Best Christmas Gift - PSA Zero

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BillSD
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   Posted 12/21/2010 1:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Just got the results of my PSA test from last Friday - Zero. Can't ask for a better Christmas gift than that.
 
I had RRP in September 2008 and adjuvant radiation soon after. I had unrelated surgery last month to remove a baseball size non-malignant tumor from my chest (schwannoma). My urlologist wanted to catheterize me the day before surgery. After TWELVE failed attempts to get the cathether in, he decided to wait until the next day when I was under anesthesia to dialate and finish the job. Very traumatic! Just a heads up for all who have had radiation that future caths may be problematic.
 
But I have nothing but joy for the outcomes of both surgeries. The thoracic surgery was major and requires 6 weeks recovery. It's been an ordeal, and slowly but surely I'm getting back to normal. I hope to be back to work January 1.
 
Merry Christimas and/or Happy Holidays to all.
 
Bill in San Diego

Casey59
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   Posted 12/21/2010 1:10 PM (GMT -6)   
BillSD said...
After TWELVE failed attempts to get the cathether in...
Ouch!
 
 
Congratulations on your undetectable PSA test result!

Purgatory
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   Posted 12/21/2010 1:33 PM (GMT -6)   
great news on that zero. merry christmas
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

Steve n Dallas
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   Posted 12/21/2010 1:55 PM (GMT -6)   
HO HO HO - Merry Christmas to you yeah

James C.
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   Posted 12/21/2010 2:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Bill, really good to read the results. Congrats and Merry Christmas to you and yours.
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 Jan & Feb.
ED-total-Bimix 30cc

Cajun Jeff
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   Posted 12/21/2010 2:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Merry Christmas. What great news!

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

Burlcodad
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Date Joined Nov 2009
Total Posts : 254
   Posted 12/21/2010 3:03 PM (GMT -6)   
great news - congrats
Diagnosed 9/09 at age 54
PSA 6/09 1.3
Stage 2b (biopsy done because of firmness felt on right side) 3 positive cores out of 12 (all less than 25%) Gleason 6
Surgery 1/13/10 at UP- Penn Presbyterian - Dr David Lee. Home 1/14/10 Nerves spared on both sides -Catheter removed 1/19/10
Post OP Pathology Report Gleason score upgraded to 7 (3+4)
no capsular involvement, seminal vesicles clear, lymph nodes clear, negative margins, gland involvement 2-10%
POST OP PSA 4/10,8/10,11/10 <0.1
Incontinence - Initial 6 pads a day, 3 Weeks - 3 pads a day relatively dry at night , 3 Months mostly dry 0-1 pad per day,6months 99% dry
ED - yes but seeing some improvements

knotreel
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   Posted 12/21/2010 3:08 PM (GMT -6)   
a big Whoopee for you, that is no doubt what you needed after all you have been through. The chest tumor must have been scary and you must feel like you have a new lease on life because actually you do!
Have the best christamas ever.
Roin
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.

Ger42
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Total Posts : 189
   Posted 12/21/2010 3:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Great news hope you have many more zeros. Have a happy holiday season.
Age 68 weight 185 height 6'
Samples taken 4/19/2010 sent to Bostwick
3 out of 12 samples cancer
1) gleason score 3+3 involving 65%
2) gleason score 3+3 involving 65%
3) gleason score 3+3 involving 10%
PSA 3.5 Mar 19
PSA 2.5 Apr 4
Bone scan clean CT scan clean
Da Vinci 10/12/2010 DR Paul Kahn all nerves spared
Home 10/19/20
Cath out 10/22/2010
Prostate 56 gm. Gleason grade 3+4 = 7
2 MO PSA 0.0

Tim G
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   Posted 12/21/2010 5:18 PM (GMT -6)   
You're right, Bill, what a great Christmas present to have a zero PSA! Holy Guacamole, you have really been thru the ringer. I cannot imagine having 12 failed catheter placement attempts (oooooooowwwwwwwww!) to say nothing of your surgeries and radiation. All the best on your recovery and may 2011 be everything you most hope for! Take care and hang in there!

Tim
PSA quadrupled in one year (0.6 to 2.6)
DRE negative 1 of 12 biopsies positive (< 5%)
open RRP surgery June 2006 at age 57
Organ-confined to small area Gleason 5
Bilateral nerve-sparing prostate weight 34 grams
PSAs < 0.1

GOP
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   Posted 12/21/2010 6:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I sure don't envy you on that catheter debacle, but a big congrats on the number that counts. Merry Christmas on that one.
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