Willie Stewart

Willie Stewart – TPCSG (Tacoma Prostate Cancer Support Group)

My Prostate Cancer Journey

My Prostate Cancer journey began in August of 1991. While I was doing my exercise program at the YMCA, I was approached by a fellow member. We were both regulars and he had not seen me for two weeks. When he asked me where I had been, I repliedmy absence was because of my brother’s death in Texas due to prostate cancer. He encouraged me to get a PSA as part of my next physical exam. After doing some reading on prostate cancer, I realized African American men have the highest prostate cancer death rate in the world. I encouraged 4 of my brothers and 5 first cousins to also complete prostate cancer screening.
During my next annual physical in 1992, I asked Dr. Weatherby, my primary care Physician, for a PSA blood test in addition to the digital rectal exam. My DRE results noted my prostate gland as without nodularity, induration or asymmetry. My PSAwas elevated at 25.
I was referred to Dr. William Dean for a biopsy. The biopsy results were positive. For prostate cancer with a Gleason score of 5. My prostate volume was 52.64cc. My bone scan was negative. If I had elected no on site therapy, my probability of progression was projected at 5-10 years.
At the time of diagnosis, Nov 16, 1992, my age was 56 years, 9 months. My IPS score 35, QOL index 6, SHIM score 29 and TPSAD 0.37.
Dr. Dean performed a radical prostatectomy Dec 9, 1992. Pathological findings revealed no prostate cancer in my lymph nodes or seminal vesicles and negative surgical margins. My tumor was found within my gland. There was extensive prostatic intra epithelial neoplasia found within non malignant glands. In the portions of the gland sampled, the overall percentage of gland which represents tumor estimated 30-50%.
It has been 16 years since my treatment. My most recent PSA was Jan 23, 2008 and was undetectable (less than 0.01). I take 2 mg of DETRO LA at bedtime to control leakage at nite only. I am impotent.
I believe the Tacoma Prostate Cancer Support Group is the best thing for assisting me in knowing that prostate cancer can be defeated.

Jack Sellers

Jack Sellers – TPCSG (Tacoma Prostate Cancer Support Group)

June ‘ 04 – PSA 0.5 -Doctor felt a lump during my annual DRE (digital rectal examination)

• Had 4 section biopsy and one of the 4 sections was diagnosed as positive
• Scheduled laparoscopic prostatectomy with Dr Gill at the Cleveland Clinic
• Sent biopsy slides back to Cleveland prior to surgery
• Cleveland pathology lab could not confirm presence of cancer
• For the tie breaker, slides were sent to John Hopkins Medical Laboratories, Baltimore, MD.
• John Hopkins Medical Laboratories found no presence of cancer
• Another biopsy was recommended
• I wanted to try the uPM3 urine-based genetic test for detecting prostate cancer.
If it came back positive, I would have another biopsy.
• uPM3 test by Bostwick Laboratories, Richmond, VA came back positive
• Color Doppler-aided 8 section biopsy – results = negative
• Getting PSA levels every 6 to 9 months – ranges from 0.7 to 0.5
• Changed diet to high fiber, low fat with portion control awareness
• Exercise = walking 3 miles/day 4 times/week
• Getting annual DRE

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