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   Posted 1/6/2011 1:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I just got back from my 12 week since brachy PSA test. The doctor said prior to the test that if it was half of what it was prior, that would be good. It was 6.1 prior to treatment. When they called and said that it was 0.24, I was ecstatic. I thought that anything under 1 was considered insignificant, but apparently I was wrong about that because I see people with serious concerns whose numbers are half of what mine now are. I guess it depends on whether your number is going up or down.
I wish the very best for all who are fighting the numbers. As for me, I have another appointment in January of 2011, and that is the next time I will think about PSA.

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   Posted 1/6/2011 1:33 PM (GMT -6)   
>>I was wrong about that because I see people with serious concerns whose numbers are half of what mine now are.<<
your PSA is very good.  your PSA is not going as low as someone who had surgery.
age: 55
PSA on 12/09: 6.8
no symptoms, no prostate enlargement
12/12 cores positive....gleason 3+4 = 7
received 3rd and last lupron shot 9/14/10

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   Posted 1/6/2011 1:38 PM (GMT -6)   
GOP that is very good news for brachy treatment so soon after treatment.
The other members with lower psa levels that are concerned are those that had surgery.
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   Posted 1/6/2011 1:50 PM (GMT -6)   
GOP, congratulations.  That PSA score is excellent and you should be out celebrating!  Let's hope for a continued string of low scores.
Tudpock (Jim)
Age 62 (64 now), G 3 + 4 = 7, T1C, PSA 4.2, 2/16 cancerous, 27cc. Brachytherapy 12/9/08. 73 Iodine-125 seeds. Procedure went great, catheter out before I went home, only minor discomfort. Everything continues to function normally as of 12/8/10. PSA: 6 mo 1.4, 1 yr. 1.0, 2 yr. .8. My docs are "delighted"! My journey:

James C.
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   Posted 1/6/2011 2:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Congrats, that's very good results on your first test after treatment. Wishing you to continue to drop the numbers...
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 RP, Path: pT2c, 110 gms., clear except:
Probable microscopic involvement-left apical margin -GS6
3 Years: PSA's .04 each test until 04/10-.06, 09/10-.09, 01/11-.09
ED-total-Bimix 30cc

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   Posted 1/6/2011 2:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Way to go brother. Fantastic score and result. Here is to many more LOW numbers.

60 years old when diagnosed
PSA 11/07 3.0
PSA 5/09 6.4
da Vinci 9/17/09
Post Surgery Pathology: GS 4+3=7
Stage: T3a
Tumor Volume 12.5%
positive margin, extra-prostatic extension
30 day PSA 0.4, 50 day psa 0.53, 64 day psa 0.6
IMRT completed 1/15/10 35 treatments- 70Gy
2/23/10 Post IMRT PSA 1.0
3/22/10 PSA 1.5
4/19/10 PSA 1.2
5/22/10 PSA 1.3
8/9/10 Completed Radiation for MET
9/7/10 PSA 2.2

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   Posted 1/6/2011 4:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations! Those are good numbers for a BT guy. Our scores can't be exactly compared to the surgery guys since we still have a prostate. I've been warned that mine may go up in the future and then settle back down. They call it "the bounce" that is common with BT. Good start for you!
Age 67 PSA 4.5 Biopsy 9/4/09 Bostwick Labs 5 of 8 sections (5 of 11 cores) positive-Gleason 3+3=6 Stage T1
BT on 12/11/09 (84 seeds of Palladium 103) Home same day/no catheter. Some burning, frequency, urgency for 6 weeks. No incontinence, mild ED. Normal activity within 3 days. 25 IGRT sessions ending 3/22/10 - some fatigue until 30 days after last treatment. PSA as of 12/9/10 - 0.1

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   Posted 1/6/2011 4:20 PM (GMT -6)   
What great news for the new year. Keep it up!
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. 1st psa after surgery Nov. 24, 2010 was .3
HT started Nov. 24, 2010.

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   Posted 1/6/2011 4:26 PM (GMT -6)   
For seeds, those are great numbers - good to hear!

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   Posted 1/6/2011 5:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Congrats. It's always nice to get a good .

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   Posted 1/6/2011 7:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, guys. I'm pretty darned pleased. And since Doc is happy too, I don't have to think about PSA for an entire year....and I won't..
Thanks again for all of the encouragement.

Cajun Jeff
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   Posted 1/7/2011 9:21 AM (GMT -6)   
GOP, yes way to celebrate 2011. Congrats.

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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