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broker59
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   Posted 4/25/2007 12:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Just found this site, and glad I did.  Was Dx 5 weeks ago with a PSA of 2.5, and a Gleeson 7 (3+4), clean bone scan, & Stage T2.  Scheduled for surgery, open, in 3 weeks. Have the same concerns I am reading about here, but doing OK. Looking forward to when this is out, and get the test back after surgery. Always something to occupy the mind!
 
Take care! nono

biker90
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   Posted 4/25/2007 12:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Broker,

Welcome to the forum that no one wants to join. We are here for each other to offer info, support and hope. Please stay with us and let us know how you journey is progressing...

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. 
PSA on 4/4/07 - 0.00  T level - 48  Restarted T therapy.
Next PSA on 7/11/07.
 
 "Cancer feeds on fear - starve it to death."


bluebird
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   Posted 4/25/2007 5:45 PM (GMT -7)   

Hello!!!!  ~ New Friend ~  Broker59  &  Loved Ones,

  

      A   “Special”  Warm Welcome  to  You!   yeah   

 

We 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

 

YOU MAKE THE DECISIONS… YOU HAVE OPTIONS…

~ and ~

Your decision will be the right decision for you!!!

 

J  We invite you to visit our personal thread:  Click Here:  “Our Journey” ~ Sharing is Caring 

 

Our thoughts and prayers will be with you as you continue to move forward with your decision. 

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.

 

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Helpful Hints ~ & ~ Direct Links to Important Topic Threads ~ Hope this helps you!! :)


mama bluebird - Lee & Buddy… from North Carolina

J  We invite you to visit our personal thread:  Click Here:  “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 4/25/2007 5:57 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi ~ Broker59,

 

We hope the links above will help you!  If you pull just one experience from us  ~  that will help to make your journey smoother…. That’s our gift to you!  Okay ~ we need the date of your surgery!!!  

 

We are glad you found us too!!  Helping Hands are here ~ so don’t hesitate to take them when you need them.  Thank you for reaching out!!!  Will you share a little more with us?  Your age?  and  Where you live?

 

Keeping you close in thoughts and prayers…as you move forward…

In New Friendship ~ Lee & Buddy


mama bluebird - Lee & Buddy… from North Carolina

J  We invite you to visit our personal thread:  Click Here:  “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 :)


broker59
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   Posted 4/25/2007 6:30 PM (GMT -7)   
tongue  
Lee & Buddy
 
Thank you for the kind words, warm wishes, and most of all the prayers!!!
 
Age 60, surgery is 5/17.  open surgery, too long of a wait in the Philadelphia area for Robotics, but hey, who's complaining??
 
Feeling fine just had dinner with a survivor from 3 years post surgery, he had both surgery, and radiation.  He is doing GREAT!!!
 
will stay close by in the weeks ahead!!
 
GOD BLESS!!! yeah

kw
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   Posted 4/25/2007 7:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Hate to welcome you to the club but there are good people here. 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 everything 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 ??????? 
    March 8th Started Detrol LA to see if it helps with the leaking?
    March 29th Collagen injection into sphincter / bladder neck area to control excessive leaking.
    April 17th (Six Months Post Op) 2nd Collagen Injection to control excessive leaking.
    May 30th Follow up and 3rd Post Op PSA
   


Tamu
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   Posted 4/25/2007 7:23 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Broker,

Sorry that you are here but it is the best fellowship you will have in helping you through PCa.  You have already made a treatment decision so that is the first big step.  Those that have had good recoveries have gotten themselves in very good shape prior to the surgery so if you have not started get out there and walk or exercise everyday.  There are plenty of threads on this forum about all aspects of PCa treatments.  Bluebird knows how to naviagte the site so if you have any questions about where and how to find a thread give her a holler.  Also, if you could put your information in your signature it will help as you post on the site.  To do that go to Control Panel in the upper left corner of the page and then click on Edit Profile.  You can then scroll down to Signature and enter your information.  Be sure to hit the Submit button.  Others will chime in soon.  I am sure that there are others on the site from the Philadelphia area.

Good Luck!

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
Began injections in April '07


Joes411
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Date Joined Mar 2007
Total Posts : 87
   Posted 4/26/2007 6:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome Broker, my surgery is in 3 weeks too. I'll be rooting for you.

Joe

Age: 51

PSA  Jun06  4.1  (PSA Jun05  1.2)   DRE negative

1st Biopsy Nov06 – Atypical cells but no cancer

2nd Biopsy Jan07 – 1 of 16 cores positive

Stage T1c   Gleason  3+3=6

DaVinci scheduled for mid May


Izzyblizzy
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Date Joined Oct 2006
Total Posts : 411
   Posted 4/26/2007 11:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome broker. Sorry to hear about your prostate cancer but glad you found this forum :)

Best wishes, keep us updated.

Tanya and Ken
Age: 63
Diagnosed: 10/30/06
PSA: 3.7 (up from 3.4 previous year)
Biopsy: 1/10 cancerous, 5% of one core, right apex.
Gleason: 3+3=6
Da Vinci: April 10, 2007
Path results: 1% of prostate involved. Very small tumors on both right and left apex. Negative margins. Gleason 3+4=7.


broker59
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Total Posts : 88
   Posted 4/26/2007 11:56 AM (GMT -7)   
tongue  Hello Everyone!!
 
Just overwhelmed by the uplifting words of support, best wishes, and prayers. Talked to my surgeon this AM, due to the constant phone calls from my GP.  Since he received the MRI, and bone scan reports, that have been given the Green light by my surgeon, and Radiologist, he has had me get a x-ray on my upper back, and also wanted a different MRI. Got the e-xray which showed no fracture, but he , & nurse keep calling,  Told themany concerns should be funneled through my Urologist/surgeon. The GP has caused me more stress than the PC itself.
Sorry to go on, and on, just bugged by this ANNAL GP!!!
 
yeah  Otherwise just counting down to removal day!!!
Broker 59
 
Date of Dx 3/20/07
PSA: 2.5
Gleeson: 3+4
Stage: T2
Bone Scan Clean
Date of Surgery: 5/17/07


bluebird
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   Posted 5/1/2007 9:12 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi ~Broker,

 

   :-)    Thinking of you and wanted you to know.

Stay close….. okay!!!!      yeah      We’ll touch base with you around the 14th.

 

In Friendship ~ Lee & Buddy


mama bluebird - Lee & Buddy… from North Carolina

J  We invite you to visit our personal thread:  Click Here:  “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 :)


creed_three
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   Posted 5/1/2007 9:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Dear Broker,

Hi. We have been rather absorbed in our own recovery in the past fortnight, but I will be glad to pray for you too, as in the end, this is what really helped us lately. I had several people tell me they could not pray for me, and this I understood completely. But faith is a remarkable gift I think and when shared with others sometimes when the chips are very downish (!), really helps. Along with many others here my hubby and I will be also praying for you. Good luck and keep us posted. Hope the frustrating array of appointments and communication crosses has settled by now. It is a hard system to negotiate overall. cheers, Lana & CJ.


Creed_three
Husband CJ (49 years) diagnosed Dec 2006.  In 1 x (5%) core of 12 samples. Other 11 samples were negative. Gleeson 4 + 3 = 7, revised to
3 + 4 = 7 at post op pathology. PSA 3.5. Open Radical Prostatectomy, with nerve sparing microsurgery performed at St Vincent's Hospital, Darlinghurst (Sydney) Australia on Tuesday 17th April 2007.  No spread outside prostate in any areas, negative margins including apex and bladder base. Seminal vessicles clear. Tumour extent (size) 0.2cm3. No nerve/lymph involvement. No vascular infiltration seen. Additional tumor not identified at biopsy located near smaller located lesion,  picked up post op same general area. Good post op pathology report overall. Catheter out and fully continent on 24th April, 07, and for the following 8 days to now. Not using pads. Next PSA June 07. Going for a ZERO!! Married to Lana (who carries a purseful of pads just in case..) & dad of 7 year old boy, J (written at day 15).

Post Edited (creed_three) : 5/1/2007 10:32:24 PM (GMT-6)


broker59
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   Posted 5/2/2007 6:17 AM (GMT -7)   

Creed

Seems like CJ came out with EXCELLENT results!

I have paused here for a second opinion. Am flying out to Zion, Il. in 2 weeks to the Cancer Treatment center of America for a second opinion. The fact that they can offer ALL types of treatment gives me  a better overall feeling.

Thank you for your kind words, and prayers, I truly believe God is directing me as ALWAYS, in this journey!

Take Care

 


Broker 59
 
Date of Dx 3/20/07
PSA: 2.5
Gleeson: 3+4
Stage: T2
Bone Scan Clean
Date of Surgery: 5/17/07


Swimom
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   Posted 5/2/2007 8:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Broker,

Just asking a silly question. Why all the pretests with a PSA of 2.5? Is there a significant lump on the prostate that gives the Doc reason to be concerned about cancer having spread or are there other medical issues he's being cautious about? I am not a big fan of unecessary radiation and testing. Just wondered why yours is, is all. Good Luck to your with the second opinion.

swim

broker59
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   Posted 5/2/2007 9:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Swim
 
I have according to my Urologist a fairly high Gleeson score, at least thats what he tells me. Surgerons recommend surgery, plain and simple.  If there is any spread out of the prostate there is no way to tell till after surgery, and then radiation is used.  I am not a big fan of open surgery, and a 2 to 3 month recovery when there are proven methods that have less side affects with the same long term results.  Also by going to a cancer center that offers All types of treatment, I am getting a more OBJECTIVE POINT OF VIEW!
 
TAKE CARE!!!
Broker 59
 
Date of Dx 3/20/07
PSA: 2.5
Gleeson: 3+4
Stage: T2
Bone Scan Clean
Date of Surgery: 5/17/07


Swimom
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   Posted 5/2/2007 1:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Broker,

Actually, you have a Gleason that is claimed to behave more like a Gleason 6 than say, a 4+3 would. The tamer of the two Gleason 7's. I was just curious is all. You had not mentioned anything other than the Gleason, PSA and stage.

Swim

broker59
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   Posted 5/2/2007 1:58 PM (GMT -7)   

Swim

I tend to look at it like a 6.5 Gleeson score, but maybe because I'm a little biased! I didn't mention anyting else because my Uro didn't give me much more than i stated.  I got a copy of the MRI, that is how I found out I was stage 2, and my GP gave me my bloodwork scores.  All in all not real pleased with this Uro surgeon.  Will fill everyone in when I get back from the Cancer Treatment center!


Broker 59
 
Date of Dx 3/20/07
PSA: 2.5
Gleeson: 3+4
Stage: T2
Bone Scan Clean
Date of Surgery: 5/17/07


kziz
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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 242
   Posted 5/2/2007 4:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Good luck at the cancer treatment center. To be a T2, they say that it must be feelable, or on both sides. My husband was a T2c, but only because it was on both sides. Nothing could be felt. The day before his surgery, the doc did an ultrasound and found an enlargement near the bladder. Post op, All was clear, no margins crossed. Now we are waiting for first PSA, in 2 weeks. Remember, that you have to be your own advocate. Ask the docs for the info you want. Courtney
Kurt & Courtney
47 year old
Great Health prior to dx
Dx on 1/29/07
PSA 4.1
Gleason 3+3=6, both lobes
Stage T2c, I believe
Tumor involves 20% of cores, both lobes
Live in OK
Da Vinci scheduled 3-14-07 in Austin
Post-Op  Gleason 6, Stage t2c nx mx  YAAAAA HOOOOOO! 


sween76
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Total Posts : 60
   Posted 5/2/2007 6:09 PM (GMT -7)   
I have mentioned this is other posts but I found it very helpful to get in the best physical shape possible. I worked out 2-3 hours a day on abs, upper body strength and cardio including a one hour power walk each day. I believe it helped me very much in my sugical recovery.  Ed

Age: 63
PSA 2.62, Negative DRE
Biopsy: Gleason 3,3
Stage T1c
Prostate 71 grams 
Biopsy: Cancer 5% in one of twelve modules
DaVinci April 16, 2007, Cathter Removed Day 8
Tumor Confined To Prostate,  Gleason 3,3
Surgical Margins and Seminal Vesicles Are Negative for Tumor


jwb187
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Total Posts : 101
   Posted 5/3/2007 7:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Broker,

Welcome to the forum, lots of good reading here and a wealth of information available.....didn't take me long to find out a little about pc and that whatever shape you're in, theres always someone thats been there and done that to cheer you on....remember you are not alone in your walk, many many have gone ahead of you and are still around to talk about it. I wish you luck with your surgery, fortunately in my little area of the world I found a davinci surgeon fairly closeby and was able to get mine scheduled within a couple weeks on my initial consult with him. If you haven't figured it out yet, get ready!!! it's like nothing you've ever experienced before....again, good luck...jwb
age: 61
PSA 4.57 - Positive DRE
Biopsy 3-19-07 - Gleason 4+4=8
Negative bone scan 3-20-07
DaVinci 4-24-07
Catheter out 5-01-07
post op pathology:
positive margin left side of prostate
left seminal vesicle involved (both removed)
No lymph node involvement
New gleason score 9
T3B....radiation consult on 5-9-07.


broker59
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   Posted 5/3/2007 7:50 AM (GMT -7)   

JWB

As I mentioned I am postponing my surgery till I meet with the cancer specialist at the Cancer Treatment Center of America (CTCA.com).  At this point I am not 100% sold on Surgery as the ONLY solution.  I would suggest you visit their web site, it is a Great source of information.

Good Luck!


Broker 59
 
Date of Dx 3/20/07
PSA: 2.5
Gleeson: 3+4
Stage: T2
Bone Scan Clean
Date of Surgery: 5/17/07


Swimom
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   Posted 5/3/2007 1:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Broker,

I love the CTCA! Their "whole" approach to treating cancer is very promising. Course, I'm a weed eater anyway:>) I'm anxious to hear all about it when you get back.

Swim

broker59
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   Posted 5/3/2007 1:21 PM (GMT -7)   

Swim

Good to hear that.  Did you use there facilities? I will definitely keep you posted!


Broker 59
 
Date of Dx 3/20/07
PSA: 2.5
Gleeson: 3+4
Stage: T2
Bone Scan Clean
Date of Surgery: 5/17/07


jwb187
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Total Posts : 101
   Posted 5/4/2007 8:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Broker for the referral to Cancer Treatment Center, I also realize that surgery isn't the only option available, but for me it was a start as from all the information I initially had on my case mine was contained within the prostate......well, it didn't turn out that way so now for me radiation is the next step. Everyones case is a little different as are philosophies on how to handle it......I talked to several survivors of PC and they were all told to first if possible, GET IT OUT!!!. I didn't feel that way at first, but after exploring some other options, seeds, proton beam, etc I opted for surgery ASAP......might have been wrong, but I feel like I did the right thing for me. I wish you well in your exploration and hope that whatever treatment you pick will work well for you.....Good Luck. jwb
age: 61
PSA 4.57 - Positive DRE
Biopsy 3-19-07 - Gleason 4+4=8
Negative bone scan 3-20-07
DaVinci 4-24-07
Catheter out 5-01-07
post op pathology:
positive margin left side of prostate
left seminal vesicle involved (both removed)
No lymph node involvement
New gleason score 9
T3B....radiation consult on 5-9-07.


broker59
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Total Posts : 88
   Posted 5/4/2007 9:21 AM (GMT -7)   

JWB

You are so right in the thinking of; "GET T OUT"!  Usually this is being said by the surgeon.  HDR attacts the cancer cells from the inside and kills them, this is also another method of "GETTING THEM OUT"! 

Should be an interesting trip.  Good luck to you, and your family in the journey forward!!


Broker 59
 
Date of Dx 3/20/07
PSA: 2.5
Gleeson: 3+4
Stage: T2
Bone Scan Clean
Date of Surgery: 5/17/07

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