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Date Joined Jan 2011
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   Posted 1/20/2011 8:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi I'm a new member just joined i have a question that has been on my mind
since i had my RP 10 mths ago.The urologist said it was on the margin so we
will have to keep a eye on you.He then said they took extra tissue outside the
margin and it was clear of cancer.He took a PSA at 6 weeks which was 0.01
he then another at 3 mth 0.02 and 6 mth 0.03 am i right then to assume the
cancer was confined to the prostate.Is on the margin still in the prostate but
right on the very edge.

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Date Joined Jan 2006
Total Posts : 654
   Posted 1/20/2011 9:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Wellcome Bill, First congratulations on your good psa results. I guess if it was me, I would be a little concerned by the rise, but .01 to .03, you are way below the 0.1 that some doctors define as detectable. I'd say that things aren't looking bad at all and only time will tell. But again if it was me, I would feel good about the overall picture. I think you are off to a good start. I hope you continue have good psa reports.
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 @ 12 months
ED, pre-op severe, post op total
10/10 Dr Boone, Methodist recomended AUS
AUS/ IPP performed 1/11/11 Methodist Houston
post op psa's 0.04,<0.1,<0.1,<0.01@12 mo.

James C.
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 4463
   Posted 1/20/2011 9:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Truckerbill, welcome to Hw, sorry you have to be here. By your user name, are you an active trucker or retired? Local or long haul? In any case, again, welcome... smilewinkgrin

How far is Tasmania, Australia from Melbourne? Hope the flooding has eased there.
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

Post Edited (James C.) : 1/20/2011 7:59:36 AM (GMT-7)

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Date Joined Jan 2011
Total Posts : 8
   Posted 1/20/2011 10:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Tasmania is approx 1 hr flight from Melbourne I'm retired from driving
when diagnosed.But I'm thinking of returning to work to take my mind
of PC.As far as the floods thanks for your concern fortunately they are
under control and going down but a lot of damage and clean up to do.

Ed C. (Old67)
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Date Joined Jan 2009
Total Posts : 2461
   Posted 1/20/2011 5:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Tucker Bill,
Welcome to Healing Well. Your PSA is still low but due to going from .02 to .03 you need to keep an eye on it by doing another PSA test in a couple of months. I had extra prostatic extension but the doctor took more tissues beyond the prostate (about 5 mm) and there was no cancer at the margin.
By the way, I visited Tasmania back in the nineties and loved it. I went to both Hobart and Lanceston (not sure of the spelling)
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
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