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RacingOyster
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Date Joined Aug 2009
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   Posted 10/24/2009 7:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I just received my 4-month PSA test results and it showed undetectable levels -- less than 0.1. I now feel comfortable applying for membership in the zero club.

All the side effects from surgery pale in comparison to getting rid of something that might have killed me.
Living in the northern Atlanta suburbs.
Good health and no symptoms when my annual physical uncovered an elevated PSA.
Diagnosis at age 55: PSA 4.6 - positive biopsy 3 of 12 cores - Gleason 3+3=6.
open Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy with bilateral lymphadenectomy on 6/18/2009.
Pathology report after surgery showed negative margins, cancer contained in capsule
(60 gram sample, Gleason 3+3=6, T2c N0 MX).
PSA at 4 months after surgery <0.1 (all other problems are minor considering being cancer-free).
Catheters required on-and-off for 34 days after surgery due to recurring urinary retention.
Anal fissure due to trauma to rectum from biopsy, surgery, and antibiotic-induced diarrhea.
Scheduled for repair of Spigelian Hernia due to pulling of abdominal muscles during RRP.
Using 1 pad during the day for occasional stress incontinence, dry at night (16 weeks after surgery).
Taking Cialis for ED with no joy so far.


Purgatory
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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25380
   Posted 10/24/2009 7:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Congratuations, our favorite Mollusk!!! I second you approval for the zero club, job well done.

I know you had a bumpy path too in your recovery, glad to see at least you get the joy of that zero psa.

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: 7/9 met 2 rad. oncl, 7/9 cath #6 - blockage, 8/9 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 out  38 days, 9/9 - met 3rd rad. oncl., mapped  9/9, 10/1 - 3rd corr. surgery - SP cath/hard dialation, 10/5 - began IMRT SRT - 39 sessions/72 gys.


DS Can
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Date Joined May 2009
Total Posts : 195
   Posted 10/24/2009 7:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the Zero club.  Your application will be expedited in no time I'm sure.  The daily annoyances don't seem so bad when compared to what could have been.
 
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
 
 


James C.
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 4462
   Posted 10/24/2009 8:06 PM (GMT -6)   
good news, indeed. Congratulations, wishing you a lifetime of them.
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: PSA's: .04 each test since surgery, Bimix .3ml PRN or Trimix .15ml PRN


Radical
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Date Joined Mar 2009
Total Posts : 739
   Posted 10/24/2009 8:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for you application to join the Zero Club, your application has been seconded by purgatory, we must now just wait for the President to review your application, to give it official approval...............Where are you Dale!..........................Congrats 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 Gleason 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"


Modelshipwright
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Date Joined May 2009
Total Posts : 215
   Posted 10/25/2009 7:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Wishing you many happy returns of the zeros.

Regards,
Bill
Pre-Op:
 
Age 64. Diagnosed with Pca January 2009.
PSA 5.6, Gleason 3+3=6, T1c
 
Biopsy:
 
TRUS biopsies of prostate left adenocarcinoma of prostate involving part of 1/4 biopsy fragments, less than 10% of the surface area involved, CT scan clear.
 
Treatment choice:
 
Robotic Assisted Laparoscopic Prostatectomy - September 29/09. 
Pre-op PSA down to 5.28 which I attribute to visualization techniques and a new vegetarian diet.
 
Post-Op:
 
Robotic Prostatectomy - 09/29/09, back home 10/02/09.
 
Pathology - 10/14/09  Gleason Score remained at 3+3 = 6 as it was when originally diagnosed. There were no positive margins. Tumors were found in both lobes and involved 3-5% of the prostate. There was no Seminal Vesicle, Perineural, Lymphovascular or Lymph node involvement, and the bladder neck was also cancer free. 
 
Continence
 
10/16/09 - 3-4 pads a day and working on pelvic floor exercises as prescribed.
 
Potency:
 
10/16/09 - Zip, nada
 
State of mind:
 
Excellent - always positive.
 
 


IdahoSurvivor
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 1015
   Posted 10/25/2009 8:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Congrats RacingOyster! tongue

What a blessing for you and loved ones!

Celebrate!

Barry
Surgery: Da Vinci; July 31, 2007; 54 on surgery day;
Pathology: PSA: 4.3; Gleason: 3+3=6; T2a; Confined to Prostate;
Post RP PSAs: 09/07 <0.04; 12/07 <0.04; 03/08 <0.04;
06/08 <0.04; 12/08 <0.04; 06/09 = 0.06 (hmmm...);
Latest PSA 09/09 <0.04 (back to undetectable)


Cajun Jeff
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Date Joined Mar 2009
Total Posts : 4106
   Posted 10/25/2009 8:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Oyster: We are thrilled with you Zero but even more with you attitude. Congrats

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

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