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hawkfan75
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Date Joined Jan 2007
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   Posted 12/18/2007 8:33 PM (GMT -7)   
I got an early Christmas Present today.  At my doctor's appointment, I found out that my first post radiation PSA is 0!!!!!  Since my previous PSA test was .08, it seems that the adjuvant radiation therapy zapped any of those cells still left in there.  I had my third Zoladex injection as well, and my doc's want that to continue for a total of two years.  Since my insurance pays for it and I don't feel any significant side effects, that's o.k. with me.  (Sudden "warm" flashes are wierd, however.)   My blood pressure was a bit high, but since I've been really nervous about this, that's understandable.  With my doctor's blessing, I'm continuing my natural methods as well:  Selenium tablets, Flax Seed on my morning cereal, and pomegranite capsules, plus excercise as well.    I admit to feeling jealous at times, reading about those who have their cancer contained to the prostate, but for those of us with "positive margins", we have more options!
 
I want to wish a very Merry Christmas to the members of this forum!  While I don't post daily, and it's been awhile, I have it on my favorites and visit it daily.  Good thoughts and information are beneficial for your psyche!  I also encourage members of my various officials groups to get tested early.  Education is one of the keys to this beast.
Age 57 at diagnosis,  PSA 4.7 (up from 3.2 one year ago)
Biopsy November 8, 2006 1 of 10 cores positive 5% LEFT Side Gleason 3+3
Robotic surgery January 19, 2007
Post Surgery Pathology Stage T3a, Gleason 3+4, positive margins and capsular penetration RIGHT Side
Post Surgery PSA:  March 5:  0.01
5 month PSA, June 13, 2007:  0.08
Adjuvant therapy began June 26 with Zoladex injection
Radiation began August 23, ended October 8
First post radiation PSA, December 18, 2007:  0
 
 


bluebird
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Date Joined May 2006
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   Posted 12/18/2007 8:44 PM (GMT -7)   

  tongue Yea!! Hawkfan,

 

!!!~~~>>>  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

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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

 

 

  smurf Wonderful news… Thanks for staying close!!! It really is good to hear from you!

Gentle hugs and warm thoughts are coming your way…


Tim G
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Date Joined Jul 2006
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   Posted 12/18/2007 8:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Three cheers for the zero PSA! \O/ \O/ \O/ ...Tim

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


Tony Crispino
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Date Joined Dec 2006
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   Posted 12/18/2007 9:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Hawk,
Good to see you back, and even better with the news you bring. The "options" you mention are something that make your other statement a better discussion. Awareness is really not where it should be. It is a much better option to be tested than the options to be treated for what we faced.

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.
 
Visit my journey at:
 
STAY POSITIVE!


PianoMan
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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 365
   Posted 12/18/2007 10:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Yo Hawk -- you da man!! Congrats on the zero and I wish you many more to come.
Tom

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.  12 percent overall.

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

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


biker90
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Total Posts : 1463
   Posted 12/18/2007 10:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Hawk,

Nice Christmas present, and we all hope you have many more...

Jim
Age 73. Diagnosed 11/03/06. PSA 7.05. Stage T2C Gleason 3+3.
RRP 12/7/06. Nerves and nodes okay.
Catheter out on 12/13/06.  Dry on 12/14/06.
Pathological stage: T2C. Gleason 3+4. Cancer confined to prostate.
PSAs from  1/3/07 - 10/17/07 0.00. 
Next PSA test on 1/15/08
 
"Patience is essential, attitude is everything."
 


IdahoSurvivor
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   Posted 12/18/2007 11:45 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey Hawk!  Hip Hip Hooray!  tongue

WONDERFUL NEWS!  What a great way to begin the holidays!  yeah


It is nice to have healthcare professionals you trust and who you can count on to give you the options you need. 

May you be comforted with your wonderful news and may you realize continued success in the future!

All the best,

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  9/11/2007   <0.04 (undetectable)

2nd PSA 12/10/2007  <0.04

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


spinbiscuit
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Date Joined Apr 2006
Total Posts : 818
   Posted 12/19/2007 12:43 AM (GMT -7)   

Great News!!!

 

That is great to hear. Keep up the good work, and keep on rolling out those “Goose Eggs”. Have a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

 

Glen

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"


myman
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Date Joined Feb 2007
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   Posted 12/19/2007 5:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Hawk - Holy Cow!!! That's great! How relieved and happy you must feel - your news is good news for all!

Merry Christmas!
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


Mike A
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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 213
   Posted 12/19/2007 5:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Way to go, Hawk! Nothing like seeing a ZERO to make Christmas all the merrier! Keep it up, and have a great Holiday!
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!"


norskie
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Date Joined Jan 2007
Total Posts : 376
   Posted 12/19/2007 7:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Hawk

Great news keep the 0's coming, have a Merry Christmas and enjoy the holiday season!

Norskie
norskie
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.


creed_three
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Date Joined Jan 2007
Total Posts : 762
   Posted 12/19/2007 10:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Hawkfan,

Great news! Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and bright, healthy new year.
Creed_three (Lana & CJ)
 
Husband CJ aged 50 yrs (49 years at diagnosis and surgery)
PSA (2002) 2.1.  PSA (Nov 2006) 3.5.  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. Margins all clear, including bladder neck and seminal vessicles. No incontinence (thankfully).
1st PSA 0.01 - undetectable (June 07)
2nd PSA 0.02 - undetectable (Oct 07)
ED post-op recovery with Levitra 20mg at 7 months, and without Levitra at 8 months post surgery. Still using Levitra 20mg regularly.  

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