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chris1960
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Date Joined Dec 2016
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   Posted 10/5/2017 6:15 PM (GMT -7)   
I had my 1 year PSA and other tests this week. PSA remains undetectable (<.01). The week of anxiety surrounding the blood draw and test results is over.

Good control, exertion leaks every once in a while but not major. I can deal with this.

I do have a small abdominal hernia forming at one of the incision sites, so i will likely deal with that before winter.

I did have thyroid cancer and surgery for removal in April. Working to get the thyroid medications all settled, but we are close. My energy levels are good. The cancer was detected early and was contained within my thyroid. I had one dose of radioactive iodine as a follow up and will get scans once a year.

Been a rough and challenging year after diagnosis and surgery, but the help and information from everyone here has made a real difference. Thanks to all.
Age 56, Married, 3 kids, 3 grandchildren
PSA 4.7 / Family history of Prostate Cancer
Biopsy 7-18-16, Gleason 3+4, 3+3
Evaluated surgery, radiation, observation
RALP 10-31-16
Pathology Confirmed Previous Gleason, Cancer Contained to Prostate, Prostate = 85g
PSA = (12-21-16 = Undetectable)
PSA = (3-27-17 = Undetectable) <<<<

InTheShop
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Date Joined Jan 2012
Total Posts : 8009
   Posted 10/5/2017 6:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Great news!

Andrew
I'll be in the shop.
Age 57, 52 at DX
PSA:
4.2 10/11, 1.9 6/12, 1.2 12/12, 1.0 5/13, .6 11/13,
.7 5/14, .5 10/14, .5 4/15, .3 10/15, .3 4/16, .4 10/16, .4 5/17
G 3+4
Stage T1C
2 out of 14 cores positive
Treatment IGRT - 2/2012
My latest blog post

island time
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Date Joined Dec 2014
Total Posts : 1317
   Posted 10/5/2017 9:38 PM (GMT -7)   
You're over the hump medically speakin'

30 more years of enjoying life smile

Congrats
PSA 2010 thru 2014...4.0 +/- .7
Dx 12/14 @ 56 yo...2 cores G6 <5%, 1 core G6 20%, 1 core HGPIN.
RALP 11/25/15...3+4. 3 to 5 mm surgical margin 15% involvement pT2+
2/16-.01...4/16-.00...7/16-.00...10/16-.01...1/17-.01...4/17-.02...7/17-.02

tennisplayer
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Date Joined Nov 2016
Total Posts : 353
   Posted 10/6/2017 6:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Glad to hear your good news. Hope you have a better year ahead.
Age at diagnosis-66 Diagnosed 6/16
RALP 10/16 at U of Chicago, Dr. Shalhav. Experienced internal bleeding post op requiring transfusion of 2 units.
Pathology Gleason 3+4=7, tumor volume 15% Margins negative except for one focal margin, .1mm
pT2c,N0,MX,R1
PSA @ 6 wks <0.02;16 wks <0.02; 5/17 <0.02; 10/17 <0.02
My storywww.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=35&m=3777359

Herophilus
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   Posted 10/6/2017 8:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks For the update. Yes you have had a challenging year. Good Luck!
Hero
Father died from complication of metastatic prostate cancer
I was Diagnosed at age 52
10 of 12  cores positive with 4/3 G7, Post-Op Status = T2NoMoG7-(StageII)
Robotic Surgery, Wash-U/Barnes, St.Louis, Mo. Adam Kibel M.D. who is now Chief at Brighams

MK1965
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Date Joined Jun 2016
Total Posts : 77
   Posted 10/10/2017 10:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Congratulations! Glad to here about zeros. You had very challenging year behind you.
Your surgery was just 2 days before mine. I had today my follow up with urologist. Blood was taken to check PSA. Waiting on results.
If you don't mind me asking about your erectile function recovery?
MK
51 y/o @ dX and surgery.
No ED before RALP, not on any medication,
TRUS Biopsy 8/16 Gleason 7b (4+3) 1/12 cores 10% RALP 11/2/16 Gleason 7 (3+4) pT2c -LN, - margins,Organ contained.
Continent 99% at 3 months
Total ED, started Cialis @ 10 weeks, VED@4 months PSA<0.01 @7 weeks & 5 months, TRIMIX @6 months, nothing spontaneous at 10 months, 100% ED, lost 2+ inches of length, nonexistent orgasams

Michael_T
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   Posted 10/10/2017 10:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Nothing sweeter than a zero! Congrats!
Age 56, Diagnosed at 51
PSA 9.6, Gleason: 9 (5+4), three 7s (3+4)
Chose triple play of HDR brachy, IMRT and HT (Casodex, Lupron and Zytiga)
Completed HT (18 months) in April 2014
3/17: T = 167, PSA = 0.13

garyi
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Date Joined Jun 2017
Total Posts : 394
   Posted 10/10/2017 11:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Very good news! File that anxiety away!
70 years old @ Dx, LUTS for 6 years
PSA's never over 3.0, Now 2.3
Ulcerative Colitis since 1973
TURP 2/16, G3+4 discovered,
3T MRI fusion guided biopsy 6/16
14 cores; G 3+3, one G3+4, Grade T1b
Second 3T MRI 1/17
RALP 7/17 Dr. Gonzaglo The Univ of Miami
G3+4 Organ confined
pT2c pNO pMn/a
Mostly Dry so far
10 week PSA .32
12 week PSA .40

NKinney
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Total Posts : 801
   Posted 10/10/2017 11:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Best wishes...! I understand that thyroid meds can take a while to dial-in correctly.

Kcheves
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Date Joined Apr 2017
Total Posts : 31
   Posted 10/10/2017 4:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Great news!
Age 54 at dx
Biopsy: 1/5/2017. 2/12 cores positive, PNI+
Gleason score: 3+ 4 = 7 on 2 cores
RALP: 4/6/2107, partial nerve sparing. Dr. Marc Chuang, Kaiser San Diego
Dad diagnosed w/ PCa @ age 70, also treated by RALP.

PSA:
8.0 (10/2016)
6.3 (12/9/2016)
<0.1 (5/2017)
<0.1 (10/2016)

Tim G
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Date Joined Jul 2006
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   Posted 10/10/2017 7:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Good news, Chris. I still get exertion leaks and occasional leaks while sleeping.
Age 69 Diagnosed G6, age 57
Prostatectomy (open)
PSA <0.03 for 11 years

chris1960
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Date Joined Dec 2016
Total Posts : 49
   Posted 11/23/2017 7:10 PM (GMT -7)   
One minor setback - not on the cancer side but on total recovery. I developed a small hernia at the larger incision site, center of my abdomen. Had a short surgery last week to repair it and add a patch. Luckily my euro had told me this was a potential, so when the area started to get softer and tender i knew what was happening and addressed it before it was a major issue. A few weeks before i can lift more than 20 pounds, but other recovery is fine.

I believe this larger incision is where they actually pull the organ through for removal, so it is larger than the others.
Age 56, Married, 3 kids, 3 grandchildren
PSA 4.7 / Family history of Prostate Cancer
Biopsy 7-18-16, Gleason 3+4, 3+3
Evaluated surgery, radiation, observation
RALP 10-31-16
Pathology Confirmed Previous Gleason, Cancer Contained to Prostate, Prostate = 85g
PSA = (12-21-16 = Undetectable)
PSA = (3-27-17 = Undetectable)
PSA = (10-4-17 = Undetectabe) <<<<

Big Tasty
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Date Joined Nov 2017
Total Posts : 38
   Posted 11/23/2017 8:17 PM (GMT -7)   
We're you lifting things way to early to bring on the hernia or was the area week prior to surgery. Good to see it's sorted I had a hernia repair with mesh over 10 years ago in the groin area, occasionally when it's cold I get slight pain.

Saipan Paradise
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Date Joined Sep 2017
Total Posts : 235
   Posted 11/24/2017 3:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the good news. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!
Age 60 at dx
Dx July 2017 after biopsy G8 (4+4), 5/13 cores, bone scan clear
RARP Aug 11, 2017 (Dr Patel)
Post surgery pathology: pT3a, tumor 30% of gland; EPE+, SV- and 3 lymph nodes clear
PSA 1/2016, 2.9
4/2017, 7.2
9/25/2017 (first post-RARP), 0.13
10/10/2017, <0.05

chris1960
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Date Joined Dec 2016
Total Posts : 49
   Posted 11/24/2017 6:18 AM (GMT -7)   
"Were you lifting things way to early to bring on the hernia or was the area week prior to surgery."

I followed all of my restrictions closely and so i don't think it was from early lifting. I had my catheter in for several weeks, so that helped my comply.

I don't think the area was weak prior.

BillyBob@388
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   Posted 11/24/2017 7:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Congrats on that PSA, Chris! No reason why you should not stay at that level in the future!
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 3/17,6/17,10/17

Tim G
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Date Joined Jul 2006
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   Posted 11/24/2017 5:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Nice numbers, Chris!
Age 69 Diagnosed G6, age 57
Prostatectomy (open)
PSA <0.03 for 11 years
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