6)   

I could totally relate.  3 years out, it is easier to laugh now. If you are like most of us, you will have some challenges ahead.  Make sure to ask us questions and share concerns. There is a lot of helpful knowledge on this site.

best wishes,

Steve


Diagnosed 8/09 Gleason 3+3 =6
Robotic RP @ City of Hope 10/09
Problems with "abnormal anatomy"
Clean pathology
Catheter for 6 weeks
Followup PSA negligible
Incontinence.. a small squirt every now and then
ED - yes
Pills didn't work
Vacumn pump w/bands hurt and didn't hold erection
7/09 Just starting injections


Purgatory
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   Posted 8/12/2009 3:50 PM (GMT -6)   
bunky, ive done the tail of the dragon about 3 years back when i still had my triumph sprint st motorcycle, being in western sc, i am not all that far to where it is.
Age 57, 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
 Pathlogy Report:Gleason 3+4=7, pT2c, 42 grm, tumor 20%, Contained in capsule, one post. margin, clear lymph nodes 
2009 PSA   2/9 .05, 5/9 .10, 6/9 .11, 8/9 .16
Lastest 7/13 met with Rad. Oncl, considering options, 7/20 Catheter #6 after complete blockage, scarring closed up bladder neck, corrective laser surgery scheduled for 8/18,
meeting with Rad. Oncl on 8/14 about lastest PSA
 
 


Allan Garonzik
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   Posted 8/12/2009 4:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Just sent Les some pictures and my story of the Three Twisted Sister's Run in Kerrville Texas. Happy to forward to anyone who is interested. e mail is bunky@pwhome.com Allan

livinadream
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   Posted 8/12/2009 5:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I to would like to say welcome to our family. Thanks for story. I hope you plan to visit us often.

peace love and joy
dale
My PSA at diagnosis was 16.3
age 47 (current)

http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/dalechildress

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
Casodex
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
PSA July 28th 2009 is .01

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
92%
80%
37%
28%


Tony Crispino
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   Posted 8/12/2009 5:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Allan I share pictures and more on my Facebook account...
 
Tony
 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  
 
STAY POSITIVE!

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