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English Alf
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   Posted 12/9/2010 8:20 AM (GMT -6)   
I've not been around for a few days, as I've been very busy.
Loads has been posted about all manner of PCa stuff, as usual, but I'm not sure I'll play catch up as it looks like I'll probably be taking a break from HW for a while.
It's not a break for any medical reasons, but I will probably be buying a (new) house and need to devote my time to the builder, the bank etc for a while. (plus the holidays as well )

So I hope everyone's problems start to get better; that all PSA tests, biopsies, surgeries etc go well and that all of you and your partners and families look after yourselves.

Till the next time.

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

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Date Joined Aug 2009
Total Posts : 372
   Posted 12/9/2010 9:33 AM (GMT -6)   

Good luck on the new abode, Alf!------------sneak back in when you get the chance, and the, mortgage has cleared.

Arnie in DE


James C.
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   Posted 12/9/2010 10:33 AM (GMT -6)   
See ya later, then. Enjoy the worry and satisfaction od dealing with builders, bankers and such
James C. Age 63
Gonna Make Myself A Better Man
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, next in Feb.
ED-total-Bimix 30cc

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   Posted 12/9/2010 10:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Well Merry Christmas Alf and we will miss you. Hope that after your housewarming party that you come back and let us know how you are going.

Husband's age: 52. Sydney Australia.
Family history: Mat. grandfather died of PC at 72. Mat. uncle died of PC at 60. He has hereditary PC.
PSA: Aug07 - 2.5|Feb08 - 1.7|Oct09 - 3.67 (free PSA 27%)|Feb10 - 4.03 (free PSA 31%) |Jun10 - 2.69. DRE normal.
Biopsy 28Apr10: negative for a diagnosis of PC however 3 focal ASAPs “atypical, suspicious but not diagnostic” for PC. Review of biopsy by experienced pathologist, 1/12 core: 10% 3+3 (left transitional), 1/12 core: ASAP (left apex)
Nerve sparing RP, 20Aug10 with Dr Stricker. Post-op path: 3+4 (ISUP 2005). Neg margins, seminal vesicles, extraprostatic extension. Multifocal, with involvement in the peripheral, apex, fibro-muscular and transitional zones.
Post RP PSA, Sep10 – 0.02

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   Posted 12/9/2010 12:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Alf,

Congratulations on the new home. Hope you really enjoy it.

This is a great forum, but I think taking a break once in a while is a healthy thing. Enjoy your break, have a great Christmas and come back refreshed.


mr bill
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   Posted 12/9/2010 2:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Building a new house is exciting and worthwhile endeavor.  Wishing you the best. I for one am going to miss your vast knowledge and experience.
Have a good Holiday.
Mr. Bill

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   Posted 12/9/2010 3:53 PM (GMT -6)   

I understand your need for a break, many of us do that from time to time. will miss your voice of reason

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 Not taking it
Latest: 6 Corr Surgeries to Bladder Neck, SP Catheter since 10/1/9, SRT 39 Sess/72 gy ended 11/09, 21 Catheters, Ileal Conduit Surgery 9/23/10

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   Posted 12/9/2010 5:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Relax and enjoy the silly season Alf. Hope the new house and builder goes like a charm. All the best for the new year. May the donger stay up and the PSA down.

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Date Joined Mar 2010
Total Posts : 208
   Posted 12/9/2010 5:09 PM (GMT -6)   

Congratulations on the new house!! Hope you have a wonderful holiday in the Netherlands-we spent Christmas there two years ago-loved that it was much lower key than the U.S. with our over the top holidays. We'll miss you but we all need a break once in a while.

Kind regards,
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
No ED or incontinence
6 wk. PSA .01

Cajun Jeff
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   Posted 12/9/2010 7:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Alf, all of us need to take time away from time to time. Life does that to us. Congrats on the new house. Drop in and say hi and let us know about the house progress.

Cajun Jeff
9/08 PSA 5.4 referred to Urologist
9/08 Biopsy: GS 3+4=7 1 positive core in 12 1% cancer core
10/08 Nerve-Sparing open radicalSurgery Path Report Downgrade 3+3=6 GS Stage pT2c margins clea
r3 month: PSA <0.1
19th month: PSA <0.1
Only issue at this time is ED

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   Posted 12/9/2010 9:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Merry Christmas Alf - you have been a great asset to this forum, and have been a great source of encouragement and support to many. Enjoy the new house and all that comes with it. I always tune into your comments as my Parents-in-law are English and talk about it fondly, however I have never left this vast Southern land! However, I love the variety of accents! Good luck and wishing you the best life has to offer. Lana & CJ
Creed_three (Lana) - with husband "CJ" now aged 52.5 yrs (49 years at diagnosis).
PSA (2002) 2.1. (2006) 3.5.  1 x 5% core of 12 positive at biopsy. Open Radical Prostatectomy with nerve sparing April 2007 Sydney, Australia. Gleeson 3 + 4 = 7. 2 x small multifocal lesions. Contained. Undetectable <.1 PSA since: June 2007-0.01, Oct 2007-0.02, April 2008-0.02: Oct 2008-0.03, Nov, 2008-0.02, April 2009-0.03, April 2010 - 0.03. 
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