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CapnLarry
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Date Joined Apr 2009
Total Posts : 75
   Posted 12/16/2009 2:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Three months ago I had my 6-month post-surgery followup PSA test and got "undetectable." (They were using the "ultrasensitive" test, so that's <0.01.)

Two days ago I went in for the next test in the schedule at a new lab--we move around a lot (see the website), and got 2.82 ng/ml! For those of you who like math, that's at least 280 times greater than the last test. Blood pressure through the roof, serious talks with the wife, contingency plans.

Yesterday I went to yet another lab, had to wait 24 hours for the results (Guatemala is pretty rural--this lab had to ship the sample to the capital city). Came back "undetectable."

Extra ration of rum for the captain tonight.
Larry Shick
Personal homepage incl. PCa story: www.sv-moira.com.
01/09: Diagnosed (age 60) biopsy PSA 4.4, free PSA 9%, T2c stage, Gleason 7 (3+4), 7 of 14 cores; 6'2", 200 lbs.
03/09: Robotic surgery (Dr. Kawachi, City of Hope) 47 gms, 10% involved, staging/Gleason unchanged (pT2cNXMX), margins clear, no ECE/sem ves involvement, fully continent from day 1, some success w/Viagra 50mg/day.
Followup: <0.01 at 05/09, 08/09


60Michael
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Date Joined Jan 2009
Total Posts : 2222
   Posted 12/16/2009 3:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Rum will help anyone forget about PSA, at least for awhile. Hope it was as good as the last PSA test numbers. It's that dang hangover that ruins the moment.
Michael
Dx with PCA 12/08 2 out of 12 cores positive 4.5 psa
59 yo when diagnosed
Robotic surgery 5/09 Atlanta, Ga
Catheter out after 10 days
Gleason upgraded to 3+5, volume less than 10%
Margin slightly involved
2 pads per day, 1 depends but getting better,
8/5 1 depend at night only, now none
 started ED tx 7/17, slow go
Post op dx of neuropathy
3 months psa.01, 6 month psa.4, 6 1/2 month psa.5
Consulting with Primary Urologist for further tx.
Great family and friends
Michael


Purgatory
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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25380
   Posted 12/16/2009 3:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Good going, Larry. THat must have been a scare, so glad it turned out to be a bad test on the previous one. Looked at your web page, you are leading a coveted lifestyle for sure. I love sailboats, one of the few times in my adult life that I don't currently own one. Hope you continue to do well.

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
Post SRT PSA:
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 - 11/27 IMRT SRT 39 sess/72 gys ,cath #8 33 days, Cath #9 35 days, 12/7 - Cath #10 in place

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