Well I have hit the 10 year mark and did that 10 years slip by quickly or what?
In August 2007 I had robotic surgery on a relatively low PSA (4.0) Gleason 4+4=8 in Sydney, Australia.
With more than 2/3 of the prostate involved with tumour I have been fortunate indeed in constantly registering <0.01 since surgery. Initially, nerve sparing was attempted but an intra-operative frozen section dictated a wider margin needed to be taken and that put paid to the nerves. The surgical margin was "disrupted" with pathology indicating that Gleason 3 cells were at the margin but "probably did not extend beyond it". Seems that that has proven to be correct.
I notice all the new faces here now and I wish them all well. It has always been a great forum (made interesting by the occasional friendly clash) and I do miss talking with the forum's many "old" timers. We had many interesting discussions. But although, as the years pass, we may drift away and not participate quite as much, I have a feeling that most still cruise past or fly by every now and again looking for old and friendly faces and hoping to hear good stories. For all the new members who may be troubled about the future, remember nothing is set in stone. As an example, here is a story from YANANOW, well worth reading when confronted with a bad news biopsy.
My best to all,
Hey man, way to go! Good for you, that is wonderful! That kind of report can increase the hope! So am I reading your sig correctly to say that you are another high risk(G8, focal EPE, margin disturbed?) who is also surgery only? That is me also(high risk but also SV+), but I am only at 3.5 years. Thanks for sharing the hope, and for that link!
PSA 10.9 ~112013
Bx on 112013 at age ~65yrs, with 5 of 12 pos with one G9(5+4), 1 PNI, T2B.
RALP with lymph nodes at Vanderbilt 021914. (nodes clear, SV+, G9 down graded to 4+5, cut wide, but 1 tiny foci right at the edge of margin ) Pros. 106.7 gms!
At 15 months, not wearing a pad most days, mostly dry
PSA <.01 on 6/14 and all until 9/15 = .01, still .01 9/16, .02 on 3/17,6/17
Post Edited (BillyBob@388) : 8/28/2017 11:26:09 AM (GMT-6)