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lewvino
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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 384
   Posted 10/8/2009 9:27 AM (GMT -6)   
My 1st post surgery PSA is scheduled on Oct. 19th. The last few days I've been having some severe pain in my left arm and shoulder area and a few days before it was pain in my upper Right leg. Of course my first thought is 'OH no its cancer'  but my wife tells me that since my lymph glands were clean on Pathology that she didn't believe the cancer would have spread. I guess its just that older age setting in since I turned 55 last month.
 
Any thoughts?
 
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


Purgatory
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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25380
   Posted 10/8/2009 9:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Larry, your concerns are truly understandable. It is amazing how many new aches and twinges we start to feel after a cancer dx and treatment. I went through the same feelings, was convinced every new ache in my hips and loins was a sure sign that the cancer had spread. It didn't matter that tests showed otherwise, just kind of made me paranoid at every corner. My wife would remind me that I am a 57 year old man, with artitihis in my knees and hips, and I am not 25 anymore. Plus, despite what the books and doctors say, it takes an older body much longer to recoup from a major surgery. My surgeon was honest enough to say at least a year.

Hope you feel better, you will when you get that good psa test ahead.

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% cancer, 1 pos margin
Post Surgery  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, 8/9 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 - out  38 days, 9/14/9 - met 3rd rad. oncl.agree to start radiation, mapping on 9/21/9, 9/24 - mtg with uro/surg, 9/29- pre-op, 10/1 - 3rd corr. surgery - suprapubic cath/hard dialation, 10/5 - first treatment IMRT.


Steve n Dallas
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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 4829
   Posted 10/8/2009 11:40 AM (GMT -6)   
One little wrong twist or turn and I have trouble getting out of bed the next day....Isn't old age grand.

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.


LV-TX
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Date Joined Jul 2008
Total Posts : 966
   Posted 10/8/2009 11:58 AM (GMT -6)   
What!! Old age in the 50's...hmmmm. You are only as old as you think you are.

Me...probably back into my 20 something by now. If you ever played sports, then you know about those pains that come back after years of being silent, just waiting to find the most appropriate time to spring up on you and make you remember your body wasn't supposed to be that flexible back then.
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


qjenxu
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Date Joined Sep 2009
Total Posts : 187
   Posted 10/8/2009 1:27 PM (GMT -6)   
50s is not old at all, if you don't have a handful two year old try to keep up with. smilewinkgrin

Take care!

Jennifer

lewvino
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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 384
   Posted 10/8/2009 1:54 PM (GMT -6)   
My boys are both married, no grandkids...But my stepson who is 17 makes up for the 2 year olds!

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


qjenxu
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Date Joined Sep 2009
Total Posts : 187
   Posted 10/8/2009 1:56 PM (GMT -6)   
we also have a 14 years old boy smilewinkgrin

Jennifer
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