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briantopp
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   Posted 9/3/2010 12:21 AM (GMT -6)   

tatt2man
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   Posted 9/3/2010 6:29 AM (GMT -6)   
BRIAN - congrats on such a good article - a very good clearly detailled writing - a non-scary approach to the confusing world of prostate cancer.... a must read for the newbies... helps clear out some of the cobwebs...
hugs
BRONSON ( a fellow Canadian)

p.s. welcome to the club no one wants to be a member of - you will find HW a great source of information and support for you and your family.
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: Sept 23, 2010 -TBA

James C.
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   Posted 9/3/2010 10:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Brian, a really well written and educational article. Welcome to HW, hope you will stick around and share your brady adventure as it progresses.
James C. Age 63
Gonna Make Myself A Better Man tinyurl.com/28e8qcg
4/07: PSA 7.6, 7/07 Biopsy: 3 of 16 PCa, 5% involved, left lobe, GS3+3=6
9/07: Nerve Sparing open RRP, Path: pT2c, 110 gms., margins clear GS6
3 Years: PSA's .04 each test until 04/10-.06, 09/10-.09- Uh-Oh, reoccurance?
ED continues: Bimix- .3ml or Trimix- .15ml

tatt2man
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   Posted 9/3/2010 8:08 PM (GMT -6)   
a worthwhile article to read and copy ( with credit to the writer - Brian)
-my way of doing "the bump"

BR0NSON
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: Sept 23, 2010 -TBA

Purgatory
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   Posted 9/3/2010 8:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello and welcome to both Brian and Jenny. Sorry you both have a need to be among us, but glad you found us.
Age: 58, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 7 of 7 Positive, 40-90%, Gleason 4+3
open RP: 11/08, on catheters for 101 days
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos marg
Incont & ED: None
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12, 4/8 .04, 8/6 .06 11/10 ?
Latest: 6 Corr Surgeries to Bladder Neck, SP Catheter since 10/1/9, SRT 39 Sess/72 gy ended 11/09, on Catheter #21, will be having Ileal Conduit Surgery in Sept.

Purgatory
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   Posted 9/3/2010 8:15 PM (GMT -6)   
PS A nice article cited there, good balanced view and easy for even someone entry level to the world of PC, good find!
Age: 58, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 7 of 7 Positive, 40-90%, Gleason 4+3
open RP: 11/08, on catheters for 101 days
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos marg
Incont & ED: None
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12, 4/8 .04, 8/6 .06 11/10 ?
Latest: 6 Corr Surgeries to Bladder Neck, SP Catheter since 10/1/9, SRT 39 Sess/72 gy ended 11/09, on Catheter #21, will be having Ileal Conduit Surgery in Sept.

briantopp
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   Posted 9/11/2010 8:20 PM (GMT -6)   
My next adventure is on September 21st -- to meet the anesthesiologist. Showtime is September 28th. I'm planning to take that week off work and then... Not quite sure what to expect. Muted aftereffects, I hope. Followed by a cure...

Age 50. Psa 10/09 3.05; 05/10 9.54; 06/10 5.54; 07/10 2.75 (never let them tell you green tea doesn't help).
Three of eight biopsy cores positive (10percent/10/5). Gleason 6. T1c.
"mapped" on august 27th.
Anesthesiologist on sept 21st unless something changes.
Brachytherapy procedure sept 28th unless something changes.

Purgatory
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   Posted 9/11/2010 9:12 PM (GMT -6)   
brian, that is what we all hope for, so we will join in with you, that your treatment path does the job on the first pass. the guys here that have gone your "seeding" route will be happy to talk you through any part of that method, and life after the treatment. they have done well with it so far. i too, wished to have gone that route originally, but unfortanately, my circumstances/numbers didn't work out for that.

wishing you all the best

david in sc
Age: 58, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 7 of 7 Positive, 40-90%, Gleason 4+3
open RP: 11/08, on catheters for 101 days
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos marg
Incont & ED: None
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12, 4/8 .04, 8/6 .06 11/10 ?
Latest: 6 Corr Surgeries to Bladder Neck, SP Catheter since 10/1/9, SRT 39 Sess/72 gy ended 11/09, on Catheter #21, will be having Ileal Conduit Surgery in Sept.

Tudpock18
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   Posted 9/12/2010 6:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Brian, for me the "mapping" was the worst part of the whole process so the rest should be a piece of cake.  I'm now almost two years post-brachytherapy with no problems and no side effects.  There are a few of us on this forum and our experience is pretty much the same...non-invasive procedure, little pain and back to action in a couple of days.  You can read my "journey" if you are so inclined by selecting the link in my signature.  Good luck and please let us know your progress.
 
Tudpock (Jim)
Age 62, Gleason 3 + 4 = 7, T1C, PSA 4.2, 2 of 16 cores cancerous, 27cc
Brachytherapy December 9, 2008.  73 Iodine-125 seeds.  Procedure went great, catheter out before I went home, only minor discomfort.  Regular activities resumed, everything continues to function normally as of 4/10/10.  6 month PSA 1.4 and now 1 year PSA at 1.0.  My docs are "delighted"!

briantopp
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   Posted 9/12/2010 4:16 PM (GMT -6)   
i carefully read all the BT threads i could find here including yours, which i found very encouraging and played a big role in electing this therapy. thank you for writing it. personally i thought the biopsy was worse than the mapping. So there is definitely a positive trend that will hopefully continue!

Tudpock18
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   Posted 9/12/2010 5:16 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Brian:

Actually that was very nice of you to tell me that my story was helpful to you.  I had a similar experience when first joining this forum by reading "JustJulie" whose hubby had BT with few side effects.  Given your broader forum, i.e. the "Globe and Mail", it's likely your words will help move more men to consider less invasive treatments with better QOL.  In my mind that's a good thing.

Thanks,

Tudpock (Jim)


Age 62, Gleason 3 + 4 = 7, T1C, PSA 4.2, 2 of 16 cores cancerous, 27cc
Brachytherapy December 9, 2008.  73 Iodine-125 seeds.  Procedure went great, catheter out before I went home, only minor discomfort.  Regular activities resumed, everything continues to function normally as of 4/10/10.  6 month PSA 1.4 and now 1 year PSA at 1.0.  My docs are "delighted"!
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