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BoisePSABantam
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Date Joined Apr 2009
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   Posted 9/10/2009 12:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Just got my PSA test results back -> 0.07. For some this would be cause for panic, but for me it's great news.

I had a jump from less than 0.04 to 0.08 last February and it caused me and Doc some concern.
Then in May, the PSA stayed at 0.08. I felt that was pretty good news, Doc was not convinced.
Now, 4 months later, the PSA is essentially the same at 0.07. So! I'm thinking that after 7.5 months, if I really had a real recurrence,
I'd have seen some increase by now.

Doc will retest now every 6 months, likely forever. But that's OK.

I do get a lot of perspective from the forum. I will continue to review this most interesting and pray for the less lucky brothers.
Pre-Surgery PSA: 4.92
age: 45 at DX.
DaVinci 5/07
1st PSA 0.07 8/07
2nd PSA 0.04 11/07
3rd PSA 0.04 02/08
4TH PSA 0.04 7/08
5th PSA 0.08 2/09


LV-TX
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Total Posts : 966
   Posted 9/10/2009 12:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Great news Boise...I hope to follow your path as well. May you have a lifetime of zeros.
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


lewvino
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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 384
   Posted 9/10/2009 12:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Looks like encouraging news to me! Conrats!

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


Steve n Dallas
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   Posted 9/10/2009 12:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Cool Beans....

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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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 4462
   Posted 9/10/2009 2:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Really good news, congrats to you.
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
24 mts: ED- 50 mg Viagra 3X week, pump daily,
Bimix-30/1/20-.20ml 2X most weeks continues using plump and ring technique
PSA's: .04 each test since surgery


Purgatory
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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25380
   Posted 9/10/2009 2:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Boise, that's wonderful news, that's why we have to be careful with ultra sensitive testing, the difference between .05 and .08 can still easily be within the test normal tolerances. Sometimes I think the old standard was a lot less anixety causing, when it would be simply noted as <.10. That's the original benchmark for a "zero". In your case, it held steady, then went down, very happy for you.

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


CPA
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   Posted 9/10/2009 4:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Greetings, Boise.  I think I'm glad my doc only says less than .1 - too much room for variation in the ultra sensitive.  At any rate, congratulations on a great report.  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


Geebra
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Date Joined May 2009
Total Posts : 476
   Posted 9/10/2009 9:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Fantastic!

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


Ed C. (Old67)
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Total Posts : 2458
   Posted 9/10/2009 9:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Good news Boise. I hope you can keep that number to <.1 forever.
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


Piano
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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 847
   Posted 9/10/2009 10:23 PM (GMT -6)   
That's good news, Boise. I hope to be following the same path as you. My 13- month PSA was 0.07 after previous < 0.05s. My uro told me to expect my next to be up again -- don't know what he based that on and I didn't think to ask.

So, my next PSA is about 5 weeks away, and I'm hoping to prove the uro wrong. No sex this time. shakehead Will it be up, down or the same? Better than soap opera, and I am the star -- next exciting episode is on 21 October. :-)
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.


IdahoSurvivor
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 1015
   Posted 9/10/2009 11:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Nice job, Boise!

'Looks like you are a fighter and have won a current battle! Terrific! tongue

Hey, if you're really in Boise and close to it, send me an e-mail at the link on the left and I'll send you info about a prostate-cancer support group here in the Boise area.

Best regards,

Barry (a.k.a. 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


livinadream
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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 1382
   Posted 9/11/2009 6:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes indeed this is great news. Looks like the zero club is having a good day.

peace 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%


BoisePSABantam
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Date Joined Apr 2009
Total Posts : 20
   Posted 9/14/2009 9:50 AM (GMT -6)   
I had an interesting talk with a nurse who works at Mountain States Tumor Institute here in Boise this weekend. She asked how my PSA testing was going and I told her (See below). She was skeptical of my theory that the test instrument was off with my blood chemistry. She was more convinced that my draconian vegan diet, relentless exercise routine and stress reduction had more to do with the readings. She told me taking care of yourself does work.

She told me to not let my guard down and keep doing what I'm doing!

So! Put down the hamburgers and hit the running trails! It maybe working.

Thanks for your kind comments.

blog: http://zentrisurviveandthrive.blogspot.com
Pre-Surgery PSA: 4.92
age: 45 at DX.
DaVinci 5/07
1st PSA 0.07 8/07
2nd PSA 0.04 11/07
3rd PSA 0.04 02/08
4TH PSA 0.04 7/08
5th PSA 0.08 2/09
6th PSA 0.08 5/09
7th PSA 0.07 9/09

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