The Good, The Bad and You Gotta Be Kidding Me-PSA IS UP!!

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Sonny3
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   Posted 2/24/2010 6:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello there guys and gals, I am back to say howdy and provide a little update. Sorry I have been away so long, but it's been just a little on the busy side lately.

So here's the GOOD. Lynn and I have finalized the purchase of the dream RV and have taken possession. I am outfitting it and getting ready to start traveling. For those that care about such things I am providing a link to the pics of the unit. If you don't care, don't look, but don't shoot the messenger for trying to bring a little joy and positive attitude.

http://s941.photobucket.com/albums/ad255/k_b_1sales_photos/Gulf%20Stream%20Crescendo/

Well as you all know, I had the surgery (that didn't work) and then I had the radiation. I have finally cleared up from all of the side effects of the rad and everything is back in order except the ED stuff. So the BAD is that it ain't there yet, but we are still working on it.

Now for the "YOU GOTTA BE KIDDING ME". I had my first post rad PSA test pulled today and I was supposed to see the doc tomorrow. A schedule conflict caused me to call them and tell them I couldn't make the appt tomorrow, but I would call for the PSA results. Well the nurse called me and said the doc understood about my not making it for the appt and went and got the lab results so they could just tell me over the phone. My pre-rad PSA was .63 and my PSA today was 1.1.

The nurse said the doc wants me to get another PSA in 30 days. I told her okay, I was not freaked out by the result (lied my butt off on that one) and asked if the doc was freaked. She said no, he will wait until the next PSA test.

So I can only think, Every Day is A Bonus. I am going traveling and if I am back in town in a month I"ll do another PSA test and if not, the test will have to wait until I get back.

So be careful, The Wolves Den, The Wolfey Wagon or whatever we name the 40 foot beast may show up in your neighborhood soon.

Love Yall,

Sonny and Lynn
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) : 2/24/2010 4:39:17 PM (GMT-7)


Purgatory
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   Posted 2/24/2010 7:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Brother of mine, that breaks my heart to read what I just read. Now you will be like me, waiting another 3 months to see if that upward spike is temp or perm. I hope and pray, that it either stabalizes or decrease on the next read. I know what you are feeling right now, wish I could be with you.

Happy about your motor home, and you already know we are ready for you to come back anytime

If you want to talk about this, you already have my number, so please call me if needed, I am there for you.

This endless cath problem at least keeps me busy not thinking about my own post SRT number, my April reading will be a cliff hanger in my world.

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 43 days, 1/19 - Corr Surgery #4,  Caths #11 and #12 in at the same time, 2/8-Cath #11 out - 21 days


maldugs
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   Posted 2/24/2010 7:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sonny, as you can read, after going through the salvage radiation, it made not a bit of difference to my PSA, the Oncologist told me the effects of the radiation lasts for a long time, I think that time has passed for me but hopefully your PSA will drop in the future, enjoy your new RV.

Regards Mal. ps just had a look at the RV, all I can say is WOW!!
age 67 PSA 5.8 DRE slightly firm Rt
Biopsy 2nd July 07 5 out of 12 positive
Gleason 3+4=7 right side tumour adenocarcinoma stage T2a
RP on 30th July,

Post op Pathology, tumour stage T3a 4+3=7, microcsopic evidence of capsular penetration, seminal vessels, bladder neck,are free of tumour, lymph nodes clear, no evidence of metastatic malignancy, tumour does not extend to the apical margins.

Post op PSA 0.5 26th Sept. Totally dry since catheter removed
PSA 23rd Oct.0.5 seeing Radiation Onocologist 31st Oct.
Started radiation treatment on 5th Dec, to continue until 24 Jan. 08.
Finished treatment, next PSA on 30th April.
PSA 30th April 0.4
PSA 30th July 0.5
PSA 27th Oct 0.4 (I am now 68)
PSA 11th March 09 0.5
PSA 3rd August 09 0.6
PSA 25th November 09 0.6 (I am now 69)
PSA 18th Jan 10 0.6

Post Edited (maldugs) : 2/24/2010 5:44:49 PM (GMT-7)


Cajun Jeff
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   Posted 2/24/2010 8:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Sonny: Gosh all mighty! What can I say? Not what any of us wanted to here. Possibly the RT did not have enough time to finish clearing the PSA. We will just have to see.

I am so pleased that you have such a beauty for travel. I know that you and Lynn are going to enjoy your travels. If you get anywhere close to Louisiana let me know. I think I have the answer to that PSA and the Fix. When you get here I will cook a cajun meal that has enough heat to it to zap that PSA out of you. :)

I know we have not had a chance to see each other face to face but I can tell you that know that we are connected and let me assure you that You and Lynn are in my prayers always.

Happy travels to you my friend.

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)


60Michael
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   Posted 2/24/2010 8:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Sonny,
I am sorry to hear about the PSA but happy to hear about your RV. I will look at it thru the link you sent. My hope is that when you get back your results will show improvement. Your attitude is, as it has always been and just very positive. Send us postcards and your trip planner so we can honk at you and Lynn as you drive by in the beast. Best to the two 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


Jakester
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   Posted 2/24/2010 9:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Wish the early psa result came in lower but seems like my rad guy and others here have been told to expect something similar at first.

The rv looks cool! My wife is hot to buy one also. I'm really warming up to the idea since I've gotten cabin fever hanging around the house due to my broken ankle then radiation. We all need a good road trip.

Keep positive!

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, 01/19/10 started 39 sessions 70.2gy


Sleepless09
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   Posted 2/24/2010 9:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sonny, That PSA must be something of a shock, alright, but I know from a friend his experience was similar and it's been hanging there for several years. Go figure. I've got you and Lynn on my prayer list.

I had a look at the RV photos. As we're up to our you know what in snow here these days, I can't say for sure if I was more excited about the grass, or the RV. The RV is amazing though. That thing has got more slides than a Canadian curling game! Wowzers.

I'd not suggest heading this far north right now, but come the end of May roll on up. Be thrilled to see you and Lynn.

Someday my dream is to have just such a beast and "do" the Alaska Highway. Come to think of it, your beast is so huge we could just attach a trailer and ride behind.

Do keep us posted Sonny.

Sheldon AKA Sleepless
Age 67 in Apil '09 at news of 4 of 12 cores positive T2B and Gleason 3 + 3 and 5% to 25% PSA 1.5
Re-read of slides in June said Gleason 3 + 4 same four cores 5% to 15%
June 29 daVinci prostatectomy, Dr. Eric Estey, at Royal Alexandra Hospital Edmonton one night stay
From "knock out" to wake up in recovery less than two hours.  Actual surgery 70 minutes
Flew home to Winnipeg on July 3 after 5 nights in Ramada Inn  ---  perfect recovery spot!
Catheter out July 9
Final pathology is 3 + 4 Gleason 7, clear margins, clear nodes, T2C, sugeron says report is "excellent"
First post op PSA Sept 09  less than 0.02
PSA on Oct 23 test again less than 0.02
PSA on Jan 8 less than 0.02  
Oct 1st 09 -- dry at night, during day some stress issues.
Oct 31st padless 24/7 
Feel free to email me at:  sheldonprostate@yahoo.com    


polfred
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   Posted 2/24/2010 9:29 PM (GMT -6)   
cool Praying for you guys. Have a safe and adventurous road trip!
jan
Age 59
PSA 9 on-08-09
Given antibiotics for 1 month/
PSA 10 on 10-09
Biopsy 11-18-09-Results 10 of 12 cores positive
CT and Bone scan negative
Diagnosed on 11-20-09
Lupron injection/ 7 dys of casodex on 11-20-09
Markers placed on 12-15-09
Planning scan scheduled 1-18-2010/ 8 wks radiation to follow
 


rob2
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   Posted 2/24/2010 9:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry to hear but it might be too early for the PSA. Your attitude makes me a better person. You are right on all accounts!
 
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
20 month  PSA <.04 (low as the machine will go)
continent at 10 weeks (no pads!)
ED is still an issue but getting better


spottydog10
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   Posted 2/24/2010 10:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Sonny,
Let's hope the psa moves downward mate.
What a fantastic vehicle!
If you get over to the UK can I drive...?

Take it easy,
Mike
Age 51
PSA 5.5  june 09
biopsy july 09 gleason 3+3 = 6   5% and 50% in 2 of 12 cores
robotic prostatectomy nov 7 prostate weight 45gm
path report due 8 jan 10
post op psa 22/12/09, 0.04
no incontinence after 7 days
total ed

 


goodlife
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   Posted 2/24/2010 11:05 PM (GMT -6)   

Sonny,

As we all say around here, it is what it is.  Not much we can do about it.  What a roller coaster ride this PC can be.

I am sure you will have many years riding around in that RV.  After you get done down there in the south, come on up north, and we'll show you a good time in the great lakes.  I have hookups in my side yard.  Oh, put a little of Jeff's cajun cookin in the refrigerator and bring it on up.

We continue to think about you and Lynn.  Hopefully you'll get a mobile air card and chronicle your travels.

God Bless you guys.

 


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 injection
No pads, 1/1/10,  9 month PSA < .01


DJBearGuy
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   Posted 2/25/2010 12:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Sonny,

Geez, well, good for you to enjoy life while you can. Great looking RV. You have much nicer furniture than I have.

Take care,

DJ
Diagnosis at age 53. PSA 2007 about 2; PSA 2008 4.3
Biopsy September 2008: 6 of 12 cores positive; Gleason 4+3 = 7
CT and Bone scan negative
Da Vinci surgery at City of Hope December 8, 2008
Radical prostatectomy and lymph node dissection
Catheter out on 7th day, replaced on 8th day, out again 14th day following negative cystogram
Pathology: pT2c; lymph nodes negative; margins involved; 41 grams, 8% involved by tumor; same Gleason 4+3=7
PSA 1/22/08 non-detectable! 8-)
4/23/09, 07/30/09, Oct 2009 still undetectable!


clearwatercowboy
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Total Posts : 135
   Posted 2/25/2010 1:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Sonny,
 
Well, like all of the other brothers here in the PCa forum have stated, we are sorry to hear of your PSA results.  And as you well know, it the kind of news that all of us fear each time that needle punctures our skin to remove blood.  But, as you and I spoke about on the telephone a couple of weeks ago, it's time to get on the road and enjoy the new adventures that await you and Lynn.
 
We wish for you a safe journey, remember, keep that beast between the lines.  Take it slowly and enjoy the beauty of the open road and all of the wonderful sites across this country.
 
Idaho is a long distance from Orlando, but if you want to see God's country, "come a runnin".
 
Stay in touch my friend, we will love to get updates on the travel adventures.
You and Lynn are in our prayers
 
Dallas turn
RRP May 04, 2009
Pre-op Gleason 6
Post-op Gleason 7


compiler
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   Posted 2/25/2010 1:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Sonny:
 
I'll just echo all the other comments.
You have my telephone #. If you are in mid-Michigan, let's get together.
 
Mel

63 years old . PSA-- 3/08--2.90; 8/09--4.01; 11/09--4.19 (Free PSA 24%),  after 45 days on cipro! DREs have always been normal. PCA-3

Biopsy on 11/30/09. 5 out of 12 cores positive. Gleason 4+3. 2 cores were 3+3 (one 5% and the other 30%) on one side. On  other side:2 cores are 4+3 (5%)--1 core 3+4 (30%) no peri-neural invasion. prostate is 45 grams. Stage: T1C.  

Surgery with Dr. Menon at Ford Hospital, 1/26/10. He says all looked good. Spared nerves. Unfortunately: Pathology Report: G 4+3 (65%-35%). Cancer in 15% of gland. Lymph Nodes: Clear.  Perineural Invasion: yes. Seminal Vessical Involvement: No.  Extraprostatic Extension: yes.  Positive Margin: Yes-- focal-- 1 spot .5mm. Final Weight is 52.7 gms. 

 Incontinence: joined that club-- definite leaks—1 pad/day. Night is dry, was  using 1 pad at night for security, but pretty much dispensed with that most nights.

Next Event: First post-op PSA on 3/1/10


Sonny3
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   Posted 2/25/2010 8:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you everyone for your support and well wishes. Will be taking everyone's advice and get on with the traveling and let the psa testing and whatever take care of itself.

So a quick look at the travel plan calls for the following;

Orlando to Atlanta - drop in on my sister

Atlanta to Easley, SC - Purgartory

Easley to Ohio - Hey Goodlife

Ohio to Michigan - Calm Compiler down a little

Michigan to Winnipeg - Sheldon (an intro to Canada and the metals business)

Winnipeg to Rapid City, SD - Black Hills and Mount Rushmore

Rapid City to Clearwater, ID - Dallas the cowboy and the lovely Jean

Clearwater to Las Vegas - No, not the nightlife but jump off to Grand Canyon

On to Houston - Howdy Rob2 ( and maybe a stop at MD Anderson for Lynn)

Houston to Baton Rouge, LA - Corvetteman and cajun cooking

Back Home

Estimated trip about 7k to 8k miles. Estimated time - who cares- it'll take as long as it takes.

There were a few of you that I didn't have locations for, plug in your city and tell me where it fits on the route.

So what do ya think folks, sounds like a plan don't 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


In This Together Wife
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Total Posts : 135
   Posted 2/25/2010 9:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Sonny,
Along with others, have been missing your posts.  Must have been a shock to get that # on your PSA test. . .that must fit in the "ugly" catagory!
You and Lynn are welcome to come by Douglassville, TX if you can find us out here with the deer and the hogs tongue .
Keep on keepin' on
CareBear
(Bear's stats) Age 49
 8-4-09    Family Practioner for back pain  PSA 4.9
8-20-09  Consult with urologist                PSA 4.89
9-2-09    Biopsy          3 cores positive 7% 3+3 (6) gleason
11-13-09 DaVinci
11-23-09 Cath removed  Path report cancer contained neg. margins
Feb 2010 wil be followup PSA


Sonny3
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   Posted 2/25/2010 9:11 AM (GMT -6)   
CareBear,

I'll find Douglassville and add it to the route. Sure wouldn't want to be that close to you guys and not drop in to say hello. How are you and the Bear doing these days?

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


In This Together Wife
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Date Joined Dec 2009
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   Posted 2/25/2010 9:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Sonny,
Bear just had his first post surg. PSA (3month) on Mon. so we are awaiting the results for that. Expecting good results.
   Also got some med to help with urgency issues, expecting good results.
Making progress in other areas, too--did I say expecting good results?? smilewinkgrin
   Now back to issues of finding a new job easier on his back like we were before Aug diagnosis of PC.
CareBear
(Bear's stats) Age 49
 8-4-09    Family Practioner for back pain  PSA 4.9
8-20-09  Consult with urologist                PSA 4.89
9-2-09    Biopsy          3 cores positive 7% 3+3 (6) gleason
11-13-09 DaVinci
11-23-09 Cath removed  Path report cancer contained neg. margins
Feb 2010 wil be followup PSA


Ed C. (Old67)
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   Posted 2/25/2010 9:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Sonny,
Sorry about the rising PSA. That is not the news I was hoping for. I expected a report on the Olympics instead. I hope and pray that it is only a blip on the radar and that it will start going down. Hang in there and enjoy your new RV.
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 in circumference.
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
11.5 months test 1/21/10 result 0.004


compiler
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   Posted 2/25/2010 9:36 AM (GMT -6)   

Sonny:

Sounds like a plan. Our stats are eerily similar. I'm hoping my first PSA next week does not follow your pattern. Then maybe I won't need calming down.

Will you hav internet access during your travels. Hope you can keep us all abreast of your travel activities as they occur.

 

Mel


63 years old . PSA-- 3/08--2.90; 8/09--4.01; 11/09--4.19 (Free PSA 24%),  after 45 days on cipro! DREs have always been normal. PCA-3

Biopsy on 11/30/09. 5 out of 12 cores positive. Gleason 4+3. 2 cores were 3+3 (one 5% and the other 30%) on one side. On  other side:2 cores are 4+3 (5%)--1 core 3+4 (30%) no peri-neural invasion. prostate is 45 grams. Stage: T1C.  

Surgery with Dr. Menon at Ford Hospital, 1/26/10. He says all looked good. Spared nerves. Unfortunately: Pathology Report: G 4+3 (65%-35%). Cancer in 15% of gland. Lymph Nodes: Clear.  Perineural Invasion: yes. Seminal Vessical Involvement: No.  Extraprostatic Extension: yes.  Positive Margin: Yes-- focal-- 1 spot .5mm. Final Weight is 52.7 gms. 

 Incontinence: joined that club-- definite leaks—1 pad/day. Night is dry, was  using 1 pad at night for security, but pretty much dispensed with that most nights.

Next Event: First post-op PSA on 3/1/10


lewvino
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Total Posts : 384
   Posted 2/25/2010 9:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Sonny,
Glad to hear about the Motor Home! Sounds like fun and remember the office work at is within site of I-75 in chattanooga so when you come rolling through this way you better shout so we can meet!
 
Sorry to hear about your PSA.....We will all be waiting to hear your update so keep us posted!!!! You know that we all care!
 
Larry
Age 55 / age at diagnosis 54, PSA 5.1
Robotic surgery 08/12/09 at Vanderbilt, Nashville TN. 
Final Path report:
20% of the prostate Invovled
Tumor graded at T2C
Overall Gleason 3+4 (7)
Lymph Glands Clear, Positive Margin Noted in Right Apex
 
First post Surgery PSA - 0
Six month PSA - 0


Bootheel
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Total Posts : 300
   Posted 2/25/2010 9:37 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Sonny,

Sorry to hear about the PSA.  Mine took 6 months to go down after IMRT.  It can take up to a year sometimes.  Hoping yours will go down in the near future.  Enjoy your trip. 


Age 65
Diagnosed 10/12/07
PSA 6.3
Biopsy 18 core samples, 2 positive <5%
Stage T1a Gleason 6 (3+3)
LRP  1/29/08
Post-op
Gleason 7 (3+4)
1 positive margin (.3cm)
T2C
4/16/08- Started Bi-mix injections 
5/15/08- 1st Post-Op PSA 0.07 Undetectable
8/11/08 -2nd Post-OP PSA 0.02 Undetectable
8/15/08- No more pads as of today  Whoopee!!!
11/13/08- 3rd post-op PSA 0.02 Undetectable
03/02/09- 1 yr. post-op PSA .09 Undetectable
05/13/09   PSA .18 (ouch)
Started IMRT June 13, 2009
Completed 37 treatments July 31, 2009 (66.6gy)
11/23/09 Post IMRT PSA .18
2/12/10   Post IMRT PSA 0.00


Sonny3
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   Posted 2/25/2010 9:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Ed, good to hear from you. I sure do plan to enjoy the traveling and it can't get here too soon.

CareBear, found Douglassville. My route had me going from Oklahoma City down to Houston through Dallas. Adding Douglassville just routes me from Okla City to Douglassvile and then to Houston and I bypass altogether the Dallas part of it. Don't mind at all, didn't have any reason to go through Dallas anyway. It also didn't change the mileage that much either. Get to see a different part of the country. That is what this trip will be all about, seeing the country that we always just saw from the airplane as we traveled.

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


Sonny3
Veteran Member


Date Joined Aug 2009
Total Posts : 2447
   Posted 2/25/2010 10:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Mel, enjoyed talking with you on the phone just now and pleased to see that things are going well and you don't appear to need any calming. Have you on the trip route.

Larry, good to hear from you. You are definitely on the route.

Bootheel, thanks for the kind words brother. Thanks also for the heads up that the PSA could take 6 or so months to settle in. The good side of it is while I am waiting for the VA to complete my claim process, my numbers indicate I still have PCa and still qualify for 100% disability. YeeHaw.

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


cocrgolfer
Regular Member


Date Joined Oct 2009
Total Posts : 171
   Posted 2/25/2010 11:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Sonny,
 
I too am sorry to hear about the PSA rising.  I don't know much about RT but I see other guys have posted here that the PSA can take a while to drop.  I trust there is some hope there.
 
That is one fine looking Class 3 motorhome.  I just joined the RV world myself about a month ago.  We got a 32' 5th wheel over in Orlando.  I got that because I didn't want to tow a car, but our plan is to take it out West this summer and live in it for a few months in MT.  Our first baby step trip is next week over to the Disney Fort Wilderness campground.  You'll probably get to Atlanta on the via the Florida Turnpike but if you would like to detour to Bradenton I'd enjoy taking you to play my favorite Donald Ross golf course.  There's room to park right in from of my house.
 
Steve
Age-66
PSA-6.5
8/09-14 core biopsy
4/14 cores pos. GS-(3+4)7
10/13/09-robotic RRP Moffitt Cancer Center Tampa
Post-surg path-two nerves spared, capsule, margins, seminal vesicles neg.
GS-(3+4)7, tumor <5% in 83gm sample.
1/5/10-first PSA-<0.1
IC and ED.

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