PSA down on Avodart ... good news i think??

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Izzyblizzy
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   Posted 2/28/2007 8:42 PM (GMT -7)   
So, Ken has been Avodart for a little over three months now,  and we requested another PSA done since our surgery has been pushed off farther than expected.  Got results today.
 
HIs PSA is currenty 2.4 down from 3.7 (that was from about 4 months ago).  from our web research, that PSA needs to be multiplied by 1.6 at three months (to compensate for 40% reduction in PSA while on Avodart after 3 months), which makes it actually about 3.8.  Also original urologist called tonight (from home, which was GREAT, considering other problems we have had) and he said everything looked like not progressing and results were about constant.  so cheered by that.
 
I think this is good news on PSA?  But has anyone on avodart after cancer diagnosis had a different experience?

Significant other diagnosed: 10/30/06
PSA: 3.7 (up from 3.4 prior year)
Gleason: 3+3
Biopsy: 1/10 positive, 5% cancerous, right apex.
Da Vinci Scheduled: 4/10/07


bluebird
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   Posted 2/28/2007 9:03 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey ~ Tanya & Ken,

 

Have had no dealings with Avodart... but it truly does sound promising....  and to hear directly from your doctor is a plus!!!  Especially after all the “mess”… you had to contend with.

 

I’m glad you shared this information…. It’s going to help others. 

Have you seen all the commercials on TV about this med…  Amazing what happens when something enters your life. 

Like when we bought our "white" jeep… Good grief…. All I see are "white" jeeps now. 

Now we see several commercials about enlarged prostates… 

 

Our thoughts remain with you both as we head to the 10th of April!!!!!

Hope Ken is doing better from all the “germs”.  Amazing how vulnerable we are to “germs” when our mental state is stressed.

 

Take care and know you are in our thoughts and prayers..

In Friendship ~ Lee & Buddy

 


mama bluebird - Lee & Buddy… from North Carolina

Link to our personal journey…>>>     Our Journey ~ Sharing is Caring 

April 3, 2006  53 on surgery day

RRP / Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy with "wide excision"

PSA 4.6   Gleason  3+3=6    T2a   Confined to Prostate

2nd PSA 02-06-2007 Less than 0.1 Non-Detectable :)


Izzyblizzy
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   Posted 2/28/2007 9:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks bluebird,

yeah, i always notice the commericials now. Our urologist (not the surgeon, but the original diagnosing urologist) is doing a study on it in cancer patients for slowing of prostate cancer growth. We didn't want to join the study (was double-blind), but just asked, can we get a prescription even if not in the study, and can it hurt anything? He basicall said, no, it will make your PSA go down artificially so will have to multiply it (which we have), and that the prostate will shrink, but in our case Ken's prostate was 73 gms so he said it wouldn't be a bad thing to shrink for surgery. our davinci surgeon agreed that it is better to have a normal rather than enlarged prostate.

not sure what "germs" you are referencing, neither he nor I have been sick? (i think you may be thinking about kziz (courtney) and her hubby's bout with ecoli? ... someone got us confused on chat too). But anyway, healthy here :) although getting snow once AGAIN ... but mexico in one week :)

In a good mood, i think, (was so worried about cancer just running rampant with delays and all)

Tanya
Significant other diagnosed: 10/30/06
PSA: 3.7 (up from 3.4 prior year)
Gleason: 3+3
Biopsy: 1/10 positive, 5% cancerous, right apex.
Da Vinci Scheduled: 4/10/07


bluebird
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   Posted 2/28/2007 10:18 PM (GMT -7)   

J           Oh!!!Yes…. Ken had the ski accident!!!  OOPS…. To quick on the draw here.   tongue   

 

Mexico… can you share a little of what and where you’re going.  We head out in May back on our cruise to Costa Maya and Cozumel.  Would like to hear what your adventures will be…

 

Take care and enjoy your trip ….  Lee


mama bluebird - Lee & Buddy… from North Carolina

Link to our personal journey…>>>     Our Journey ~ Sharing is Caring 

April 3, 2006  53 on surgery day

RRP / Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy with "wide excision"

PSA 4.6   Gleason  3+3=6    T2a   Confined to Prostate

2nd PSA 02-06-2007 Less than 0.1 Non-Detectable :)


Izzyblizzy
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   Posted 2/28/2007 11:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Lee,

we are going to cozumel too!

i haven't been there, only puerto vallarta and cabo so far.

We are staying at the cozumel palace.

Planned first day just settle in, book our tours at hotel, dinner, hang out, sex :) and sleep.

Going diving second day. (me a resort course in the morning. Ken is already certified, so he is doing a deep dive that morning, and then we meet up for a "shallow" baby dive together in the afternoon at Paradise Reef after i finish my resort scuba course). Then nap, Dinner, hang out, sex :)

Third day doing snorkling with dolphins at chakanaab Nt'l park in morning. Then pool, dinner, sex :) (not necessarily in that order ;)

Fourth day planning to go over to mainland and doing Tulum Mayan ruins and the beach there. I think we get back late, so maybe just dinner, no sex (:

Fifth day, open, maybe snorkel/scuba off shore? or do more town, or go to east side for beaches. or sex. who knows :)

do you have any day plans for your cruise stop at cozumel?
Significant other diagnosed: 10/30/06
PSA: 3.7 (up from 3.4 prior year)
Gleason: 3+3
Biopsy: 1/10 positive, 5% cancerous, right apex.
Da Vinci Scheduled: 4/10/07


pcdave
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   Posted 3/1/2007 10:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Izzy

you are such a sweetheart! can we all go to mexico with you and ken? the trip sounds fabulous. i hope you can both have a great time and try to forget about the recent stresses of having to deal with PC. God Bless!

Dave
68, Biopsy 9/27/06, Stage T1c, PSA 7.1, Gleason 6 [less than 5% in two areas], Gleason 7 (3+4) [less than 20% in third area], negative DRE, bone scan and MRI. Starting proton radiation therapy 2/22/07.


bluebird
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   Posted 3/9/2007 9:30 AM (GMT -7)   

Hey ~ Tanya & Ken,

 

Whew…. Where has the time gone?  I’m thinking you are on your trip as I’m thinking of you…..  Threads keep coming and then the next thing I know they are on page 2 and 3…. 

 

I really enjoyed your post and hope every “detail” was accomplished… hee hee…. tongue

Will definitely love to hear back about your “side’” trips… 

 

I think it’s wonderful that the two of you just got away for a little “together” time… Was this trip planned before diagnosis or after?  Interested in knowing. 

 

I hope it was a dream come true for both of you ~ to just get away and decompress from all the “pressures”……  and be fresh when you come back to again move forward in your fight!

Thank you so much for allowing us to walk beside you on this journey…

 

How did you rate the Cozumel Palace?

Did you enjoy the ruins?  We sure did…. Really took us back in time?

How was Ken’s scuba dive??  WOW ~ this would be awesome for sure…..  :-)  

 

How was the snorkeling with the dolphins at Chakanaab Nat’l Park?   

In our booklet…. It has several… Dolphin Encouter, Dolphin Interactive Program, Dolphin Swim & Snorkel Adventure, Dolphin Swim Experience. 

Would be interested in knowing which one you went on!!

 

Cozumel: We’ve signed up for the Segway Adventure & Snorkel.  We even bought our own snorkel/mask/fins…. To take with us!!  We plan to do more in the future so decided to get them.

 

Costa Maya: We’ve signed up for Beach Snorkel Adventure

 

Looking forward to hearing back from you ~ as time permits.

 

Keeping you extra close in thoughts and prayers for a safe trip.

In Friendship ~ Lee & Buddy


mama bluebird - Lee & Buddy… from North Carolina

Link to our personal journey…>>>     Our Journey ~ Sharing is Caring 

April 3, 2006  53 on surgery day

RRP / Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy with "wide excision"

PSA 4.6   Gleason  3+3=6    T2a   Confined to Prostate

2nd PSA 02-06-2007 Less than 0.1 Non-Detectable :)


Izzyblizzy
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   Posted 3/12/2007 4:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi bluebird,

We are back! Had a wonderful time.

to answer a few questions. We didn't plan it until after diagnosis. With all the snow, prostate cancer gloom and all that just booked it on spur of the moment.

We loved the cozumel palace, great rooms, excellent service, big jacuzzi in rooms. Everything was perfect.

Ruins were hot, but was worth it. And the scenery was spectacular at tulum.

We both did scuba at paradise reef. Was beautiful. Snorkeling was great too - we did several of those. The reefs haven't fully recovered, but are just coming back. so have to look closely to see where they are growing, but lots of fishes everywhere.

We did swim and snorkel with the dolphins at chankanaab, was great.

now back to reality and back to a focus on upcoming surgery. Hope you have a great time on your cruise!
Significant other diagnosed: 10/30/06
PSA: 3.7 (up from 3.4 prior year)
Gleason: 3+3
Biopsy: 1/10 positive, 5% cancerous, right apex.
Da Vinci Scheduled: 4/10/07


bluebird
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   Posted 3/16/2007 5:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Tanya,
 
Thank you for sharing your trip.... I am thrilled you had a wonderful time!!!  Ahhhhh
I'll check out the palace for future.... trips.  We looked at the excursions today online and will signup this week for the ones we want.
 
Here's the link to Greenacres supplies she had ready for travel....
 
Our link to "Our Journey" is in our signature below.  I hope it helps you!
Don't hesitate to ask anything at anytime.... okay...
 
Take care and know you are close in thoughts and prayers.
In Friendship ~ Lee & Buddy
 
 

mama bluebird - Lee & Buddy… from North Carolina

Link to our personal journey…>>>     Our Journey ~ Sharing is Caring 

April 3, 2006  53 on surgery day

RRP / Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy with "wide excision"

PSA 4.6   Gleason  3+3=6    T2a   Confined to Prostate

2nd PSA 02-06-2007 Less than 0.1 Non-Detectable :)


Izzyblizzy
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   Posted 3/16/2007 6:53 PM (GMT -7)   
thank you for the links, lee.

will be printing them out.

tanya and ken
Significant other diagnosed: 10/30/06
PSA: 3.7 (up from 3.4 prior year)
Gleason: 3+3
Biopsy: 1/10 positive, 5% cancerous, right apex.
Da Vinci Scheduled: 4/10/07


kw
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   Posted 3/16/2007 7:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Good luck with your Journey

KW
    43
    PSA 5.7 - Discovered during Annual Physical with Family Practice Dr.
    Gleason 7
    Biopsy - 3 of 12 positive (up to 75%) all on left side of prostate
    RRP on Oct. 17, 2006 - Nerves on right side saved.
    All Lab's clear.  No Cancer outside prostate
    Cathiter in for 3 weeks due to complications in healing. Removed Nov. 9, 2006
    First Post op PSA on Dec. 11, 2006  Undetectable 0.00
    Office visit on Jan. 19th due to continued excessive urine leakage.
    Feb.20th Cystoscope and 2nd Post Op PSA. Another 0.00.....:)
     Dr. said everythign looks fine.  Continue to work Kegeal's. Leaking appears to have improved  after Cystoscope?!?!?!  Down to 3-4 pads per day!
    March 1st  Leaking has crept back up to 6 - 8 pads a day ??????? 
    Started Detrol LA to see if it helps with the leaking?
    May 22nd Follow up (unless incontenance does not improve by mid March) and 3rd Post Op PSA
   


pcdave
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   Posted 3/17/2007 11:15 AM (GMT -7)   
hi izzy

glad you and ken had a great trip to mexico before the upcoming surgery. hopefully it freed your minds from the PC for awhile as you took in the pleasures of your vacation. continued good luck to you and ken

dave

p.s. didn't know your real name was tanya! i like both izzy and tanya. i am so used to calling your izzy that i will probably stick with it and possibly you will decide to change your first name!
68, Biopsy 9/27/06, Stage T1c, PSA 7.1, Gleason 6 [less than 5% in two areas], Gleason 7 (3+4) [less than 20% in third area], negative DRE, bone scan and MRI. Starting proton radiation therapy 2/22/07.


Izzyblizzy
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   Posted 3/17/2007 11:45 AM (GMT -7)   
lol, well, i have been called izzy for so many years online that I respond to either izzy or tanya :)
Significant other diagnosed: 10/30/06
PSA: 3.7 (up from 3.4 prior year)
Gleason: 3+3
Biopsy: 1/10 positive, 5% cancerous, right apex.
Da Vinci Scheduled: 4/10/07


M. Kat
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   Posted 3/17/2007 2:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Tanya, I'm glad to hear that you and Ken are having fun, especially before his surgery. We have only been to Cabo twice and loved it. we've considered retiring to Mexico but aren't sure about being that far away from our kids. take care, kat
Husband Jeff 56 years old diagnosed July 27, 2006
PSA 6.5, 2 positive areas in biopsy, Gleason 3+3=6
Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy August 30, 2006
pathology report - all clear - cancer gone
1st post-surgery PSA test <0.1, 2nd post-surgery PSA test <0.1, 3rd PSA <0.1
no more pads Oct 12, 2006
first "real" erection with use of pump 12/16/06
3/07 - occasional dribbles and erections with Cialis and pump

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