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   Posted 6/14/2007 12:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everyone, Hope you are all doing GREAT!!!!
Just got our latest PSA results 0.02, no change 67 days past surgery.  We met with a radiation doc. but I am still not convinced I need radiation and want to hold off until the cancer starts to act up again. I am beginning to regain urinary control and starting to feel like my back surgery is healing. Right now everything seems to look pretty good, and I feel much better.
Am I correct in thinking since the PSA has not changed, if there was left over cancer due to positive margins the cancer is just sitting there quietly??? Please let me know what you think. 
I can't begin to tell you all how much this site has meant to me, everytime I log on and read someone else's story I feel like I learn a little more about prostate cancer. I think you are all the greatest for sharing & caring.
Very truly Rick (aka anniea)
Rick & Diana
Diag: 2-14-07 Gleason 8 Stage T1c PSA 5.09
Bone Scan 3-1-07 Clear
Radical retropubic surgery 4-2-07  Post surgery Gleason 9 Stage T3a Positive margins
4-29-07 PSA 0.02

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Date Joined May 2006
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   Posted 6/14/2007 7:14 AM (GMT -6)   

Congrats Rick on a great PSA reading! I didn't get mine until 3 months out.

Meeting with the radiation oncologist is not a big worry. If you have to go back later you will have at least met the onc. Everyone's treatment path will be unique to that individual.

I wish you continued great readings!!


Diagnosed: August 05 T1c 1 of 10 cores positive 5% vol no palpable on DRE Gleason 3+4 or 7
Surgury: RRP Dec 05
Pathology: Jan 06 PT3 20% PCa total volume bilateral 4 positive margins Gleason 3+4 seminal vesicles clear LN not checked extraprostatic extension positive right base and right central anterior no perineural invasion HG PIN present both nerve bundles saved
PSA: Mar 06 0.87 referred to radiation oncologist
PSA: May 06 1.1 June 06 Began 36 treatments EBRT 64 Gy ending July 06
HT: 2 weeks casodex 50 mg, then Lupron Depot 7.5 monthly for 18 to 24 months - monotherapy
PSA: Sept 06 <0.1 (lowest reading on assay) Testosterone (T) <0.4 (lowest on assay)
PSA: Mar 07 <0.1  T <0.4   {:>)

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   Posted 6/15/2007 5:48 PM (GMT -6)   

Yea !  ~  Rick & Diane,


2nd  PSA…   !!!~~~~>>>  Woo~Hoo  <<<~~~~!!!  undetectable


Cause  for   celebration!!!!!  Definitely!!!

     What a wonderful day it is ~ each and every-day…. 

          Enjoy it to the fullest. 


Yippeeeee!!!!!! From  Lee & Buddy


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The ultimate “goal”… we all strive for… Thank you for sharing ~ that your goal has been met….

It is very important to “all ”of us!  This is a way of positive feedback…

A way of showing others Hope… and a way of Sharing.  

J  Caring is Sharing ~  Thank You for Sharing  J


Personal Threads Started By: *anniea  Rick & Diana  

Blood in Urine & PSA update

Blood in urine 3 months post op???

Post op Gleason Question

Happy Father's Day

PSA Results

Bone Pain???

Visit with the doctor

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 :)


Post Edited (bluebird) : 7/12/2007 4:40:06 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 6/15/2007 6:04 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey Rick & Diane,


Take time on this healing/recovery stepping-stone….  You will know when/if  it’s time to move forward onto another stone in your journey.   We are thrilled to see your results…. and hearing you are regaining urinary control… is wonderful.  Take time!!!!    :-)  


Yes ~ being here together has given “all of us” something…..  

We all Learn by Sharing….  Continue to share your journey.


Keeping you close as you continue to move forward!!!  

In Friendship ~ Lee & Buddy


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Total Posts : 133
   Posted 6/15/2007 6:52 PM (GMT -6)   

Congratulations on negligible PSA! Relaxe and enjoy the good news. If you meet with
Ratiation/Oncologist, you can make an informed decision then.

Great news....


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   Posted 6/16/2007 7:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Dr Scardino's book on the subject covers MSK  postoperative nomograms for doctors and patients to gauge risk.
He suggests that if risk of recurrence is greater than 30 to 40%, early radiation (within 3 to 6 months) makes sense rather than waiting for the PSA to rise, and that  radiation markedly reduces chance of developing a rising PSA. 75% of their patients with positive margins treated with adjuvant radiation remained recurrence-free at 7 years compared to only 25% without radiation.
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