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Herophilus
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   Posted 12/15/2009 2:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Ok, so at 43 days or 6 weeks (rounded down) or 3,715,200 seconds (not that I was counting), I had my first post-operative blood draw for PSA at my surgeon office.  I got a call today that indicated that my PSA is UNDETECTABLE and that a copy of the reoprt has been mailed to my home.  So, I guess my question at this time is; could I get some information regarding the Zero club application process?
 
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


cocrgolfer
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   Posted 12/15/2009 2:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Herophilus,

That's great! I don't even have to imagine how relieved you feel. I know. Big congratulations.
The fee of $5 for the membership can be mailed directly to me.

Steve

defender3
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   Posted 12/15/2009 2:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Great news - congrats!

Burlcodad
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   Posted 12/15/2009 3:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Great news

diag 9/09
 
age at diag 54
 
stage 2b (biopsy done because of firmness felt on right side)
 
3 positive cores out of 12 (all less than 25%)
 
Gleason 6
 
Surgery scheduled 1/13 at UP with Dr David Lee
 
 


James C.
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   Posted 12/15/2009 3:29 PM (GMT -6)   
You are, so you is. a member, of course. Congrats on the zero, really good news to hear. Wishing you a lifetime of them..
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


Purgatory
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   Posted 12/15/2009 4:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Hero, that is wonderful news! Congrats, brother, you are doing great.

I will beat Steve's $5.00 fee, send me $4.00 instead and we will call it even. Just kidding.
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


Radical
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   Posted 12/15/2009 4:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Your Application is in the mail, Congrats yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah ..........Kev
Age 51yrs
6 out of 8 cores positive 3 X 60% / 3 X 10%
PSA 4 Gleason Score 3+4=7 Stage T1c
Robotic Surgery 24/12/08
Upgrade Gleason Score 4+3=7 Gleason Differential 60%/40%
Stage T2c Three small foci total volume <10%
Neg Margins and Nodes
Nil - Extraprostatic Extentions
Dry less than 1 week. ED- okay with Meds.
PSA at 12mths no change remains 0.03
"Everyday in Everyway I get better"


goodlife
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   Posted 12/15/2009 4:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Just send me your Amex number. I'll handle all the details.

Congrats. It's amazing how exhilarating those results can be.

Goodlife
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


LV-TX
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   Posted 12/15/2009 4:40 PM (GMT -6)   
WAIT...when did the zero membership fee go down. I didn't get the memo....

Way to go Herophilus and don't worry about the membership fee....you paid with that big fat zero. Congrats
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 


rob2
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   Posted 12/15/2009 8:07 PM (GMT -6)   
That is great news. You have it down to the second... humm... sort of like billable hours (just kidding). I am happy to know you are progressing so well.
 
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


Magaboo
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   Posted 12/15/2009 8:18 PM (GMT -6)   
You must have ben a good boy all year to receive such a wonderful Christmas present. Congratulations and may you have many, many more of those wonderful zeros,

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


Mbshine
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   Posted 12/15/2009 8:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Get another membership card ready...

Except for the nagging surgery exit wound--the one they pulled the prostate through--
my wife and I were thrilled to learn today ==2 days shy of 8 weeks after surgery--that
my PSA was "less than 0.1" The head of pathology at my local hospital personally handed me the report and gave me a bear hug!

Congrats to HERO and the veteran members who provided lots of "hand holding."
merry christmas to all...

Mbshine
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AGE 62 ANGEL FIRE, NM
DX 7/08
EMAIL: MScheinbaum@LF-Financial.com pls put “Healing Well” in subject
psa HAD GONE FROM 1.7 TO 4.3 IN THREE YEARS...DIGITAL AND ULTRA SOUND EXAM SHOWED NO ENLARGEMENT.
BIOPSY SHOWED 2 OF 12 CORES POSITIVE.
TWO TUMORS SHOWED GLEASON 4+3 AND 3+4
NO INDICATION OF ESCAPE FROM CAPSULE OR METASTASIS
STARTED CONSULTATIONS AT SLOAN KETTERING 8/09
DR GUILLONNEAU SAID NO SURGERY UNLESS MASSIVE WEIGHT LOSS.
AT DX 333 LBS, SLEEP APNEA, AND HIGH BP
BARIATRIC SURGERY RECOMMENDED.
LAP BAND SURGERY IN EL PASO, TX 1/23/09
10/1/09 276 LBS, TRIGLYC AND CHOL NORMAL, NO SIGNS OF SLEEP APNEA, ONE BP RX REMOVED AND OTHERS CUT DOSAGE IN HALF;

STARTED QUARTERLY ZOLODEX BY TAOS,NM UROLOGIST, WHO TRAINED AT MSKCC, INJECTIONS AND CASODEX 50MG DAILY 9/08

Laproscopic done 10/19/09 Dr. Bertrand Guillonneau
NYC Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Jackson pratt drain removed surgery plus 1 day.
Catheter out 9th day
One heavy duty pad first day without catheter.

PATH REPORT 10/29/09 MSKCC DR VICTOR REUTER
GLEASONS CAN NOT BE DETERMINED, HORMONES DRIED PROSTATE
NO SIGN OF ANY CANCER ESCAPING PROSTATE, OR AT MARGIN
NO SIGN OF ANY CANCER IN ONE LYMPH NODE REMOVED

PROGNOSIS EXCELLENT. PSA IN ONE MONTH
THEN SIX MONTHS
THEN ONCE A YEAR OR MORE
ONE VISIT PER YEAR FOR LIFE

12/15/09 first post op PSA= less than 0.1

Eight weeks after surgery one light pad per day,
Often it stays dry the whole day.
Continuing wound problem, oozing *****
Substance.


Surgery wound has gotten worse and is now
Infected. Antibiotics, 2 catscans, blood
Work, going to wound clinic every 48 hours.

Yup, probably more info than you need to know….otherwise
Feeling strong and active.

Worried Guy
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   Posted 12/15/2009 9:18 PM (GMT -6)   
This is one of the few places being called "a Zero" is a good thing. Congrats.
Jeff
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.


Ed C. (Old67)
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   Posted 12/15/2009 11:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations. Hopefully this is the first of a lifetime of zeroes.
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


Rolerbe
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Total Posts : 235
   Posted 12/15/2009 11:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Wishing you a lifetime of sweet nothings! wink
51 YO
PSA at Dx: 8.2
DaVinci RALP: 10/31/08 -- Great MD in New Haven, CT
Negative margins, no extra-capsular involvement
One nerve spared
PSA at 0 for just over a year now.
 
 


Sephie
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   Posted 12/16/2009 8:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Hero, we are so very happy for you! Congratulations, and welcome to The Club!

Sephie & John
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!


JoeFL
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   Posted 12/16/2009 9:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Great news....congratulations! You don't need anything else from Santa now!
 
Joe
 
________________
 

Age -67 PSA - 4.5

Biopsy  (9/4/09) - Positive in 5 of 8 cores. In those 5 cores, 5 of 11 samples were positive. Gleason 3+3=6. Ct and Bone scans negative

 

BT performed on 12/11/09. 84 seeds of Palladium 103. Surgery at 7:30 - Home at 12:30 same day with no catheter. Side effects as expected -  some burning, frequency, urgency, blood in urine which has subsided. Resumed daily walking yesterday.

 

BT will be followed in 2 months with 25 IGRT treatments. 

 


zachattack
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   Posted 12/16/2009 1:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Way to go,keep the faith.

Zach
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


Cajun Jeff
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   Posted 12/16/2009 11:52 PM (GMT -6)   
You are in the ZERO Club my friend, Congrats!!!


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.

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