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Tony Crispino
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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 8128
   Posted 2/14/2011 2:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Well it's been four years since Ruthie and I piled into a car rental (funny story in my journal) and headed to the City of Hope. And as Irony will have it, I will see that surgeon again this week. He is making a special trip to Las Vegas Thursday to be my guest speaker for the UsTOO group I run. This will be the second time that on My wife's birthday that I spent the day with him instead of

But I want to thank HealingWell and the wonderful group we have here. I can't imagine what it would have been like to go this journey without you all. For a description of that crazy week four years ago I have updated my journal below...

Again, Thank's team. Our thoughts are with you all. And for those that don't mind me saying ~ may the Lord love and keep you all...

Time to start year five...

Advanced Prostate Cancer at age 44 (I am 48 now)
pT3b,N0,Mx (original PSA was 19.8) EPE, PM, SVI. Gleason 4+3=7

Da Vinci Surgery ~ 2/17/2007
Adjuvant Radiation Therapy ~ IMRT Completed 8/07
Adjuvant Hormone Therapy ~ 28 months on Casodex and Lupron.
Undetectable PSA.


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Date Joined Aug 2009
Total Posts : 374
   Posted 2/14/2011 3:14 PM (GMT -6)   

Congratulations, Tony, on an eventful 4-year ride! I want to thank you for sharing stories and info, and providing support to the rest of us in many ways. Celebrate well, and here's to 4 and many more!

Arnie in DE

Age 56 (biopsy & surgery)-PSA-3.9-Biopsy 8/19/08--4 of 12 cores positive; 5% involvement, Gleason 6 (3+3) 1/26/09-DaVinci Prostatectomy at Presbyterian Medical Center/HUP-Phila, PA-Dr. David Lee
Path. Report- G7 (3+4)Adenocarcinoma, no capsular involvement, seminal vesicles clear, lymph nodes clear, negative margins
Continent at 3 mos.------ED improving
PSA at 2 yrs-<0.1

Jerry L.
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Date Joined Feb 2010
Total Posts : 3072
   Posted 2/14/2011 3:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Congrats Tony...

I've been on the journey for about a year now...I really appreciate all the talks and posts that we've shared...

Time to celebrate....

Jerry L.
Nov. 2009 Dx at Age 44
Dec. 2009 DaVinci Robotic Surgery
Jan. 2010 T3b, Gleason 9
Feb. 2010 Adjuvant Radiation

PSA History:
Nov. 2009 4.30
Feb. 2010 <.05
May 2010 <.05
Aug. 2010 <.05
Nov. 2010 <.05

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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25393
   Posted 2/14/2011 3:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations, Tony, what a ride, huh?
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 Jul 2009
Total Posts : 1267
   Posted 2/14/2011 4:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Tony, may the Lord love and keep you too.

I spent Friday night in a hospital emergency lying on a stretcher not sure if I was checking out. At 5 a.m. the doctor said he didn't have any idea why I'd been having such chest pains since 11 that morning, but try as he might, he couldn't find anything wrong with my heart.

I'd been lying there thinking what a great life I'd had, and if in a short while it was to end, I had no complaints, and so many blessings. One of the blessings I counted was the friends I feel I have here at HW, and you Tony are high on that list. You, and many others here have taught me so much. Certainly about prostate cancer in my hour of need, but more fundamentally you have taught me that kindness, respect, open mindedness, caring, are all possible in the midst of adversity.

I'm a long way from perfect, but to the extent there is something good within, part of that goodness traces to your example, Tony, and to many, many others here.

I congratulate you on your four years, and I thank you for sharing, for your work here on this forum and for being a friend to all of us.

Sheldon AKA Sleepless
Age 67 in Apil '09 at news of 4 of 12 cores positive T2B and Gleason 3 + 3 and 5% to 25% PSA 1.5
Re-read of slides in June said Gleason 3 + 4 same four cores 5% to 15%
June 29 daVinci prostatectomy, Dr. Eric Estey, at Royal Alexandra Hospital Edmonton one night stay
From "knock out" to wake up in recovery less than two hours.  Actual surgery 70 minutes
Flew home to Winnipeg on July 3 after 5 nights in Ramada Inn  ---  perfect recovery spot!
Catheter out July 9
Final pathology is 3 + 4 Gleason 7, clear margins, clear nodes, T2C, sugeron says report is "excellent"
Oct 1st 09 -- dry at night, during day some stress issues.
Oct 31st padless 24/7 
First post op PSA Sept 09  less than 0.02
PSA on Oct 23, 2009 less than 0.02
PSA on Jan 8, 2010  less than 0.02
PSA on April 9, 2010 less than 0.02 
PSA on July 9, 2010 (one year) less than 0.02

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Date Joined Dec 2010
Total Posts : 55
   Posted 2/14/2011 5:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations Tony!

May this just be the beginning of a long journey. =)
Age 45
Jul 2010 - PSA 10.1
Aug 2010 - Biopsy - 12 of 12 cores positive - Gleason 7 (3+4 on the right, 4+3 on the left)
Sept 2010 - CAT and Bone scans negative.
Nov 2010 - da vinci RP with negative margins. nerve bundles were not spared. negative lymph nodes. Pathology Stage pT3c.
Jan 2011 - PSA undetectable

Tony Crispino
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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 8128
   Posted 2/14/2011 6:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Great posts guys, thanks.

@ David ~ Yes sir it sure has been a wild ride. But I have no complaints.

@Sheldon ~ I hope you are feeling better! At least it was good news from the doc, no? Thank you for the post, Sheldon. The encouragement from you and all of the others goes a very long way. We have a very strong brotherhood (and sisterhood) and being in a support group was the best move I made after I was diagnosed.

Love and peace to all,

Advanced Prostate Cancer at age 44 (I am 48 now)
pT3b,N0,Mx (original PSA was 19.8) EPE, PM, SVI. Gleason 4+3=7

Da Vinci Surgery ~ 2/17/2007
Adjuvant Radiation Therapy ~ IMRT Completed 8/07
Adjuvant Hormone Therapy ~ 28 months on Casodex and Lupron.
Undetectable PSA.


Regular Member

Date Joined Feb 2010
Total Posts : 83
   Posted 2/15/2011 5:38 AM (GMT -6)   
concrats and Thank you for all your help.--tim
59 yrs.
PSA 6.94 12/10
Bio. 8 of 12 cores pos. 2/1
Gleason 3+4=7
Da Vinci 4/14
Tumor volume 9%
Extraprostatic extension- within margins
Margins clear
T2c NO Mx
10 month .01

James C.
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 4463
   Posted 2/15/2011 12:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Congrats Tony, and thanks for the work you have done in furthering information and support for Prostate Cancer victims, survivors, family and friends.
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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