Latest PSA is Oh So Good!

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   Posted 11/27/2007 5:48 PM (GMT -6)   

PSA - 0.1 - undetectable again and we are so happy about that! See - tongue - whew!

Everyone who goes through this knows the apprehension...the vitals have been taken, maybe you talk to the nurse for an update on how you're feeling, then you wait for the doc to come in. Don & I kid a bit, go over any questions we have one more time and wait that 5 minutes that seems like 30. The doctor gave us the results quickly - he must've seen "that look" on our faces! All our questions were answered, Don got his Lupron shot and we were on our way. Believe me, it didn't take long to whip out our cell phones and call our family!

Thank you so very much for all your good thoughts and kind words,
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
11/27/07: PSA 0.1

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   Posted 11/27/2007 6:12 PM (GMT -6)   

That's really fantastic news! Keep rolling those 0's!


Beachbum tongue

PSA 10 June 2007
Biopsy July 2, 16 of 16 samples positive
Di Venci 10/09/07, four hours on table, 3 in recovery
Total time in Hospital: 29 hours
Record for Dr. Lance, 65% of prostate had cancer, but NO spread, clean margins
Clean nodes,
First PSA at 5 weeks, UNDETECTABLE!
Catheter out at seven days, dry from hour one!
The Lord has truly Blessed me.

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   Posted 11/27/2007 6:19 PM (GMT -6)   


Congratulations Susan and Don on the wonderful news. You have both been through some tough times. This wonderful news has made my day!


Again, Congratulations!



Tony Crispino
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   Posted 11/27/2007 7:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow is an understatement!!!!!!!!!!!!!
God Bless Susan and Don........

You are truly Blessed. You are such a wonderful poster but this is your best post yet.

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 11/27/2007 7:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Way to go, Guys. Couldn't happen to nicer people.

1/2005 Dx PSA 26.5 Gleason 7 (4+3) @Age 61
1/2005 Start Casodex and Zoladex
7/2005-8/2005 5 weeks of IMRT and then HDR brachy
1/2007 Rad Oncologist orders CT scan of pelvis
because of complaints of pain in both thighs
MRI confirms pain not caused by cancer BUT
1/2007 CT scan of pelvis picks up a nodule at bottom of left lung
5/2007 CT scan of lungs shows 1/2007 nodule has grown and
there are numerous nodules on both lungs.
6/2007 Thoracic surgeon removes wedge of left lung for biopsy
6/2007 Path report says 95% chance of metastatic PCa, but she's
never seen cells like this before.
7/2007 2nd opinion at M.D. Anderson in Houston.
They confirm: mutated PCa, very rare, but seen there 2 or
3 times. Recommendation: have CT scans every 6 weeks
and watch for change. At that point start chemo and will
survive for 22 - 24 months thereafter.

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   Posted 11/27/2007 7:32 PM (GMT -6)   
So happy for you! Congratulations!
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.

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   Posted 11/27/2007 8:07 PM (GMT -6)   


I get my latest 6 month PSA THURSDAY------ hopefully your great news is an omen!

Age 47
Open Radical Prostatectomy 6/9/2006
Pathological Stage T3a, Positive Surgical Margin
Gleason 3+4
PSA rose to .24 in November of 2006
6 month hormone therapy initiated December 1. 2006
36 sessions of IMRT Ended Feb 1, 2007
PSA as of May 25, 2007 undetectable
Next PSA November, 2007

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   Posted 11/27/2007 8:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Susan,

You and Don have done everything right. Now the payoff is great news. Keep up the good work and make us all happy again next time...

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 - 10/17/07 0.00. 
Started Tri-Mix on 8/7/07.  .05 ml and 50 mg Viagra.  It works!!!
Next PSA test on 1/15/08
"Patience is essential, attitude is everything."

Doting Daughter
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   Posted 11/27/2007 8:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Hooray!! Congrats!!! Cheers to many more!

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
Focally Positive Right Margin
One positive node
Bone Scan/CT Negative (Sept. 10, 2007)
T3a N1 M0
Oct. 17 PSA 0.07
Nov. 13 PSA 0.05
HT to being Nov 07
Radiation soon to follow

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   Posted 11/27/2007 8:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Congrats!  It's so good to hear news like yours!  Wishing you many more
years of undetectable PSA tests.
42 yo.
PSA 4.65
Gleason scores from 4 pathologies of the same biopsy with 2 of 12 cores positive for cancer (if this isn't confusing to the patient...):
1) both cores 3+4 (Weiss Memorial)
2) one 3+4 and one 3+3 (Univ. of Chicago Hosp.)
3) both cores 3+3 (Mass General Hosp.)
4) both cores 3+4 (Northwestern Memorial Hosp.)
9/17/07 - Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy Surgery at Northwestern Memorial in Chicago by Dr. William Catalona.
and the winner op Gleason score of 3+4.
Good pathology report with negative margins, no seminal vesicale involvement, no lymphatic or vascular invasion, bladder and urethral free and tumor volume was 5% of 27.3g.  Amazing how something so small can cause such problems!
9/27/07 - Catheter removal...let the games begin...

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   Posted 11/27/2007 9:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Way to go you two! Such good news! We know well that "feeling" while waiting to hear the news . . .even if you are sure it'll be good, nothing beats hearing it from the doctor directly.

;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, May, Oct2007.  ONE YEAR!!!! WHOOO HOOOO! 

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 11/27/2007 9:12 PM (GMT -6)   

Yes it is, Oh So Good!  I'm really happy for you guys.  What a relief.  What a relief.  I say again, what a relief. 



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.
Seven month PSA is 0.8.

FLHW(David E)
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   Posted 11/27/2007 9:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Great news!!!
Dx'd 2/18/05
PSA 219, bone mets, lymph node involvement
Gleason Score: 7
Current (11-17-07)
PSA: 23
Lupron, Keto, Avodart

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   Posted 11/27/2007 10:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Big smiles from ear to ear!! for you all :)
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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   Posted 11/27/2007 10:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Ditto Susan and Don...

What a Christmas this will be!

God Bless, Swim

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   Posted 11/28/2007 12:26 AM (GMT -6)   

GREAT News!!!!!!!!!

I hope those 0's keep coming your way.

Best wishes to you both & Happy Holidays


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
3-6-07 Triple Spinal Fusion (due to old back injury)
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
 9-26-2007 PSA 0.07
11/1/07 PSA 0.1

Cedar Chopper
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   Posted 11/28/2007 6:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Susan & Don,

"Kind words" alone don't do justice for all of your help and concern here.

It is good to hear from you and your good news encourages us all!



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   Posted 11/28/2007 6:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Susan and Don,
This is such great news! Sharing your relief, and your joy with this great result!  A wonderful lead up to Christmas for you and all your family. cheers, Lana & CJ
Creed_three (Lana & CJ)
Husband CJ aged 49 yrs. 
First PSA 3.5 (Nov 06). 1 x (5%) core of 12 positive at biopsy. 11 cores negative. Open Radical Prostatectomy with nerve sparing, on Tuesday 17th April 2007 (Sydney, Australia). Gleeson 3 + 4 = 7.  Cancer confined to prostate. Margins all clear, including bladder neck and seminal vessicles. 
1st PSA 0.01 - undetectable (June 07)
2nd PSA 0.02 - undetectable (Oct 07)

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   Posted 11/28/2007 9:23 AM (GMT -6)   
The best news! It's so hard to wait those few days between the test and getting the results. You know those very important Zeros are sitting on someone's desk or in a computer report and you just want to yank them out of there!

A triple "Whew" from us!
Husband age 66
PSA on 5/1/06: 4.2 (had doubled in 13 mos. and rising monthly)
DaVinci Surgery 8/2/06 - Austin, TX w/Dr. Randy F.A.G.I.N.
T2a (at biopsy)
At pathology - cancer cell leakage into fatty tissue
Post-Surgical PSA on 10/06, 4/07 - undetectable!
11/1/06 - perhaps bladder neck involvement; 30%-50% chance of recurrence
PSA test "Un-zero-detectable" on 10/16/07.
9% chance recurrence w/in next 7 years (down from 50% as we understand it)
Future: PSA tests twice-yearly for now.

Tim G
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   Posted 11/28/2007 9:48 AM (GMT -6)   
This is great news!  Congratulations!

Age 59 PSA 2.6 (Quadrupled in one year) Gleason 5
Bilateral nerve-sparing RRP 6/21/06
Cancer confined to prostate, post-op PSA's non-detectable

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   Posted 11/28/2007 12:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Good Job keep the 0's coming, have a happy holiday season

Age 49, PSA 6.22 on 9-26-06
Biopsy 11-01-06, 2 of 13 cores 10% cancer, 2 other cores abnormal Up-dated 20% prostate cancerous
Gleason score 3+3=6 After Pathology report 3+4=7 some agressive 5 cells found
Da Vinci surgery 01-09-07 UW Madison
Pathology Report- cancer 100 % capsual contained 1-18-07
Catheter removed 1-18-07 suffered bladder spasms Catheter reattached 1-18-07
Catheter removed 2nd time 1-24-07
1st Post PSA Blood Test 3-22-07 <.1 Undetectable
2nd Post PSA Blood Test 7/5/07 <.1 Undetectable
3nd Post PSA Blood Test 11-12-07 .2 monitoring
Next Poat PSA Blood Test Scheduled for 1-17-08
Incontenence-Pad free since end of May 07 4 1/2 months post surgery 
ED back to 95% prior to surgery - no medication required.

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   Posted 11/28/2007 1:53 PM (GMT -6)   

tongue    Yea!! Susan & Don,


  PSA   !!!~~~>>>  Woo~Hoo <<<~~~!!! undetectable


Cause for celebration!!!!!  Definitely!!!

What a wonderful day it is ~ each and every-day….   

Enjoy it to the fullest. 


In Friendship ~ 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.


:-)  Caring is Sharing ~  Thank You for Sharing   :-)

Post Edited (bluebird) : 12/1/2007 9:20:53 AM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 11/28/2007 4:59 PM (GMT -6)   
How kind you all are - Don & I appreciate your well wishes and support.

I think of you at different times during the day and hope your lives are getting on. That there is a place for happiness and joy in the midst of this cancer. That somehow we can find the strength to control what we can and know it's okay to let go at times. And to share it here. I believe it's the best we can do.


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   Posted 11/28/2007 6:10 PM (GMT -6)   
hey myman: congratulations and way to go. i'm so happy for your good news. you deserve some. what a lovely christmas this will be for both of you. keep up the good fight. wishing you both the best. lifeline

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   Posted 12/11/2007 5:31 PM (GMT -6)   
My husbabd had 12 of 12 positive, small prostate, Gleason 3plus 5 pre surgery 4 plus 3 after surgery
PSA 6.9 presurgery, 4.9 after surgery in July 07. First Lupron brought PSA to 1.0 after 30 days, second Lupron brought it to <0.1 after 90 days. He has dull pain since the surgery but had a hernia repair and they think it might be the patch.
I am a wreck...tell me there is hope. Today I cannot stop crying !!
Margie and Joe
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