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compiler
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   Posted 12/1/2009 5:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I just want to thank you all for your support. I realize I crafted myself here as a neurotic nervous nellie. Oddly enough, I am completely opposite of that in real life. I am relaxed and laid back. I am not pleased with the way I handled all this stress, but it "is what it is." Obviously, it is understandable. There is something about cancer that shakes one (well, me) to the core. Let's be honest: there is this vision of someone in the latter stages and it is just very unpleasant (quite horrible). None of us want to go that way. Fortunately, this is the type of cancer that will still spare most of us that fate!
 
The biopsy went well -- no complications. I never had to take that tylenol. I was quite sore for about 3-4 hours. The day after (today) I woke up with no pain, but feeling quite tired. I suspect the stress of all this is also starting to tell, physically. Incidentally, the first pee had a drop of blood at the start but only a slight tinge thereafter. Subsequent urinations have looked completely clear and normal. I am awaiting my first bm. and I fully expect to have red food coloring in my ejaculate!
 
I am glad I elected to do the sedation routine. I would not like remembering a painful experience, especially if there will be more biopsies in my future!
 
Now it is waiting time. I was told I might conceivably have biopsy results tomorrow but more likely Friday or Monday. You know, someone said that I am not yet a member of this club. But, in a sense, I really am. Even if the biopsy is negative (and that would be a pleasant SURPRISE), there will still be the concern of did the 12-core biopsy miss something. (Incidentally, I was kind of disappointed that my suggested to do more cores was rejected! ) The doctor said if this happens they will be closely monitoring me. So, like all of you, I will be living (ie: learning to live with) from PSA test to PSA test! No fun, indeed.
 
It's waiting time. I am looking forward to going back to work. Tomorrow is an "off-campus" day for me. I will resume teaching on Thursday. I am happiest at work and I rarely think about PC there. Being busy is a boon!
 
Mel
PSA-- 3/08--2.90;  8/09--4.01; 11/09--4.19 (Free PSA 24%), this after 45 days on cipro!
 
History of BPH/prostatitis.
 
Awaiting results of my PCA-3 test which will determine whether a biopsy is in my immediate future. Just in: BAD NEWS: PCA-3 = 75.9! Cut-off is 35. Biopsy scheduled for 11/30


Cajun Jeff
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   Posted 12/1/2009 6:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Mel, I just knew that you would come reporting that it was not a difficult procedure. I hope that you get a clean report...Negative....No cancer. That would be the best news. If you happen to need us to complete you membership know that we will welcome you and help you as best we can.

Jeff T
Cajun Country
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.


compiler
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   Posted 12/1/2009 7:58 PM (GMT -6)   

I guess we can call this a TRIAL MEMBERSHIP for now!

 

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Mel


PSA-- 3/08--2.90;  8/09--4.01; 11/09--4.19 (Free PSA 24%), this after 45 days on cipro!
 
History of BPH/prostatitis.
 
Awaiting results of my PCA-3 test which will determine whether a biopsy is in my immediate future. Just in: BAD NEWS: PCA-3 = 75.9! Cut-off is 35. Biopsy scheduled for 11/30


Sonny3
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   Posted 12/1/2009 8:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Jeez Mel,

You have worked about as hard as anybody I have seen to get into this carpy club. I sure hope you fail the entry examination. We'll let you hang around as a member in waiting though, how's that?

Or like the golf course I live on; I put my name on the membership waiting list the day I moved in 5 years ago. Stopped by the other day and I had moved up 8 spots. Still about 100+ to go. Seems like someone has to die or move away for a membership to come open.

I am glad that your biopsy procedure turned into a non event for you. I do hope the results turn out the same way.

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
Post Surgery Pathology:
Gleason: Changed to (4+3) = 7
Stage: T3a
Tumor Volume 12.5%
NERVES SPARED-positive margin, extra-prostatic extension
30 day PSA 0.4, 50 day psa 0.53, 64 day psa 0.6
IMRT scheduled to begin Nov 30,2009 (74 days post surgery)


compiler
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   Posted 12/1/2009 8:59 PM (GMT -6)   

Sonny:

 

I've appreciated your support here and via the telephone.

I have been following your situation with interest. Your attitude has been great!

I sure hope this protocol will do the trick!

 

Mel

 

 


PSA-- 3/08--2.90;  8/09--4.01; 11/09--4.19 (Free PSA 24%), this after 45 days on cipro!
 
History of BPH/prostatitis.
 
Awaiting results of my PCA-3 test which will determine whether a biopsy is in my immediate future. Just in: BAD NEWS: PCA-3 = 75.9! Cut-off is 35. Biopsy scheduled for 11/30


Purgatory
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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25380
   Posted 12/1/2009 9:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Mel,

My vote is to keep you out of membership here, not that you aren't a good person with interesting stories. To be denied entrance here is a very very good thing. So I am still hoping you don't get in.

On the other hand, if you get the "bad" news, you are already known here and would be welcomed as a brother to the PC, with all rights and privileges as the rest of us.

So either way, its a win win.

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


Sephie
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Total Posts : 1804
   Posted 12/2/2009 7:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Compiler, glad to hear that the biopsy is behind you and that all went well. Regardless of the results of your biopsy - and hopefully it will bring good news for you - you are more than welcome to stick around. You've amassed a tremendous amount of knowledge in a very short time which is always welcome here.
Husband diagnosed in 2/2008 at age 57 with stage T1c. Robotic surgery performed 3/2008. Stage upgraded to T3a (single small EPE in posterior left). Perineural tumor infiltration present. Apex margin, bladder neck and SV negative. Final Gleason 3+4 SA. PSA: 0.0 til July 2009. August 2009 PSA was 0.1, in September it was 0.3 Met with radiation oncologist, CT scan and bone scan clean. Third PSA on October 16 - PSA BACK TO UNDETECTABLE! Next PSA scheduled for early December. No radiation treatment at this time!

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