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Gunner59
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   Posted 10/30/2009 6:46 PM (GMT -6)   
One mans fight to spread the word

www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/10/30/cancer.pints.prostates/index.html
Age 48 at diagnosis
3 Jul 08 PSA 27.21
Biopsy positive 3+3=6 on 9 of 24 punches
Bone scan clear
22 Sep 08 Laproscopic Radical Prostatectomy and bilateral pelvic Lymphadenectomy
Gleason 3+4=7 after prostate removal, lymph nodes clear
Stage T2B
PSA at 3 months=undetectable
6 month PSA still 0
14 Sep 09 PSA .014

Post Edited (Gunner59) : 11/1/2009 5:55:19 AM (GMT-7)


Gunner59
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Date Joined Nov 2008
Total Posts : 110
   Posted 11/1/2009 7:55 AM (GMT -6)   
link fixed
Age 48 at diagnosis
3 Jul 08 PSA 27.21
Biopsy positive 3+3=6 on 9 of 24 punches
Bone scan clear
22 Sep 08 Laproscopic Radical Prostatectomy and bilateral pelvic Lymphadenectomy
Gleason 3+4=7 after prostate removal, lymph nodes clear
Stage T2B
PSA at 3 months=undetectable
6 month PSA still 0
14 Sep 09 PSA .014


rob2
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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 1132
   Posted 11/1/2009 9:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Good post. It talks about us youngsters who were diagnosed before age 50.
 
Age 49
occupation accountant
PSA increased from 2.6 to 3.5 in one year
biopsy march 2008 - cancer present gleason 7
Robotic Surgery May 9, 2008 - houston, tx
Pathology report -gleason 8, clear margins
12 month  PSA <.04 (low as the machine will go)
continent at 10 weeks (no pads!)
ED is still an issue but getting better


Ed C. (Old67)
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Total Posts : 2460
   Posted 11/1/2009 6:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Great post. Most men don't seem to know about the danger of high PSA or the importance of PSA velocity. I was always under the impression that anything under 4 was a good result. My PSA in 2005 was 1.15; 2006 1.41; 2077 2.45 (I should have seen a uro then); 2008 3.6. Had I seen a urologist in 2007 I might have had a Gleason 6 instead of 8.
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


Purgatory
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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25393
   Posted 11/1/2009 8:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Ed,

That's been a point of mine all along too. I love my GP, he has taken good care of me for 13 plus years, but he went right by a chart on the PSA. I wished I could have been dx. a year or two earlier as well, and dealt with a low grade gleason 6. But at least he had the sense to pass me to a good urologist when I hit the established mark of 4.0
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.


English Alf
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Date Joined Oct 2009
Total Posts : 2217
   Posted 11/2/2009 3:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Good Link,
Made me think of my own situation too
I still can't work out why I went to my GP in March this year.
At the beginning of 2009 I had been thinking that I ought to go to see my GP at 50 to have a sort of general check-up and simply find out what I might need to know about prostate type issues.
Then at about the same time my GP moved, and out of curiosity I went see the new offices and while there thought, heck! why not have the check-up now (aged 48) rather than find aged 50 that there was some problem that it would have been better to know about sooner.
I didn't even know the PSA test existed, but when I heard it did I agreed with my GP that it might be as well to include in the things I was being tested for (like blood sugar and cholesterol) as then we would at least have a base line for the coming years! Little did we know! She was shocked that my first ever PSA came back as high as it did. (More shocked than me - she had no experience of a younger man with PCa)
 
A lot has happened since then and now I'm playing the waiting game with my first post-op PSA in a fortnight.
 
And I've also been wondering what there is for us guys like the pink ribbon?  The problem with beer is that the alcohol and bubbles, to say nothing of the volume of liquid involved, aren't always helpful as far as my continence is concerned,
 
Alfred
 


Age at Dx 48         No Family history  of Prostate Cancer

Married 25 years, and I cannot thank my wife enough for her support.

April 2009: PSA 8.6  DRE: negative. Tumour in 2 out of 12 cores. Gleason 3+3.

RALP (nerve-sparing) at AVL-NKI Hospital Amsterdam on 29th July 2009. Stay 1 night.

Partial erections on 1st and 2nd Aug 2009, Catheter out on 6th Aug 2009. 

Dry at night, but wearing pads 24/7

Post-op Gleason 3+4. Seminal Vesicles invaded, but otherwise negative margins,

Erection 100% on 15th Aug 2009   Stopped wearing pads on 21st Sept 2009

Pre-op style intercourse on 24th Oct 2009 !! No use of tablets, jabs, VED etc.

 

Post Edited (English Alf) : 11/2/2009 2:34:38 AM (GMT-7)

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