6 Week Post Surgery PSA

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   Posted 10/4/2010 8:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Updated my profile: Had the result of my first post surgery PSA back @ <.1 :-)

Very much like to join the Zero Club going forward and appreciate all the advices and encouragements from all of you while going through surgery and recovery. The best advice I got from this forum was to find the best surgeon I was comfortable with (>1000 surgeries) instead of taking the HMO assigned surgeon who had not done too many prostate surgeries.

My advice to new members are the same: Read as many postings at this forum as you can. Do as much research as you can, read everything available and select the method you are comfortable with. PC is a very individualized cancer and only you and your doctor can decide what is best for you. And if you are selecting surgery, find the best surgeon available (or you are comfortable with) who has done many many many surgeries. Once you selected him, relax and let him do his job. I am convinced the skill of my surgeon has a lot to do with my outcome of minimal side effects.

65 Dx June-2010 PSA: 10.7, biopsy: Adenocarcinoma, 1 core Gleason 6, 3 cores atypia; Clinical stage T2; CT, Bone Scan, MRI all negative

8-23-10 Robotic RP; Pathology: Negative margins; Lymph nodes, Seminal Vesicle clear; PNI present; multiple Adenocarcinoma sites Gleason 3+3 with tertiary Gleason grade 4. Stage: pT2,N0,Mx,R0

Catheter out 8-30-10 full continent partial potency. Sept PSA: <.1

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Date Joined Oct 2008
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   Posted 10/4/2010 8:34 AM (GMT -6)   

congratulation, and i will second your admission into the zero club. congratulations, first round is on you. seriously. hope this is the start of years of good readings for you.

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.

English Alf
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Date Joined Oct 2009
Total Posts : 2209
   Posted 10/4/2010 8:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations. Welcome to the zero club!

You sound like you have gone about this the right kind of way, and that you are having a decent recovery.

All the best
Born Jun ‘60
Apr 09 PSA 8.6
DRE neg
Biop 2 of 12 pos
Gleason 3+3
29 Jul 09 DaVinci AVL-NKI Amsterdam
6 Aug 09 Cath out
PostOp Gleason 3+4 Bladder neck & Left SVI -T3b
No perin’l No vasc invasion Clear margins
Dry at night
21 Sep 09 No pads daytime
17 Nov 09 PSA 0.1
17 Mar 10 PSA 0.4 sent to RT
13 Apr 10 CT
28 Apr 10 start RT 66Gy
11 Jun 10 end RT
BMs weird
14 Sep 10 PSA <0.1
Erections OK

Regular Member

Date Joined Mar 2010
Total Posts : 208
   Posted 10/4/2010 9:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the club!!!!!!!!!!

Husband diagnosed 3/10
Age 56, PSA 4.7, free 7.6%

Biopsy 5 of 10 cores positve-all right side-25% to 57%
Gleason 6
DaVinci surgery with Dr. Vip Patel scheduled 8/9/10

Post Op: Gleason 3+4=7
Negative surgical margins and lymph nodes
No seminal vesicle and angiolymphaic invasion
perineural invasion present
Both nerve bundles spared
Cath out @1 week, totally pad free 2 weeks later

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Date Joined Jan 2010
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   Posted 10/4/2010 10:00 AM (GMT -6)   
I see we have a couple of newbies - you guys can split the first round tonight (lucked out, didn't you smilewinkgrin )
Keep that zero!

Regular Member

Date Joined Jul 2008
Total Posts : 149
   Posted 10/4/2010 2:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Looks like good news all around today.
Congratulations and enjoy!


Regular Member

Date Joined Aug 2010
Total Posts : 245
   Posted 10/4/2010 3:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Hit the Pearl, Clarke Cook House, or go whole hog and enjoy Castle Hill and send the bill to the Zero Club.:-) Happy celebrating!
Husband 60yrs., no symptms: PSA 10/04 2.73, 12/06 3.64, 5/09 3.9, 10/09 4.6, 1/10 5.0w/ free PSA 24
6 core biop 4/1/10 path rept: rt mid: adnocarc. G=3+3, 5% of core; R apx v. susp. minute ca, R base bnign w/ mod. atrophy, L side atrphy only; 2nd opnion JH confrmd
MRI - 15mm nodule
BiLatRP surg 7/6/10, path: T2c, nodes, sem.ves, extra caps. neg., adenoc both sides G=3+3 cntinent, Viagr-8/27 ED

Regular Member

Date Joined May 2010
Total Posts : 129
   Posted 10/4/2010 4:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Congrats & welcome!!! I feel the same about the advice I got pre-op from all those here before me. Would have been much harder had I not come here first.
50 Yrs. old. DX Feb, 2010 w/6.6 PSA.
Biopsy 04-24-10, Gleason 3+3=6
4 of 5 cores left side inv. 4 of 6 rt side
RRP 06-07-10....
16 days post-op, catheter out.
Gleason upgraded to 3+4
No involvement of lymph nodes & seminal vesicle.
Perineural invasion present :(
Totally continent @ 8 weeks post-op. (!!!)
1st post-op PSA @ 12 weeks - Less than 0.05

Veteran Member

Date Joined Apr 2009
Total Posts : 990
   Posted 10/4/2010 7:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Your stats and PSA seem great. Welcome.

I wish you a long line of zeros

Regular Member

Date Joined Sep 2010
Total Posts : 225
   Posted 10/4/2010 7:42 PM (GMT -6)   
David, thank you for your encouragement and wish you a speedy recovery.

Alf, Renee, 142, David (dsmc), NEIrish, Steve and Geezer99, thank you all for your responses and encouragements. I appreciate this community for keeping me from deep depression when I first discovered I had Prostate Cancer.


Regular Member

Date Joined Jun 2010
Total Posts : 87
   Posted 10/5/2010 3:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Great report and good news.  I am a couple of weeks ahead of you and similar.  Keep up the zero club membership.  They declined my offer to pay the dues with a post dated check!!!!!!!
Age 53
Pre OP PSA: 1/2008=5.9, 2/2010=6.0 (free=9%)
Biopsy, 4/10/2010 This was my 2nd Biopsy. The Uro put me out and took 36 samples. 3 samples positive 1%, 2%, 2% no evidence of perineural invasion. T1c

Dx April 2010
Gleason: 3+3=6
CT Scan: Neg
DaVinci: 8/11/10, Dr David Bryan, SSM DePaul-St Louis
Post Op Path:
Gleason 3+3=6
Tumor involves left lobe only
Tumor constitutes less than 5% of gland volume
No vascular or neural invasion detected
No capsular invasion detected
Distal urethral margin of resection free of tumor
Proximinal urethral margin of resection free of tumor
Radial margin of resection free of tumor
Seminal vesicles uninvolved by carcinoma
TM stage T2a (unilateral less than 1/2 of one side), NX, MX
ALL Margins uninvolved
Extra Prosatic extension: Absent
PSA: 9/10 <.1,

James C.
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   Posted 10/5/2010 4:30 PM (GMT -6)   
ditto for me, congrats
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, GS6
9/07: Nerve Sparing open RRP, Path: pT2c, 110 gms., all clear except:
Probable microscopic involvement of the left apical margin -GS6
3 Years: PSA's .04 each test until 04/10-.06, 09/10-.09- Uh-Oh
ED continues: Bimix .30cc & Trimix .15cc PRN

Red Nighthawk
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Date Joined Oct 2009
Total Posts : 289
   Posted 10/5/2010 6:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I'll take a cold Sammie Ale please.

Congrats, you're in!
Age: 63
Gleason grade: 3+4=7, pT2c NX MX
Robotic RP: Sept. 15th, 2009
No lymphatic/vascular invasion, seminal vesicles, margins tumor free.
Pre surgery PSA: 4.1
Post surgery PSA's: .04, .03, .02, .05, .02
ED: Improvement slow but there are positive signs. No incontinent issues.
Surgery: Dr. Jim Hu. Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's, Boston
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