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Graeme Parker and Cindy live in Victoria, Australia. He was 48 when he was diagnosed in October, 2006. His initial PSA was 4.10 ng/ml, his Gleason Score was 6, and he was staged T1c. His choice of treatment was Surgery (Retropubic Prostatectomy). Here is his story.

After a routine blood test with a GP my PSA came back at 4.1 ng/ml. The doctor suggested referral to Urologist for follow up. I was reluctant and I guess a little bit of "I can't have cancer as I don't even feel sick".

The urologist said I had a 30% chance of PC but if so he was almost sure he could cure it.

Went for biopsy October 06, came back 2 of the six samples showed cancer.

In for Prostatectomy four weeks later 14 November 2006.

All went well no incontinence, PSA undetectable at three and nine months. Erectile function still heading in right direction. Viagra helping a little now, nine months later.

Please email if I can help with your experience. Take care all.

UPDATED

January 2008

Just a quick note to update at 12 months post prostatectomy.

All going well with follow up PSA zero. No issue with urinary function/continence. Erectile function improving with assurance from urologist it will continue.

Please do not hesitate to email me, especially those just beginning the journey of prostate CA.

UPDATED

October 2008

Well just had my 2year anniversary post RPA.

My PSA result is negative, hope it remains that way. My surgeon does not want to see my anymore, will have yearly PSA test. Will remain vigilant for any sign of Ca.

ED still an issue although functional and improving.

Good luck to all.

UPDATED

November 2009

Hi all, a quick update.

Three years have now passed since my RP and consider myself lucky with progress so far. PSA on my 50th was negative - "Happy Birthday"!

Remain very active. No issue with incontinence. ED requires medicated assist from time to time.

Life is good and moving on quickly.

Best wishes to all the PC brothers & families.

UPDATED

March 2011

Grateful to report not much has changed since my last update.

I am enjoying an active, healthy lifestyle. My annual PSA remains negative, no continence problems.

Still require assistance with erectile function but continues to make small improvement even after four years.

I am amazed at the growing number of friends and colleagues with PC who I either hear of or who call me up for advice. Naturally I willingly help were I can and always point them to the YANA site for support.

Best wishes to all.

UPDATED

May 2012

Hi All,

It has now been 5-1/2 years since my prostatectomy and I continue to enjoy good health.

My last PSA remains unaltered with "0" reading which I continue to be thankful about.

I still require Viagra to alleviate the symptoms of ED but otherwise all good.

I am amazed at the number of work colleagues being diagnosed with Pca but pleased they seek advice from people like myself in considering their options which is a personal choice.

Take care all and I wish you all good health.

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July 2013

Hi All,

It has been 6 years now and all going well.

Nothing has changed from my previous update, still getting the annual PSA & cholesterol check.

Keeping active & enjoying work & life with a very balanced view.

Many friends and colleagues diagnosed with PCa and offering my advice when asked which is most times.

Still reflect on how much I owe this site and Terry in those first dark days of the unknown but life does go on.

Take care all.

Graeme P

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August 2014

All going well with nothing changed since my last update. My annual blood test shows PSA Zero.

Continue to enjoy life and appreciate my health and those close to me.

Good luck to all, particularly those newly diagnosed.

Kind regards

Graeme

UPDATED

October 2015

Hi All,

Sorry for the late update but fortunately I have nothing to report. All is good and the same story as my last post.

Life is good, best of luck to all.

Graeme

UPDATED

December 2016

All going well with nothing changed since my last update. My annual blood test shows PSA Zero.

Continue to enjoy life and appreciate my health and those close to me.

Good luck to all, particularly those newly diagnosed.

Graeme's e-mail address is: parked@iprimus.com.au


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