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Tony Crispino
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   Posted 9/8/2009 11:19 AM (GMT -6)   
My story of Intermittent Hormone Therapy (IHT) begins...
 
Well it's been just over 2 and a half years since I started treating prostate cancer.  After surgery failed, I started hormone therapy and radiation.  Radiation was done in August '07.  Hormone therapy?  I officially will not take the Casodex starting today.  The Lupron will wear off over the coming weeks.  I am a bit nervous about this, but I knew this day was coming.  I won't see my oncologist until October, but he will run a battery of tests including measuring DHT, T, PAP, PSA, PCA3, and the usual CBC stuff.  I will continue taking Alendronate (Fosamax) until my T levels reach a normal level.  We will decide on a maintenance drug like Finesteride or Dutesteride in October.  
 
My target is a PSA of 2.  If my PSA climbs it will be at 2 to move forward with going back on HT.  If it does not drop to the nadir of undetectable we will add chemotherapy with Taxotere unless something more effective comes out.
 
I mentioned being nervous, but I am not scared.  This is in God's hands and I do believe that.  I will keep on keepin' on with my work in advocacy for the cause of prostate cancer.  Also, I am approaching my 3rd year here at HW.  I have many great friends here, and I meet so many more as time move along.  I am very thankful for that. 
 
May peace always be with you...
 
Tony
 Age 47 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8 : Surgery at The City of Hope on February 16, 2007
Gleason 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!


James C.
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   Posted 9/8/2009 11:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Tony, you know yourself better than anyone and your plan makes sense to you, so I think you will be at peace with the results, either way. You have a great faith and it will sustain you, as I hope our prayers for you will do, also.
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-.05ml 2X week continues
PSA's: .04 each test since surgery


Geebra
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Date Joined May 2009
Total Posts : 476
   Posted 9/8/2009 11:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Tony,

Good luck with the off part of the intermitent HT. I hope and pray that it lasts for many many years.

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


lewvino
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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 9/8/2009 12:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Tony,
I wish you well and this new part of your treatment. I'm just getting started on this journey and will have my first post surgery PSA on October 17th. It seems that the closer that day comes the more nervous I become! So I guess its just normal when we have to face a change!

Larry
Father treated for Prostate Cancer in 1997 with Proton Beam - Still doing well.
My Stats
Age at diagnosis 54, PSA 5.1
Biopsy 04/08 12 cores, 5 positive
Gleason 3 Cores at 4+3=7, 2 Cores at 3+4=7
Perineural Invasion Noted on biopsy

Robotic surgery 08/12/09 at Vanderbilt, Nashville TN. 
 
Post Surgery - Dr. Spared 100% of Nerves on the left side.
Estimated that 50 - 70% of the nerves were spared on the right side.
 
Final Path report
20% of the prostate Invovled
Tumor graded at T2C
Overall Gleason 3+4 (7)
Lymph Glands Clear
Positive Margin 1.8 cm in length Noted in Right Apex


Sonny3
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   Posted 9/8/2009 12:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Tony,

May the blessings and prayers of all be with you during this period.

I am absolutely a believer in the power of prayer. Yes, I know I have PC and am just starting this journey for myself.

My belief has been made stronger by seeing the prayers of myself, family and friends answered that keeps my wife with me. As I have mentioned before she has been dealing with her own cancer since November 2005. She has had more than her share of issues in dealing with it. Stroke, infections, drugs, chemo, radiation and a respiratory failure that almost took her from me this summer.

Please know that I always say my prayers for my new found acquaintances on this form. I will double my efforts for you and your family.

Sonny
60 years old
PSA November 2007 3.0
PSA May 2009 6.4
Diagnosis confirmed July 9, 2009
12 Needle Biopsy = 9 clear , 3 postive
<5%, 90%, 40%
Gleason Score (3+4) 7 in all positive cores
CT Organ Scan - negative
Nuclear Bone Scan - Negative

Surgery set for September 17th, 2009 with Dr. Mani Menon at the Henry Ford Medical Center in Detroit.


Jerry1
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   Posted 9/8/2009 1:11 PM (GMT -6)   
 
 
Tony,
 
My thoughts and prayers are with you on this next step.
 
Jerry1
Age 69
DX 8/13/08 , PSA 4.0, Biopsy 14 samples 1 positive 12% of sample,
Gleason Score 4+4 =8  Bone scan and MRI negative
Da Vince surgery on Oct 17, 08 Florida Hospital Dr Vipul Patel
Post Gleason report  3+3= 6 Lymph nodes on both sides negative
margins Negative  Stage II (pt2a) 
Cath out on October 29th left in longer due to small leak.
11/19/08 dry no more pads
12/2/08 first PSA <0.1
 3/6/09 6 Month PSA 0.0
6/3/09 9 month  PSA 0.1
7/14/09  PSA still 0.1
6/12/09 new gleason score of 4=4
Developed stone in bladder may require surgery
 


Magaboo
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   Posted 9/8/2009 1:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Tony,
 
Just a quick note to let you know that I'm thinking about you and that I wish you all the luck in this next step in your battle. I wish that I had something more positive to say other than wishing you all the best in this next step and I'm hoping that you can keep the beast at bay for many years to come. New treatments seam to be in the works all the time and hopefully one of them will do the trick to finally help you win the battle.
All the best to you my friend.
 
Magaboo
 
 

Born Sept 1936
PSA 7.9
-ve DRE
Gleason's Score 3+4=7, 2 of 8 positive
open RP 28 Nov 06 (nerve sparing), Post op staging T3a
Gleasons still 3+4=7
Seminal vesicles and lymph nodes clear
Catheter out 15 Dec 06, Dry since 11 Feb 07
All PSA tests in 2007 (4) <.04
PSA tests in 2008: Mar.=.04; Jun.=.05; Sept.=.08; 3 days before Rad Start=0.1
Salvage RT completed (33 sessions - 66 Grays) on the 19th Dec., 08.
PSA in Jan., 09, = 0.05; July 09, <0.04


DJBearGuy
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   Posted 9/8/2009 1:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Tony,

You've been a great help to me and plenty of other guys here. Keep us posted on how things go.

DJ
Diagnosis at age 53. PSA 2007 about 2; PSA 2008 4.3
Biopsy September 2008: 6 of 12 cores positive; Gleason 4+3 = 7
CT and Bone scan negative
Da Vinci surgery at City of Hope December 8, 2008
Radical prostatectomy and lymph node dissection
Catheter out on 7th day, replaced on 8th day, out again 14th day following negative cystogram
Pathology: pT2c; lymph nodes negative; margins involved; 41 grams, 8% involved by tumor; same Gleason 4+3=7
PSA 1/22/08 non-detectable! 8-)
4/23/09 still undetectable!


Bluenose
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   Posted 9/8/2009 2:27 PM (GMT -6)   

 

 Tony you are such an anchor to this site and it's many members......good luck to you and yours on this next step and know you have many, many people sending prayers up, postive karma or whatever their own beliefs may be, it's all good........we're all here for ya' just like you've done for us. Hang tuff, as I know you will.......sir, you're a man amoung men, with that I send my prayers your way. Good luck Tony


 
  age: 53 @ Dx, Pre-op PSA Feb 08' 5.0, April 08' 4.1
  Biopsy 5.1.08, 5 of 15 cores postive, T2a, Gleason 3+4=7
  DaVinci performed 7.29.08
  Bladder sling installed, umbilical hernia repaired during surgery.
  Path report, "cancer fully contained, margins clear".
  Cath removed 8.8.08, ED therapy begins 8.9.08
  100mg Viagra three times a week, pump for ten minutes daily
  and hold for ten minutes.
  8.16.08 switched to Levitra 20mg, immediate results
  9.15.08 Pad free at night, one thin (light) pad during the day
  9.18.08 1st Post-op PSA Undetectable Zero's....Yes!
  12.22.08 2nd Post-op PSA  Zero's still...
  6.23.09 1yr Post-op PSA Still a zero..
  Pads gone 1.3.09, finally found the courage...Thanks ya'll
          ".....tryin' to reason with hurricane season...."
       


Purgatory
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   Posted 9/8/2009 2:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Tony, I am with you all the way. Your body needs the break from all you have been through, and I for one, and hoping praying that you get and keep good results for many years to come. You are one of the major rocks here, and I deeply aprreciate you and your efforts.

David in SC
Age: 57, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 7/08 12.3, 9/08 14.5, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 - 7/7 Positive, 40-90% Cancer, Gleason 4+3
Open RP: 11/08, Rht nerves saved, 4 days in hospt, on catheters for 63 days, 5th one out 1/09
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20%, Contained in capsule, 1 pos margin
2009 PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Latest: 7/09 met 2 rad. oncl, 7/09 cath #6 - blockage, 8/09 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 - out after 38 days


LV-TX
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   Posted 9/8/2009 3:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Tony, just to add my congrats also. But would like one small clarification...did you mean your PSA not to be above 2.0 or 0.2

The decimal point is confusing. I would think that without a prostate the 2.0 benchmark is a little high...but maybe not. Just would like a clarification as you are at the <0.1 mark now.

Thanks for all you do here at Healingwell
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


John T
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   Posted 9/8/2009 3:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Tony,
Sounds like you've got a handle on this and it looks like a good plan. I have a good feeling that everything will work out.
JT

64 years old.

PSA rising for 10 years to 40, free psa 10-15. Had 5 urologists, 12 biopsies and MRIS all neg. Doctors DXed BPH and continue to get biopsies yearly. 13th biopsy positive in 10-08, 2 cores of 25, G6 less than 5%. Scheduled for surgery as recommended by Urological Oncologist.

2nd Opinion from Dr Sholtz, a Prostate Oncologist, said DX wrong, pathology 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. G7, 4+3, approx 16mmX18mm.

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. All staging tests indicate that tumor is local and non agressive. (PAP, PCA3, MRIS, Color Doppler, Combidex, tumor reaction to diet and Casodex, and tumor location in transition zone). Surgery a poor option because tumor is located next to the urethea and positive margin is very likely; permanent incontenance is also high probability with surgery.

Seed implants on 5-19-09, 3 hours door to door, no pain, minor side affects are frequency and urgency; very controlable with Flowmax and lasted 4 weeks. Daily activities resumed day after implants with no restrictions. Gold markers implanted with seeds to guide IMRT.

25 treatments of IMRT 6 weeks after seed implants. No side affects at all.

PSA at end of treatment 0.02 mostly the result of Casodex. When I stop Casodex next week expect PSA to rise. Next PSA in November. Treatments and side affects have greatly exceeded my expectations. Glad to have this 11 year journey finally conclude.

JohnT


geezer99
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   Posted 9/8/2009 3:34 PM (GMT -6)   
You have led us in telling so many who come here
learn -- think -- decide
Here again you continue to set an excellent example.
I will keep you in my prayers.
Age at diagnosis 66, PSA 5.5
Biopsy 12/08 12 cores, 8 positive
Gleason 3+4=7
CAT scan, Bone scan 1/09 both negative.

Robotic surgery 03/03/09 Catheter Out 03/08/09
Pathology: Lymph nodes & Seminal vesicles negative
Margins positive, Capsular penetration extensive Gleason 4+3=7
6 weeks: 1 pad/day, 1 pad/night -- mostly dry at night.
10 weeks: no pad at night -- slight leakage day/1 pad.
3 mo. PSA 0.0 - now light pads


don826
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   Posted 9/8/2009 3:37 PM (GMT -6)   

Tony,

I wish you continuing success with your treatment. Hopefully it will be a long time before you will need to consider alternatives.

Don


Diagnosed 04/10/08 Age 58 at the time
Gleason 4 + 3
DRE palpable tumor on left side
100% of 12 cores positive for PCa range 35% to 85%
Bone scan clear and chest x ray clear
CT scan shows potential lymph node involvement in pelvic region
Started Casodex on May 2 and stopped on June 1, 2008
Lupron injection on May 15 and every four months for next two years
Started IMRT/IGRT on July 10, 2008. 45 treatments scheduled
First 25 to be full pelvic for a total dose of 45 Gray to lymph nodes.
Last 20 to prostate only. Total dose to prostate 81 Gray.
Completed IMRT/IGRT 09/11/08.
PSA 02/08 21.5 at diagnosis
PSA 07/08 .82 after 8 wks of hormones
PSA 10/08 .642 one month after completion of IMRT, 6 months hormone
PSA 03/09 .38 six months post radiation and nine months into hormones 
PSA 06/09 .36 or .30 depending on who did the test
 
 
 


Piano
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   Posted 9/8/2009 4:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Tony,

Enjoy your time off HT turn and let us hope it is a long and maybe permanent one.

CPA
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   Posted 9/8/2009 4:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Greetings, Tony.  Lots of good, positive comments here and you deserve all of them.  You are following your own good advice - have a plan, follow it and don't look back.  Here is wishing you the very best as you enter this next non-treatment phase of your journey.  I have every confidence you will do great.  We continue to pray for you and all the others on this site as we battle this disease.  Your leadership in the fight is appreciated.  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


Radical
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   Posted 9/8/2009 4:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Tony, what a truely beautiful attitude to have.  We are proud of you mate, and with your determination nothings going to beat you, not even this beast.  .............Kev
Age 51yrs
DX 11/11/08
6 out of 8 cores positive 3 X 60% / 3 X 10%
PSA 4
Gleason Score 3+4=7
Stage T1c
Robotic Surgery 24/12/08
Upgrade Gleanson Score 4+3=7 Gleason Differential 60%/40%
Stage T2c
Three small foci total volume <10%
Neg Margins and Nodes
Nil - Extraprostatic Extentions
Dry less than 1 week.
ED- taking Meds- Its been 9 mnths now getting some action ! yah
PSA 1/09  .03
PSA 2/09  .03
PSA 5/09  .03
PSA 9/09  .03
"Everyday in Everyway I get better"


mvesr
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   Posted 9/8/2009 4:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Tony

You have been such and inspiration to all of us here. Keep the faith and keep up the good fight.

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


M. Kat
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   Posted 9/8/2009 6:39 PM (GMT -6)   
hi Tony, well..you are starting on a new path in your journey and you have everything good going for you. Keep fighting the good fight! God bless you....kat
Husband Jeff 56 years old diagnosed July 27, 2006
PSA 6.5, 2 positive areas in biopsy, Gleason 3+3=6
Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy August 30, 2006
pathology report - all clear - cancer gone
1st post-surgery PSA test <0.1, 2nd post-surgery PSA test <0.1, 3rd PSA <0.1
no more pads Oct 12, 2006
first "real" erection with use of pump 12/16/06
3/07 - occasional dribbles and erections with Cialis and pump
8/07 - 1 yr PSA <0.1
9/1/07 - achieved erection with Viagra - no pump!
3/08 - 18 mo PSA <0.1
switched to Levitra - works much better than Viagra & Cialis - fewer side affects
summer of 2008 - have had a few erections with no drugs! yeah!!
8/08 - 2 yr PSA <0.1
2/09 - 2-1/2 yr PSA <0.1
excellent erections with 30 mg Levitra - occasional usable erections with nothing


Tony Crispino
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   Posted 9/8/2009 8:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey gang,
I was with customers most of the day, but I was checking messages on my cell phone. At various points today I was smiling as I read these wonderful messages.

Les (LV-TX): I chose 2 as the PSA to take action with after studying what was the best way to proceed with IHT. (not 0.2). I chose that number as a compromise of what many doctors and studies said. If I relapse, it isn't local disease. By monitoring the PSA doubling time (PSADT) we can set the next options accordingly. There won't be many, but we can try to manage this for years. If something else comes out we can change the plan. My hope is still there that it won't rise at all, and if it does it will take years before it does. My cancer had escaped the prostate and we know that with grade 4 cells if it comes back it will be a fight.

I love all you wonderful people...

I am a lucky man...

Tony
 Age 47 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8 : Surgery at The City of Hope on February 16, 2007
Gleason 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!


Doting Daughter
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   Posted 9/8/2009 8:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Tony-
I don't know of anyone who deserves a vacation more :) Your body and soul have been through so much these past three years. I will continue to hope and pray that your PSA stays undetectable forever. It's always good to have a back up plan..or two or three as we have unfortunately had to deal with. However, I am hopeful and prayerful that you will be another Milken. Thank you for blazing a trail for so many to follow and for cheering us on along the way. You are a dear friend and an inspiration to many. Fight on and enjoy the HT vacation...may it be a permanent one.
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


maldugs
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   Posted 9/8/2009 10:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Tony I wish you well with your plan, seems like a good one to me, I probably will be going down the same path in the future.

All the very best. 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


Cajun Jeff
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   Posted 9/8/2009 10:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Tony: You are an inspiration to all of us. My Peace be with you in your quest. Thanks again for all that you have done for each of us.

Jeff T
Cajun Country
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


biker90
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   Posted 9/8/2009 11:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Fight on good buddy!!!!

Ending cancer treatment is a new beginning - sort of like graduation where we face a new world. Now fear is the enemy but it is vanquished by concentrating on the next clean test. Each day that we are fortunate enough to greet is a battle won. And the war is won one battle at a time.

Let's get well together,

Jim
Age 75. Diagnosed 11/03/06. PSA 7.05. Stage T2C Gleason 3+3.
RRP 12/7/06. Nerves and nodes okay.
Catheter out on 12/13/06. Dry on 12/14/06.
Pathological stage: T2C N0 MX. Gleason 3+4.
50 mg Viagra + .03 cc Trimix = Excellent Results
PSAs from 1/3/07 - 7/17/09 zero.
Next PSA - July/2010
Lung cancer dxed on 5/16/08. Surgery on 6/25/08 T1N1M0 - Stage IIA Finished 4 cycles of chemo on 11/7/08.
CT scans on 12/2/08 - 6/25/09 - in remission!!!
Next scan in September 09.
Biker90's Journey
http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/jimrobinson
"Patience is essential, attitude is everything."


livinadream
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   Posted 9/9/2009 4:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Glad to hear you are getting a break from this stuff. I took my last casodex July 26th and my last Lupron shot March 30th. I was hoping that my libido would have rebounded by now but no such luck. One thing that is a pleasant surprise is how much energy I have now and my mental accuity is improving.
God bless you Tony and I to pray you have many many years of PSA test below 2.

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%

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