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STW
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   Posted 8/6/2010 10:48 AM (GMT -6)   
My younger brother called last night. He spent part of his 50th birthday getting a biopsy. HappyBTY. He went into shock mode when his uro called so all he could tell me was that it was positive and his PSA is below 2. They only did the biopsy because the DRE was a bit "funny" and family history is troubling.
Let's see. My dad at 52. Me at 54. Brother at 50. My youngest brother, 45, will be as nervous as a cat once he hears. That'll be sometime after a visit with the uro by brother 1 on Tuesday.
My father's first words after my diagnoses were, "call your brothers." The sad thing, I understand, is that he blamed himself for my PCa. I guess it's a good thing he's not around to hear about another son.
darn. And, yes, I did give him the standard spiel about slow growing, lots of time, research fully, etc.
Diagnosed at 54
PSA 8.7 Biopsy 1/7/09
4 of 6 cores positive, one at 90%
Gleason 3+4=7 Neg bone scan 1/15/09
One shot Lupron Depot 1/27/09 Tax Season
RP 4/29/09
Neg lymph nodes, postive seminal vesicle, 1 positive margin
Gleason 3+4=7 with tertiary 5 T3b
Catheter out at 2 weeks no nighttime incontinence Pad free week 5
PSA 6/6/09 <0.1; 9/10/09 <0.1; 3/11/10 <0.1

Purgatory
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Total Posts : 25380
   Posted 8/6/2010 11:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Sorry to hear about your brother. Definitely a family thing going on there. Wish him the best.
Age: 58, 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: Aug 3
Latest:  7/9 cath #6 - 41 days, 8/9 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 - 38 days, mapped  9/9, 10/1 - 3rd corr. surgery - SP cath, 10/5 - 11/27 IMRT SRT 39 sess/72 gys ,cath #8 33 days, Cath #9 35 days, Cath #10 43 days, 1/19 - Corr Surgery #4,  Caths #11 and #12 ,Cath #11 - 21 days,  Cath #12 - 41 days, 3/2- Corr Surgery #5, Cath #13 - 4 days, Cath #14- 27 days, Cath #15 - 26 days, Cath #16 - 31 days, Cath #17 - 39 days, 7/2 - Corr Surgery #6, Cath #18 - 13 days, Cath #19 - 17 days, Total Blockage, Cath # 20 - 7/19

60Michael
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   Posted 8/6/2010 2:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry to hear that STW and certainly not a good way to celebrate your 50th birthday. Lets hope they got it early.
Michael
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
Michael

zufus
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   Posted 8/6/2010 3:40 PM (GMT -6)   
My brothers psa was like 1.0 or 1.1, found positive DRE and did biopsies, found 'indolent version of PCa...5% < in one core, and Gleason graded 3+3)=6 He is actually around year 6 now with A.S.-W.W., no treatments and no rise known in psa level. In his case W.W. may be a sane choice, seems so thus far.

Tell the 45 year old to get psa, fpsa tests done and/or PCa3 urine test, just to be safe side on this, and the DRE (just don't tell him that is part the deal-LOL)
Youth is wasted on the Young-(W.C. Fields)

STW
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Date Joined Jun 2009
Total Posts : 292
   Posted 8/10/2010 9:21 AM (GMT -6)   
My youngest brother reports that when he tells the family history even his dentist grabs a glove and wants him to bend over.
Diagnosed at 54
PSA 8.7 Biopsy 1/7/09
4 of 6 cores positive, one at 90%
Gleason 3+4=7 Neg bone scan 1/15/09
One shot Lupron Depot 1/27/09 Tax Season
RP 4/29/09
Neg lymph nodes, postive seminal vesicle, 1 positive margin
Gleason 3+4=7 with tertiary 5 T3b
Catheter out at 2 weeks no nighttime incontinence Pad free week 5
PSA 6/6/09 <0.1; 9/10/09 <0.1; 3/11/10 <0.1

zufus
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Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 3149
   Posted 8/10/2010 9:40 AM (GMT -6)   
STW (almost TMI on information-LOL)  you will love this video for your brother as a present:

www.youtube.com/Watch?v=ZKBrfdMfsYw  (Lou Rawls PCa exam video with music "You'll Never Find"=You're Gonna Miss My Lovin') or google Lou Rawls prostate exam (it is a hoot)
Youth is wasted on the Young-(W.C. Fields)

Post Edited (zufus) : 8/10/2010 9:44:00 AM (GMT-6)


60Michael
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Date Joined Jan 2009
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   Posted 8/10/2010 1:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Zufus,
That was funny!!!
Michael
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
Michael

Ed C. (Old67)
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   Posted 8/10/2010 2:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry about your brother. PC definitely runs in family. My father had PC, my brother had it (died of heart attack) and I both have it now. I have my boys checking their PSA every year starting at 40 years old.
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
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 5 months
2 months 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 months PSA test 1/21/10 result 0.004
14 months PSA test 4/19/10 result 0.005

BB_Fan
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Date Joined Jan 2010
Total Posts : 1011
   Posted 8/10/2010 6:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry about your brother STW. I also have PCa`in the family. My grandfather and great granfather died of PCa. My mother had no brothers so it probably skipped a generation. When I found out that I had PCa I told both of my bothers to get checked. They both did and were told that they were OK, but neither got their actual results. They are both unconcerned, and don't want to go back to their doctors to find out. I could choke them both, but they are out of state. BB
Dx with PC Dec 2008 at 56, PSA 3.4


Biopsy: T1c, Geason 7 (3+4) - 8 cores taken with 4 positive for PCa, 30% of all 4 cores.

Robotic Surgery March 2009 Hartford Hospital, Dr Wagner
Pathology Report: T2c, Geason 8, organ confined, negitive margins, lymph nodes negitive - tumor volume 9%
nerves spared, no negitive side effects of surgery

One night in hospital, back to work in 3 weeks

psa Jun 09 <.01
psa Oct 09 <.01
psa Jan 10 .07 re-test one week later .05
psa Mar 10 .28 re-test two weeks later .31
psa May 10 .50

April 10 MRI and Bone Scan show lesion on lower spine, false positive.

Started HT 5/25/10 with 3 month shot of Trelstar. SRT scheduled for late July

psa July 10 <.01 HT at work
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