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Date Joined Feb 2010
Total Posts : 83
   Posted 8/22/2010 4:15 PM (GMT -6)   
about five months out from surgery. It's happened to me twice, once when buying a tool, off of Craigs list and once in Home Depot.
While having a conversation with a perfect stranger the subject drifts towards are age and how we need to take better care of are selfs, next thing you know, like two old gun fighter's were grabing at the corners of are shirts, proudly displaying the hicky are Surgent or Robot left us. What happens next is a ten to twenty minutes of great conversation and one up manship about are jouney. As my wife drags me alway, who was that? reply, another PC. brother.
I'm not much of a writter so I hope I'm getting my point across that this has to be a part of the good side of are disease
and are brotherhood.     Tim
58 yrs.
PSA 6.94 12/10
Bio. 8 of 12 cores pos. 2/1
Gleason 3+4=7
Da Vinci 4/14
Tumor volume 9%
Extraprostatic extension- within margins
Margins clear
T2c NO Mx
PSA. 6wks. surgery .01
PSA. 4 1/2 months .01

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Date Joined Jan 2010
Total Posts : 281
   Posted 8/22/2010 5:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Tim, you made your point very well and you ARE a good writer. I agree, we of the PC brotherhood sure have something in common, like discussing our "war stories" in fighting this monster (PC). Hope all continues going well with you.
Bob, located in Southern Colorado

Age 73 Retired Railroader.
Dx Jan 2010, Volume 51.345
Gleason 3+4=7, second opinion 4+3=7 (Don't know which to believe)
2.6 4/96.......... 3.7 4/07
1.9 5/97.......... 3.2 1/08
2.3 4/98.......... 6.1 4/09
2.2 10/99......... 5.3 5/09
2.4 8/00......... 5.3 8/09
2.3 6/01......... 6.9 10/09
2.9 2/03......... 7.3 12/09
3.6 4/04......... 6.1 1/10
3.0 5/05......... 5.0 3/10
4.7 4/06......... 0.7 5/10 (Lupron/Bicalutamide)
Volume study at CPCC (Westmont, IL) Feb 15, 2010 = 55.7cc
On Feb 15, 2010 put on 90 days of Bicalutamide
Got LHRH Lupron shot on Feb 29,2010
Another Volume study May 24, 2010 = in mid-40cc
BRACHYTHERAPY received May 26, 2010
Received 80 I-125 (Iodine seeds)
Activity per seed (mCi) 0.373
Total activity implanted (mCi)29.80
Measured exposure @ 3 feet (mR/hr) 0.06
Received the Brachytherapy at the Chicago Prostate Cancer Center from Dr. Brian Moran
Walked in the facilty and just a few hours later walked right out.
No after effects other than just a little sore from the needle sticks but NOT serious
enough to take ANY meds for pain.
PSA to be taken in three months (Aug 2010).

Tony Crispino
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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 8128
   Posted 8/22/2010 6:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Many many times!

And what a wonderful thing.

Advanced Prostate Cancer at age 44 (I am 48 now)
pT3b,N0,Mx (original PSA was 19.8) EPE, PM, SVI. Gleason 4+3=7

RALP ~ 2/17/2007 at the City of Hope near Los Angeles.
Adjuvant Radiation Therapy ~ IMRT Completed 8/07
Adjuvant Hormone Therapy ~ 28 months on Casodex and Lupron.

"I beat up this disease and took its lunch money! I am in remission."
I am currently not being treated, but I do have regular oncology visits.
I am the president of an UsTOO chapter in Las Vegas

Blog : www.caringbridge.org/visit/tonycrispino

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Date Joined Jan 2010
Total Posts : 2845
   Posted 8/22/2010 9:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had a number of my customers have their horticultural conversations drift over to PCa - very supportive for them to chat with another brother - and very good for me since most of them are longer term survivors - 2-14 years survival - it gives me hope
One great guy is John, another customer, who walks with a cane and has bone cancer mestastisis - original prognosis - he would be paralysed from upper chest down and dead in four months ... John is still alive and well and surviving 13 years later ... his docs have now got him on once a year review ....
-the great thing about the chats is the reminder - "you are not alone in this battle !"

Age: 54 -gay with spouse, Steve - live in Peteborough, Ontario, Canada
PSA: 10/06/2009 - 3.86
Biopsy: 10/16/2009- 6 of 12 cancerous samples, Gleason 7 (4+3)
Radical Prostatectomy: 11/18/2009
Pathology: pT3a- gleason 7 -extraprostatic extension -perineural invasion -prostate weight -34.1 gm
Post Surgery-PSA: April 8, 2010 - 0.05 -I am in the ZERO CLUB - hooorah!
Next PSA: October 8, 2010 -TBA

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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 1267
   Posted 8/22/2010 9:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Tim, great post, and how true!

I recall being at the ballet last winter and at intermission my wife slapped my hand, hard. What's that for? I demanded. You were about to show your scars and you're not to do that here! I was not! You were. I know you. Don't do it.

Ah well. We weren't able to show off our scars, but we did have a great talk comparing war stories. Sometimes when my story isn't as good as the other guy's I just borrow some from the experiences of the guys here. I hate to be one upped. Besides, for all I know the other guy has some group of internet friends where he gets his stories.


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, 2009 less than 0.02
PSA on Jan 8, 2010  less than 0.02
PSA on April 9, 2010 less than 0.02 
PSA on July 9, 2010 (one year) less than 0.02
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