Develop Symptoms Before Pca Diagnosis?

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   Posted 6/24/2007 12:40 AM (GMT -6)   
I have read that for many men, prostate cancer is detected by DRE or elevated PSA before the onset of ANY symptoms.
I did have symptoms before the cancer was diagnosed or a biopsy was performed.
Mine is a stageIII cancer. So, I don't know if this (stage) makes a difference, but my symptoms included: very bad urinary frequency, especially at night--- lower right back pain and some dribbling.
Did you have symptoms before diagnosis, or close to diagnosis, regardless of stage?
I have talked to a few guys who've said they did. Of course prostate cancer has many symptoms including: frequency, difficulty urinating, feelings of incompleteness, blood when urinating ect.
I guess I want to know if my symptoms were unusual? Were you bothered by them or were you symptom-free?
Also, I still have urinary frequency post-
surgery 02/14/06. I realize that many of us, including me, have much more serious post-treatment side effects. But is frequency still a problem for you?
Thanks for your help. I am so grateful that I found this site.

Thanks again,

Diagnosed: 12/03/05
Biopsy: Gleason 10
Surgery: 02/14/06
EBRT: Proton, 06/05/06 thru 07/25/06
Diagnosis: T3b Seminal Vesicle Involvement, Gleason 9 both lobes.
Intermittent Hormone Therapy: 12/15/05
Current PSA--- .01

Post Edited (veteran1) : 6/24/2007 2:09:46 PM (GMT-6)

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Date Joined May 2007
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   Posted 6/24/2007 2:58 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Veteran 1

I had Blood in the urine and the doc treated me with cypro. The blood cleared up for 6 months and then I got blood again, the doc again treated me with cypro but less than a week later I had blood in the semen and thats when he ordered the biopsy. I was in shock when the doc said I had cancer and it was an aggressive one. I did and do have lots of back pain but I also had a triple spinal fusion (due to an old back injury) 4 weeks prior to prostate surgery. I am now faced with a Gleason 9 and stage T3a cancer still lots of back pain and I don't know if its normal pain from back surgery or if the cancer is headed in that direction. For now my PSA is 0.02 and I guess time will tell if the cancer comes back.

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 Nov 2006
Total Posts : 118
   Posted 6/24/2007 5:10 PM (GMT -6)   
My husband didn't have any symptoms. On a routine exam (which he hadn't had for 3 years)the dr. thought he felt a nodule on his prostate, so put him on antibiotics. His PSA was 2.5. After the antibiotics it only went down to 2.1. So they took a biopsy. 2 out of 12 samples positive for cancer, 3% in those 2 samples. Both samples were on the opposite site of the nodule. Geason 3=3, well differentiated cells. I think the biopsy was in early august. He was just about to turn 45.

He had surgery Oct. 17th, and although the Gleason remained the same, his raiting was T2c, with cancer in both lobes of the prostate, and in a small area in the margin. (Thank the Lord we had the surgery so quickly. We were going to wait 2 more months). First 2 PSAs <0.01%.

My husband has noticed a difference in urination. I don't know if it's more frequent, but as soon as he feels the need to go, he'd better go. I read something about the fact that the prostate had a sphincter, or some other mechanism that enables you guys to hold it, along with the sphincter on the bladder. So now you guys know how we women feel, with only one mechianism of "holding" it.

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%

El Tigre
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Date Joined May 2007
Total Posts : 58
   Posted 6/24/2007 7:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm the same way. After having more than about 2 cups of coffee in 2 hours. I can hold it just like I did before the surgery, (didn't have ANY cancer indicators) unless I drink stuff with caffeine.
I sure do wish I had found this site pre-surgery!! RRP 10/25/05 I don't remember all the scores. Have had clean checks ever since. Never had to use the pads!!

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Date Joined Oct 2006
Total Posts : 411
   Posted 6/24/2007 8:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Ken had no symptoms whatsoever, except for a bouncing around PSA. But no physical ones. (until after the actual diagnosis). After the diagnosis he had some hip pain, etc (but i think that was from compensation for an ankle injury he received skiing right about time of biopsy).

Age: 63
Diagnosed: 10/30/06
PSA: 3.7 (2005: 3.4, 2004: 4.0)
Biopsy: 1/10 cancerous, 5% of one core, right apex.
Gleason: 3+3=6
Da Vinci: April 10, 2007, Denver CO
Path results: 1% of prostate involved. Very small tumors on both right and left apex. Negative margins, negative seminal vessicles, lymph nodes left intact. Gleason upgraded 3+4=7.
1st PSA Results: May 11, 2007 <.01

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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 1219
   Posted 6/25/2007 5:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Vet - In answer to your question:

Not a a sucker punch. Doesn't seem right, does it?

And we're glad you're here.

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
Restage IV Start HT Lupron 3 mo. shots
12/06/06: PSA 0.8
03/07/07 - PSA 0.3
06/06/07 - 0.1

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