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Timberline Echoes
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Joined: 2004-07-25
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Location: Eagle River, WI, USA

PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2007 1:30 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Okay we are on a soap box and probably will be for some time. First do you know your PSA number? If not please go get a simple blood test and find out. Why you ask? Well some of you here know and some do not but we have reached a point that we want to go public with this. In Jan. the male member of this team took a simple PSA blood test (mostly because of a nagging wife) that came out elevated. Next he had some biopsies taken and shortly after that found out it was posititve. He had prostate cancer and it needed to be removed.

On April 10 the surgery was performed and the cancer and prostate were removed. We have just returned from the Dr. office where the catheter was removed and we were given the pathalogy report. Things look very good but we did find out if we had waited much longer the cancer could have left the prostate and been much harder to get out. So far it looks like all the cancer was removed but only time and further PSA tests will tell. Jim should not need any radiation or chemo as long as the PSA goes down and stays there.

There are very few to know symptoms for this cancer and if anyone in your family has had it your chances of having it are greater. Please set up a physical ASAP for yourself or for a loved one and get yourself checked.
Please PM us if you have any questions.

TE
 
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GeoPink
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Joined: 2003-11-01
Posts: 1682
Location: Manitowoc, WI

PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2007 6:00 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Our prayers are with you.

You are correct, this simple test saved my father's life.

My father has always been the healthiest person around. He would never miss a day of work and had saved up so many "sick" days at work through the years, the owners of the company told him he had to start using them up or he'd lose them!

Then he had the elevated PSA in October, 2005. The following biopsy showed 3 of 10 sample were cancerous. He underwent prostate removal surgery in January, 2006 and over a year later, his follow-up PSA tests have all shown no sign of recurrence.

I wish you the best of luck as there is still a ways to go toward a full recovery. Keep your spirits high!

Oh, my dad was 53 when he was diagnosed with cancer. And I will be getting my first PSA in another three years when I'm 35.

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Team Honeybunnies
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Joined: 2005-05-03
Posts: 1029
Location: Stevens Point,WI

PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2007 8:52 pm Reply with quote Back to top

You've been in our thoughts since day one, Jim. We had actually been talking on the way home from dinner this evening that we hadn't heard an update and had planned to drop a mail. Glad to see everything seems to be looking up. We'll talk soon, but by that time I'm sure you'll be caching up a storm again!
 
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zuma
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Joined: 2006-01-30
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2007 10:09 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Very glad to hear that the cancer was gotten early. And you are right, a PSA is a useful screening tool, though not as accurate as a good ol digital exam. Ohhhh, how I hate those, but it should be done annually.

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decdogg
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Joined: 2006-03-06
Posts: 320
Location: Fond Du Lac Wi.

PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2007 2:49 am Reply with quote Back to top

Will be keeping you in our thoughts.
I have had so many fingers lately.....oh my...... Rolling Eyes Then don't forget about having a colonoscopy. Nothing to it. Slept through the whole thing.
 
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Lostby7
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Joined: 2005-06-07
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2007 5:51 am Reply with quote Back to top

I hate to admit it but I had no idea what a PSA number was until I googled it.....how's that for staying informed?
 
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Timberline Echoes
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Location: Eagle River, WI, USA

PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2007 6:35 am Reply with quote Back to top

Jim had his colonoscopy during all this too... nagging wife = fifty year tune up....
Mrs. TE
 
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