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Steve n Dallas
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   Posted 11/20/2009 2:05 PM (GMT -6)   

18 - Month PSA – Still ZERO

 

90 – Days of being a NON Smoker (after smoking thirty years)

 

 

Thanks to my Virtual On-Line Brothers. I couldn’t have gotten this far without you guys.

 

Now if I could just loose 20lbs of this gut that hangs over my belt - I'd be in good shape.


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.


Tony Crispino
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   Posted 11/20/2009 2:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Great job on both, Steve.
Quitting the smokes is a great accomplishment. I am very glad to hear it.

Keep up the zeros.

Tony
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LV-TX
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   Posted 11/20/2009 2:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Well neighbor...fantastic news. Glad you quit smoking and being an ex-smoker myself, all I will say is that it gets easier and easier as time goes by...unlike uh hum those quarterly or semi-annual psa tests. They never get any easier to wait for the results.

Congrats on another zero there buddy...I know you are just sitting there all calm and such...probably just sipping on a beer saying ho-hum.
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 


lewvino
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   Posted 11/20/2009 2:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Steve,
Congrats to you! I have never smoked (Well did sneak one or two as a teenager). I was OVERWEIGHT when I found out about my prostate cancer! I tackled the weight issue and lost 35 pounds by the date of my surgery. (about 3.5 months) So set yourself a goal and you can do it. I've lost another 5 since my surgery in August. 0 on Psa 0 on Cigs but you can get the 20 on weightloss!

Larry
Age 55 / age at diagnosis 54, PSA 5.1
Robotic surgery 08/12/09 at Vanderbilt, Nashville TN. 
Final Path report:
20% of the prostate Invovled
Tumor graded at T2C
Overall Gleason 3+4 (7)
Lymph Glands Clear, Positive Margin Noted in Right Apex
 
First post Surgery PSA - 0


60Michael
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   Posted 11/20/2009 2:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Great news and great work on both fronts Steve. I quit smoking 30 some years ago after starting in the Army. That's what you did back then, now we know a little better. Hope the zeros keep on rolling in for you as well.
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


Magaboo
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   Posted 11/20/2009 3:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Steve,

Congratulation on your latest PSA zero and a special congratulation on giving the coffin nails the boot. You obviously have great willpower and I'm sure you can correct your little weight issue. I know from personal experience how tough it is to quit smoking and to control weight problems, but with a little motivation, I know that you will succeed.
All the best to you and keep the zeros coming.

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


mikey1955
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   Posted 11/20/2009 3:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Steve, congratulations on 18 month zero PSA. Just as big a congrats on the quiting smoking...something that's a work in progress for me...very tough...All the best, 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.


Herophilus
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   Posted 11/20/2009 4:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Congradulations and great job on the smoking.

Jack
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


kcragman
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   Posted 11/20/2009 4:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Steve n Dallas:

Congrats on the zero, man. Now where's rob2? He was about our time also.

As for cigarettes - I cannot imagine how hard it is to quit after 30 years, but I believe the medical evidence confirms that quitting smoking is the SINGLE healthiest thing you can do for your body. And your body will repair itself as much as possible over time - so you are actually getting healthier every day! Sweet.

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. 


goodlife
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   Posted 11/20/2009 4:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Great news, good job.

Maybe you can get a man girdle, or get a stretching machine. Most of us have a height issue which makes our weight seem disproportionate.
Age 58, PSA 4.47 Biopsy - 2/12 cores , Gleason 4 + 5 = 9
Da Vinci, Cleveland Clinic  4/14/09   Nerves spared, but carved up a little.
0/23 lymph nodes involved  pT3a NO MX
Catheter and 2 stints in ureters for 2 weeks .
Neg Margins, bladder neck negative
Living the Good Life, cancer free  6 week PSA  <.03
3 month PSA <.01 (different lab)
5 month PSA <.03 (undetectable)
6 Month PSA <.01
1 pad a day, no progress on ED.  Trimix injections


Purgatory
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   Posted 11/20/2009 4:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Great news, Steve, on that wonderful zero, that has to feel good.

And great too on the no more smoking, that will help the rest of your life too, I quit a full year ago on the night before my surgery.

You are doing 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


livinadream
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   Posted 11/20/2009 5:48 PM (GMT -6)   
WOW you have accomplished alot lately. Getting a zero is awesome but quitting smoking is an incredible task. Congrats on both my friend.

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%


dsmc
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   Posted 11/20/2009 6:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Good job Steve! Keep the 0's coming and the smokes going...lol A little celebration should be in order. Have a great weekend.

David
Age 54
Pre-op PSA 4.3
Surgery Feb. 17 2005
Post-op Path : Gleason 3+3=6
Right pelvic lymph nodes: negative for metastatic carcinoma
Left pelvic lymph nodes: negative for metastatic carcinoma
extent: right lobe 40% left lobe 10%
capsular penetration: Absent
Seminal vesicles and vasa differentia: Uninvolved
Prostate: 26 grams
Post-op PSA's <0.04 for 3 years
Feb. 08: 0.07, March 08: 0.08, June 08: 0.09 and Sept. 08: 0.1
IGRT scheduled.....November 17th....
FINISHED 01/14/09 YEA!
05/14/09
1st PSA after Salvage RT <0.04..... Another YEA!


Doting Daughter
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   Posted 11/20/2009 7:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Wonderful news!!! Congrats!!!
Father's Age DX 62 (now 64)
Original Gleason 3+4=7, Post-Op Gleason- 4+3=7,
DaVinci Surgery Aug 31, 2007
Focally Positive Right Margin, One positive node. T3a N1 M0.
Bone Scan/CT Negative (Sept. 10, 2007)
Oct. 17 PSA 0.07
Nov. 13 PSA 0.05
Casodex adm. Nov 07, Lupron beg. Dec 03, 2007 2 yrs
Radiation March 03-April 22, 2008- 8 weeks 5x a week
July 2, 08 PSA <.02
Oct. 10, 08 PSA <.02
Oct. 9, 09 PSA <.01 Last Lupron Shot
Praying for a cured dad.

Co-Moderator Prostate Cancer Forum


rob2
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   Posted 11/20/2009 8:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Great news on both ends! I quit smoking when I was 24! Yes, I started young and quit young.
 
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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   Posted 11/20/2009 8:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Great News Steve/ This must be the good news day. kcragman also reported a zero for his 18 months.
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


Cajun Jeff
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   Posted 11/21/2009 1:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Congrats on the Zero for sure. I am an ex smoker as well. After you quit long enought the smell of cig smoke is just disgusting.

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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   Posted 11/21/2009 7:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the well wishes...
 
I never knew how bad smokers breath was till I quit.....Still working on getting the smell out of the house and SUV...
 
Check this out: I would buy two cartons of smokes at a time = $122.00 per trip times three trips per month = $366.00 PER MONTH
 
I'll be credit card debt free much sooner turn

mikey1955
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   Posted 11/22/2009 2:03 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Steve,

Curious; did you go cold turkey on the smoking? I did really good after dx, stopped cold for while and stupidly...started again. Only have a few, now. That last bit is tough to get rid of.

 

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.


Steve n Dallas
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   Posted 11/23/2009 4:27 PM (GMT -6)   

I did ->  "standard behavioral counseling" with my shrink. It was almost but not quite-> Hypnosis...

Here's a nice article:

Can Hypnosis Snuff Out a Smoker's Cigarette Habit?

http://health.msn.com/health-topics/quit-smoking/articlepage.aspx?cp-documentid=100244399&gt1=31020

 


mikey1955
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   Posted 11/23/2009 4:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the link...an approach I haven't tried yet. I'll have a look and let you know how it works out...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.


Steve n Dallas
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   Posted 11/23/2009 4:46 PM (GMT -6)   

As you know...The KEY is that you have to want to quit.

My 51 year old co-worker went to the same doc. She quit the same day and hasn't looked back....It's been real painless smilewinkgrin

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