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Gunner59
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Date Joined Nov 2008
Total Posts : 109
   Posted 3/8/2010 6:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there guys and gals

Just thought I'd pop in and say Hi, it's been a while since I've posted. It's been nearly 4 months since my wife passed away, and I think I'm starting to adjust, but the house still seems so empty. I'm due for another PSA test in a few days, but find I'm not nearly as anxious about it as I was in the past. Not sue if I'm just getting used to it or just don't care as much.

I've lurked in here regularly, been following the trials and tribulations of our brother Purgatory. Man, you've been through hell and back, and I pray there will be some light at the end of the tunnel for you real soon.

Enough for now, take care and God bless you all.

Ralph
Age 48 at diagnosis
3 Jul 08 PSA 27.21
Biopsy positive 3+3=6 on 9 of 24 punches
Bone scan clear
22 Sep 08 Laproscopic Radical Prostatectomy and bilateral pelvic Lymphadenectomy
Gleason 3+4=7 after prostate removal, lymph nodes clear
Stage T2B
PSA at 3 months=undetectable
6 month PSA still 0
14 Sep 09 PSA .014


60Michael
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Date Joined Jan 2009
Total Posts : 2222
   Posted 3/8/2010 6:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Ralph,
Thanks for checking in. Sorry to hear about your wife as she must have been quite young, in looking at your stats. Glad you are doing well and it might take awhile to adjust to your house without your wife. Hope your PSA yields good results and may you live a long and wonderful life.
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


Purgatory
Elite Member


Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25380
   Posted 3/8/2010 6:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Ralph, thanks for coming back and checking in with the gang, and thanks for remembering me. I am still hanging in there as you can see, its just been one thing after the next with these chronic stricuture issues.

I know how I feel about my wife of just shy of 36 years, and I know I would be devesataed. I hope your broken heart is slowing healing, and as you said ,adjusting. I feel for you there brother, no words could make one feel better in that situation, but I hope you can still manage to reach out and find some future happiness. Mean that sincerely.

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, no problem post SRT
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  same time, 2/8-Cath #11 out - 21 days, 3/2- Cath #12 out - 41 days, 3/2- Corr Surgery #5, Caths #13 & #14 same time, 3/6 Cath #13 out - 4 days


Ed C. (Old67)
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Date Joined Jan 2009
Total Posts : 2458
   Posted 3/8/2010 7:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Ralph,
Thanks for checking in. I'm glad you are adjusting well.
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


tatt2man
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Date Joined Jan 2010
Total Posts : 2842
   Posted 3/8/2010 7:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Ralph: My condolences on your loss. It is an adjustment and at times very lonely. You know you have support here in your journey and we all hope and pray your upcoming PSA test keeps you in the zero club. Hopefully you have been able to share this part of the journey with others so they can give you support as well.
Wishing you all the best.

hugs
BRONSON
.................
Age: 54 - gay - with spouse, Steve - 59
PSA: 04/2007- 1.68 - 08/2009 - 3.46 - 10/2009 - 3.86
Confirmation of Prostate Cancer: October 16, 2009 - 6 of 12 cancerous samples , Gleason 7 (4+3)
Doctor: Dr. Mohamed Elharram -Urologist / Surgeon - Peterborough Regional Health Centre
Radical Prostatectomy Operation: November 18, 2009 , home - November 21, 2009
Post Surgery Biopsy: pT3a- gleason 7 - extraprostatic extension - perineural invasion - prostate weight - 34.1gm -
ED Prescription: Jan 8/2010 - started daily 5mg cialis - girth back to normal -but not much length - will go for trimix in April when I see doc
Incontinence: 3-5 pads/1-2 clothes changes/day- finally seeing improvement - March 3, 2010 - week 14 after surgery -
location: Peteborough, Ontario, Canada
Post Surgery-PSA: to be announced - April 8, 2010
............


Paul1959
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Date Joined Nov 2007
Total Posts : 598
   Posted 3/8/2010 8:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Ralph!
good to see you back. Glad you checked in. Can you make plans for the next GFMPH weekend in NY? You need it. It was great last year. You will smile for the rest of the year.
Paul
www.franktalk.org ED website for PCa guys

46 at Diagnosis.
Father died of Pca 4/07 at 86.
10/07 PSA 5.06 (Biopsy 11/07 1 of 12 with 8% involvment) (1mm)
Da Vinci surgery Jan 5, '08 at Mt. Sinai Hosp. NYC www.roboticoncology.com
Saved both nerve bundles.
Path Report: Stage T2cNxMx
-Gleason (3+3)6
Pad free on March 14 - (10 weeks.) Never a problem since.
ED - at one year, ED is fine with viagra.
Two year PSA - undetectable!


Cajun Jeff
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Date Joined Mar 2009
Total Posts : 4106
   Posted 3/8/2010 10:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Ralph: I know that this is a difficult time for you but know that we are very pleased that you have stopped by to visit with us. Bet of luck on you next PSA.

Cajun Jeff
AGE:58, 57dx. PSA 5.4
Biopsy: 9/08 Gleason 3+4=7
open RP: 10?08 Nerve sparing. Path Report : GS 3+3=6 Stg pt2c margins clear
Cath for 10 day. Dry day after removal of Cath
PSA @ 3 months <0.1
6 months <0.1
9 months <0.1
12 months <0.1
16 months <0.1

ED Started VED at 3 months, pills followed VCL none did much, tried MUSE at 9 months (YUCK) Hated it. 15 months out injections Caveject (succecc)


James C.
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 4462
   Posted 3/9/2010 8:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Gunner59 (Ralph), so glad you are checking back in with us. Mourning a life-time partner is tough and I am sorry that you had to experience it. I hope you get zeros and happier days ahead. Stick around. smilewinkgrin
James C. Age 62
Co-Moderator- Prostate Cancer Forum
Gonna Make Myself A Better Man: www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6cX61oNsRQ&feature=channel
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
32 mts: PSA's: .04 each test since surgery, ED Continues-Bimix .3ml PRN or Trimix .15ml PRN


rob2
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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 1131
   Posted 3/9/2010 8:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Ralph, glad to hear from you and know you are doing better and wish you big 0 on your next PSA test. I am happy you posted. I have been wondering how you've been doing since your wife's death. I see you are hanging in and moving forward. Perhaps you have learned not to worry about PSA tests. That is something I wish I could do.
 
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


Ricky2
Regular Member


Date Joined Dec 2009
Total Posts : 97
   Posted 3/10/2010 10:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Ralph,

Sorry about your losses, but that is what life seems to be about. I can empathize with you because I also lost my wife and that little walnut. (in that order). I can remember the pain of those empty spaces. But life goes on. I did get remarried last year to a wonderful woman who has been a big help in dealing with PC and the effects. Good luck to you and God Bless!

Ricky
Age 70

PSA 5/2008- 3.6, PSA 7/2009- 6.1, retested 9/2009-5.1.
Biopsy 9/2009. 4 of 12 positive. Gleason 3+4=7
CT and bone scan negative.
Robotic De Vince Surgery 10/29/2009. 1 night in hospital. No pain. Cath out on 11/6
Pathology Report: Gleason score 3+4. Margins slightly involved <.1mm to .25mm. Perineural invasion present, stage pT2c. Tumor 18%. Seminal Vesicle - absent, Lymph Nodes 0 of 6.
Continence- first 4 weeks after cath out Dry at night, rest of time, bladder held nothing. 6-7 pads per day. as of 12/30 no pads most of time. almost dry except for a few drips. I keep doing Kegels.
ED. Started VED on 12/17/2009. Every other day for 15 min. Cialis .20 mm twice a week
PSA 02/08/2010 <.1
02/22/10 Trimex injection .2ml less than 50% just a little discomfort.

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