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Sadie marie
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My husband is diagnosed with prostate cancer. His PSA was 87 and size of prostate was 130. His bone scan was clear and at present no organ. Doctor thinks it is in lymph nodes because of size and PSA.frozen dissection today. Won't do surgery if any in lymph node. Said he would have to throw everything at it and it is a huge mountain to climb. Gleason was 7 and 8. sounds so bleak. My husband is 64 walks 5-6 miles a day. Some urine urges and a little ED otherwise seems healthy good appetite and sleeps well. Is this hopeless.

Sadie marie
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1 year since diagnosis and 11 months since start of Lupron and 8 months since trial start in August bone scan previously noted metastases are no longer definitively identified. The CT scan states since 5/30/17 the faint pelvic metastasis have become less dense and slightly improved. PSA down a little more to .02 and testosterone at .32. Urologist was surprised at results and assistant said he was responding the best to treatment than others. Any thoughts or opinion?

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GeneRose1
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That is fantastic news. I'll leave it to others for a deeper analysis but this is definitely trending in the right direction.

contento
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Sadie , sounds like your husband has made good progress over the past year. It's great that he responded  to the Lupron so well.

you can read the my space bio's of the many guys that are still going many years after experiencing metastasis  . so yes there is hope...

Old Salt
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That is great news. Try to enjoy your time together.

Sadie marie
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november bone and CT scans show no signs of metastasis and PSA is still at .02 is this usual the doctor seems very surprised. 

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Max Former Hodg...
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Thank you for updating his wonderful progress Sadie Marie.

"Played" right, HT can work miracles for many men,

max

contento
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Sadie, your man came a long way since you first posted. Really good news. 

.02 is great...

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VascodaGama
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Great news. One may say that hormonal treatment is palliative and do not provide cure to the extent of a radical but surely some cells die if not fed with androgens. Invasive cancerous cells in bone are also more susceptive for attacks by the immune system. In such regard, it is possible that the cancer has diminished its presence in bone but it is hard to confirm that the whole cancer has been eliminated. A CT and bone scan do not provide such assurances. These have limits in detecting micro metastases. You need to wait for the end of the HT treatment to verify then if the PSA maintains its low level. Meanwhile enjoy because lesser metastases equals better outcomes that deserve to be celebrated. Take it as an earlier Christmas present.

I will raise a glass of wine to celebrate the news.

Best wishes

VG

Sadie marie
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another good report for the next 3 month check PSA still .02 and bone and CT scan again show no sign of metastatic disease 

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VascodaGama
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Marie,

I am happy for you. Isn't that good when we receive good PSA results? It is just wonderful.

Best wishes for a long ... long period on zeros.

Congratulations.

contento
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Great News Sadie .. Let's hope the trend continues...

Old Salt
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As Vasco and contento stated.

Sadie marie
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Another clean bone and ct scan. PSA holding at .02. No progression just continue current course of treatment.

contento
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Sadie, continuous great news !

Let's keep his going.......

Sadie marie
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another clean bone scan and PSA of .02. I guess the urologist was wrong when he said my husband would be lucky to make it two years. My husband is feeling good and going strong.

contento
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Sadie, your story justs stays with me as a reminder of hope. Thank you for sharing it's fantastic news...contento

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VascodaGama
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Two years as a survivor and going strong. That is wonderful.

Let's continue bitting the odds and being hopefully. Congratulations.

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lighterwood67
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Always good to read success stories.  Smile, I am.

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