Nine Month Post-op PSA

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Mike A
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Date Joined Feb 2007
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   Posted 10/8/2007 8:25 AM (GMT -7)   
I was a little concerned after my six month check, when my PSA went from 0.02 to 0.04. Despite assurances that it was still in the non-detectable range, I was certain an upward trend was starting. This morning the Doc came in with the news. It's back down to 0.02 !!!!! WHEW!!!! I was so happy that I stopped on the way home for bacon and eggs. Smart huh! Since it looks like the cancer isn't going to get me anytime soon, I go and start in on the arteries and cholestrol !! Thanks to all in the forum for your unending support. I'll continue to jump in when I feel like I have something to contribute!
Best,
Mike
June 2005 - Age 53 PSA 4.8 at regular physical
October 2005 - After several rounds of anti-biotics, PSA 5.2 at Urlogist
November 2005 - Biopsy negative
July 2006 - PSA 5.9 at regular Physical
October 2006 - After several more rounds of anti-biotics PSA 8.1
November 2006 - Second biopsy - Positive
December 2006 - Gleason (3+4=7), Tumor T1c, CT Scan and Bone Scan Negative
January 2, 2007 Robotic Prostatectomy, University of Rochester Medical Center - Tumor confined but larger than thought, only one nerve able to be spared. Margins clear.
February 2007 - Three to four pads a day, no erection with viagara.
March 2007 - Down to two pads a day, had first intercourse with Erecaid pump and bands, otherwise still flat tire.
April 2007 - First Post-Surgical PSA 0.02 and a great relief! Down to one pad a day. Still unable to achive erection without pump.
May, 2007 - Still one pad a day, even try a smaller pad on occasion. Slight improvement on the ED.
July, 2007 - Six Month Post-op: PSA 0.04 still Non-Detectable. One small pad/day for a few drops only! No change in ED.
October, 2007 - Nine Month Post-op: PSA back down to 0.02 Non-Detectable...Yay! Almost totally dry! Only slight improvement in ED - Will try injections if not improved by next appointment.
"If patience is a virtue, I feel like the most virtuous guy on the planet!"

Post Edited (Mike A) : 10/8/2007 9:32:58 AM (GMT-6)


puget
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Date Joined Mar 2007
Total Posts : 237
   Posted 10/8/2007 9:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Great news, Mike. There's always that little anxiety, isn't there, that the cancer will come creeping back. I'm no expert, but I don't think anything under .05 is reliable -- meaning that .04 is just as "non-detectable" as .02, and the fluctation may well be just a testing variable with no significance at all. Sure looks like you're in the ballpark! And, hey, what's little bacon and eggs now and then!
Puget
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 = <.01 (Hooray!!)


Magaboo
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Date Joined Oct 2006
Total Posts : 1209
   Posted 10/8/2007 10:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Mike,
After all the anxiety just before getting your test result you deserve a good meal of beacon and eggs :-).
Congratulations on your 3rd zero result and may you have many more. I'm due for my 4th 3-monthly test in December and are hoping for the same result.
All the best to you and your continuing healing.
 
Magaboo
 

Born Sept., 1936
PSA 7.9
Stage T1C
Gleason's Score 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
3rd PSA result on 12 September 07 = 0
 


Tony Crispino
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Total Posts : 8122
   Posted 10/8/2007 10:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Nice job Mike.
I had a good weekend this last one and ate perfectly. Lots of veggies and fruit. Chicken as a main course. And here I am messing it all up. I am eating two chile dogs. I hope you enjoyed that bacon and eggs as much as I am enjoying these. I don't think I'll eat anything else this week but they sure are good.

Here's to zeros.

Tony
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.
 
STAY POSITIVE!


JCL
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Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 242
   Posted 10/8/2007 2:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Grand news, Mike! I was ahead of you by just a few days when I received my second post-op PSA results. I celebrated with a big pizza with everything on it. Now it's back to the fish, veggies, fruit and pomegrante juice.

Jack
Age: 49
Diagnosed: March 25, 2007
PSA: 3.0
Biopsy: Gleason 6. Five of twelve core samples positive with <5% each. No perineural invasion seen.
DaVinci Surgery: May 21, 2007 at Florida Hospital, Orlando, Florida. Surgery took one hour and 45 minutes. According to my surgeon, everything went textbook and the prostate peeled away nicely.
Post-op Pathology Report: Upgraded to Gleason 7 (3+4), negative margins, negative capsular penetration, negative seminal vesicles, lymph nodes left intact, multifocal perinural invasion, 15% of prosate involving cancer in both lobes.
Continence: Out of the pads at five weeks. Still have some very minor stress incontinence at times but it's not an issue. Still Kegel every day and will continue to do so.
Erections: Yes! With the assistance of Cialis.
1st Post-op PSA: <0.1
2nd Post-op PSA: <0.1
Family history: My Father had his prostate removed at age 67 in 1997 and has had a <0.1 PSA for the past 10 years. I was diagnosed at a much earlier age and had a more agressive cancer than my father. Go figure.
 
 
 


mvesr
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Total Posts : 823
   Posted 10/8/2007 6:23 PM (GMT -7)   
HI Mike. Great news for you PSA. I celebrated too with a chilli cheese burger and onion rings.

Mika

IdahoSurvivor
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Total Posts : 1015
   Posted 10/8/2007 8:32 PM (GMT -7)   

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 \      CONGRATS MIKE!         \        /   \___-=O`/|O`/_>|

  \                             \_______\          / | /    )

  /      GOOSE EGG!             /        `/-==__ _/__|/__=-|

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/_____________________________/                        (o)

 
What a great report!  We're celebrating with you!
 
Keep flying in those goose eggs for us!
 
All the best,

"Idaho" ~ Barry

 

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

1st PSA 0.04 (undetectable) 9/11/2007

My web site: http://pca-info.blogspot.com


Mike A
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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 213
   Posted 10/11/2007 6:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks all, and Barry - Love those pics! I remember doing those on my old dot-matrix printer, and my Dad told me I had WAAAAY too much time on my hands!
Best,
Mike
June 2005 - Age 53 PSA 4.8 at regular physical
October 2005 - After several rounds of anti-biotics, PSA 5.2 at Urlogist
November 2005 - Biopsy negative
July 2006 - PSA 5.9 at regular Physical
October 2006 - After several more rounds of anti-biotics PSA 8.1
November 2006 - Second biopsy - Positive
December 2006 - Gleason (3+4=7), Tumor T1c, CT Scan and Bone Scan Negative
January 2, 2007 Robotic Prostatectomy, University of Rochester Medical Center - Tumor confined but larger than thought, only one nerve able to be spared. Margins clear.
February 2007 - Three to four pads a day, no erection with viagara.
March 2007 - Down to two pads a day, had first intercourse with Erecaid pump and bands, otherwise still flat tire.
April 2007 - First Post-Surgical PSA 0.02 and a great relief! Down to one pad a day. Still unable to achive erection without pump.
May, 2007 - Still one pad a day, even try a smaller pad on occasion. Slight improvement on the ED.
July, 2007 - Six Month Post-op: PSA 0.04 still Non-Detectable. One small pad/day for a few drops only! No change in ED.
October, 2007 - Nine Month Post-op: PSA back down to 0.02 Non-Detectable...Yay! Almost totally dry! Only slight improvement in ED - Will try injections if not improved by next appointment.
"If patience is a virtue, I feel like the most virtuous guy on the planet!"


IdahoSurvivor
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Total Posts : 1015
   Posted 10/11/2007 6:52 PM (GMT -7)   

You know, Mike, we really date ourselves when we talk about dot matrix printers.  yeah

 

My kids have no idea of what they are! 

 

Glad you enjoy the pics... I wish I could say I designed them, but I just copy them from ASCII ART web sites.  I use them because I'm not as creative with colored text as our bluebird tongue

 

All the best to you!

 

Idaho


"Idaho" ~ Barry

 

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

1st PSA 0.04 (undetectable) 9/11/2007

My web site: http://pca-info.blogspot.com


bluebird
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Total Posts : 2542
   Posted 10/12/2007 5:26 PM (GMT -7)   
tongue   tongue tongue    Yea!!  Mike & Loved Ones,

 

3rd     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

 

 

Hey ~ Mike,

Great news!  Stay close and jump in anytime!!! Just make sure your not jumping out of Barry's plane... giggle~giggle....  (fun pictures... keeps us guessing as to what picture will be next!!) You guys "all of you"... are the best!!!  

In Friendship ~ 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 :)


M. Kat
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Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 715
   Posted 10/12/2007 7:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Mike - that's great that your PSA is down, down, down. I know you breathed a sigh of relief. enjoy the bacon and eggs...once in a while! :) take care, 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
8/07 - 1 yr PSA <0.1
9/1/07 - achieved erection with Viagra - no pump!

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