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Tony Crispino
Veteran Member

Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 8128
   Posted 11/11/2010 7:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I know many of our PCa forum members are veterans of various services both here and abroad. My prayers and best wishes go to you and your families. Thank you so much for serving...

May peace always prevail in your efforts and in your lives...


Veteran Member

Date Joined Sep 2010
Total Posts : 2680
   Posted 11/11/2010 8:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I can't imagine how different the country would be without military veterans. I was only in the Army for two years, but worked 30 years as a civilian for the Navy at the Navy's largest training center. I saw firsthand that our military men and women are absolutely amazing in their talents and in their commitment to the nation. They carry their skills, their leadership, and their patriotism into the broader society when they leave the service. We owe our folks in uniform more than we can ever repay.
Age 65
Dx in June 2010.
PSA gradually rising for 3 years to 6.2
Biopsy confirmed cancer in 6 of 12 cores, all on left side
Gleason 7 (3 + 4)
Bone scan, CT scan, rib x-rays all negative.
DaVinci surgery late August at Advocate Condell, Libertyville IL
Negative margins; negative seminal vesicles
Smooth recovery; 18 holes of golf at 4 weeks.
Continence OK after 7 weeks. ED continues

Jerry L.
Veteran Member

Date Joined Feb 2010
Total Posts : 3072
   Posted 11/11/2010 9:10 PM (GMT -6) all the veterans - thank you for your service.
Nov. 2009 Dx at Age 44
Dec. 2009 DaVinci Robotic Surgery
Jan. 2010 T3b, Gleason 9
Feb. 2010 Adjuvant Radiation

PSA History:
Nov. 2009 4.03
Feb. 2010 <.05
May 2010 <.05
Aug. 2010 <.05

Tim G
Veteran Member

Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 2366
   Posted 11/11/2010 9:50 PM (GMT -6)   
For any Vietnam War veterans with a PC diagnosis, you may be eligible for VA disability benefits if you served in country  or in the Brown Water Navy. (Blue Water Navy Vietnam veterans were at one time given benefits but a recent ruling has disallowed them.) There is a presumed connection between the use of Agent Orange during the Vietnam War and  the development of prostate cancer and other diseases.
PSA quadrupled in 1 yr (0.6 to 2.5)
DRE negative 1 of 12 biopsies positive (< 5%)
open surgery June 2006 at age 57
Organ-confined to small area, Gleason 3+2
Prostate weight 34 grams
PSA's undetectable < 0.1

Regular Member

Date Joined Oct 2010
Total Posts : 91
   Posted 11/12/2010 2:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I am fortunate to have served my country --- thank you all, for your consideration!

I have noticed in recent years that people have shown their appreciation more and more. At a routine dining out with a friend last night, he calmly picked up the tab and thanked me for doing my part.

Man....I choked back the tears.
July 1, '10
PSA 3.88
Gleason 3+3=6
2 out of 12 samples positive

DaVinci Oct 1 '10, UNC Chapel Hill
Cath/JP Drain out Oct.16, '10

Personal Statistics:
Age: 54
Weight: 184 lbs.
Height: 6 feet


Veteran Member

Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 824
   Posted 11/12/2010 2:45 PM (GMT -6)   

Good for you and all other veterans. I saw that a lot of restaurants--Applebees, Chilis, Subway--were offering free or cheap dinners to veterans yesterday. A good spirited offer.

Diagnosis at 53. PSA 2007 about 2; 2008 4.3
Biopsy Sept 2008: 6 of 12 cores pos; Gleason 4+3 = 7
CT & Bone scan neg
Da Vinci at City of Hope Dec 8, 2008
Rad prostatectomy & lymph node dissection
Cath out on 7th day, in on 8th day, out again 14th day after neg cystogram
Path: pT2c; lymph nodes neg; margins involv; 41 grams,
PSA 1/08, 4/09,7/09, 10/09, 11/09,2/10 <0.01, 10/10 0.1

Veteran Member

Date Joined May 2009
Total Posts : 2692
   Posted 11/12/2010 5:43 PM (GMT -6)   
My best to all my fellow vets.

Go Navy !
Age 58, PSA 4.47 Biopsy - 2/12 cores , Gleason 4 + 5 = 9
Da Vinci, Cleveland Clinic  4/14/09   Nerves spared, but carved up a little.
0/23 lymph nodes involved  pT3a NO MX
Catheter and 2 stints in ureters for 2 weeks .
Neg Margins, bladder neck negative
Living the Good Life, cancer free  6 week PSA  <.03
3 month PSA <.01 (different lab)
5 month PSA <.03 (undetectable)
6 Month PSA <.01
1 pad a day, no progress on ED.  Trimix injection
No pads, 1/1/10,  9 month PSA < .01
1 year psa (364 days) .01
15 month PSA <.01
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