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LV-TX
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   Posted 4/12/2010 10:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Doctors office called and said the doctor wasn't concerned about the results of my latest psa test.  Said see you at the next 6 months test.
 
Could use some forum opinions on this.   My take is that with the current velocity, I will be at the .4 mark in six months and I also understand that the success of radiation would be about the same, so should I be concerned by waiting or not?
 
Currently I don't have a problem with the advice of the doctor nor waiting...but was just curious as to others take on this.  It seems from reading some members profiles, some have gone on to radiation earlier than others.  What was the criteria...personal preference or doctors protocol and the reasons?
 
Thanks,
You are beating back cancer, so hold your head up with dignity
 
Les
 
Age 58 at Diagnosis
Oct 2006 - PSA 2.6 - DRE Normal
May 2008 - PSA 4.6 - DRE Normal / TRUS normal
July 2008 - Biopsy 4 of 12 Positive 5 - 30% Involved Bilateral w/PNI - Gleason (3+3)6 Stage T1C
Robotic Surgery Sept 18, 2008
Pathology October 1, 2008 - Gleason 7 (3+4) Staged pT2c NO MX - Gland 50 cc
Seminal Vesicles and Lymph Nodes clear
Positive Margins Right Posterior Lobe
PSA 5 week Oct 2008 <.05
                   3 month Jan 2009     .06
                   6 month Apr 2009     .06
                   9 month Jul  2009     .08
                 12 month Oct 2009     .09 
                 18 month April 2010   .19


Sharp18
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   Posted 4/12/2010 10:49 AM (GMT -6)   

Les,

I would make another test - what do you have to loose?

 


John T
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   Posted 4/12/2010 11:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Les,
Some Doctors like Dr Strum believe that a consistant rise in the ultrasensitive psa indicates a reoccurrance a year or two before it would show up on the regular psa. This is the value of the ultrasensitive test. There is also reason to believe that the earlier you get radiation (while the psa is at its lowest levels) gives the best chance of success.
It's like everything else in PC; you have to make important decisions with very little data. If it were me I would get another psa test to confirm the last and if it is still high would go with the radiation ASAP.
JT

64 years old.

PSA rising for 10 years to 40, free psa 10-15. Had 5 urologists, 12 biopsies and MRIS all neg. Doctors DXed BPH and continue to get biopsies yearly. 13th biopsy positive in 10-08, 2 cores of 25, G6 less than 5%. Scheduled for surgery as recommended by Urological Oncologist.

2nd Opinion from Dr Sholtz, a Prostate Oncologist, said DX wrong, pathology shows indolant cancer, but psa history indicates large cancer or metastasis. Futher tests and Color Doppler confirmed large transition zone tumor that 13 biopsies and MRIS missed. G7, 4+3, approx 16mmX18mm.

Combidex MRI in Holland eliminated lymphnode mets. Casodex and Proscar reduced psa to 0.6 and prostate from 60mm to 32mm. Changed diet, no meat and dairy. All staging tests indicate that tumor is local and non agressive. (PAP, PCA3, MRIS, Color Doppler, Combidex, tumor reaction to diet and Casodex, and tumor location in transition zone). Surgery a poor option because tumor is located next to the urethea and positive margin is very likely; permanent incontenance is also high probability with surgery.

Seed implants on 5-19-09, 3 hours door to door, no pain, minor side affects are frequency and urgency; very controlable with Flowmax and lasted 4 weeks. Daily activities resumed day after implants with no restrictions. Gold markers implanted with seeds to guide IMRT.

25 treatments of IMRT 6 weeks after seed implants. No side affects at all.

PSA at end of treatment 0.02 mostly the result of Casodex. When I stop Casodex next week expect PSA to rise. Next PSA in November. Treatments and side affects have greatly exceeded my expectations. Glad to have this 11 year journey finally conclude.

JohnT


Jakester
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   Posted 4/12/2010 11:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Les,

I'm probably one of the least studied on PCa on the forum so take my experience as such. Once I hit .2 we agreed that I would go for a consultation with the radiation oncologist only after my psa went above .2 but we would shorten the psa test cycle to every two months. Within two months after my last .2 result my psa had risen to .3, saw the radiation guy and did one more test to confirm the .3 before starting radiation.

Some advise starting earlier and some advise starting later, for me I wanted to wait until I felt solid evidence of a recurrence was established so the back to back .3 within two months was my line in the sand. During radiation and at the end of week 5 of 8 weeks, my psa was tested at .4 (rising from .3 just before the start of radiation). So in my case, starting sooner was probably a good idea.

At any rate, like others have mentioned, I would not wait 6 months for my next psa test but shorten the test cycle to at least 2-3 months to confirm the trend.

Our best,
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, psa at 6th week salvage IMRT up to .4


142
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   Posted 4/12/2010 11:58 AM (GMT -6)   
I am off to IGRT with a PSA of "undetectable". The surgeon wants me to do it based on the Gleason 4+5, pT3a, and mutiple extensions & positive margins. He expects that it would just be a matter of time.

Magaboo
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   Posted 4/12/2010 12:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Les,
 
My PSA level started to increase about 15 month after my open RP. It was a slow but steady increase (see my signature). I drew the 'line in the sand' at .1. At .08 we (Uro, Onc & myself) decided to go for the SRT. At the start of SRT my PSA was .1. I've decided to start radiation so early because it is my understanding that it has the best chance of success when started as soon as a recurrence is suspected or confirmed. I'm don't know whether I did the right thing or not by starting SRT so early, but that's my story and I'm sticking to it :-).
I don't know if my experience is of any help to you, but if was you, I wouldn't wait for the PSA to rise to high! Keep a close eye on it.
All the best to you.
 
Magaboo

Born Sept 1936
PSA 7.9
-ve DRE
Gleason's Score 3+4=7, 2 of 8 positive
Open RP 28 Nov 06 (nerve sparing), Post op staging T3a
Gleasons still 3+4=7
Seminal vesicles and lymph nodes clear
Catheter out 15 Dec 06, Dry since 11 Feb 07
All PSA tests in 2007 (4) <.04
PSA tests in 2008: Mar.=.04; Jun.=.05; Sept.=.08; 3 days before Rad Start=0.1
Salvage RT completed (33 sessions - 66 Grays) on the 19th Dec., 08.
PSA in Jan., 09=0.05; July 09=<0.04; JAN 10=<0.04


pasayten
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   Posted 4/12/2010 2:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Les,
 
My uro suggested talking to radiation oncologist when my PSA rose to 0.13 near 3yrs after surgery...   A factor for BCR (reccurrence) is 0.2 PSA or also 3 consecutive rising PSA's.    I would retest and if still elevated, seek a second opinion.  Also ask your doctor what factors he would consider as a reccurrence.   I finished my SRT about a month ago...   My numbers are in signature.  I am also of the personality to hit it quick also.   Others may feel differently.
 
pasayten
After 3-4 years of annual PSA 4-6, biopsy recommended
3/13/2007 - 12 point biopsy - Left 0/6  Right 1/6 Gleason 3+3 T1c
4/24/2007 - DaVinci performed at Virginia Mason hospital in Seattle
5/2/2007 - Catheter Out! Final pathology of Gleason 6  T2c Nx Mx, approx 20% of prostate involved, positive margin, but only at 2 focal points.  
6/28/2007 9 weeks incontinance... Overnite, went from 4-6 soaked pads a day from prev 8 weeks to 2 barely wet pads a day.
7/12/2007 11 weeks post-op  Minimal leakage...  one small pad a day
7/18/2007 First Post-Op PSA...  0.01 !!! 
9/10/2007 Pad free and ED at 75% with 100mg Viagra generic
6/26/2008 2nd Post-OP PSA at 14 months...  0.02 
12/2/2008 3rd Post-OP PSA at 20 months...   0.03
10/30/2009 4th Post-OP PSA at 31 months...   0.13 (moved and diff lab)
11/3/2009 Retest at my original lab...  0.11  (followup with Doc sched 11/10)
11/10/2009 Discussion indicated biochemical reccurrence and need for salvage radiation treatment. 
1/21/2010 Another PSA test at 34 months...  0.14
1/26/2010 IMRT Salvage Radiation Treatment started
                  32 sessions for 64 gys total.
3/12/2010 Finished 32 sessions...  No side effects to date except a little
tiredness.  Slight changes in bowel movements the last week...  
4/8/2010  Pretty much all side effects (were minimal) are gone now and energy has returned.  Now just wait for the upcoming PSA test.
 


Galileo
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   Posted 4/12/2010 3:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree with Pasayten and other who have suggested another test, soon.
Based on that, you might want to consult a radiation oncologist right away.
Six months is way too long, in my opinion.
I actually LIKE urologists and think by and large they try to do the best thing for their patients. One area where mine let me down was in post-surgery PSA vigilance. He was too nonchalant. I hit 0.2 six months after surgery and he had me wait 4 months for another PSA. In hindsight, I should have just had the test earlier on my own. As it was, my PSA tripled in 4 months. By that time it was Christmas/Hannukah and it was difficult to get the consultations (medical oncologist, radiation oncologist) I needed in a timely manner. My PSA edged up another notch to 0.7 by the time radiation started.
In a lot of prostate cancer situations, time isn't critical. But when considering salvage radiation, it is just that. I'm not sure urologists as a whole have gotten that message.

Best wishes.
Galileo

Dx Feb 2006, PSA 9 @age 43
RRP Apr 2006 - Gleason 3+4, T2c, NX MX, pos margins
PSA 5/06 <0.1, 8/06 0.2, 12/06 0.6, 1/07 0.7.
Salvage radiation (IMRT) total dose 70.2 Gy, Jan-Mar 2007@ age 44
PSA 6/07 0.1, 9/07 and thereafter <0.1
http://pcabefore50.blogspot.com


Purgatory
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   Posted 4/12/2010 3:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Les:

My two cents. Due to my pre-surgery PSA velocity, there was a lot of concern post surgery when I started rising. I went into salvage radiation very reluctently at .16. All 3 rad. oncologists I spoke to thought it would be dangerous to sit and watch mine rise rapidly post surgery. I had my doubts about that strategy, and doubts about the strong regieme of radiation I was given, but now that the miracle happened for me, getting my most recent post SRT PSA of .04, starting to make a believer out of me. No guarantee mine will stay low, but I will take this for now, gives me lots of breathing space.

For you, with your specs, I would not sit and wait for it to double again, if it were me, I would be starting the process for salvage radiation now. Even my own uro, was concerned right out of the surgery box when my PSA started going up right away, and he's not even a radiation guy.

I got your back, no matter what you decide.

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, 4/8 .04
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, 3/6 Cath #13 out - 4 days, Cath #14 out - 27 days, Cath #15 - 3/29


Ed C. (Old67)
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   Posted 4/12/2010 7:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Les,I think 6onths is a long time in between PSA tests. I would suggest a test in 2 months and see what kind of results you get and go from there.
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


Ralph Alfalfa
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   Posted 4/12/2010 8:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Les, I had RT after the nine month check showed it had doubled, and now it is back down to .1. Doc said wait six months and we'll do it again. I'm going to have it checked at 3 months just for my own peace of mind. Primary doc should be able to draw the blood in his office and you can usually get the results by the next day. Don't wait for the doctor to decide for you, do it on your own. I think you'll be glad you did.

Bob
 AGE:58
 Dx: October,27(the day after my birthday)
 Psa 14.5
 Gleason:(4+3) 7 T1c
 Bone scan:Negative
 Cat scan: Negative
 Biopsy: 4 of 12 positive, left side, pre-cancerous on the right.
 Confined to prostate.
 DaVinci Jan. 19th, No lymph node involvement, all margins clear.
 8 week PSa <0.01
 Gleason downgraded to (3+4)7
 6 month Psa , 0.1 
 9 month Psa,  0.2  Doubled! Criminy!
 Started RT 10/28...one year since diagnosis.  RT over 12/22.
 3 month post RT Psa 0.1.


Mavica
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   Posted 4/12/2010 8:29 PM (GMT -6)   
If you distrust the advice of the qualified medical personnel who have been treating you, find others in whom you can find confidence.  It will be a mistake to substiitute the advice of unqualified opinions with the trained personnel.  That's my advice.

Age:  60 (58 at diagnosis - June, 2008)

April '08 PSA 4.8 ("free PSA" 7.9), up from 3.5 year prior

June '08 had biopsy, 2 days later told results positive but in less than 1% of sample (Gleason's 3+3=6)

Developed sepsis 2 days post-biopsy, seriously ill in hospital for 3 days

Dr. recommended robotic removal using da Vinci; Surgery 9/10/08

Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL; Dr. Robert Nadler, Urologist/Surgeon

Post-Op Gleason's:  3+3, Tertiary 4; Margins:  Free ; Bladder & Urethral:  Free

Seminal vesicles:  Not involved; Lymphatic/Vascular Invasion:  Not involved

Tumor:  T2c; Location:  Bilateral; Volume:  20%; Catheter:  Removed 12-days after surgery

Incontinent:  Yes (1 light (woman's style) pad per day)

ED: Combination of Cialis and MUSE (alprostadil) once weekly: started 9-27-08

Returned to work 9-29-08 (18-19 days post-op)

PSA test result, post-op, 10/08: 0.0; 12/08: 0.0; 4/09: 0.0; 9/09: 0.0; 3/10: 0.0

 


Purgatory
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   Posted 4/12/2010 9:20 PM (GMT -6)   
mavica,

les already stated that he didn't have a problem with the advice of his doctor or waiting.

and it was les that is asking for "group" opinions.

so where's the problem? so is your advice about advice also a mistake?

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, 4/8 .04
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, 3/6 Cath #13 out - 4 days, Cath #14 out - 27 days, Cath #15 - 3/29


Mavica
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   Posted 4/12/2010 9:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I beg to differ.  His Asking for advice from the group is a strong indication to me that he doesn't trust the advice of the medical professionals advising him.  Yes, people here are well-meaning - but placing your health care in the hands of amateurs is not a wise thing to do, IMO.  To each his own.   

Age:  60 (58 at diagnosis - June, 2008)

April '08 PSA 4.8 ("free PSA" 7.9), up from 3.5 year prior

June '08 had biopsy, 2 days later told results positive but in less than 1% of sample (Gleason's 3+3=6)

Developed sepsis 2 days post-biopsy, seriously ill in hospital for 3 days

Dr. recommended robotic removal using da Vinci; Surgery 9/10/08

Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL; Dr. Robert Nadler, Urologist/Surgeon

Post-Op Gleason's:  3+3, Tertiary 4; Margins:  Free ; Bladder & Urethral:  Free

Seminal vesicles:  Not involved; Lymphatic/Vascular Invasion:  Not involved

Tumor:  T2c; Location:  Bilateral; Volume:  20%; Catheter:  Removed 12-days after surgery

Incontinent:  Yes (1 light (woman's style) pad per day)

ED: Combination of Cialis and MUSE (alprostadil) once weekly: started 9-27-08

Returned to work 9-29-08 (18-19 days post-op)

PSA test result, post-op, 10/08: 0.0; 12/08: 0.0; 4/09: 0.0; 9/09: 0.0; 3/10: 0.0

 


Purgatory
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   Posted 4/13/2010 7:57 AM (GMT -6)   
"Currently I don't have a problem with the advice of the doctor nor waiting...but was just curious as to others take on this."

Mavica, that is the exact quote from Bro. Les. Letter for letter. Why put a negative twist on his post, he spoke well and openly for himself. Sounds like he has plenty of faith in his doctor, and the current plan, but being part of a group like this, just wants to hear the thinking of his fellow brothers. Why read anything else into it?

With few exceptions, the vast majority of all men here are very compliant to their doctors and others on their personal medical teams.
We know we aren't doctors or professionals in the field, people answer in the spirit that HW encompasses.

Les, great question. See you are getting a good range of answers.

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, 4/8 .04
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, 3/6 Cath #13 out - 4 days, Cath #14 out - 27 days, Cath #15 - 3/29


LV-TX
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   Posted 4/13/2010 8:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Sorry for the delay in answering those that reponded...computer crashed. Anyway thanks to all.

Mavica...I don't have a problem with my urologist, nor do I have a problem waiting. My question was centered around why some folks have gone on to radiation therapy in the salvage setting at low psa numbers and others that have waited until the numbers were higher. So I had a curosity as to why...was it the doctors protocol or was it the patients desire to move to salvage therapy. And the follow-up question was why.

Learning from what others have done is the basis of this forum. A person is going to get very sound advise and recommendations from his doctor, but as you can tell on this forum alone, that many men go in different directions, sometimes even against their doctors preference. And why that happens is why men like me ask the basic question..."What would you do in my shoes?" Does that mean I don't trust my uro? Not at all. Many men question what their doctors are suggesting, and come to find out that the doctor was correct in what was recommended, and sometimes they find out they need to ask a few more questions. By asking questions...I am in control of my disease.

For what it is worth, I did search this subject right before the computer crashed and what I learned from several studies, is that PSA velocity as well as Gleason score, psa prior to surgery and time to recurrence is the driving factors for salvage therapy. Based solely on my numbers, my uro is following the protocols that were suggested by those studies. If psa doubling time is greater than 3 months ,then psa testing is recommended to be as far apart as reasonable (suggested 6 months in one study) over a period of time to establish whether or not treatment is even necessary for the recurrence. Much like the recommendations for Active Survellience for low risk patients when initially diagnosed, the same applies to low risk recurrence...which my numbers right now are considered to be low risk. Men can be over-treated in the salvage setting too. If and when the numbers change, action will be taken as recommened by my doctor.

Again thanks to all that responded, this is what this forum is all about.
You are beating back cancer, so hold your head up with dignity
 
Les
 
Age 58 at Diagnosis
Oct 2006 - PSA 2.6 - DRE Normal
May 2008 - PSA 4.6 - DRE Normal / TRUS normal
July 2008 - Biopsy 4 of 12 Positive 5 - 30% Involved Bilateral w/PNI - Gleason (3+3)6 Stage T1C
Robotic Surgery Sept 18, 2008
Pathology October 1, 2008 - Gleason 7 (3+4) Staged pT2c NO MX - Gland 50 cc
Seminal Vesicles and Lymph Nodes clear
Positive Margins Right Posterior Lobe
PSA 5 week Oct 2008 <.05
                   3 month Jan 2009     .06
                   6 month Apr 2009     .06
                   9 month Jul  2009     .08
                 12 month Oct 2009     .09 
                 18 month April 2010   .19


John T
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   Posted 4/13/2010 11:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Mavica,
There are only a handful of doctors that I would trust to come up with an accurate recommendation for a complex PC case. The unfortunate situation is that 99% of the doctors treating PC only have a basic understanding of it and much of their information is 5 or 10 years old.
There are guys on this forum and and other forums that know much more than the average urologist or radiologist and their input is valuable.
JT

64 years old.

PSA rising for 10 years to 40, free psa 10-15. Had 5 urologists, 12 biopsies and MRIS all neg. Doctors DXed BPH and continue to get biopsies yearly. 13th biopsy positive in 10-08, 2 cores of 25, G6 less than 5%. Scheduled for surgery as recommended by Urological Oncologist.

2nd Opinion from Dr Sholtz, a Prostate Oncologist, said DX wrong, pathology shows indolant cancer, but psa history indicates large cancer or metastasis. Futher tests and Color Doppler confirmed large transition zone tumor that 13 biopsies and MRIS missed. G7, 4+3, approx 16mmX18mm.

Combidex MRI in Holland eliminated lymphnode mets. Casodex and Proscar reduced psa to 0.6 and prostate from 60mm to 32mm. Changed diet, no meat and dairy. All staging tests indicate that tumor is local and non agressive. (PAP, PCA3, MRIS, Color Doppler, Combidex, tumor reaction to diet and Casodex, and tumor location in transition zone). Surgery a poor option because tumor is located next to the urethea and positive margin is very likely; permanent incontenance is also high probability with surgery.

Seed implants on 5-19-09, 3 hours door to door, no pain, minor side affects are frequency and urgency; very controlable with Flowmax and lasted 4 weeks. Daily activities resumed day after implants with no restrictions. Gold markers implanted with seeds to guide IMRT.

25 treatments of IMRT 6 weeks after seed implants. No side affects at all.

PSA at end of treatment 0.02 mostly the result of Casodex. When I stop Casodex next week expect PSA to rise. Next PSA in November. Treatments and side affects have greatly exceeded my expectations. Glad to have this 11 year journey finally conclude.

JohnT


Patricio
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   Posted 4/14/2010 10:25 AM (GMT -6)   
As each of our cases our different do hope this may help you to make your decision.  I too was diagnosed with PC in 1999.  PSA had gone from 4.0 in 1998 to 6.4 in 1999. I opted for surgery.   My Gleason after surgery was 7 (3+4).  My readings though after surgery stayed at <0.1 until 4 years later when it began to rise and reached .1.  It rose very slowly for 4 more years finally reaching .7 in 2007.  I opted for radiation at City of Hope using Tomo Therapy.  Since that time every test I have taken and my last one was 1 month ago has shown that my PSA is <0.1.  There are discussions and findings that indicate the sooner one takes radiation after surgery if PSA has risen, the better it is.  In my case I waited 8 years.  Hope all works out well for you.  Pat
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