Post Surgery PSA - Want's normal?

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TheoTeacher
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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 47
   Posted 8/27/2009 8:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Had my 7 week post surgery psa test.  I got the #'s from the lab - 0.05!  I haven't seen the uro yet so... Are these #'s good, average or high?  I see in some signatures a varity of #'s so I don't know what to expect.
Dad dx at 72 with Pca; RP at 73; Died 11/08 at 88 from Pca met.
3 Uncles have had Pca; 2 deceased from Pca met.
Me: Age 51: Joyfully Married; father of 7!
Routine Physical 11/07 PSA 1.73 DRE normal
Routine Physical 1/09 PSA 2.77 DRE abnormal.
1st Urologist visit 2/09 DRE normal, small - PSA 6.3!
Biopsy 3/17- St. Patty's Day! 3 of 12 cores positive with 5-8% Pca
3+3 Gleason; Visit Johns Hopkins 3/26/09 and decide for surgery.
Lapro RP 6/29/09; discharged 6/30/09
Cath out 7/9/09 Gleason unchanged 3+3;
"Larger amount of cancer" than expected.
Organ confined Pca, positive margin as "artifact" of surgery.
All other tissues clear.

"We walk by faith, not by sight."


DS Can
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Date Joined May 2009
Total Posts : 195
   Posted 8/27/2009 9:14 PM (GMT -6)   

TheoTeacher,

Woohoo! Anything under 0.1 is great news.  Welcome to the club for zeroes.

Keep Healing,

Dan


PSA 01/07 1.2, PSA 01/08 1.9, PSA 01/09 2.5
BIOPSY 02/24/09  PCa DX age 52
Right: 3+3=6, 3/6 cores 10% involved,PNI-Y
Left:  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;100 mg:not ready for prime time
Followup PSA 05/28/09, 08/20/09 <0.1
 
 


Piano
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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 847
   Posted 8/27/2009 11:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree -- that's good!

0.05 is at the limit for some tests (like mine) and often people will drop the "less than" in "<0.05". So <0.05 is better than 0.05, but either way it's good. Congratulations!
Pre-op:
Age 63 at diagnosis, now 64.
No symptoms; PSA 5.7; Gleason 4+5=9; cancer in 4 of 12 cores.
Operation:
Non-nerve sparing RRP on 7 March 2008.
Two nights in hospital; catheter out after 7 days.
Post-op:
Continent; no pads needed from the get-go.
Pathology showed organ confined and negative margins. Gleason downgraded to 4+4=8.
PSAs:
6-week : <0.05
7-month: <0.05
13-month: 0.07 (start of a trend?)
ED:
After a learning curve, Bimix injections (0.2ml) are working well. VED also works but we find it inferior to Bimix.
14 months: Occasional nocturnal erections.


Steve n Dallas
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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 4829
   Posted 8/28/2009 5:13 AM (GMT -6)   

Welcome to the ZERO Club.

New guy buys the Beer smhair


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.


zampilot
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Date Joined Aug 2009
Total Posts : 152
   Posted 8/28/2009 6:00 AM (GMT -6)   
There really isnt a normal! My first test came back .06, which up til then I had thought anything other than all zero's meant there was detection of P cells....I had a few very distressing days til I saw the Doc. As mentioned, anything under .1 is a zero, hopefully it stays that way.
I barley snuck into the criteria for Radiation (one 'close to a positive margin') and I'm 1/3 through the rad. I'll have my next PSA test at one year from the first PSA of 4.2 last December. 2009 has not been a good year!

Purgatory
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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25380
   Posted 8/28/2009 7:06 AM (GMT -6)   
A zero is a zero, welcome to the Zero Club. Hope you stay there for a long time, years to come.

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, 8/14 met with Rad Oncl, 8/18 - laser scope surgery to clear blockage, now on Cath #7, 8/26 - cath removed
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


livinadream
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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 1382
   Posted 8/28/2009 5:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the zero club my friend. .05 is awesome. Please enjoy your renewed lease on life and be sure to make time to live. So often we spend our lives making a living that we forget to make a life. A new chapter is ready to be written.
By the way as president of the zero club I am letting you know that I waved the dues for August. LOL

peace and love
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%


TheoTeacher
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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 47
   Posted 8/28/2009 7:00 PM (GMT -6)   

Thanks for your support men!  As a teacher I never thought a zero was a good number, but break out the beer!  Dale, I've been trying to enjoy my "new life" ever since the surgery.  I've been to the beach more this summer with my little girls (3 & 8) than ever.  You got to grab every second you can.  Here's my thoughts, a zero today and dry shorts can't be far away!


Dad dx at 72 with Pca; RP at 73; Died 11/08 at 88 from Pca met.
3 Uncles have had Pca; 2 deceased from Pca met.
Me: Age 51: Joyfully Married; father of 7!
Routine Physical 11/07 PSA 1.73 DRE normal
Routine Physical 1/09 PSA 2.77 DRE abnormal.
1st Urologist visit 2/09 DRE normal, small - PSA 6.3!
Biopsy 3/17- St. Patty's Day! 3 of 12 cores positive with 5-8% Pca
3+3 Gleason; Visit Johns Hopkins 3/26/09 and decide for surgery.
Lapro RP 6/29/09; discharged 6/30/09
Cath out 7/9/09 Gleason unchanged 3+3;
"Larger amount of cancer" than expected.
Organ confined Pca, positive margin as "artifact" of surgery.
All other tissues clear.
7 wk psa 8/20/09 - 0.05

"We walk by faith, not by sight."

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