Happy camper, PSA @ 12 mo.

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   Posted 12/17/2010 11:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Whoo, what a rollercoaster ride this psa anxiety is. You have you Gold Horse moments of gloom and doom and then sometimes a little sun peaks thru. Today was the first time I felt some psa sunshine in 12 months since the RRP last December 15. First 3 mo. was 0.04, then the next two were <0.1 ( used my local uro) and for my 12 month I wanted to know if it was  better or worse than my start mumber which was ok but not what I hoped for. So, I got my GP to do the two decimal test, it was 0.01 what a relief!
So, now I am cured and cancer free, that is until my next psa in three months. I guess this is what it is like to have cancer, any kind of cancer. Looking back I was so uninformed about post op expectations that I thought 0.04 was great and anything under 1.0 would have made me happy. Also I thought for a brief while I was cured, then I found this board and then it hit me. A big thanks to you guys. ( just kidding). The way I feel about this new found knowledge reminds me of a book that I read about 40 years ago by Robert Pirsig, don't laugh, "Zen and the art...." which is an interesting look at what is quality, that is quality though the eyes of a mental patient. I am not going to try an explain that, but if you read the book you know how it relates to the knowledge we have gained though sharing our experiences. Now I really mean it, thanks to you guys ( and the women of the guys) on this site. I am the guy riding the old Honda in that book.
06-08 1st biopsy neg psa 4
10-09 psa 5.5 2nd biopsy 1/12 pos. 10%, G(4+3) age 65
12-15-09 RRP Tulane NOLA Dr Lee
Path, 1%, clr marg, no EPE, no SVI, nodes cl, G(4+3)
100% incontinent after 3 mo. PT
ED, pre-op severe, post op total
10/10 Dr Boone, Baylor recomended AUS
AUS and IPP scheduled 1/11/11
post op psa's 0.04,<0.1,<0.1,0.01@12 mo.

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Date Joined Oct 2008
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   Posted 12/17/2010 11:30 PM (GMT -6)   
congratulations on a very good number
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

Ed C. (Old67)
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Date Joined Jan 2009
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   Posted 12/18/2010 11:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations! That is a good number. Enjoy the Holidays.
Age: 67 at Dx on 12/30/08 PSA 3.8
2 cores out of 12 were positive Gleason (4+4)
Davinci surgery 2/9/09 Gleason 4+4 EPE,
Margins clear, nerve bundles removed
Prostate weighed 57 grams 10-20% involved
all PSA tests since (2, 5, 8, 11, 15, 18 months) undetectable
Latest PSA test (21 months) .005

Cajun Jeff
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Date Joined Mar 2009
Total Posts : 4119
   Posted 12/18/2010 12:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Ron I celebrate with you buddy! So nice having you as a friend.

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
2 year PSA <0.1
Only issue at this time is ED but getting better

James C.
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Date Joined Aug 2007
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   Posted 12/18/2010 12:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Ron, congrats and here's wishing you a lifetime of those.
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, next in Feb.
ED-total-Bimix 30cc

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Date Joined Nov 2010
Total Posts : 102
   Posted 12/18/2010 3:28 PM (GMT -6)   
From 1 fisherman to another, Great numbers Ron. This holiday season should have special meaning.
Stay well and blessed
Age 67. Robotic prostatectomy 10/26/2010, due for RT in Janury 0f 2011. Eight of 12 lobes positive. Gleason Score 4+4=8, Margin envolvement was present with adipose tissue invasion and perineural invasion, glandular and stromal hyperplasia present,pT3 pNO and no evidence of metastatic adenocarcinoma.

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Date Joined May 2010
Total Posts : 129
   Posted 12/18/2010 4:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Way to go, man! The anxiety thing is something I guess we have to get used to. I even asked my doc about it Friday at my 6 mo. appointment. (see sig) He said it gets easier. I hope!
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
Totally continent @ 8 weeks post-op. (!!!)
1st post-op PSA @ 12 weeks - <0.05
2nd " " " @ 6 months - <0.05
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