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   Posted 11/4/2009 11:41 PM (GMT -6)   

Tony Crispino
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   Posted 11/5/2009 12:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Great stories, Bill. Thank you for sharing them.

What I like about them is that they give everyone stricken with cancer much hope. And of course, I have a soft spot for the very young. i shared a story here about a young lady in Northern California. They parents are kids of friends of my sister. Here is her story...


It's been over a year, but she still needs the miracle. If I am not mistaken, I believe she has spent more time in ICU than her own bed. She was born within a week of my diagnosis, ironically.

Age 47 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8 : Surgery at The City of Hope on February 16, 2007
Gleason 4+3=7, Stage pT3b, N0, Mx
Positive Margins (PM), Extra Prostatic Extension (EPE) : Bilateral Seminal vesicle invasion (SVI)
Hormone Therapy May '07 to September '09 ~ Currently off.
IMRT radiation for 38 Treatments ending August 3, '07
Current PSA (October 7, 2009): <0.1

My journey is at: www.caringbridge.org/visit/tonycrispino

My InfoLink page is at Tony's Prostate Cancer InfoLink Page


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   Posted 11/5/2009 4:00 AM (GMT -6)   
That's the reason I posted the story Tony. The old adage of "While there's life there's hope" is so very true as it clearly demonstrates. Thanks for posting your link . I remember reading of that young lass quite a while back (probably when I visited your Caringbridge journey or perhaps an earlier link) and it is marvelous that she is still in there fighting. It is so difficult to even read of the suffering some of these little ones go through.......I do not know how their families cope with the continuous battle..........but I guess there is no choice. Here's hoping that your miracle occurs and the little one beats her leukemia.
1/05 PSA----2.9 3/06-----3.2 3/07-------4.1 5/07------3.9 All negative DREs
Aged 59 when diagnosed
Biopsy 6/07
4 of 10 cores positive for Adenocarcinoma-------bummer!
Core 1 <5%, core 2----50%, core 3----60%, core 4----50%
Biopsy Pathologist's comment:
Gleason 4+3=7 (80% grade 4) Stage T2c
Neither extracapsular nor perineural invasion is identified
CT scan and Bone scan show no evidence of metastases
Da Vinci RP Aug 10th 2007
Post-op pathology:
Positive for perineural invasion and 1 small focal extension
Negative at surgical margins, negative node and negative vesicle involvement
Some 4+4=8 identified ........upgraded to Gleason 8
PSA Oct 07 <0.1 undetectable
PSA Jan 08 <0.1 undetectable
PSA April 08 <0.001 undetectable (disregarded due to lab "misreporting")
PSA August 08 <0.001 undetectable (disregarded due to lab "misreporting")
Post-op pathology rechecked by new lab:
Gleason downgraded to 4+3=7
Focal extension comprised of grade 3 cells
PSA September 08 <0.01 (new lab)
PSA February 09 <0.01
PSA August 09 (2 year mark), <0.01

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   Posted 11/5/2009 6:02 AM (GMT -6)   
This is what makes this forum so great. We all need encouragement and we all need to understand HOPE. Billy you say where there is life there is hope and I totally agree however lets turn that around and say where there is hope there is life. I think daily we should always give people a reason to have hope and you guys do a great job of that.
Thanks to Billy and Tony for sharing these wonderful stories.

peace and love
My PSA at diagnosis was 16.3
age 47 (current)


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
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
PSA OCt 15th 2009 is .11

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

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   Posted 11/5/2009 8:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Billy, great story, really inspiring.

To me the message needs to be repeated over and over again, especially to our advanced brothers and their families -

Never give up, as long as there is life, there is hope. Every life is worth fighting for.
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 sess/72 gys cath #8 33 days, 11/2- SP Cath #9 in place

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