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James C.
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   Posted 12/18/2010 11:47 AM (GMT -6)   
JNF posted in another thread. Welcome to HW. How about sharing the particulars of your journey so far. Sounds like you are well along then way.
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

Cajun Jeff
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   Posted 12/18/2010 11:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HW. Hope to hear more from you. You will find these guys are such great guys.

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

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   Posted 12/20/2010 3:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for noticing James. My name is Jack and I am age 60. I was diagnosed in September with very high PSA of 59 found in a routine physical. My white blood count was also elevated, but I had no symptoms of any kind. I had been worried about cholesterol and it was 153!! Go figure.

I went to the Urologist that does nothing but Prostate work and he felt something in the DRE. I had the biopsy resulting in half of the cores positive from about 5-50% and Gleasons of 3+3, 3+4, and 4+3 evenly mixed. Biopsy was read at Bostwick. The Urologist staged at t2b. Bone and CT scans showed clear and Prostate size of 38cc.

I then read everything I could, viewed all the forums, and visited with numerous docs regarding surgery, radiation, hormones, diet, supplements, etc. In Atlanta we have several good places to go. I ended up with the original urologist for many reasons and chose his original suggestion of HDR brachytherapy, IMRT, and hormone therapy. Everything he and the rad-onc he works with told me I would find, I did. Everything checked out and they gave it to me straight with no BS or bias. They team on HDR and do 4-6 each week.

I started Eigard and Jalyn in October and 30 days later started 25 IMRT sessions. Today is my last one. On December 6 and 13 I underwent the two planned HDR brachytherapy sessions. I expect to be on the Eligard/Jalyn for 12 -36 months depending on the PSA reads.

So far everything has gone very well with minimal side effects. Let's hope everything works for a long while. I have greatly appreciated this forum. I have learned a lot and received excellent direction. I will start the follow-up PSA in about three months. I will also be looking for a good oncologist that will work with my urologist for the long term. The one oncologist I consulted with has been working with my wife for 11 years (she is going through her second bout of breast cancer in 14 years). In a general discussion with him regarding the pathology he agreed with the initial direction. While his group works with many forms of cancer, none of them focus solely or primarily on prostste cancer.

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   Posted 12/20/2010 3:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi JNF and welcome to this site. You'll find many members here with an open ear, helping hands, compassion and advice. We have some members here that are very knowledgeable in the area of prostate cancer. Please stay with us and keep us informed of journey.
All the best to you and have a happy holiday season.

Born 1936
PSA 7.9, Gleason Score 3+4=7, 2 of 8 positive
open RP Nov 06, T3a, Gleasons 3+4=7, Seminal vesicles and lymph nodes clear
Catheter out 15 Dec 06, Dry since 11 Feb 07
All PSA tests in 2007 (4) <.04
PSA tests in 2008: Mar.=.04; Jun.=.05; Sept.=.08; at SRT Start=0.1, Salvage RT completed (33 days-66Gy) 19 Dec 08
PSA: in Jan 09 =.05, all tests to date (Jul 10) <.04

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   Posted 12/20/2010 8:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the forum, JNF. Sounds like you have a very thorough treatment plan! Best of luck to both you and your wife!! Please let us hear how you are both doing.


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Total Posts : 245
   Posted 12/20/2010 9:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the forum, and hope you find it the same help my husband and myself find it. Good grief - a double load of cancer in the family. You and your wife are truly the couple who do everything together. I wish you all the best of luck with your treatment regime.
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

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   Posted 12/20/2010 10:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome, sounds like you are being treated aggressively and I hope your treatment continues to go well.
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
Total Posts : 25393
   Posted 12/20/2010 10:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome aboard, Jack, sorry to hear your wife is dealing with BC a second time. Please keep us posted.

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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Date Joined Nov 2010
Total Posts : 102
   Posted 12/21/2010 11:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome JNf. You are definitely on top of things. Everyone here welcomes you with open arms and all the support you will need. Keep us posted on your recovery.
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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   Posted 12/21/2010 11:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Good to hear from/about folks who can use seeds (I wanted to, but was a little too advanced, so went DaVinci, and then IGRT). I'll be watching for your updates.
Sorry to hear that there are other issues to deal with - there should be a limit - my best wishes to all.
I hope you and yours have a good Christmas. 
DaVinci 10/2009
My IGRT journey (2010) -

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   Posted 12/22/2010 7:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello, Jack,
I had brachy in Oct. 2010. I understand that we are in the minority here as most here chose surgery. Like you, I have had few symptoms which was my biggest concern prior to treatment. No idea yet how effective the treatment was. I had only brachy..no beam radiation. Best of luck in your recovery, and welcome.
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