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Date Joined Sep 2009
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   Posted 5/17/2010 8:29 AM (GMT -6)   

So far so very good.  Received my 6 month post-surgery PSA last week, and undetectable at 0.00.  Same result at three months in February (got that result in Camodia via email from my surgeon -- see below).  My rendezvous with “Mr. DaVinci” was last November 5, and I have been fortunate.  I never experienced any incontinence from day one or suffered other surgical complications.  I recovered my energy and strength quickly enough so that my wife and I were able to take a long planned eight week self-guided trip through Cambodia and Vietnam in February and March.  Wonderful, life affirming trip. Did extensive hiking at Angkor Wat and other locations, and went diving a number of times on the coast of Vietnam.  Pretty fortunate at age 66, three months out of surgery.  On the erectile front, nothing happening.  I knew going in that a nerve bundle would be removed (too close to the cancer), and factoring in my age, I figured my Don Juan days were probably over. Substituting travel, the arts, several community boards and lots of physical exercise.  Probably would not be so sanguine about the issue if I were younger (my room mate at the hospital also had a DaVinci the same day as I—he was 40 years old), but I figure I got roughly 53 years out of the thing, and what is forever?  Feel fortunate all in all.  Plan to spend next winter traveling in South America, as cancer surgery (to borrow from Samuel Johnson) has focused my mind wonderfully. Best wishes and good health to all here!

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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25380
   Posted 5/17/2010 8:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Your's sounds like a fairy book ending, a good ending. Good news about your latest zero, hoping you have many, long years of that ahead of you. You have gotten back into your life in an interesting and almost magical way. That's the way to go if you can. Just keep enjoying that travel and all the other things you love.

Good to hear from you.

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, next one:  July
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- 27 days, Cath #15 - 26 days, Cath #16 - 4/23 put in

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Date Joined Mar 2010
Total Posts : 134
   Posted 5/17/2010 8:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Great news. Please keep posting to let us know how things are going. My surgery is this Wed and I'd like to have results resembling anything close to yours.
Age 52, father died of PCa, PSA: 10/16/09 - 2.8; 1/11/10 - 3.8
Biopsy 11/25/09, 11 core samples - HG PIN on right side
Biopsy 2/17/10, 11 core samples - left side, adenocarcinoma, Gleason 6, one core at 5%
Notified of dx on 3/12/10 (27th wedding anniversary)
MRI 3/17/10 and bone scan, 3/23/10, indicate: gland volume is 27mL, PCa is confined to prostate, seminal vesicles and vas deferens are unremarkable.

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Date Joined May 2010
Total Posts : 264
   Posted 5/17/2010 9:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Newspaperlover-nice to hear things are working out overall.

Bill/Drums: good luck on your upcoming surgery!

Here are some of my stats:
Father diagnosed with PC at age 72 - wasn't contained to prostate when found in 1992.
My PSA rose from 3.2 to 5.1 over the course of 1.5 years with Free PSA at 25% for the last two tests.
DRE showed no evidence of tumor but Uro thought my prostate was a little large for someone my age
PCa diagnosed 4/6/10 after biopsy on 4/1/10
1 out of 12 biopsy samples was positive with 5% of biopsy sample cancerous
Gleason 3+4
Da Vinci surgery scheduled for 6/1/10

James C.
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 4462
   Posted 5/17/2010 9:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Always glad to hear good news, congrats, wishing you a lifetime of it.
James C. Age 63
Gonna Make Myself A Better Man
4/07: PSA 7.6, Recheck after 4 weeks Cipro-6.7
7/07 Biopsy: 3 of 16 PCa, 5% invloved, left lobe, GS3+3=6
9/07: Nerve Sparing open RRP, 110gms, Path Report- Stg. pT2c, 110 gms., margins clear
3 Years: PSA's .04 each test since surgery, ED continues: Bimix- .3ml PRN, Trimix- .15ml PRN

Regular Member

Date Joined Sep 2009
Total Posts : 311
   Posted 5/17/2010 9:26 AM (GMT -6)   


Best wishes and good fortune in your surgery this week!  Thanks for your message.




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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 1267
   Posted 5/17/2010 12:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, hello NewspaperLover!

(As a former -- 1966-1970 -- newspaper reporter/editor, I love your 'handle')

Good to hear from you, and congratulations for what must qualify you as the poster child of daVinci.

On the ED, a friend of mine said after his prostate, and nerves, were removed, "At my age, it's not as if it were a daily disappointment."

Sounds like a fabulous trip and from what I've seen of South America next year's will be as well.

A thousand thanks for checking in and the report. I hope you'll keep racking up those zeros and post your news from time to time.

Good on you!

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"
Oct 1st 09 -- dry at night, during day some stress issues.
Oct 31st padless 24/7 
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
PSA on April 9 less than 0.02 

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Date Joined Jan 2009
Total Posts : 2229
   Posted 5/17/2010 2:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Newspaper Lover,
Glad to hear from you and what a quick recovery you had. You are now living a good life with purpose and intent and living it fully. That is the way to live. Maybe you will cross paths with Sonny in his RV and that would be one great evening.
Dx with PCA 12/08 2 out of 12 cores positive 4.5 psa
59 yo when diagnosed, 61 yo 2010
Robotic surgery 5/09 Atlanta, Ga
Catheter out after 10 days
Gleason upgraded to 3+5, volume less than 10%
2 pads per day, 1 depends but getting better,
 started ED tx 7/17, slow go
Post op dx of neuropathy
T2C left lateral and left posterior margins involved
3 months psa.01, 6 month psa.4, 6 1/2 month psa.5 on 11/28/10
Starting IMRT on 1/18/10, Completed 39 tx at 70 gys on 3/12/10
6 week Post IMRT PSA .44 a drop from .5 but maybe more
Great family and friends

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Date Joined Sep 2009
Total Posts : 663
   Posted 5/17/2010 4:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the up-date. And Congradulations on things in general.  
Best to you and yours.
Age 51, PSA 08/31/2009= 6.8, DRE Neg.
Biopsy 9/24/09 =10 of 12 positive. Gleason 6. involving up to 75%
da Vinci at Wash U, Barnes on 11/02/09 Non-Nerve Sparing on Rt.
Modified Pathology, Gleason 4 + 3 = 7. Gleason 7 present throughout Prostate involving 20% of the Gland. Surgical Margins Free of Tumor,
4 of 4 periprostatic Lymph Nodes Negative, 10 of 10 pelvic Lymph Nodes Negative. Seminal Vesicles tumor free. Extracapsular extension is absent Perineural Invasion is Identified, Vascular Invasion is not identified.
Post-op PSA 12/10/2009, Undetectable  <0.01
Post-op PSA 05/03/2010, Undetectable  <0.01
I hate this crap
Moved by individuals like Living1963


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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 1015
   Posted 5/17/2010 9:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Nice report, NewspaperLover!

Here's wishing you goose egg reports forever!

Surgery: Da Vinci; July 31, 2007; 54 on surgery day;
Pathology: PSA: 4.3; Gleason: 3+3=6; T2a; Confined to Prostate;
Post RP PSAs: 09/'07 <0.04; 12/'07 <0.04; 03/'08 <0.04;
06/'08 <0.04; 12/'08 <0.04; 06/'09 =0.06; 09/'09 <0.04; 12/'09 =0.05;
Latest PSA 3/'10 <0.04

deer hunter
Regular Member

Date Joined Jan 2010
Total Posts : 250
   Posted 5/18/2010 7:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Great news NEWSPAPERLOVER glad everything is aokay glad to hear of your trip must have been a intersting one to take glad you didn't stumble across the borders just a little joke really great news on every front
dx age 57 01/06 open RP 4/06 psa in 01/06 8.1  surgery path report Gleason 3+4=7 poorly differentiated  tumor was 90%involved in both lobes surgical margins postive. in the right apex and right radial margins tumor grade G3  perineural invasion present high grade of PIN found  T2c NX MX PSA 0706  .01 10/06 .02 01/07 .03 04/07 .04  06/07 .05  07/07 .08 07/07 bone scans pelvic ct neg. 08/07 proscintic scan neg.9/07 psa.10 net with rad onc. wanted to do SRT but i did not do it 10/07  saw a new dr at Emory University [my old dr urg. suggested second opinion ]  bone scans negs ct scans pelvics neg. biopies of the bladder and adrinal glands neg.another proscintic scan neg.12/07 Psa .11 clinial trial Emory injected with protons to try and find the cancer cells no luck 3/08 psa .17 06/08 psa .23 psa 09/08 psa .32 12/08 psa .39 3/09 psa .39 6/09 psa .43  meet with medical onc. he said  i might have waited to long to start SRT 7/09 psa .50  another bone scan ct scan all neg.MRI neg. meet rad. psa the last of 7/09was .55 onc. 7/09 started casdex 50mg 1 day for 30 days 2 shots of lupron started rad treament 10/09 40 treatments 75 gm 12 shots each time all aroud pelvic finished 12/09  psa .07 and psa 01/10.05 next dr visit 03/10 wait and see 3/10 psa.05

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