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Date Joined Dec 2009
Total Posts : 97
   Posted 12/14/2009 6:14 PM (GMT -6)   
If you guys wouldnt mind me asking if any of you are retired? Just want to see what you do with your spare time.Thanks a million.

age 55dx 12-2008,psa at biopsy 8.6
biopsy 12/12 gleason 3+4=7
da vinci surgery 6-09 nerve sparing by DR. John W. Scott (my hero)
Hospital 3 days cath 7days still leaking from cough(bad lungs)
still have ed may be the hormones.
9-09 psa 2.2 hormone inj
10-09 nuclear bone scan no results yet I will have gold markers placed 12-29-09
start rad 1-10-10
organ confined
extracapsular seminal vesicle involvement
lymph node involvement

James C.
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   Posted 12/14/2009 6:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I am retired, and spend my time enjoying my retirement by doing anything I darn well please, well- almost, after all I am married. This explains why I am on here so much, I am checking in all during the day, and evening. I do a lot of internet research, and like to do video assembly and editing as a hobby.
James C. Age 62
Co-Moderator- Prostate Cancer Forum
4/07 PSA 7.6, referred to Urologist, recheck 6.7
7/07 Biopsy: 3 of 16 PCa, 5% involved, left lobe, GS 3/3=6
9/07 Nerve sparing open RRP 110gms.- Path Report: GS 3+3=6 Stg. pT2c, 110gms, margins clear
24 mts: PSA's: .04 each test since surgery, Bimix .3ml PRN or Trimix .15ml PRN

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Date Joined May 2009
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   Posted 12/14/2009 6:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I wish ! (no not really)

I run a small electric motor, pump, welder, generator service company.

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

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Date Joined Oct 2009
Total Posts : 310
   Posted 12/14/2009 6:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't want to retire for another 7 years or so, but I may end up being "retired" soon.
Either way, I have about 25 years' worth of reading planned out: philosophy, history, law, physics, maybe a few classic novels.
Plus I have a special needs child who will probably continue to live with me.
No family history of PC.  PSA reading in 2000 was around 3.0 .  Annual PSA readings gradually rose; no one said anything to me until my PSA reached 4.0 in September 2007, at which point my internist advised me to see a urologist.   
Urologist advised a repeat PSA reading in six months = 4.0 .  Diagnosed May 2008 at age 56 as a result of 12 core biopsy.  Biopsy report by Bostwick Laboratories = Gleason 3 + 3. 
Interviewed two urologists - the one who did the biopsy and another - the latter had the biopsy slides re-examined = Gleason 3 + 3. 
Then went to M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston in July 2008 and met with a urologist and a radiologist.  Biopsy slides re-examined yet again, this time by MDA's internal pathology department = Gleason 3 + 4.   
Chose da Vinci surgery over proton beam therapy; surgery performed at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center on August 15, 2008.  Post-operative pathology report = four tumors, carcinoma contained in prostate, clean (negative) margins, lymph nodes clear, seminal vesicles clear.  Gleason = 4 + 3. 
Minor temporary incontinence; current extent of ED uncertain due to lack of sexual partner; refused treatments for ED as being pointless under the circumstances. 
PSA readings: 
November 2008 = <0.1 ["undetectable"]
June 2009 = <0.1   
December 2009 = <0.1

Elite Member

Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25355
   Posted 12/14/2009 6:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Not retired, but might as well be, been unemployed for 18 months, a career high. Usually do upper level accounting/financial positions like Controller or Chief Financial Officer. Also have held senior level IT positions.
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, Cath #9 in 35 days, 12/7/9 - Cath #10 in place

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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 12/14/2009 6:42 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Zach.


I retired almost 7 years ago for 2 months and went back to work full time and I am going to try it again the first of Feb.  I hope I make it more than 2 months this time.  Of course I am 7 years older now and hopefully wiser.  I plan to work part time just to keep the spider webs out of the old grey matter. 



age at dx 54 now 57
psa at dx 4.3
got the bad news 1/29/07
open surgery Duke Medical Center 5-29-07
never more than 2 pads
ED is getting better
the shots work great, still can't give them to myself
two years of zero's

Worried Guy
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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 12/14/2009 6:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I took the buy out after 34 years and started my own energy engineering consulting company. I've got a few big clients that keep me busy in spurts. That's why I am here and gone periodically. Give me a call if you need to know the green house gas emissions for your building, factory, or campus.
One pee pad is worth 42 grams of CO2 or 10 grams carbon equivalent.
DX Age 56. First routine PSA test on April 8th: 17.8. Start 2 weeks of Cipro to rule out protatitis.
May PSA: 22.6, 3 weeks later: PSA: 23.2.
Biopsy 6/10/09: 7/12 scores positive, Gleason 6=3+3. Bone scan and C/T scan negative.
RP DaVinci -7/21/2009 @ Univ of Roch Medical Center
Left nerve gone, right partial spared.
Catheter removed - 7/31/2009 Pathology report received:
Gleason 3+4=7 Tumor size: 2.5 x 1.8 cm location: both lobes and apex. No Malignancy in Seminal Vesicle, vasa deferentia, lymph nodes 0/13
Extraprostatic extension present; Perineural invasion: present, extensive
Prostate mass 56 grams. Pathologic Stage: pT3aN0MX
Post Surgery Status:
Potency - 12/11 5 months, Still no activity, zip. Using pump daily since 11/11.
Incontinence - 8/20 4 full pads per day
.. 9/7 3-4 full pads per day (I'm going to try cutting down on fluids. Bad idea. I know.)
. 9/27 2 months: Still 3 pads per day.
11/14 4 months: Still 3 pads per day. 420ml/day, 91 um leak.
12/11 5 months: Still 3 pads per day. 400-450ml/day Experimenting with Nyquil.
Post Surgery PSA - 9/3 6 weeks - 0.05; 10/13 3 months - 0.04 undetectable.

Regular Member

Date Joined Nov 2009
Total Posts : 98
   Posted 12/14/2009 6:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I retired from the Air Force after 27 years. I went right back to work though since that won't pay the bills and get the kids through college!

Regular Member

Date Joined Sep 2009
Total Posts : 187
   Posted 12/14/2009 7:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I have to work 25 years more to reach the retirement age, cry loud! I do feel I am 70 now. I can't wait get retired and doing freelance work, which is same stuff as I am doing now.

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Date Joined Jun 2008
Total Posts : 1804
   Posted 12/14/2009 7:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Retired (early) two years ago after 32 years with an international management consulting firm. One month after retirement, I landed a part-time job at a local children's charity and am still there. Don't miss the corporate life at all!

John works full-time but since he is turning 60 next year, is starting to think about when he'd like to retire. Right now he is very happy at his job so there's no rush. And, his office is 7 miles from our house so the commute can't get much easier.
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!

Ralph Alfalfa
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Date Joined Nov 2008
Total Posts : 469
   Posted 12/14/2009 7:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Not retired yet.  Part owner of a family business that's 52 years old this month.  Thought about retirement at 62, but with the economy may have to work until I'm 80.  It's a pretty good gig though since I only work 4 days a week, and take most of the afternoons off for radiation (short travel time there and back, plus a nap after lunch). I just re-read this and realized how good I have it.  Besides, most of the guys I know who took early retirement just sat around and eventually died.  I have 2 daughters who are learning the business, and doing quite well with it, so I may someday just go play golf and draw a salary as an advisor. 
 Dx: October,27(the day after my birthday)
 Psa 14.5
 Gleason:(4+3) 7 T1c
 Bone scan:Negative
 Cat scan: Negative
 Biopsy: 4 of 12 positive, left side, pre-cancerous on the right.
 Confined to prostate.
 DaVinci Jan. 19th, No lymph node involvement, all margins clear.
 8 week PSa <0.01
 Gleason downgraded to (3+4)7
 6 month Psa , 0.1 
 9 month Psa,  0.2  Doubled! Criminy!
 Started RT 10/ year since diagnosis.

Regular Member

Date Joined Mar 2007
Total Posts : 460
   Posted 12/14/2009 7:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I am retired now almost 5 years and enjoying everyday.  I play tennis almost every day and live in beautiful Fl where the fishing is great, the weather is beautiful, and hope to get to enjoy this life for a while more. 
Age 70
DX 8/13/08 , PSA 4.0, Biopsy 14 samples 1 positive 12% of sample,
Gleason Score 4+4 =8  Bone scan and MRI negative
Da Vince surgery on Oct 17, 08 Florida Hospital Dr Vipul Patel
Post Gleason report  4+4 = 8 Lymph nodes on both sides negative
margins Negative  Stage II (pt2a) 
Cath out on October 29th left in longer due to small leak.
11/19/08 dry no more pads
12/2/08 first PSA <0.1
 3/6/09 6 Month PSA 0.0
6/3/09 9 month  PSA 0.1
7/14/09  PSA still 0.1
10/15/09 PSA 0.3
10/26/09 surgery to remove 3 clips in bladder neck that formed stones and caused burning and pressure for 9 months. 
11/16/09 PSA 0.3

Opa N
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Date Joined Sep 2009
Total Posts : 150
   Posted 12/14/2009 7:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Age 67. Retired two years ago, and sold my general contracting business in Florida and moved from a 100x120' waterfront property to a 7 acre spread in rural NC, SW of Raleigh. Learning how to clear land, grow a vegetable garden, find time for deer hunting for the first time in 30 years (two bucks so far this season). Enjoying the company of my beautiful wife of 43+ years, the visits of my 5 grandchildren when they can get here, fishing in my pond; finding and reconnecting with long lost nephews and nieces. Remodeling my kitchen, building a deer stand out back, and a pergola on the deck, tiling floors. Then I find out I have PCa. So now I add to this all: dealing with surgery, catheders, peeing my pants, psa tests, hot flashes from Lupron, anticipating RT next year. BUT, I am retired, and blessed, and tired every night. I love it.

 Age 67 at diagnosis. Treated for coronary artery disease (CAD) since 1998, and under control with medications.

2/6/09              Routine physical, with DRE and PSA Test. PSA 4.02. Referred to Uro

4/20/09            TRUS  w/needle biopsy

4/23/09            Diagnosis PCa with Gleason 4+3 in 2/2 cores, Gleason 3+3 in 5/10 cores.

                        CT scan and Bone Scan both negative. Stage T2C.

8/27/09            DaVinci RP at WakeMed Cary NC with Dr. Tortora. Discharged 8/28.

9/8/09              Catheder removed. Path post-surgery confirms PCa, with Gleason 3+3 with scattering of 4. Positive margins in L & R posterior, R and L seminal vesicles, with perineural invasion.  Stage pT3b.

9/30/09            PSA Post-Op <0.01. Met w/Uro/Surgeon to review surgery and path report. Referred to Prostate Oncologist and Radiation Oncologist. Appointments set for 10/8.

10/8/09            Met w/ both oncologists. Adjuvant Combination Therapy to begin ASAP.

10/21/09          First Lupron injection. 30 mg dose (4 month)

11/2/09            PSA 2-month <0.01. Cystoscope w/calibration and dilation to remove scar tissue from urethra. Big relief.


Initial incontinence pretty bad, starting w/6 Depends pants/day. Gradually getting better, with dramatic reduction in leakage around 9/20. Currently on 1 pad during the day and one at night (for security). Actually totally dry at night.




John T
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   Posted 12/14/2009 8:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Retired 11 years ago from the corporate world. Own and run a logistics consulting firm, so I can work as much or as litttle as I choose. Live in Sandoint Idaho in the summer and fish and hunt and enjoy the outdoor life and In Palm Springs in the winter and mostly golf and fish in Mexico. Never bored and very satisfied being retired and doing what ever I want when ever I want.

64 years old.

PSA rising for 10 years to 40, free psa 10-15. Had 5 urologists, 12 biopsies and MRIS all neg. Doctors DXed BPH and continue to get biopsies yearly. 13th biopsy positive in 10-08, 2 cores of 25, G6 less than 5%. Scheduled for surgery as recommended by Urological Oncologist.

2nd Opinion from Dr Sholtz, a Prostate Oncologist, said DX wrong, pathology shows indolant cancer, but psa history indicates large cancer or metastasis. Futher tests and Color Doppler confirmed large transition zone tumor that 13 biopsies and MRIS missed. G7, 4+3, approx 16mmX18mm.

Combidex MRI in Holland eliminated lymphnode mets. Casodex and Proscar reduced psa to 0.6 and prostate from 60mm to 32mm. Changed diet, no meat and dairy. All staging tests indicate that tumor is local and non agressive. (PAP, PCA3, MRIS, Color Doppler, Combidex, tumor reaction to diet and Casodex, and tumor location in transition zone). Surgery a poor option because tumor is located next to the urethea and positive margin is very likely; permanent incontenance is also high probability with surgery.

Seed implants on 5-19-09, 3 hours door to door, no pain, minor side affects are frequency and urgency; very controlable with Flowmax and lasted 4 weeks. Daily activities resumed day after implants with no restrictions. Gold markers implanted with seeds to guide IMRT.

25 treatments of IMRT 6 weeks after seed implants. No side affects at all.

PSA at end of treatment 0.02 mostly the result of Casodex. When I stop Casodex next week expect PSA to rise. Next PSA in November. Treatments and side affects have greatly exceeded my expectations. Glad to have this 11 year journey finally conclude.


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   Posted 12/14/2009 9:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I retired 10 years ago after selling my business played golf for a few years moved to Thailand about 3 years ago I now have a 10 month old baby so my time is is fully used up and not a lot of spare time other than going to the bar every night
Age 64 From UK now in Thailand Baby boy born 2/14/2009
First PSA was showing 9.73 on 1/21/09.   on 5/7/09 PSA 9.78  Free PSA 0.83   Free:Total  PSA 0.08 
1/28/09 Biopsy carried out 12 core results show no adenocarcinoma
5/15/0924 Core biopsy results Gleason'S Grade 3+2=5
Involving approx 30% of one out of 12 cores on each side no perineural or angiolymphatic invation identified
One side PIN High Grade Bone scan clear 
Open surgery 7/27/09
Prostate Gland weighting 34 grms lost one nerve bundle
Gleason upgraded to 3+3 Tumour not close to prostatic capsule Seminal Vesicles not involved by Tumour 6 Lymph Nodes negative for Malignant cells
First PSA Nov 2009 was 0.06 Continence 99% occasional stress dribbles no ED from first day after catheter removed

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   Posted 12/14/2009 10:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, I am 67 and still working. My wife is 59 (my trophy bride) and working too so retirement for me would be pretty lonely. Besides I can't tell my work from my hobbies so what would I retire to? I think that my boss would like to see me gone but I'll see him in court before he pushes me out.

I do have worries abut loosing it without noticing, but so far there is no evidence for this
Age at diagnosis 66, PSA 5.5
Biopsy 12/08 12 cores, 8 positive
Gleason 3+4=7
CAT scan, Bone scan 1/09 both negative.

Robotic surgery 03/03/09 Catheter Out 03/08/09
Pathology: Lymph nodes & Seminal vesicles negative
Margins positive, Capsular penetration extensive Gleason 4+3=7
6 weeks: 1 pad/day, 1 pad/night -- mostly dry at night.
10 weeks: no pad at night -- slight leakage day/1 pad.
3 mo. PSA 0.0 - now light pads
6 mo. PSA 0.00 -- 1 light pad/day

Post Edited (geezer99) : 12/14/2009 9:42:18 PM (GMT-7)

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Date Joined Oct 2009
Total Posts : 171
   Posted 12/15/2009 6:08 AM (GMT -6)   
I retired last year after practicing Dentistry in the U.S. , running a business, and ranching in Costa Rica the last 20 years. Before this PCa mess I played golf and flyfished the Gulf waters from my Hobie peddle kayak, read a lot, and exercised, and unfortunately, yard work. My wife and I travel to Montana for a few months every summer. I'm trying to get back into the swing of it all now little by little. It's taken two months for my energy level to return to a even a semblance of pre-surgery.

Jeff, am hoping SOON to reduce my pee pad carbon footprint.


Cajun Jeff
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   Posted 12/15/2009 6:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Officially retired last June 10th from Teaching after 36 years. Im 58 and loving every minute of it. Zach I shot you an e-mail.

Never a dull moment!

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.

Steve n Dallas
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   Posted 12/15/2009 6:27 AM (GMT -6)   
I read an article last week about how retirement was becoming a thing of the past.
Besides needing the money - working offers a social life that many people don't have outside the "office."
Then there's the part - if I retire at 62 I get $xxxxx.xx - but if I wait till 66 it's another $500 a month or at age 70 its a total of $1100 a month more...I guess only time will tell.
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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   Posted 12/15/2009 8:08 AM (GMT -6)   
I retired on halloween, one year ago and thoroughly enjoy every minute of it. I can't figure out how I had time to go to work. Building a model ship out of wood keeps me off the streets, and reading books is another great passtime as well as shooting snooker at the local legion every week. Cooking is also a passtime as well as gardening and chores around the house. It's great?


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Total Posts : 162
   Posted 12/15/2009 10:03 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm retiring in June 2010.
The first few months I will be redecorating my house (thank God for central air). After that I will begin writing a book that I have already outlined. If it sells, great; if not I will put it on-line. The book will have nothing to do with PCa! BTW: I love cooking and working out, too; things that I never have time for now.
Looking forward to it!
Age -57; Diagnosed 10/05 PSA 13.4 GS 9 Organ confined (T2B)
Cryoablation 4/06 Allegheny Hosp-Dr Ralph Miller (Cohen/Miller)
Post Cryo Nadir 8/06 0.2
Rising steadily to 0.7 4/09 :-(
Steady at 0.7 (7/09) (Pomegranate???)
Looking to take next steps soon
Hoping to qualify for salvage cryo or radiation

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   Posted 12/15/2009 10:44 AM (GMT -6)   
I'll be retired 6 years this February. I was offered an early out and I took it. Being I had 4 healthy retired years before my PCa dx made it all the better. I love being retired the time has flown by. Only in late winter do I start to get bored and thus some times drive to Arizona to play golf on green grass.

I had a friend who recently retired and 2 months later died of a heart attack. He put off retiring for about 5 years to get a slightly bigger pension. So what good is it now? Life is short enjoy the time you have it may not be as long as you hope.
Diagnosed 11/08/07 - Age: 58 - 3 of 12 @5%
Psa: 2.3 - 3+3=6 - Size: 34g -T-2-A
2/22/08 - 3D Mapping Saturation Biopsy - 1 of 45 @2% - Psa:2.1 - 3+3=6 - 28g after taking Avodart - Catheter for 1 day -Good Candidate for TFT(Targeted Focal Therapy) Cryosurgery(Ice Balls) - Clinical Research Study
4/22/08 - TFT performed at University of Colorado Medical Center - Catheter for 4 days - Slight soreness for 2 weeks but afterward life returns as normal
7/30/08 - Psa: .32
11/10/08 - Psa.62 - Not unexpected bounce after the 80% drop the quarter earlier. Along with urine flow readings, an acceptable amount left in bladder measured by sonic. Results warrant skipping third quarter tests, and to return April, 2009 for final biopsy scheduled to
complete clinical research study 
April 2009 12 of 12 Negative biopsy
10/12/09 - Psa .30

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   Posted 12/15/2009 12:49 PM (GMT -6)   


   I'm with you Zig, I'm  going out in about three months,  that's as early as I can go.  I was offered a pretty nice retention bonus to stay awhile....... they don't have enough money to keep me.  Too much to do, gotta' make up for some lost time!

  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...."

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   Posted 12/15/2009 3:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Retired on 5/29/09 after 44 years in the fulfillment/logistics/supply chain field with several large companies.....and one small one (which was the most fun). I live in North Florida 3 miles (as a seagull flies) from the beach. I fish in the surf and the tidal marshes when I feel like it, do a lot of reading when I don't, walk 2 miles every day and my wife and I have been able to spend more time with our kids and grandkids. I do volunteer work one day a week at our local library and I am about to get heavily involved doing volunteer work for the Second Harvest Food Bank that serves 16 counties in NE Florida. I love the sense of freedom that retirement has far, it's the best job I've ever had.

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   Posted 12/15/2009 7:51 PM (GMT -6)   

I have no intention of retiring. I love what I do. I get up every day looking forward to going to work (except right now due to severe back pain!!)



63 years old
PSA-- 3/08--2.90;  8/09--4.01; 11/09--4.19 (Free PSA 24%), this after 45 days on cipro! DREs have always been normal.
History of BPH/prostatitis.
PCA-3 test: 75.9 (bad news, guaranteeing I have to do....):
Biopsy on 11/30/09
Biopsy Report—Prostate Cancer

5 out of 12 positive

Gleason 4+3. More specifically:

2 cores were 3+3 (one 5% and the other 30%) on one side. On the other side:

2 cores are 4+3 (5%)--

1 core 3+4 (30%)

no peri-neural invasion

prostate is 45 grams

Stage: T1C

 Latest: Have set up an appointment at Umich with surgeon, radiation guy, general medical oncologist on Monday, 12/14. Trying to also set up appointment with Dr. Menon at Ford Hospital. Looking at another reading of the slides.

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