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kcragman
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Date Joined May 2008
Total Posts : 240
   Posted 11/20/2009 12:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi guys,
 
Haven't checked in for a while. Got my 18-month zero yesterday. We are going to back off now to six months. I guess I'll do that a couple of times and then go to once a year. Afterwards, as my wife & I were sipping our drinks at the "Froggy Bottom" in Washington, DC,  I distictly remembered telling her when this whole journey started that, "A year from now, this will just be a bad memory." Well, after 18 months, it is barely a memory at all.
 
Been working my butt off the past couple of months at the job, just about finished coaching the fall rec league girls soccer team, wife & kids are well, so life is good....
 
kcragman
Age: 53; 52 at DX
March 2006: PSA 2.5
Dec 2007: PSA taken for insurance application. I did not see the results until late
Jan '08 - after I was rejected. Their lab said PSA 4.5.
Feb 2008: PSA 3.7.
March 2008: Biopsy. Gleason 7 (4+3) 12 cores taken. 5 on the left side were
cancerous and the 6th was suspect.
May 5, 2008: Da Vinci robotic laparoscopy at GW Hospital, Washington DC.

Post op: Gleason 9 (4+5). 15% of prostate involved. Stage: pT3a. Negative margins. Lymph node and nerve samples taken, and appeared to be cancer free.

July 2008 - Aug 2009: PSA testing. Undetectable thru 15 months. 


Purgatory
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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25393
   Posted 11/20/2009 12:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Let me be the f irst to congratulate you. Great going, I wish all our PC cases would go as smoothy as yours so far. Glad you are doing so great.

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
Incontinence:  1 Month     ED:  Non issue at any point post surgery
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


Magaboo
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Date Joined Oct 2006
Total Posts : 1211
   Posted 11/20/2009 1:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi kcragman,
 
Congratulation on your latest PSA score and may you have many, many more of those wonderful zeros. A story like yours gives many of us hope for the future.
All the best to you in the years to come.
 
Magaboo

Born Sept 1936
PSA 7.9
-ve DRE
Gleason's Score 3+4=7, 2 of 8 positive
open RP 28 Nov 06 (nerve sparing), Post op staging T3a
Gleasons still 3+4=7
Seminal vesicles and lymph nodes clear
Catheter out 15 Dec 06, Dry since 11 Feb 07
All PSA tests in 2007 (4) <.04
PSA tests in 2008: Mar.=.04; Jun.=.05; Sept.=.08; 3 days before Rad Start=0.1
Salvage RT completed (33 sessions - 66 Grays) on the 19th Dec., 08.
PSA in Jan., 09, = 0.05; July 09, <0.04


Tony Crispino
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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 8128
   Posted 11/20/2009 2:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Another zero is always welcome around here. Well done!

Tony
Prostate Cancer Forum Co-Moderator


LV-TX
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Date Joined Jul 2008
Total Posts : 966
   Posted 11/20/2009 2:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Congrats to you kcragman, good to hear some positive stuff with all that is going on lately. Maybe you will be starting a string of zeros for everyone.

Best wishes for many many more in the future.
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
                 12 month Oct 2009 .09 


60Michael
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Date Joined Jan 2009
Total Posts : 2243
   Posted 11/20/2009 2:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Fantastic, and glad to hear "life is good."
Michael
Dx with PCA 12/08 2 out of 12 cores positive
59 yo when diagnosed
Robotic surgery 5/09 Atlanta, Ga
Catheter out after 10 days
Gleason upgraded to 3+5, volume less than 10%
Margins not involved
2 pads per day, 1 depends but getting better,
8/5 1 depend at night only
 started ED tx 7/17, slow go
Great family
Michael


Herophilus
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Date Joined Sep 2009
Total Posts : 664
   Posted 11/20/2009 2:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Congradulations !!!!
Hero
Age 51, PSA 08/31/2009= 6.8, DRE Neg.
Biopsy 9/24/09 =10 of 12 positive. Gleason 6. 75% of one core.
da Vinci at Wash U, Barnes on 11/02/09
Pathology Changed Gleason to 4 + 3 = 7. Gleason 7 present in all 4 quadrants
All(4)periprostatic Lymph Nodes Negative, All(10)pelvic Lymph Nodes negative
Seminal Vesicles tumor free. No prostate extension


mikey1955
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Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 673
   Posted 11/20/2009 3:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Congrats...and life is good! Mike
-Nov/Dec 07, March 08 and Dec 08: Severe perineum pain . Septra/Bactrim for 8 months for diagnosed prostatitis.
-PSA start of 2008: 5.3..... PSA June of 2008: 7.3
-14 DRE all benign or nothing felt
-TRUS Biopsy Nov 08: 5 of 8 cores positive GS 3+3 or 6. 30-65%. Perineural invasion.
-General Health: pretty good, 5' 10", 180 lbs, slim.
-Open RP surgery: May 09 both nerve bundles spared. Bilateral lymph node dissection performed. Discharged 48 hours after surgery.
-Post Surgery Pathology: pT3a N0 MX, extraprostatic extension (EPE), stage III prostate cancer, lymph nodes clear, seminal vesicles clear, Gleason upraded to 3+4 GS 7. EPE within surgical margins. Other than prostate and EPE, all tissue removed negative for cancer involvement.


livinadream
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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 1382
   Posted 11/20/2009 5:29 PM (GMT -6)   
way to go Krag your news excites me. Glad you are staying in the club

peace to you
dale
My PSA at diagnosis was 16.3
age 47 (current)

http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/dalechildress

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
Casodex
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
92%
80%
37%
28%


rob2
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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 1132
   Posted 11/20/2009 8:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Great news. At my one year mark the doctor put me on a 6 month check-up. After hearing from you at the 1 year mark, you indicated you were still on the 3 month check-up. I compromised and went in after 4.5 months (9/11) and everything checked out OK. Still having ED issues but I am dry and alive so I cannot complain. Happy to know you are staying busy. It is amazing how the time has passed. I always remember 2008 as prostate cancer and my first hurricane (Ike). So far, I have survived both.
 
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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Date Joined Jan 2009
Total Posts : 2460
   Posted 11/20/2009 8:52 PM (GMT -6)   
kcragman,That is wonderful news. Congratulations! Your results the kind that we all wish for. Thank you for sharing your good news with us. It gives us hope.
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
8 months PSA test 10/9/09 result <0.1


Bluenose
Regular Member


Date Joined May 2008
Total Posts : 260
   Posted 11/20/2009 9:58 PM (GMT -6)   
 
 
   Hey kcrag always good to hear from you guys whom I  listened and learned when in the intial fight against our shared challenge.....as far as the "Froggy Bottom" plan to be havin' a drink or two with my son and long time friend who are both in "the game".......DC speak...
 
 My eighteen is next month, 22nd, Dec.......Congrats kcrag!!! keep em' comin'....
  
 
 
  age: 53 @ Dx, Pre-op PSA Feb 08' 5.0, April 08' 4.1
  Biopsy 5.1.08, 5 of 15 cores postive, T2a, Gleason 3+4=7
  DaVinci performed 7.29.08
  Bladder sling installed, umbilical hernia repaired during surgery.
  Path report, "cancer fully contained, margins clear".
  Cath removed 8.8.08, ED therapy begins 8.9.08
  100mg Viagra three times a week, pump for ten minutes daily
  and hold for ten minutes.
  8.16.08 switched to Levitra 20mg, immediate results
  9.15.08 Pad free at night, one thin (light) pad during the day
  9.18.08 1st Post-op PSA Undetectable Zero's....Yes!
  12.22.08 2nd Post-op PSA  Zero's still...
  6.23.09 1yr Post-op PSA Still a zero..
  Pads gone 1.3.09, finally found the courage...Thanks ya'll
          ".....tryin' to reason with hurricane season...."
       


Cajun Jeff
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Date Joined Mar 2009
Total Posts : 4119
   Posted 11/21/2009 1:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Wonderful News. Our members need to know that Zeros with high numbers are always around. Thanks for the post.

Jeff T
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
1year psa <0.01
ED- 5 mg Cialis daily, pump daily, going to try MUSE next. Next step injections.


Steve n Dallas
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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 4848
   Posted 11/21/2009 7:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Hail Hail the gangs all here....Congrats.
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
11/20/09 - 18 Month PSA -> less then .01
Surgeon - Keith A. Waguespack, M.D.

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