17 month and still I worry

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flippin out
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   Posted 9/5/2007 5:08 PM (GMT -6)   
always the closer I get to check up time the nutzyer I get my wife's a Saint.  anyone experence upsurge after two years ?
55 now
psa >.0  / 4 months ago
daVince April 06'
no complications (did they get it all?) I think I'm doing to well.

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   Posted 9/5/2007 5:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey mjr,

No...Don's upsurge was immediately after surgery! Look, it's okay to get nutzyer the closer it gets I think everyone does...just don't drive the wife away...I hear she's a Saint!!!

All the best to you,
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

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   Posted 9/5/2007 5:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi mjr,

Funny you should bring this up; I just had my 18 month PSA, and it was a "0". The week or so before the test I started to worry, and all sorts of irrational thoughts filled my head. I guess it's just a normal thing to worry; you know the "What ifs?". All I can tell you is that every time so far each of those "0s" has been a "New Lease on Life". I wonder how many guys get to say that?

So after all this concern (I drive my wife Nutz too); I take her out for dinner to show her my appreciation for her patience and understanding.

Good luck to you on your next PSA test,


Diagnosed at age 60
PSA went from 2.2 to 3.8 in 14 months
2 of 14 cores positive at 10%
Gleason 6(3+3), negative DRE, neg. boundaries
DaVinci surgery on 02/23/06

Tony Crispino
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   Posted 9/5/2007 6:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I can't resist. While we do sget a little tense just before testing, I take solace. Before I think I am driving her nuts I remember that she said yes and married ME. Before I worry about driving her crazy, I note that she has the directions.


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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   Posted 9/5/2007 11:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I have my first test following surgery next week.  However, my wife thinks I'm a little nutty all the time so she can't tell the difference!  :-)

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: http://pca-info.blogspot.com


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   Posted 9/5/2007 11:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I just had the blood drawn today for my second post-op test and I have been nutzo too.  I feel like I'm in a game of Russian Roulette. 
For the next couple of days, everytime my phone rings I'm gonna be ready to drop.
But like spinbiscuit said, once guys get through it and get the good news, it's like a new lease on life.  That's how I felt six months ago.

55 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 9/6/2007 9:20 AM (GMT -6)   
tongue  Spin
You sound like a saint! Just had my second blood draw Tuesday, still waiting for the ZERO report.  I try to reationalize it, and take comfort from the previous reading.  Problem is I only have ONE previous reading!!!
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

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   Posted 9/6/2007 6:59 PM (GMT -6)   

I am having blood drawn on 17th for my first post-op PSA, I see the uro on 26th for results, have to admit that I am starting to think about it a lot as the time gets closer.

Regards Mal.

age 66 PSA 5.8 DRE slightly firm Rt
Biopsy 2nd July 07 5 out of 12 positive
Gleason 3+4=7  right side tumour adenocarcinoma stage T2a
RP on 30th July,
Post op Pathology, tumour stage T3a 4+3=7, microcsopic evidence of capsular penetration, seminal vessels, bladder neck, free of tumour, lymph nodes clear, no evidence of metastatic malignancy, tumour does not extend to the apical margins.

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   Posted 9/6/2007 7:23 PM (GMT -6)   

I have learned to not worry too much about that which I can't control.  Not completely, but to some degree.  I got my first post treatment PSA four months after and I was a bit anxious, but not a bunch.  It has ocurred to me the it's the nature of cancer that you know for certain that you are cured when you die of another cause.  I expect there will always be a question till it comes back, or something else gets me. 


August of 2006, PSA up to 4.2 from 2.7 one year ago. 
October free and total PSA 12% free and 5.0 total.
A month, or so later, 4.7.
Late in the year decide on Image Guided IMRT.
Begin 43 treatments on January 23, 2007 and finish on March 23.
Four month post treatment PSA is 1.9.  (This is a very good result.)
No side, or after effects.  None.
I have aged a year and am now 63.  How did that happen?

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   Posted 9/8/2007 1:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi mjr,
I'm due to see my Urologist on the 12th this month. It's my 3rd 3-monthly checkup. That means that I'm only at 9 month past surgery. The jitters are starting to set in. All we can do is hope for the best and celebrate when the result turns out to be zero. I'll be keeping my fingers x'd for you. Hope you do the same for me.
Best of luck.

Age 70
PSA 7.9
Stage T1C
Gleason's Scre 3+4=7
Open RP 28 Nov 06
Dry since early Jan 07
1st PSA result on 15 March 07 = 0
2nd PSA result on 15 June 07 = 0

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