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   Posted 5/1/2007 10:43 PM (GMT -6)   

Be part of the HealingWell ~ as our “family” group sends special thoughts!!!

 This is the best therapy “preparation” we can give someone.



  :-)    Hi ~ Pete,


Just a little hug to let you know we will be there ~ in thoughts and prayers as you head into surgery… 


I had the 4th down from one of your postings…. but your signature says the 5th.  No matter which day it is…. We will ~  all be there. 


Please touch base as soon as you feel up to it!!!


In Friendship,


 ~~*~~*~~*~~*~~~)*&^%  Group Hug %^&*(~~~*~~*~~*~~*~~


From the 3 of us...

Lee, Buddy, & Murphy



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Decision Made  Surgery (robotic)

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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 :)

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   Posted 5/2/2007 9:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Pete,

Good luck with the surgery. City of Hope is a top notch place with some of the best urologic surgeons in the world. I'll be sending positive thoughts your way.


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

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   Posted 5/2/2007 11:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks I needed that, have been doing very well, keeping busy this last week but last night got a bit of the nerves and didnt sleep well.. Surgery is the 4th. I will be back to this board as soon as I am up to it. Words cannot express the thanks I feel for all of you. For your wisdom, your courage, your generosity and your healing spirit. See you on the other side. Peace
Diagnosed 1/26/07
Stage Tc1
Gleason 6
PSA 3.8
12 samples, positive in one 15%
Age 51
Surgery (robotic) scheduled for May 5 2007 City of Hope

Mike A
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   Posted 5/2/2007 11:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Wanted you to know you're in my thoughts and prayers. We will all be looking forward to hearing from you after your surgery.
June 2005 - Age 53 PSA 4.8 at regular physical
October 2005 - After several rounds of anti-biotics, PSA 5.2 at Urlogist
November 2005 - Biopsy negative
July 2006 - PSA 5.9 at regular Physical
October 2006 - After several more rounds of anti-biotics PSA 8.1
November 2006 - Second biopsy - Positive
December 2006 - Gleason (3+4=7), Tumor T1c, CT Scan and Bone Scan Negative
January 2007 Robotic Prostatectomy - Tumor confined but larger than thought, only one nerve able to be spared. Margins clear.
February 2007 - Three to four pads a day, no erection with viagara.
March 2007 - Down to two pads a day, had first intercourse with Erecaid pump and bands, otherwise still flat tire.
April 2007 - First Post-Surgical PSA 0.02 and a great relief! Down to one pad a day. Still unable to achive erection without pump. Patience..Patience!!!!!!

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   Posted 5/2/2007 1:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Good luck on 5/5 Pete.

We will be here waiting to welcome you to the "other side".

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."

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   Posted 5/2/2007 8:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Pete - Wishing you the best outcome and we'll be waiting for your post op update.

With your numbers you will do well and with back up like you have here, how can you not?!

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 distant lymph node involvement Start HT Lupron 3 mo. shots
12/06/06: PSA 0.8
03/07/07 - PSA 0.3

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   Posted 5/2/2007 8:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Pete:  My prayers are with you.  For me, after surgery was much easier although not a piece of cake. Please keep in touch when you reach "the other side"  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

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   Posted 5/2/2007 9:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Pete, Best wishes are being sent your way for the 4th and there after. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. All will go well. 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! 

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   Posted 5/2/2007 10:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Best to you Pete, from a fellow City of Hope alumnus.  They'll treat you very well there.
You take it easy after the surgery, eat easily digestible food; drink plenty of fluids, take your meds and you'll be fine.  I've never looked back on my decision to have  Da Vinci robotic surgery and to have it done at City of Hope. 
God speed, my man.  The time will fly and you'll be back to your old self before ya know it.
We'll wait to hear your good post-up news.

54 years old

PSA = First ever was 9.8 in late Oct. ‘06, two weeks later, 10.1

DRE: Negative

Biopsy results 11/22/06 (6 out of 8 cores positive), both lobes, Gleason 3+3 = 6

Da Vinci Robotic RP surgery, City of Hope, Jan 12, 2007

Post surgery pathology – Organ confined, Gleason still 6, margins clear.

First post-surgery PSA -- Undetectable, 2/20/07

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   Posted 5/2/2007 10:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Thoughts and prayers with you and your family.

God Speed, Swim

M. Kat
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   Posted 5/3/2007 6:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Best wishes to you Pete! soon you will be on the other side and recovering nicely. 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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   Posted 5/3/2007 9:23 AM (GMT -6)   

You are most likely in the process of doing the prep. I hope you got a good meal last night. Here is wishing you well through your surgery. You will be in my thoughts and prayers tomorrow.

May our awesome God be with you.

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

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   Posted 5/3/2007 12:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks you all again for your thoughts, prayers and encouragement. I will talk to you soon.
Diagnosed 1/26/07
Stage Tc1
Gleason 6
PSA 3.8
12 samples, positive in one 15%
Age 51
Surgery (robotic) scheduled for May 4 2007 City of Hope

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   Posted 5/3/2007 12:32 PM (GMT -6)   

Avis & I are sending you good wishes and prayers. I had a DaVinci 4/24 and am recovering fairly easy. It's great to be on the "other" side!

Our prayers are that things will go very well for you...

God Bless!

Ray & Avis

Age 59 y/o
Last 3-4 years of annual general health checkups - PSA 5-6 but Free PSA Ratio 21-24%, suggesting "benign" so I did not seek immediate followup urologist referral
3/7/2007 - Went to urologist -No DRE abnormalities but scheduled screening biopsy
3/13/2007 - 12 point biopsy - Left OK  Right Core Gleason 3+3
Consisting of single less than 1mm focus at tip of 1 core. Diagnosed as T1c
4/24/2007 - DaVinci performed at Virginia Mason hospital in Seattle
5/2/2007 - Catheter Out! Got copy of pathology report:
Gleason 6  T2c Nx Mx   approx 20% of prostate involved
Positive margin, but 2 places where a focal point of only 2 cells were touching edge, the right apex and right posterior. Perineural Invasion present. Seminal Vesicle and Lymphatic/Vascular not identified. Doctor was not concerned about that at all and Final Diognosis of T2c "suggests" organ confined.  Stats for no re-occurance are 96% for 5 years and 95% for 7 years. No further treatment other than PSA watch.

Post Edited (pasayten) : 5/4/2007 4:34:09 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 5/3/2007 8:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Pete. good luck to you and make God Bless and keep you.


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   Posted 5/4/2007 1:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Thinking of you Pete and hope by now you are recovering. Take care. Lana & CJ
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).

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   Posted 5/4/2007 3:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Hoping all is well with you today and days on. Here's to 'all out!' and excellent recovery !!


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   Posted 5/5/2007 1:17 AM (GMT 0)   
This is Kitt and by now you are out of surgery.  I send you gentle hugs for a full recovery with not to many bumps in the road.
Faith is a Bird
that feels like dawn breaking
and sings
while it is still dark.
~old Scandinavian saying

Depression 25 years, Husband Crohns Disease 30 years
"If you doubt you can accomplish something, then you can’t accomplish it. You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.”
Rosalyn Carter

Depression 25 years, Husband Crohns Disease 30 years
"If you doubt you can accomplish something, then you can’t accomplish it. You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.”
Rosalyn Carter

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