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IdahoSurvivor
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   Posted 8/11/2009 10:30 PM (GMT -6)   
A new member, Arnie, posted to the "Creeping PSA" thread here
 
I just didn't want him to get "lost" in the weeds.
 
Welcome, Arnie.  tongue
 
Thank you for making an immediate contribution and for joining the rest of us in this "club" on "Healing Well."
 
Your numbers look good and you are mounting a great fight against this disease!
 
Your continued participation here will help others with information and support.
 
Again, a very warm welcome to you!
 
Barry (Idaho)
 

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


Tony Crispino
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   Posted 8/11/2009 10:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Good pick, Barry,
Hi Arnie,
Welcome to HealingWell. I am reviving your post so that other can identify with your story...In another thread Arnie said:

I've been lying in the weeds , so to speak, reading all of your posts here which have been extrememly helpful to me post surgery. I've been meaning to jump in and join, just haven't taken the time to register. But I wanted to suggest to BARR, that an option for an oncologist who specializes in PC close to Philly would be Dr. Stephen Grubbs of Christiana Medical Center in Newark, DE. I consulted him prior to treatment, and w/o a dog in the race, he validated the process by which my wife and I reached our treatment decision. He also pointed out some other considerations to watch for since the female side of my fanily has been beset with breast cancer......he's knowledgable, easy to talk to, and it sounds like you're within driving distance. Now that I'm out of the forum closet, I have a few topics I'd like to weigh in on, especially since there may be more guys like me in the Mid Atlantic region who are looking for MD's options, etc.---------hope this helps first time out of the shoot!


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PSA at Diagnosis-3.9
Biposy 8/19/08--4 of 12 cores positive; 5% involvement, Gleason 6 (3+3)

Surgery 1/26/09-DaVinci Robotic Prostatectomy at Presbyterian Medical Center/HUP-Phila, PA
Dr. David Lee

Pathology Report- Adenocarcinoma, no capsular involvement, seminal vesicles clear, lymph nodes clear, negative margins, Gleason 7 (3+4), Stage T2C, Prostate 61.8 grams, gland involvement 2-10%

Catheter removed after 8 days, totally dry at 3 months. ED issues continue, Viagra (via ADC) nightly (100mgs), VED use in earnest at 6 months. "Ball Park Frank" plumping at this point.
3 month PSA--<0.1
6 month PSA--<0.1


Arnie
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   Posted 8/12/2009 6:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks guys....I was wondering if my post would get lost in the shuffle. I didn't post under a new thread, so the "new member" status sort of got lost. Good pick up; mainly I wanted BARR to know that there was a good oncologist close to him. I updated my signature to include my age, and hope to contribute more regularly  from here on in. Lord knows I've benefitted from this forum in the last 6 months. Got a lot of of pre-surgery info from YANA, and then discovered HW @ time of surgery. Looks like I'm the only registered guy from DE, so maybe it'll help provide regional input.
         Arnie in DE

Age 56 (biopsy & surgery)
PSA at Diagnosis-3.9
Biposy 8/19/08--4 of 12 cores positive; 5% involvement, Gleason 6 (3+3)
 
Surgery 1/26/09-DaVinci Robotic Prostatectomy at Presbyterian Medical Center/HUP-Phila, PA
Dr. David Lee
 
Pathology Report- Adenocarcinoma, no capsular involvement, seminal vesicles clear, lymph nodes clear, negative margins, Gleason 7 (3+4), Stage T2C, Prostate 61.8 grams, gland involvement 2-10%
 
Catheter removed after 8 days, totally dry at 3 months. ED issues continue, Viagra (via ADC) nightly (100mgs), VED use in earnest at 6 months. "Ball Park Frank" plumping at this point.
3 month PSA--<0.1
6 month PSA--<0.1


LV-TX
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   Posted 8/12/2009 7:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Big Welcome Arnie....glad you found our corner of the world. I am sure you will have lots to contribute to others here.

Again, Welcome
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


CPA
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   Posted 8/13/2009 7:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Greetings, Arnie.  Thanks for jumping in with a valuable contribution for one of our guys.  Welcome to the group - trust you will continue to do well. 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


Purgatory
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   Posted 8/13/2009 7:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello and welcome Arnie, sorry you need to be with our motley crew, but glad you came aboard. From looking at your stats, looks like you are doing fairly well with your recovery. Please keep us posted.

David in SC
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
 
 


Doting Daughter
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   Posted 8/13/2009 9:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome Arnie! Welcome to the site and I hope you stick around!!!
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.

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James C.
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   Posted 8/13/2009 10:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome sir, and thanks for sharing your story thus far with us
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

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