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summerblue
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   Posted 3/17/2007 1:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, my husband was just diagnosed a month ago. He was told his psa level was 273 and that it has spread to his bones also. He is 58 and was in good health up to this point. He looks well and we are shocked at this. He will be going to a cancer hospital on Monday for his first appointment there. We have heard that he can not have surgery but he may be able to get hormone therapy. I am scared and so worried. He had gone for surgery for a hernia when prostate cancer was found. Had the hernia never happened he would not have found out. His urologist said with hormone therapy he may have 2-3 years, but I am hoping and praying the therapy works to control the cancer and lower the psa. I have been reading alot on line and I am so scared, I have read some people only live a few months and others have many years, I am just beside myself with fear. Thanks for letting me vent here. Good luck and prayers for all here.

biker90
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   Posted 3/17/2007 1:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Summerblue,

I am so sorry about your husband's diagnosis. There are folks here that have had and are having all kinds of treatments and we will pitch in to help you in any way we can. Please stay with us for support, we need you...

Jim
Age 72. Diagnosed 11/03/06. PSA 7.05. Stage T2B Gleason 3+3.
RRP 12/7/06. Nerves and nodes okay.
Pathological stage: T2B. Gleason 3+4. Cancer confined to prostate.
PSA on 1/3/07 - 0.04.  Next PSA on 4/4/07.
 
 "Cancer feeds on fear - starve it to death."


bluebird
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   Posted 3/17/2007 2:10 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi ~  Summerblue   &  Loved Ones,

  

        A   “Special”  Warm Welcome  to  You!     yeah  

 

I know we can “all” make “Your Journey” smoother just by being here for you! 

This is truly a great forum!!! ~ You have joined!  You are now part our forum family ~ a group of wonderful individuals who are so willing to share... 

 

It helps “all of us” ~ to help you ~ if we know where you are on your path. So ~ Please stay with us and take our hand when you need it!  Keep posting.... OKAY!!

 

 

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER... and POWER conquers fear

 

 

Our thoughts and prayers will be with you as you continue to move forward on “Your Journey”.

 

Keeping you close to our hearts at this time…

In Friendship ~ Lee & Buddy

 

“God Bless You”

 

It's a little prayer  ~  "God Bless You"

...but it means so much each day,

It means may angels guard you

and guide you on your  way.


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 :)


bluebird
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   Posted 3/17/2007 2:37 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi ~  Summerblue….

 

So many things in your posting have a positive twist to it….. and I’m sure you don’t see it right now…

 

Be optimistic….  Be hopeful and confident that the hormone therapy works…. Move in that positive direction. 

As you’ve stated he’s young, he’s healthy, looks good, and they “caught” it now!!!! 

 

Take One~Day~At~A~Time and know that we “all” feel your fear.   

 

Yes ~ there is no magic answer as to how long any of us have ~ but you and your honey can move forward doing whatever it takes!!!!  Remember… you must keep up your strength so you can both pull from each other as the “dark” clouds will surely try to cover your light…..   We are all here to help move them away….

 

We send this special rainbow filled with sunshine with hopes that it will add strength to each of you…..

 

*This is your very own Rainbow and it’s sprinkled with Sunshine*

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Continue to post here Summerblue….

Pull from “all of our” strengths and feel the prayers surrounding you.

 

Keeping you “extra” close in our thoughts and prayers…

In New 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 :)

Post Edited (bluebird) : 3/22/2007 7:36:59 PM (GMT-6)


M. Kat
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   Posted 3/17/2007 2:41 PM (GMT -7)   
summerblue, vent all you want here. don't think your husband has been given a death sentence either. a few people here have either been there or known someone who was given a very dire diagnosis and they are still going strong many years later. do lots of research! 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


lawink
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   Posted 3/17/2007 2:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Summerblue!

So sorry to hear your startling news! You now have a large group of cancer survivors and their families (from this forum) praying for you on a daily basis.

It is so important that you and hubby think very positively at this time. Mind over matter type of thing. Everytime he has a treatment (when that's decided) he can visualize all those cancer cells flowing from his body. HE CAN BEAT THIS!!!

Please keep us posted! We care what happens! And when you only feel like venting, tell us that too! We are here for you!

;o) Linda & Bob

PS - The reference in our signature line to Bob's blood conditions were found when he was 58 and healthy. He was told the bone marrow portion had no treatment or cure and he had anywhere from 5 to 30 years, depending upon what the marrow decides to do. . . . .we chose 30 and are getting on with life!
Bob (60) had laproscopic prostate surgery on Sept 27, 2006 - 2/12 malignant biopsy samples - gleason 3 + 3 = 6.  Follow up PSA results and pathology results received Nov 14th are NO MORE CANCER!  Gleason changed to a 3 + 4; cancer completely confined to prostate; (even a second more aggressive, previously undetected cancer)      PSA UNDETECTABLE November 2006 AND February 2007.   
 
Bob also takes Hydroxyurea to control Polycythemia (elevated red & white cells & platelets) has secondary condition . . Myelofibrosis) -- If anyone has experience or knowledge of these, please post us.


myman
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   Posted 3/17/2007 2:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Summerblue & husband,

Welcome and we're so glad you found us.

Yes, you must be scared...after all, your lives have totally changed with no input from you! Thank goodness you found out when you did...because there is always hope. Honest to God. Every day new ways of treating this disease are being tested and there are many right on this forum who are taking different roads in their treatments. We're learning from each other. Everyone is different and may respond differently to the same treatment so remember those statistics and percentages are just numbers. Numbers do NOT rule your life. Numbers are NOT who you are.

At the end of the day, everyone here will tell you that you need to be informed (=knowledge) and to make your own decisions (=power). You have the ability to possess both. Use them for you & your husband.

You will have a great deal of response to your post here.
You are NOT alone, Summerblue, you'll see - there are so many here who will share with you their experiences, give advice & let you know that you are in our prayers. That is invaluable, just knowing someone who really understands is there for you. Ask any question...feel weak, strong, lonely...it's okay for we've all been there at one time or another.

Wishing you all the best,
Susan & Don
Husband Diagnosed 11/17/05 Age: 63 No Symptoms
PSA: 7.96, Positive DRE
Biopsy Right: 6 of 6 Cores Positive Biopsy Left: 1 of 6 Cores Positive
Gleason: 4+3 = 7 Stage: T2B N0 MX
2/09/06: LRP Restage: T3A NX MX
3 mo. PSA Post Surgery: 11.8, 12.9, 13.9 Bone scan, CT scan, Endorectal MRI, Chest XR - neg.
9/06/06: 6 mo. PSA: 18.8 CT shows lymph node involvement Start HT Lupron 3 mo. shots
12/06/06: PSA 0.8
03/07/07 - PSA 0.3


summerblue
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   Posted 3/20/2007 10:57 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi everyone.  Thank you all so much for your concern and responses to my post.  I am still having a hard time wrapping my mind around all this.

  My husband went yesterday for his first appointment at a cancer hospital here.  He was told again that with treatment he may have 2-3 years, but I asked what if he did not take anything and they gave the same prognoasis, which I am confused about.  Of course, I want him to take what treatment they offer, but I am scared. 

 He was given a prescription for Casodex, which he took yesterday and needs to take 1 a day, Thursday he is going back for another psa test, I am not sure what else at this moment.  He said that he may be able to enter into a test that along with the hormone therapy they will give chemotherapy, but I am not sure about this.  His doctors said this is a test that is being studied nation wide and he has yet to find out if he is eligable. 

 They also said that the cancer is in his spine and he should not lift anything heavier than 25 pounds and told him he should not have shoveled the snow the other day, but he feels fine and we are surprised at this as they said he could fracture his spine.  They also think he should have radiation on the spine, but that remains to be seen. 

 He  said the doctors kept asking him if he was in pain and were surprised to hear he feels well other then a slight pain in his back.  This scares me as it makes me think he should be in more pain then he is and they wonder why at this stage of his cancer he is still feeling well, am I making sense here?

Well I could go on and on as I am just scared out of my mind, I know he is scared too, I am trying to be positive, but it is really hard sometimes, but I do thank you all here for your input.  Please take care all. 


myman
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   Posted 3/20/2007 11:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Summerblue,
Glad you're back. Hey, do not worry about making sense here, we all grow into this new situation in our lives somehow. It's an awkard fit but we make it happen. Ask any questions you want, say anything you want - it's okay.

No, you're not feeling so positive right now. That's okay, too. As you get a clearer picture of what's going on you will work that out.

They say 2-3 years with or without Casodex. I guess I'd go for the drug with the hope that I was trying to do something. And no 2 people are the same so they are giving you numbers from some stats they have, right? Your dear husband may be the one (of many) who defies their stats! It sounds as if he's a strong man with a wife who is going to be a great help to him.

A few questions:
What cancer hospital are you going to?
How do you feel about your treatment there?
Do you have family around you?

Check out the information offered here and ask questions - all of them. If someone does not have an answer they can steer you in the right direction.

Important: Keep posting!

Thinking of you both,
Susan
Husband Diagnosed 11/17/05 Age: 63 No Symptoms
PSA: 7.96, Positive DRE
Biopsy Right: 6 of 6 Cores Positive Biopsy Left: 1 of 6 Cores Positive
Gleason: 4+3 = 7 Stage: T2B N0 MX
2/09/06: LRP Restage: T3A NX MX
3 mo. PSA Post Surgery: 11.8, 12.9, 13.9 Bone scan, CT scan, Endorectal MRI, Chest XR - neg.
9/06/06: 6 mo. PSA: 18.8 CT shows lymph node involvement Start HT Lupron 3 mo. shots
12/06/06: PSA 0.8
03/07/07 - PSA 0.3


Swimom
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   Posted 3/20/2007 1:30 PM (GMT -7)   
First of all...I am so very sorry Summerblue. You have come to a good place for a little support.

Please, please, don't take this the worng way. I have to ask a question or at least get you to ask youself one. Why would treatment that has no chance of extending a man's life be a good choice? Wouldn't quality of life be a reasonable choice to make also? Radiation is a not a cure but it can help with pain and slow some progression. Certainly he should keep it on a burner to keep the thought warm in case. It really is all about how hubby wishes his life to be right now. We sometimes do the most for a loved one by just being present and loving them blindly.

God Bless and knwo our prayers are with you both.

Vickie

jetguy
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   Posted 3/20/2007 3:14 PM (GMT -7)   
I am sorry to hear of your bad news. Of course, you are very frightened. You may be sure that no one here will think less of you for that, or for anything you say here.

Regards,

Bill
Gleason 3+3=6, T1c, one core in twelve, another pre-cancerous.
62 years old and good health.  Married 37 years.  To same woman!
Began IGRT January 23, 2007. 


pcdave
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   Posted 3/20/2007 6:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Dear Summerblue

I was deeply saddened to read the news about your husband's diagnosis. It is something that no one should ever have to face in life. I just hope that you and your husband have consulted with one of the top medical oncologists specializing in prostate cancer. This is so important, especially if chemotherapy is a possibility. Everyday there is new hope in battling this dreaded disease, even in the later stages. It is in your best interest to get 2nd and even 3rd opinions from experts.

I don't know where you live, but here is a link to some of the top PC medical oncologists:
 

I am sure that this list is not all inclusive and that there are many other well qualified medical oncologists specializing in PC.

Just don't give up hope. Research all of your options and don't leave any stone unturned. God Bless!

Dave

P.S. I just want to clarify something that Swimom said above (i.e., that radiation is not a cure). Radiation can be a cure for PC if caught in the earlier stages. It is most likely not a cure for your husband because of his later stage PC which has started to metastasize in his bones. However, radiation can be used to relieve pain in the later stages of PC caused by the metastases in the bones (which I believe is the point Swimom was making).


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.

Post Edited (pcdave) : 3/22/2007 7:20:29 PM (GMT-6)


summerblue
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   Posted 3/22/2007 11:31 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi again, we are in the Philadelphia area and my husband is going to the Fox Chase Cancer Center.  I have heard that the hospital is very good so we are hoping that he has some good luck there. 

 swimom, I am confused also about the hormone therapy giving the same results as not using them(?)  The radiation we were told was to help with pain as pcdave said, the Casodex that he has been taking is to help the prostate         

get ready to receive hormone therapy, I think that is what my husband has said, it helps lower the testosterone, if any one knows please correct me.
 
 I am very thankful to all of you that have posted, Other than myself and my husband no one knows what is going on.  He does not want to say anything just yet and I am respecting his wishes.  I really do need someone to talk with as it is driving me crazy, but having this place to come to is a God send to me.  My husband would not be very happy if he knew I was posting on line about him, but I really do need some way to deal with this, Thank you all again, summerblue

wittler
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   Posted 3/22/2007 2:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Dearest Summerblue,
My heart is with you in this. No one should ever have to indure what you are going through. You are traveling in the place that gives the rest of us nightmares and although we are not in your shoes, we definitely feel your fear with you. I am so glad you found us. You need to be able to talk to someone in an attempt to stay sane and it helps so much if that someone is a whole group of people who know and understand what you are going through. The path before you is a very hard one and everything you new to be "normal" is no longer. You will now have to adjust to a new "normal". Some how you will have to find the small positives (as mama bluebird said) and if you can't we will do our best to help you. Your husband will need your strength so please stay with us and let us be here for you to lean on.

You and your husband will be in my prayers.
Kate
 
My Husband is 52 yrs old
* Diagnosed 7/13/06 with 11.4 PSA, Gleason 7,T2b.
* Negative Bone and CT scan.
* Had Open Radical Prostatectomy on 9/18/06
             Prostate Path Report
* 75% of the prostate was affected with cancer.
* Gleason was reduced to 6, had negative nodes  
   and negative margins.
            Where we are today (3/19/2007)
* First & second post-op PSA is -0.0
* One light pad per/day (just incase)
* Cialis works like a charm, but don't always need it.


Tamu
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   Posted 3/22/2007 3:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Summerblue,

I am overcome with the emotions that flow from your posting. I would recommend that you vsist the web site www.yananow.net. When you get into the site go to Mentor Experiences. You will find several stories of men with advanced prostate cancer. There is one in particular that is similar to your husbands. He was given less time then your husband and that was 10 years ago. No one can really predict how the cancer will respond to treatment. There is hope!!

My prayers are with you.

Tamu
Diagnosed 7/6/06
1 of 10 core samples, 40%
Stage T1c, Gleason 3+3
Da Vinci on 11/01/06
Catheter out on 11/13/06
56 Years Old
Post Op Path
Gleason 3+3
Approx. 5% of prostate involved
Prostate Confined, margins clear
Undetectable PSA on 12/18/06
No more pads as of 1/13/07


Tony Crispino
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   Posted 3/22/2007 5:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Summerblue,
My prayers are with you as well. It is heart wrenching to hear someone is stricken with this disease. But you should not take too much time in dispair but rather continue to get additional information. 2 to three years is a long time in cancer research. In addition, while radiation at this point can't cure the disease, it CAN slow it down. Many of us here went to additional doctors and top notch cancers centers. I do recommend a trip to Johns Hopkins, MD Anderson, Mayo Clinic, or City of Hope. There may be a trial or experimental that can be considered as well. Don't give up. I know someone who was told to get their things in order as 6 months was unlikely. His spread was bones, liver and lungs. After an experimental treatment at the Nevada Cancer Institute, he is alive and well almost three years later and is showing no detectable disease. This is a true story of hope and courage that I would wish upon your husband. God Bless and Good Luck. Stay close to us and we'll be here to support you.

Tony
Stage III, original PSA19.7, Gleason 4+3=7, T3b
PSA 0.1 and dropping (testing again tomorrow)

pcdave
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   Posted 3/22/2007 6:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Dear Summerblue

Yes, the idea of hormone therapy is to substantially reduce the testosterone level in men with PC because testosterone encourages the growth of the cancer. The hormone therapy will slow down the growth of the cancer and reduce the PSA level for a period of time, but it will not cure the cancer. The side effects of hormone therapy are not pleasant; while they can slow down the PC, they can be potentially injurious to one's health in other respects. Here is a excellent website that I often refer to for basic information on PC for newly diagnosed patients. It includes a section on hormone therapy usually referred to as Androgen Deprivation Therapy (ADT).

http://www.prostate-cancer.org/education/localdis/scholz_newlydiagnosed2.html#ADT

I believe that the Fox-Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia has a very good reputation!

You are obviously trying to help your husband by posting on this website which is fairly anonymous depending on what you say in your postings; therefore he shouldn't be too concerned about a privacy issue. I hope you eventually find some way to share this valuable information with him so that he will understand how much you are trying to help him. We are all here to help each other. Good luck!

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.

Post Edited (pcdave) : 3/22/2007 7:19:34 PM (GMT-6)


2busymom
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   Posted 3/22/2007 8:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Summerblue,

I'm so sorry to hear about your husband's situation.
I saved this post a while back because I thought it was so inspiring and gave so much hope. I'm also posting a link that might prove helpful. I think we should try all medical resources available, but if diet, vitamins etc. can make a difference, it might be worth a try.


Bec


Here's the link:


http://www.cancerfightingstrategies.com

Here's the post from several months ago:

I am a P/C survivor, so far. PSA of 250 in 1989; diagnosis was "terminal and untreatable" with multiple bone mets. Prognosis death in 6 months. Since there was nothing here permitted by the FDA and my father had died of P/C after relying on Mexican remedies, I went to Europe. It's a long story but to cut to the chase there is a lot of information and cutting edge therapies available today in the USA but not all of it available through conventional MDs who are stuck on "cut, burn and poison" (surgery, radiation and chemo) and some only through being a guinea pig in a Trial. I have survived 5 trials, two in Germany and three in the U.S. Hear this: ALL cancer victims are seriously D deficient. It is called vitamin D but in reality it is a hormone with many applications in your body. It comes to you naturally, from sunlight (UV)on your exposed skin. This is why there is much more P/C in northern hemisphere countries and among our black brothers; not enough sun exposure. I currently take (by prescription) 50,000 international units of "vitamin" D3 every morning. That's right, fifty thousand. It fits in one small, white capsule. Also, I take 15 grams per day of vitamin C, orally, and once a week a bolus of vitamin C intravenously. I spread out the oral C during the day, 1000 or 2000 milligrams at a time to keep the plasma level high enough to be lethal to the remaining tumour cells. I do all the other non-controversial therapeutic things such as lots of fish oil for Omega 3, 8 oz. per day of pomegranate juice (as an anti inflamataory; P/C is very inflammatory), lots of fresh vegetables, raw if you can, fresh fruit, some fish but no red meat, and it's great that your Dad exercises, encourage him to keep it up. I am 77 and work 6 days a week. I live near mountains and hike every chance I get. One more point, it is now a proven fact that STRESS HORMONES exaccerbate any form of cancer. Besides a loving family I keep my stress level under control with lots of prayer. Whether you are a Christian or not, it is a historical fact that Jesus was the greatest healer that ever walked the face of the earth; your Dad couldn't find better company in his walk for life. Good Luck. The Gunner

husband Jeff 45 years old, diagnosed 8/25/06
PSA 2.1, 2 of 12 samples at 3% & 4%, involving 1 side of prostate
Gleason 3+3=6 in both samples
laparoscopic radical prost. 10/17/06
cancer in both sides of prostate, positive in one area of margin
first PSA results 1/07 <0.01%
husband Jeff 45 years old, diagnosed 8/25/06
PSA 2.1, 2 of 12 samples at 3% & 4%, involving 1 side of prostate
Gleason 3+3=6 in both samples
laparoscopic radical prost. 10/17/06
cancer in both sides of prostate, positive in one area of margin
first PSA results 1/07 <0.01%


bluebird
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   Posted 3/22/2007 8:44 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi ~  Summerblue…. and Loved Ones,

 

You may be very surprised at the feeling your husband my have ~ Knowing “He Is Not Alone”…. as in the link Tamu shared with you…

 

YANA (You Are Not Alone) website.   Click here….>>>   Prostate Cancer Support Group - YANA means You Are Not Alone

 

Your husband...may need this outlet as strongly as you do…. And the wonderful thing about it…. is… We are all here for both of you!!!

 

We are sharing each stepping-stone that is placed before you.  You have reached out to us and all of our “Helping Hands” are reaching right back to you and in some way will help to make the stones not feel so wobbly….…  I know you feel the love…   It is so important to express yourself in any manner you need to.... once feelings are shared… things really do look differently.   So ~ please continue to share with all of us. 

This journey you are on… is best traveled with friends!

 

Keeping you extra close…  In Friendship ~ Lee & Buddy

 

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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 :)


M. Kat
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   Posted 3/23/2007 3:55 AM (GMT -7)   
hi Summerblue, as you can see from these posts, there is hope that your husband will live for many years. My father-in-law was diagnosed with bone cancer about 15 years after he had RRP, but he never had pain, never had any symptoms. his PSA was in the 400s. he died at the age of 82 peacefully in his chair at home. I wish there was a magic answer for you, but I know that you'll find the right thing to do. hang in there....step back once in a while and do something else in life instead of researching PCa cures. take care of yourself, too. God bless, 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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