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1worried
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Date Joined Oct 2009
Total Posts : 23
   Posted 10/30/2009 5:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Talked to my dad last night for about an hour. The radiologist said the cure rate for his type of cancer is high. That is certainly what we are hoping for. If not, it sounds like it can be kept under control with hormone therapy and radiation. He said even if my dad did nothing it would probably be another 10 years before any symptoms would show. I know all prostate cancer is different, but for Hero who is having surgery on Monday I hope this post is helpful. Your stats are significantly lower than my dads. David, glad to hear you reached the halfway mark!! Something to celebrate. Enjoy your weekend friends.
Kelli
Daughter worried about dad
Locally advanced prostate cancer
CT scan negative
PSA 7.9
Gleeson 7 (3+4)
Age 54
1 postive margin (seminal vesicle)
Robotic nerve sparing surgery Oct 2009
Scheduling for radiation
pt3bpn0mx


Sleepless09
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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 1267
   Posted 10/30/2009 6:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Good to hear from you, Kelli ---- cure is the "C" word cancer patients love to hear!

Sheldon AKA SLeepless
Age 67 in Apil '09 at news of 4 of 12 cores positive T2B and Gleason 3 + 3 and 5% to 25% PSA 1.5
Re-read of slides in June said Gleason 3 + 4 same four cores 5% to 15%
June 29 daVinci prostatectomy, Dr. Eric Estey, at Royal Alexandra Hospital Edmonton one night stay
Flew home to Winnipeg on July 3 after 5 nights in Ramada Inn  ---  perfect recovery spot!
Catheter out July 9, so far, so good
Final pathology is 3 + 4 Gleason 7, clear margins, clear nodes, T2C, sugeron says report is "excellent"
First post op PSA Sept 09  0.02
Oct 1st 09 -- dry at night, during day some stress issues, but better every week. 
Feel free to email me at:  sheldonprostate@yahoo.com    


Purgatory
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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25380
   Posted 10/30/2009 6:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Kelli!

Thats good news for you and your dad to hear, we love good news here.
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.


Modelshipwright
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Date Joined May 2009
Total Posts : 215
   Posted 10/31/2009 6:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Kelli,

The report from the doc sounds good. Looks like he has a lot of good years to look forward to.

Keep well,
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.
 
 


Sonny3
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Date Joined Aug 2009
Total Posts : 2447
   Posted 10/31/2009 6:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Kelli,

Looks you have been getting some good news yourself to head into the weekend. Really glad to hear things may be looking up for you and your dad.

Thanks for keeping us posted.

Blessings to you and your family,

Sonny
61 years old
PSA 11/07 3.0
PSA 5/09 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

da Vinci 9/17/09 Dr. Mani Menon Henry Ford Medical Institute

Post Surgery Pathology:
Gleason: Changed to (4+3) = 7
Stage: T3a
Tumor Volume 12.5%
ALL NERVES SPARED
Margins: focally positive right posterior mid level
Perineural Invasion: present
Seminal Invasion: absent
Venous Invasion: absent
Angiolymphatic Invasion: absent
Left Internal iliac lymph node: reveals zero
Right Internal lymph node: reveals zero


Herophilus
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Date Joined Sep 2009
Total Posts : 662
   Posted 10/31/2009 7:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Kelli (our non-irish lassie),

Yes….Congratulations to your father. It is wonderful that you are sharing this with us. For me I’m relative educated as to the expected positive outcomes but it is always most important to have the verification from “real people”. Thanks very much…I’ll be posting post-operative as my condition allows. My wife and kids will be posting from my e-mail “three dog” and on their respective face book type page until I can get back to a computer position. Men in my family are terrible patients. What others do in a few days in terms of recovery will take me years, or at least that seems to be the opinion of Dionysius (my wife type person)…LOL
Hero
Age: 51 years,
Overall Health: Excellent
PSA: 08/31/2009   6.8
DRE: 09/10/2009 "nothing really" ????
BXY: Scheduled at 08:30 on 09/24/2009
GLEASON 3+3=6
Cores 10 of 12 positive
SURG: da Vinci Scheduled for November 2 2009 
 


Mbshine
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Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 67
   Posted 10/31/2009 8:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Dr Sanjay Gupta on CNN this morning took a question on prostate cancer survival rates.
he put a graphic on the screen and said something like:

The latest data from the American Cancer Society says that men with prostate cancer diagnosed who take no action have a death rate of 31% dying within five years of diagnosis.

Men who are diagnosed "early" and start some form of "treatment" have a 100% statistical survival rate at year five.


mbshine

p s perhaps someone can dig up the full transcript of his answer...

AGE 62 ANGEL FIRE, NM
DX 7/08
EMAIL: MScheinbaum@LF-Financial.com pls put “Healing Well” in subject
psa HAD GONE FROM 1.7 TO 4.3 IN THREE YEARS...DIGITAL AND ULTRA SOUND EXAM SHOWED NO ENLARGEMENT.
BIOPSY SHOWED 2 OF 12 CORES POSITIVE.
TWO TUMORS SHOWED GLEASON 4+3 AND 3+4
NO INDICATION OF ESCAPE FROM CAPSULE OR METASTASIS
STARTED CONSULTATIONS AT SLOAN KETTERING 8/09
DR GUILLONNEAU SAID NO SURGERY UNLESS MASSIVE WEIGHT LOSS.
AT DX 333 LBS, SLEEP APNEA, AND HIGH BP
BARIATRIC SURGERY RECOMMENDED.
LAP BAND SURGERY IN EL PASO, TX 1/23/09
10/1/09 276 LBS, TRIGLYC AND CHOL NORMAL, NO SIGNS OF SLEEP APNEA, ONE BP RX REMOVED AND OTHERS CUT DOSAGE IN HALF;

STARTED QUARTERLY ZOLODEX BY TAOS,NM UROLOGIST, WHO TRAINED AT MSKCC, INJECTIONS AND CASODEX 50MG DAILY 9/08

DAVINCI done 10/19/09 Dr. Bertrand Guillonneau
NYC Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Jackson pratt drain removed surgery plus 1 day.
Catheter out 9th day
One heavy duty pad first day without catheter.

PATH REPORT 10/29/09 MSKCC DR VICTOR REUTER
GLEASONS CAN NOT BE DETERMINED, HORMONES DRIED PROSTATE
NO SIGN OF ANY CANCER ESCAPING PROSTATE, OR AT MARGIN
NO SIGN OF ANY CANCER IN ONE LYMPH NODE REMOVED

PROGNOSIS EXCELLENT. PSA IN ONE MONTH
THEN SIX MONTHS
THEN ONCE A YEAR OR MORE
ONE VISIT PER YEAR FOR LIFE.

engineer55
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Date Joined May 2009
Total Posts : 121
   Posted 10/31/2009 8:50 AM (GMT -6)   
My surgeon said he did 850 operations with 0 deaths. From what I get from this board, there are several good options for PC, which is great. Its almost like it is too easy so we get critcized for over treating. The only thing that does not seem to work is when you ignore it.
Dx'ed 5/08 one core 2%  out of 12  3+3 gleason
DREs all negative
PSA was in the 3-4 range then jumped to 7
I have the enlarged prostate, on the order of 100cc.  After taking Avodart for 3 months  my
PSA was cut in half.
I did Active S for a year but concluded that I didn't want a life
of biopsies and Uro meetings.
DaVinci on 6/24/09  UCI Med Center  Dr Ahlering, long surgery based on size and location
Final was 5% one side all clear, but had a huge 90 grm prostate
Now we work on pee control, ok at night but sitting is a big problem.


geezer99
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Date Joined Apr 2009
Total Posts : 990
   Posted 10/31/2009 12:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Hero
I saw The Bacchae performed last summer in Central Park. As I recall, Dionysius liked to lead his followers through the woods catching wild animals and tearing them apart with their bare hands. My advice: “Heal when the lady says heal.”

I also remember that in processions in honor of Dionysius one of the symbols displayed was two foot long phalluses. You should try to convince your doctor to start penile rehabilitation while you are still in the recovery room.

In more seriousness we will be thinking of you and hoping and praying for the best.
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
6 mo. PSA 0.00 -- 1 light pad/day


Herophilus
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Date Joined Sep 2009
Total Posts : 662
   Posted 10/31/2009 7:56 PM (GMT -6)   
LOL.................... thanks Geezer

Love to all at HW..
jnm
Age: 51 years,
Overall Health: Excellent
PSA: 08/31/2009   6.8
DRE: 09/10/2009 "nothing really" ????
BXY: Scheduled at 08:30 on 09/24/2009
GLEASON 3+3=6
Cores 10 of 12 positive
SURG: da Vinci Scheduled for November 2 2009 
 

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