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Sonny3
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   Posted 1/18/2010 7:54 AM (GMT -6)   
YEEHAW and YAHOO! It's Monday morning and first the first time in many weeks I did not have to get up at 5:30am to get ready for IMRT. Lazily slept in until 7:45 and it felt sooo good.

Now let's all start the week off on a positive note. By taking a minute to send some positive thoughts and blessings off to our fellow brothers.

4 of our brothers have big things lined up this week:

Jerry1 and 60Michael both start their radiation treatments today, Jakester starts his on Tuesday. Purgatory is scheduled for surgery on Tuesday.

Also, as noted below pa69's brother is going in have markers put in place to begin his radiation treatment.

There are many things going on in the world today that need positive thoughts and blessings of good will, but for these four brothers (and the brother of a brother) it is a little closer to home. So take a minute and send a little energy their way.

Best of luck to you all and know that we are with you all the way.

Sonny smilewinkgrin
60 years old when diagnosed
PSA 11/07 3.0
PSA 5/09 6.4
Diagnosis confirmed July 9, 2009
12 Needle Biopsy = 9 clear , 3 postive
Gleason Score (3+4) 7 in all positive cores
da Vinci 9/17/09
Post Surgery Pathology: GS 4+3=7
Stage: T3a
Tumor Volume 12.5%
positive margin, extra-prostatic extension
30 day PSA 0.4, 50 day psa 0.53, 64 day psa 0.6
IMRT completed 1/15/10 35 treatments- 70Gy

Post Edited (Sonny3) : 1/18/2010 7:25:49 AM (GMT-7)


pa69
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   Posted 1/18/2010 8:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Best of luck and prayers to all of you. My brother goes today for a procedure to insert gold markers in his prostate in preparation for radiation treatments. Guess it runs in the family.

Thinking of you,
Bob
Age 70, First ever PSA 7.8 taken June 2008, Biopsy July 2008, 10 of 12 cores positive, Gleason 3+3=6
da Vinci surgery December 10, 2008, catheter removed December 29 2008
St. Lukes Hospital, Bethlehem, Pa.
Dr. Frank Tamarkin
Prostate weight 73.0 grams, Gleason 3+3=6, stage pT3a
Tumor locations: right anterior apex, right posterior apex to mid
left anterior mid to base, left posterior apex to mid
extensive perineural invasion in right anterior apex, right and left posterior apex to mid
seminal vesicles negative
Four PSA tests undetectable, latest Oct 30


Sonny3
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   Posted 1/18/2010 8:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Bob,

I am editing my post to add your brother to the list. Any brother of a brother is a brother of ours.

Sonny
60 years old when diagnosed
PSA 11/07 3.0
PSA 5/09 6.4
Diagnosis confirmed July 9, 2009
12 Needle Biopsy = 9 clear , 3 postive
Gleason Score (3+4) 7 in all positive cores
da Vinci 9/17/09
Post Surgery Pathology: GS 4+3=7
Stage: T3a
Tumor Volume 12.5%
positive margin, extra-prostatic extension
30 day PSA 0.4, 50 day psa 0.53, 64 day psa 0.6
IMRT completed 1/15/10 35 treatments- 70Gy


pa69
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   Posted 1/18/2010 8:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, Sonny. I'm going with him today to try learning more about his situation.

Regards,
Bob
Age 70, First ever PSA 7.8 taken June 2008, Biopsy July 2008, 10 of 12 cores positive, Gleason 3+3=6
da Vinci surgery December 10, 2008, catheter removed December 29 2008
St. Lukes Hospital, Bethlehem, Pa.
Dr. Frank Tamarkin
Prostate weight 73.0 grams, Gleason 3+3=6, stage pT3a
Tumor locations: right anterior apex, right posterior apex to mid
left anterior mid to base, left posterior apex to mid
extensive perineural invasion in right anterior apex, right and left posterior apex to mid
seminal vesicles negative
Four PSA tests undetectable, latest Oct 30


60Michael
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   Posted 1/18/2010 8:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Our thoughts to all of our brothers, and I am leaving in 1 hour to start my IMRT. Also thinking of our good friend David up in SC. Hope that all of us are blessed in the days and years to come. Thanks to the support from our families as well. Thanks to Sonny for starting this post.
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
Starting IMRT on 1/18/10
Great family and friends
Michael


Jim B
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   Posted 1/18/2010 8:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Blessings to all and good luck to my brothers.

Jim B
Dx age 48 PSA 11.58
Biopsy Nov 04
4 of 6 specimens positive
gleason 4+5=9
Perineural invasion at two locations
40 radiation treatments Jan-Mar 05
PSA May 05 0.07
Aug 05 - 0.15; Feb 06- 0.92; Oct 06- 0.55; Sep 07-0.42; Mar 08-1.13 Aug 08-2.26
Nov 08-3.98; Jan 09-5.81; Mar 09-9.02
Bone scan in Nov 08- one spot in pelvic region 1.9cm with SUV of 11
Bone scan in Mar 09-two spots. Original now 2.5cm with SUV of 22 and 2nd spot less than 1cm with SUV of 7.8
Bone scan in Nov 09 - NO CHANGE WOO HOO!


Purgatory
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   Posted 1/18/2010 8:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, Sonny. Just now getting up. Was nice to see you all organized and remember the events of the week for the brothers here.
Yeah, for 3 to be starting SRT the same week, can't say I remember seeing that before. And of course, a wee bit nervous about my surgery tommorow. It's not the surgery itself that I worry about, its more about how is it going to leave me when its over. All I know, is I cant stay this way forever, and no risk means no gain, so I am going for it. I refigured the math, in the past 15 months, I have spent 211 days on a total of 10 catheters, it's nuts just to say it.

For the SRT men, I hope you all have it as smooth and easy as Sonny's. His was a good example of how its suppose to work.

Thanks again,

Your brother in SC, David
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: 1/10 .12
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


Sonny3
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   Posted 1/18/2010 9:24 AM (GMT -6)   
David,

Once more into the breeches my friend. May this be the last and the beginning of an entirely new chapter to the life of Quality and Enjoyment. You definitely deserve it.

Sonny
60 years old when diagnosed
PSA 11/07 3.0
PSA 5/09 6.4
Diagnosis confirmed July 9, 2009
12 Needle Biopsy = 9 clear , 3 postive
Gleason Score (3+4) 7 in all positive cores
da Vinci 9/17/09
Post Surgery Pathology: GS 4+3=7
Stage: T3a
Tumor Volume 12.5%
positive margin, extra-prostatic extension
30 day PSA 0.4, 50 day psa 0.53, 64 day psa 0.6
IMRT completed 1/15/10 35 treatments- 70Gy


Purgatory
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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25364
   Posted 1/18/2010 9:29 AM (GMT -6)   
That's all I want. After I recovery from this even, I hope my body wakes up and stops all this constant scarring over stuff, still the root cause behind all of this.

Glad to see you bouncing back so fast. How is the RV hunt going, what size/type you aiming for?

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: 1/10 .12
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


Jakester
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Date Joined Aug 2009
Total Posts : 284
   Posted 1/18/2010 10:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Sonny and the rest of the gang, thanks for the well wishes. Jerry and Michael, smooth sailing on the onset of your short voyage today. Bob, good luck to your brother, nothing more precious than family. David, I'll wager they'll get it right this time and you'll be catheter free and footloose and fancy free soon.

Take care all,
Jake
Diagnosed 8/2008 Pre-op psa 4.2, Age 60 at dx
7 of 12 biopsies positive 3+3
DaVinci LRP 11/08
Post Op pathology clear margins, confined to prostate, absent extraprostatic extension, vascular or perineural. Gleason 3+4=7, 5-10% of 4 and location in right mid-gland.
3 month psa .1 2/09, 6 month .1 5/09, 9 month .2 8/09
broke ankle bones 6/09
9/21/09 Bone scan clear, psa still .2
11/12/09 chest xray was clear, psa however up to .3,
01/05/10 psa still .3, radiation setup done with tats, 35 sessions follow


Purgatory
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Total Posts : 25364
   Posted 1/18/2010 10:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Jake, its got to work this time
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: 1/10 .12
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


Cajun Jeff
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   Posted 1/18/2010 1:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Guys I do wish all of you well. Sonny glad you had a lazy morning. Now on to motor home shopping again....Mardi Gras is just around the corner. Think about that.

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.
15 months out injections Caveject (success)


Jerry1
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Date Joined Mar 2007
Total Posts : 460
   Posted 1/18/2010 1:57 PM (GMT -6)   
 
Thank you guys for your good thoughts and encouragement.  My appointment is not until 4:15 today and it is hell waiting around going to try and schedule these things early in the day so I do not have to think about it all day.  Michael hope everything went smooth today and Jake good luck tomorrow, Bob my thoughts are also with your brother.  David , MJ and I will be praying for you tomorrow may everything go smooth and you never need that cathether again.  You have been through so much it is time for a break. 
 
Jerry1
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  
11/16/09 PSA 0.3
12/14/09 PSA 0.4 
12/28/09 PSA 0.5
Start radiation treatments ib January 18th. 


60Michael
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   Posted 1/18/2010 2:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Everyone,
My IMRT went well, first one takes a little longer as they took some x-rays. Told them they were pushing my bladders' envelope, but made it to the restroom with a minute or two to spare. Just some fatigue and I guess that is from the radiation. Just not sure if it was from the buildup to tx or from the radiation causing the fatigue. I am not a nap guy, but just woke up from a one hour nap and it felt good. Will go in eacj day now at 2:15 pm. Hope everyone else has a problem free week and David will be thinking of you.
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
Starting IMRT on 1/18/10
Great family and friends
Michael


mikey1955
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   Posted 1/18/2010 2:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sonny, Glad you slept in a bit. All the best to you Sonny, Michael, David, Jerry and Jakester this week.

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.
-Bladder control within 48 hours of catheter removal
-ED ongoing but improving significantly with Trimix at 7 months post-op. Oral ED meds didn't do much.


compiler
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   Posted 1/18/2010 3:50 PM (GMT -6)   

Good luck to all of you!!!

 

This looks like a busy week for getting stuff done.

 

Mel (reserving next week for moi!


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. Result of biopsy:

5 out of 12 cores 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

REVISED BIOPSY REPORT: The previous was read by Umich. Slides were then sent to Dr. Menon at Ford Hospital. Here is their report (much better) -- changes in bold print below:

5 out of 12 cores positive. Gleason 3+4. More specifically: 2 cores were 3+3 (one 5% and the other 20%) on one side. On the other side, 3 cores were 3+4 (5%, 5%, 20%)

 Latest: Surgery with Dr. Menon at Ford Hospital, set for 1/25/10

 


Purgatory
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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25364
   Posted 1/18/2010 3:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Michael, glad you got that first one done. As you continue in the days and weeks ahead, listen closely to your body, if it wants rest at strange times, let it rest, much easier to deal with fatigue that way.
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: 1/10 .12
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


BillyMac
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Total Posts : 1858
   Posted 1/18/2010 5:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Sonny,
Great news on the end of the radiation. Ah, the little luxury of a good lie in. Here's to those rays doing their job and rendering you a richly deserved undetectable. And here's to all our other members about to undergo or having procedures getting great results as well.
Bill
1/05 PSA----2.9 3/06-----3.2 3/07-------4.1 5/07------3.9 All negative DREs
Aged 59 when diagnosed
Biopsy 6/07
4 of 10 cores positive for Adenocarcinoma-------bummer!
Core 1 <5%, core 2----50%, core 3----60%, core 4----50%
Biopsy Pathologist's comment:
Gleason 4+3=7 (80% grade 4) Stage T2c
Neither extracapsular nor perineural invasion is identified
CT scan and Bone scan show no evidence of metastases
Da Vinci RP Aug 10th 2007
Post-op pathology:
Positive for perineural invasion and 1 small focal extension
Negative at surgical margins, negative node and negative vesicle involvement
Some 4+4=8 identified ........upgraded to Gleason 8
PSA Oct 07 <0.1 undetectable
PSA Jan 08 <0.1 undetectable
PSA April 08 <0.001 undetectable (disregarded due to lab "misreporting")
PSA August 08 <0.001 undetectable (disregarded due to lab "misreporting")
Post-op pathology rechecked by new lab:
Gleason downgraded to 4+3=7
Focal extension comprised of grade 3 cells
PSA September 08 <0.01 (new lab)
PSA February 09 <0.01
PSA August 09 (2 year mark), <0.01
PSA December 09 <0.01

My Journey: www.yananow.net/Mentors/BillM2.htm


CPA
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   Posted 1/18/2010 5:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Here is wishing everyone starting new treatments this week the very best.  Trust all the work will be successful.  Mel, we'll be thinking of you as well as you prepare for next week.  David

Diagnosed Dec 2007 during annual routine physical at age 55
PSA doubled from previous year from 1.5 to 3.2
12 biopsies - 2 pos; 2 marginal
Gleason 3+3; upgraded to 4+3 post surgery
RRP 4 Feb 08; both nerves spared
Good pathology - no margins - all encapsulated
Catheter out Feb 13 - pad free Feb 16
PSA every 90 days - ZERO's everytime!
Great wife and family who take very good care of me


rob2
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   Posted 1/18/2010 8:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Great post. Good luck to all.

Sonny, sounds like you trained your dog to sleep in.
 
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

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