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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 1219
   Posted 9/5/2007 4:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear HW Team,

Like everyone else, we made the usual small talk while waiting for our appointment and went over our list of questions for the doctor. Today marks a year Don's been on HT and we agreed we needed to look ahead to the time when it no longer was know, to prepare ourselves...just in case. When you're in Don's situation the reality of the treatment is ever present. We watched others in the waiting room and Don commented (as he always does) how fortunate he is to feel as well as he does. That his life is full and very good. Still, many of us know the feeling of the RESULTS DAY and the emotions that come with it.

Weight, blood pressure & pulse then we're shown to the "room". We wait a bit longer, go over the list one more time and the doctor comes in...with a smile. That's a good sign...PSA 0.1 again! Yes, yes, yes!!! So, another 3 month shot and we're back to living a grateful life!

Our hearfelt thanks for the support here,

Don & Susan

No, we didn't forget to ask our questions! :-)
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
3 mo. PSA Post LRP Surgery: 11.8, 12.9, 13.9 Bone scan, CT scan, Endorectal MRI, Chest XR - neg.
09/06/06: 6 mo. PSA: 18.8 Distant lymph node involvement Start HT Lupron 3 mo. shots
12/06/06: PSA 0.8
03/07/07: PSA 0.3
06/06/07: PSA 0.1
09/05/07: PSA 0.1

Tony Crispino
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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 8128
   Posted 9/5/2007 5:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I was acutely aware of Don's testing today. What a fantastic result. GREAT NEWS.

And a statement for the group:
Susan has a huge heart and a wonderful family. This is what we pray for. To be able to be hers and Dons friend has meant a whole bunch for me and Ruth. And her input here is always warm and caring.

God Bless you kids and "happy anniverary" ?!

Keep on keepin on!

Age 45 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8
Surgery on Feb 16, 2007
Post-Op Pathology was poor: Gleason 4+3=7, 4 positive margins, Stage pT3b (Stage III)
HT began in May, '07 with Lupron and Casodex 50mg
IMRT radiation for 38 Treatments ending August 3, '07
My PSA did drop out after surgery to undetectable.  It has not returned and I will continue HT until January '08.
My Life is supported very well by family and friends like you all.

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Date Joined Jun 2005
Total Posts : 528
   Posted 9/5/2007 6:29 PM (GMT -6)   

I can't tell you how happy I am for you. I hope it never changes.


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Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 2542
   Posted 9/5/2007 6:37 PM (GMT -6)   


Hi ~ Don & Susan,


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

*     *     *     *     *     *

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


Susan ~

You truly touch our lives with the strength that you so willingly share with all of us.

Keeping you tucked close…  Hugs and Friendship from Lee & Buddy


mama bluebird - Lee & Buddy… from North Carolina


v          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

PSA 4.6   Gleason  3+3=6    T2a   Confined to Prostate

3rd PSA 08-07-2007 Less than 0.1 Non-Detectable :)

Regular Member

Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 66
   Posted 9/5/2007 6:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Don & Susan,

Isn't that wonderful! Look at those numbers going down ! We hope you are doing something special to celebrate tonight.

Curt & Vicky
Age 52
Diagnosed 2/19/07
10 of 24 cores positive
Gleason 3+3=6 Changed to Gleason 3+4=7 after surgical pathology
DaVinci Prostatectomy May 11, 2007 at Univ. of Mich. Hospital
Stage: T2b
Pathology: May 16 - Cancer confined to prostate, Margins, Lymph & Seminal Vesicles all CLEAR!
Father and Uncle had prostate cancer
First PSA after surgery- July 5, 2007 = <0.01 !!!!!!!

Regular Member

Date Joined Mar 2007
Total Posts : 237
   Posted 9/5/2007 6:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Outstanding news and another milestone! Congratulations. May you have many, many more!!
60 years old
Dx March 2007
Pre-Surgery Gleason 3+3 = 6
Clinical Stage: T1c
Biopsy: 1 in 10 positive
Da Vinci: June 7, 2007 
Post-Surgery Gleason 3+3 = 6
   Clear at margins
First Post-PSA Sept 07

Regular Member

Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 95
   Posted 9/5/2007 8:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear Susan and Don,

I was so very happy to read your good news!!!!!! And thank you, Susan, for always being so kind-hearted!!!


Maria Teresa
Husband Age 55 Maria Teresa age 44

Total PSA 8 on 05/21/07

DRE: prostate bumpy

Biopsy on 07/16/07: 5 out of 8 cores positive, Gleason Score 8 (3+4+5)**

CT of the abd/pelvis; Bone Scan; Xrays done on 08/13/07: Normal

Robotic Surgery Scheduled for September 11, 2007

**"Report to the Nation on Prostate Cancer" published by the Prostate Cancer Foundation, page 11: "In some cases, the pathologist might identify a third pattern, which is less common but that has a higher grade than either of the first two patterns that comprised the Gleason score. The presence of this third pattern might indicate that the tumor is more aggressive than the Gleason score would otherwise imply. For example, if a Gleason 4+3 tumor also has some grade 5 cells, the cancer would be considered as being of higher grade disease overall."

Veteran Member

Date Joined Apr 2006
Total Posts : 1732
   Posted 9/5/2007 9:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Good news Susan!! 1 down, 30 or so to go!


Regular Member

Date Joined May 2007
Total Posts : 234
   Posted 9/5/2007 9:25 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Susan & Don

That is great news, I am truly happy for you both. Keep up your positive thoughts we are all encouraged by them.

Best wishes


Rick & Diana
6-30-06  PSA 2.54
1-22-07  PSA 4.98
1-26-07  PSA 5.09
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
6-9-07   PSA 0.02
7-6-07   PSA 0.03
8-1-07   CT Scan & Chest X-Ray   Clean

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Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 1464
   Posted 9/5/2007 9:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Don and Susan,

Good for you. Here's hoping it stays that way. You two have had a long fight and sharing your good news makes me feel good and gives us all hope...

Age 73. Diagnosed 11/03/06. PSA 7.05. Stage T2C Gleason 3+3.
RRP 12/7/06. Nerves and nodes okay.
Pathological stage: T2C. Gleason 3+4. Cancer confined to prostate.
PSAs from  1/3/07 - 7/18/07 0.00. 
T level on 4/2/07 - 48     On 7/16/07 - 613
Started Tri-Mix on 8/7/07.  .02 ml and 50 mg Viagra.  It works!!!
Next PSA and T tests on 10/17/07
"Patience is essential, attitude is everything."

Veteran Member

Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 1015
   Posted 9/6/2007 1:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Don and Susan, you made my day!  :-) :-)   :-)  
I just got home from a looooonnnnggg day's work at 12:43 am (started at 7am today) and checked the forum with my desire to keep in touch.  Congratulations on such a great report!  Celebrate!
We're looking for much more success!
Kindest regards,
Barry (a.k.a. Idaho)

Da Vinci Surgery July 31, 2007… 54 on surgery day
PSA 4.3  Gleason 3+3=6  T2a  Confined to Prostate

Waiting to take that first post-op PSA

My awareness web site:


Cedar Chopper
Regular Member

Date Joined Mar 2007
Total Posts : 432
   Posted 9/6/2007 5:24 AM (GMT -6)   
To Susan and Her-Man-Don,

Thanks for all you do!

Here's to "Many happy returns of the day!"

     (Imagine Alfalfa of Our Gang/Little Rascals fame crooning this song at a wedding...)

Your Friend,


Michael's Wife
Regular Member

Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 150
   Posted 9/6/2007 6:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Wonderful news!  We're thrilled for the both of you!

Husband Age: 58
Stage: T1c
Gleason: 6 (3+3)
PSA: 4.4
Biopsy: 12 samples, Adenocarcinoma involving 3 cores, right side only (95%, 90%, 30%, discontinuously)
Still researching options

Regular Member

Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 88
   Posted 9/6/2007 7:43 AM (GMT -6)   
nono  DON & SUSAN
Great news on the PSA!!!  I know the feeling!  Don't we all! Keep those good numbers coming!!! tongue
Broker 59

Date of Dx 3/20/07

PSA: 2.5
Gleeson: 3+4
Stage: T2
Bone Scan Clean

Date of Surgery: 6/21/07  Open RP
Post Opp: ALL NEGATIVE margins & L/N, S/V.
Cath out after 18 days = BIG RELIEF!!!
PSA: 7/23/07 0.01

Regular Member

Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 474
   Posted 9/6/2007 7:46 AM (GMT -6)   

Such excellent news, Susan! Words can't express that greatest sense of relief. First, you know those numbers are sitting in someone else's computer and you have to wait for the "official" announcement. Then, it's out there and everything is good again.


Regular Member

Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 39
   Posted 9/6/2007 10:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Great news!

Regular Member

Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 357
   Posted 9/6/2007 3:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Excellent news! Congratulations!

Prostate cancer diagnosed: May 15, 2006 (age 40)
Gleason score: pre-surgery 3+3=6; post-surgery 3+4=7
daVinci radical prostatectomy: July 25, 2006
size of tumor: approx 1.1 inches; negative margins from surgery

- number of pads/day at 3 months after surgery: 3 to 5
- number of pads/day at 4 months after surgery: 1 to 2
- number of pads/day at 6-12 months after surgery: 0 to 1

- 1st post-surgery PSA: 0 (Nov 2006); 2nd post-surgery PSA: 0 (Feb 2007)
- 3rd post-surgery PSA: 0 (May 2007); 4th post-surgery PSA: 0 (June 2007)

The search for timber: took Viagra/Cialis approx. every other day, ErecAid once a day, injections. Peyronie's diagnosed 7/5/07. Now on Cialis, L-arginine and pentoxyfylline, ordered to be celibate for 6 weeks.

- PGE1 batting average: .364 (4 for 11)
- Bimix batting average: .500 (4 for 8)
- Trimix batting average: .500 (1 for 2)

"Lost in the valley without my horses, no one can tell me what my remorse is..."

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Date Joined Jan 2007
Total Posts : 762
   Posted 9/6/2007 5:29 PM (GMT -6)   
:-)   yeah Great news Susan!  - wishing you and Don the happiest of happy days. Lana
Lana posting for husband CJ (49 years). First PSA 3.5 (Nov 06). Open Radical Prostatectomy on Tuesday 17th April 2007. Gleeson 3 + 4 = 7. Confined to prostate. PSA 0.01 (June 07).

Veteran Member

Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 1219
   Posted 9/6/2007 7:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Peeps and Fellow travelers in the world of pc and all that entails!

You're all too kind and we got a great lift from your wonderful responses to our good news.

Talking today, Don & I fully realize just how fortunate we are. And we are moving forward. Always moving forward...

I don't remember where I heard this but it reminds me of how things really work at this forum:

"Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting."

It says to me that at times we're the givers and at times we're the takers but it all balances out.

Don & 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
3 mo. PSA Post LRP Surgery: 11.8, 12.9, 13.9 Bone scan, CT scan, Endorectal MRI, Chest XR - neg.
09/06/06: 6 mo. PSA: 18.8 Distant lymph node involvement Start HT Lupron 3 mo. shots
12/06/06: PSA 0.8
03/07/07: PSA 0.3
06/06/07: PSA 0.1
09/05/07: PSA 0.1

Regular Member

Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 75
   Posted 9/10/2007 8:13 AM (GMT -6)   
A belated but heartfelt reply: CONGRATULATIONS, I really hope you'll keep the numbers down for years!

M. Kat
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Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 715
   Posted 9/11/2007 5:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Don and Susan,

that is wonderful news! I know you were anxiously waiting and felt so relieved. here's to low numbers for the rest of your lives!! 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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