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Date Joined Sep 2009
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   Posted 2/6/2010 8:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Received my 90 day post surgery PSA report today.  The score is 0.05 which is good enough for my wife and I to feel relieved and to celebrate with some optimism.  Was hoping for 0.00, but this is a good enough start, and we will see what happens at the next PSA test.  As it happens, we launch ourselves this Tuesday on a 54 day self-guided tour of Cambodia and Vietnam, and this report will make that trip even better.  We had actually started planning this trip last spring, but my PSA test in July put that on hold as it was apparent that there was probably going to be a significant detour.  Recovery from surgery and the absence of any continence issues reignated my travel lust very quickly, and we put our plans in motion again four weeks out of surgery.  Feel very fortunate to be able to do this at all (many cancer patients as we know do not have this gift of time), and look forward to many more adventure trips with my wife.  We will travel on our own to Pnomh Penh, Kep, and Siem Reap (Ankor Wat) in Cambodia;  in Vietnam, Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An, DaNang, DaNang,Mui Ne, Saigon, and the Mekong Delta.  Life is good.  Best wishes and luck to all.

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Age 66

PSA:  6.0  on 07/31/09 having risen from 4.2 on 12/02/08.  Free PSA 23.5%.Other PSA History: 4.3 on 05/01/08; 3.3 on 11/15/07; 3.1 on 05/20/07; 4.0 on 11/30/06; 3.40 on 09/01/05.


Biopsy:  09/04/09  13 snips;  two positive.  Right Mid  4+3 = 7 and 15% of the total volume.   Right Lateral Mid 4+3 = 7 and 20% of the total volume.


DaVinci robotic surgery:  11/05/09.  Post surgery pathology:  margins clean, no invasion of seminal vessels, no upgrade of the Gleason scores, no evidence of cancer outside the prostate capsule.


Cathether removed one week later:  11/12/09.  No incontinence at all.  Stopped pads after two days.


First post-surgery PSA test:  02/02/10.  PSA 0.05



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Date Joined Jan 2009
Total Posts : 2243
   Posted 2/6/2010 9:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Great news and a fantastic trip to celebrate. You are a fortunate man indeed as you have healed up well and quickly. Have a great trip and hope you will post during or after. I haven't been back to Vietnam since 1969, and I bet it has changed nicely since that time.
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

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Date Joined May 2009
Total Posts : 476
   Posted 2/7/2010 4:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Have a great time. This trip sounds like a lot of fun.
Father died from poorly differentiated PCa @ 78 - normal PSA and DRE
5 biopsies over 4 years negative while PSA going from 3.8 to 28
Dx Nov 2007, age 46, PSA 29, Gleason 4+4=8
Decided to participate in clinical trial at Duke - 6 rounds of chemo (Taxotere + Avastin)
PSA prior to treatment 1/8/2008 is 33.90, bounced on 1/31/2008 to 38.20, and down at the end of the treatment (4/24/2008) to 20.60
RRP at Duke (Dr. Moul) on 6/16/2008, Gleason downgraded 4+3=7, T3a N0MX, focal extraprostatic extension, two small positive margins
PSA undetectable for 8 months, then 2/6/2009 0.10, 4/26/2009 0.17, 5/22/2009 0.20, 6/11/2009 0.27
ADT (ongoing, duration TBD): Lupron started 6/22/2009
Salvage IMRT to prostate bed and pelvis - 72gy over 40 treatments finished 10/21/2009
PSA 6/25/2009 0.1, T=516, 7/23/2009 <0.05, T<10, 10/21/2009 <0.05, T<10

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