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Date Joined Oct 2006
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   Posted 12/12/2007 5:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Had an early Christmas present today. My 4th 3-monthly PSA test came back as undetectable!
This has to be the best Christmas present ever. I can now celebrate my 1st anniversary without my PSA engine and I'm feeling great.
My heartfelt thanks to all the great people on this forum for their encouragement, advise and compassion. Just don't know how I could have managed without you - thanks.
Merry Christmas and a healthy, happy and prosperous 2008 to all.

Born Sept., 1936
PSA 7.9
Stage T1C
Gleason's Score 3+4=7
Open RP 28 Nov 06
by Dr. Goodman in Chilliwack, B.C., Canada
Post op staging T3
Gleasons still 3+4=7
Left and right sides involed
Catheter out 15 Dec 06
Dry since 11 Feb 07
ED OK sice Nov., 07 (with 25mg Sildenafil)
All PSA tests in 2007 (4) = 0
so far, so good.

Post Edited (Magaboo) : 12/12/2007 3:21:29 PM (GMT-7)

James C.
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   Posted 12/12/2007 5:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Good news indeed.  Hope you keep the success curve going...

James C. 
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Age 60 
4/19/07   PSA 7.6, referred to Urologist, recheck 6.7 06/05/07
7/11/07   Biopsy- 16 core samples, size of gland around 76 cc. Staging pT2c
7/17/07   Path report:  3 of 16 PCa, 5% involved, left lobe , GS 3/3:6. 
9/24/07   Retropubic Radical Prostatectomy performed 
9/26/07   Post-op Path Report: GS 3+3=6 Staging pT2c, 110gms, margins clear
10/15/07  ED- 25mg Viagra nightly-no joy 
10/19/07  Dry 24 hrs, pad at night just in case
11/15/07  ED-continue 25mg Viagra, no response, begin Vacorect pump-
11/15/07  1st PSA-0.01, fully continent- no pads
12/17/07  ED- 3 mts.-continue Viagra and pump-no change-no response

Regular Member

Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 242
   Posted 12/12/2007 6:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Grand news. I'm going for my third post surgery PSA in one week. Hope the karma rubs off!
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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Date Joined Apr 2006
Total Posts : 818
   Posted 12/12/2007 7:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Magaboo,

Glad to hear the good news, and you're right what better Christmas present could there be? I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New year.

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"

Regular Member

Date Joined Jan 2007
Total Posts : 376
   Posted 12/12/2007 9:21 PM (GMT -6)   

Great news and continued negitive tests in the future and enjoy the Holidays!

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.

Tim G
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   Posted 12/12/2007 9:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Three cheers for your wonderful news, Magaboo!  \O/\O/\O/
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

Veteran Member

Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 823
   Posted 12/12/2007 10:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi megaboo. What a great Christmas present. Hope you have all zero's forever.


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Date Joined Jan 2007
Total Posts : 762
   Posted 12/12/2007 10:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Magaboo,

This is fantastic news - so glad that you have this news now. Yes, the best present you could ever get. Have a wonderful time celebrating your year of recovery. We are so pleased to hear your good news. Best wishes, 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)

Regular Member

Date Joined May 2007
Total Posts : 234
   Posted 12/13/2007 12:40 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Megaboo!

That is GREAT news, what a way to celebrate the holidays. I hope you continue with those zeros for many years to come. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!!!!


Rick & Diana
Age 68/ 67@ Dx
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
11/30/07 PSA 0.12

Cedar Chopper
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Date Joined Mar 2007
Total Posts : 432
   Posted 12/13/2007 4:45 AM (GMT -6)   

Celebrating your timely Good News!, I'm reminded of the Mr. Magoo version
  of Dickens' A Christmas Carol when Tiny Tim says:

God Bless Us Every One!


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Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 474
   Posted 12/13/2007 8:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey, Mags - you've just given us another reason to celebrate here in Texas! That's excellent news and even better, that you're feeling great to boot. Here's a toast to 2008!
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.

Regular Member

Date Joined Mar 2006
Total Posts : 355
   Posted 12/13/2007 10:05 AM (GMT -6)   

Can I celebrate with you?  Congratulations on your score - I'm happy to report my husband's PSA bounce that terrified me in on a downward slide.

Happy Holidays!

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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 1219
   Posted 12/13/2007 10:17 PM (GMT -6)   
That's the best news you can get! Have a wonderful Merry Christmas and many more!
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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Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 2542
   Posted 12/16/2007 11:02 PM (GMT -6)   

tongue  Yea !  ~   Magaboo, 

1st  Year !!!~~~>>>  Woo~Hoo  <<<~~~!!! Undetectable


November 28th, 2007… a year ~ cancer free!!!

An anniversary really worth celebrating!!!


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

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

Enjoy it to the fullest. 

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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


Happy Every-Day

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 : 88
   Posted 12/17/2007 1:42 PM (GMT -6)   
It's been a while since my last post, I became a GrandPop for the first time a wonderful little Boy, Happy & Healthy!
Had my third PSA test last week, still at ZERO.  All in All a VERY WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS!
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
PSA: 9/04/07 0.01

Veteran Member

Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 823
   Posted 12/17/2007 9:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Megaboo. Great news, now keep on getting those zeros!!!


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   Posted 12/17/2007 9:47 PM (GMT -6)   
More good news! Merry Christmas!


Regular Member

Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 176
   Posted 12/17/2007 9:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Great reading great news! Happy times for the holidays! Congrats.
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 is...post 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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