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   Posted 9/14/2007 9:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Almost three months to the day since my surgery, I learned that my PSA is <.001.   Love that goose-egg! 
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

James C.
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   Posted 9/14/2007 9:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Congrats.  One test at a time....
James C. 
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Age 60 
4/19/07  PSA 7.6 , referred to Urologist
4/26/07  Urologist prescribes 3 weeks of antibiotics/anti-inflam. due to past history of Prostatis.  DRE-             nothing detected but 'gross enlargement"
6/5/07    Recheck of PSA: 6.7, biopsy scheduled.
7/11/07   Biopsy- 16 core samples, ultrasound size of gland around 76 cc.
7/17/07   Pathlogy report:  3 of 16 cancerous/ 5% involved, left lobe top to center, Gleason 3/3:6. 
8/3/07     Decision made for conventional RP surgery, scheduled for Sept. 24.
Present:   Surgery Scheduled for Sept. 24....waiting...waiting

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   Posted 9/14/2007 9:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Awesome news!!!!
Age 44
PSA 4.8
Gleason 3+3=6
Biopsy - 3 of 12 (2@20% / 1@80%
Da Vinci 7/31/07 @ Duke
2.5 hr. surgery, released from Duke with in 14 hrs.
Saved both nerve bundles. 
Foley out 8/10/08
Positive Pathology Report 
New Gleason 7
Left side near nerve bundle invloved
Oncology visit in the near future for radiation
Back to work 3 weeks following surgery - Sales
9/13/07 - 1 Post PSA Undetectable less than 0.1  

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   Posted 9/14/2007 12:01 PM (GMT -6)   


The geese have spoken: and the word is “0”!  I certainly know what a relief that is, and it’s cause for celebration. Keep up the good work.


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. margins
DaVinci surgery on 02/23/06
Last PSA 08/26/07 @ 18 months "0"

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   Posted 9/14/2007 1:06 PM (GMT -6)   


Congrats!!!!!   Numbers we love to hear!

Sorry we missed you at the Lee/Buddy meeting the 13th, but will try to hook up withyou on one of our visits to my daughter in Kingston...  Been to Bainbridge many times from their as I had some co-workers who lived there.  Will also try to hook up with Biker in Spokane on another family visit. 

Lee & Buddy are absolutely great aren't they...  although on our visit in Kelowna at a winery, they seemed to like to put their noses in wine glasses a lot...  I thought it was unusual activity for a forum moderator...  I would ask bluebird for an explanation of this aberrant behaviour...  :-)

Anyway, KEEP THEM 00000's COMING!
God Bless!
Ray & Avis

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   Posted 9/14/2007 2:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Pasayten, we had a GREAT time with Lee and Buddy. When I saw them, they had BBQ sauce up to their elbows! (For all of you who read this and haven't had the pleasure, they are the nicest, most caring and fun people you'd ever want to meet. Bluebird is just as you'd expect from reading her posts!) Look forward to meeting you and Avis in person -- saw Lee's pictures of both of you! And thanks, Ray,for the support re PSA. Have you had your first? One interesting fact, Dr. Corman said I wouldn't have to have another test for a full year. I mentioned that to the group last night and all of them were quite surprised and urged me to get another one at least in 6 months, if not 3 months. I did question Corman about it, and he said with my Gleason and staging, confirmed by post-surgery path, 12 months was fine. Even so, I'm inclined to follow Lee, Buddy and Biker's advice. Can't hurt.
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

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   Posted 9/14/2007 3:49 PM (GMT -6)   
You da man puget.  Enjoy the moment and keep those zeeeeros coming!!!!!!!!

D.O.B - 8/9/52

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

DRE: Negative

Biopsy results 11/22/06.  Both lobes involved.  Six out of eight cores positive - from 100 percent to 90, to 60, to 50, two 20s and two zeros.

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.  Volume of tumor much less than biopsy suggested.  14 percent overall.

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

Second post-surgery PSA -- Undetectable, 9/11/07

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   Posted 9/14/2007 4:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Good News Puget! Did you know that less than 4% of men who have had surgery resulting in a follow up PSA nadir of <.001 endure recurrences? With your pathology, it is no suprise you've done so well.....congratulations on such a successful outcome :>)


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   Posted 9/14/2007 6:29 PM (GMT -6)   

Wow!  That's great news esp. with the additional info that Swim added!

Bless you, Puget,


Doting Daughter
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   Posted 9/14/2007 6:38 PM (GMT -6)   

Congrats for the great news!!! 

Doting Daughter

Father's Information
DX July 15, 2007
Age 62 (now 63)
PSA 5.5
Original Gleason 3+4=7 
Post Surgery Gleason- 4+3=7
DaVinci Surgery Aug 31, 2007
Positive Right Margin
One positive node
Bone Scan/CT Negative (Sept. 10, 2007)
T3a N1 M0
In process of determining follow up therapy

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   Posted 9/14/2007 7:28 PM (GMT -6)   
My spin on Dr. Corman is that he does seem to minimally schedule events on the lower grade PCa's...  First psa at 3 months instead of 6 weeks, and followups (if undetectable) a year later.   Maybe he is following statisical evidence and does not schedule unneeded tests and streatching them out does make us "worry" less I guess.  He is a very confident and optimistic man. 
Anyway, I will probable go in for another psa at 6 months anyway instead of a year.  After that, year to year.  My first one was in July and <0.01   As swimom mentions, our numbers are GREAT for no re-occurence.
God Bless!

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   Posted 9/14/2007 7:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Great news Puget. Keep those zeros coming. I also agree with you about Lee and Buddy. They are really great people and super friends. Dale and I are so happy we can see them every week and honored to share them with everyone else every now and then. And jet guy, our son is flying right seat in a King Air 200 tomorrow to Blacksburg VA and back to the ball game.


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   Posted 9/14/2007 7:56 PM (GMT -6)   
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Da Vinci Surgery July 31, 2007… 54 on surgery day
PSA 4.3  Gleason 3+3=6  T2a  Confined to Prostate

Results for first post-op PSA due Sept 18, 2007

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   Posted 9/14/2007 11:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks to all who responded. You are all family to me after all these months. God bless.

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

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   Posted 9/15/2007 12:35 AM (GMT -6)   
More good wishes and wishing you a lifetime of ZEROsssssssssssssssssssss
;o) Linda & Bob
Bob (61) - Laproscopic Prostate Removal Sept 27, 2006.
2 of 12 malignant biopsy samples - gleason 3 + 3 = 6.
Pathology - cancer completely contained, even a second more aggressive, previously undetected cancer)
PSA UNDETECTABLE Nov 2006, Feb and May,2007.

Bob also has two secondary conditions -- Polycythemia (elevated red & white cells & platelets) and . . Myelofibrosis) -- If anyone has experience with or information on these, please email us.

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   Posted 9/15/2007 4:09 AM (GMT -6)   
This is all very exciting - all the best and enjoy! 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).

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   Posted 9/15/2007 5:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Bill,

Again, congrats on the zeros.... It was really nice meeting you the other night and I hope we can stay in touch...

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."

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   Posted 9/24/2007 6:52 PM (GMT -6)   

tongue  Yea!!! Puget & Loved Ones,


1st     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


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 :)

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   Posted 9/24/2007 6:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Magnificent!!! I love hearing good news!


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 - Cancelled due to anesthesia complications
Robotic Surgery Rescheduled for September 25, 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."

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   Posted 9/24/2007 7:12 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey ~ Puget,

What a wonderful visit!!  yeah   Yes ~ we really do feel like family!!  A great high-five at the table when you arrived to celebrate the “GOOSE EGG”….  Yippeee!!!!!  And wonderful Hugs all around…  A visit we will always hold close to our hearts.  There are true lifelong friendships ~ made here on HealingWell.


Those baby back ribs we had (Biker, Puget, & Lee) sure were good….. (Glen *Spinbiscuit would have liked them too!!)


And to respond to Pete about the winery… we definitely enjoyed their taste tests!!!!  By sniffing the aroma and checking out the legs…. (wine talk!!)  hee hee   Another “wonderful friendship” sealed with real HUGS!!! 


Once again ~ a heartfelt thank you for battling the 4-5:00 rush hour traffic to spend a little time with the 4 of us!!!!!!!  Keep close and let us know when you visit North Carolina… 


We took a few pictures of the ferry heading out of Seattle and had special thoughts of you!!! Also ~ The group picture turned out great!!!  I'll be sending them your way soon.


Hugs from Lee & Buddy and Murphy too!

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