Just found out that I had Prostate Cancer

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KrisP
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   Posted 3/16/2008 9:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all.
I'm new here and I need a lot of support right now. I'm glad I found this site. Here is my situation. I'm currently 54 years old, born in Guyana, South America and moved to the US when I was 23 years old. I'm a mechanical engineer, married and have two daughters 30 and 25 years. No one in my family, I know of have been diagnosed with prostate cancer. My father had a biopsy done for prostate but it showed negative. He passed away two years ago of another illness (none cancer)
On Feb 14, I went for my annual physical and my doctor did the DRE exam and said my prostate is normal and my PSA was 1.9 (I had done my blood work a couple of days back so he had the result) During the physical he felt something in my right testicle so he ordered sonogram which I did and it came back that I did have a cyst there. He then asked me to see a urologist and I did. The urologist then check my testicle along with a urine test and said that everything there is well if its not bothering me. He also checked my prostate since I was there and told me that he felt a hard spot in my prostate and he wants to do a biopsy. The biopsy result came back positive and the hold me that I have T2b and my score is a 6 on the Gleason Scale. This was all new to me as I was very shocked about the result. He also went through all my treatment options and recommended to remove the prostate as my best option and I’m scheduled to see the surgeon this Thursday.
I guess I’m at the point of deciding which treatment is best for me with the least long term side effects. Like I said, this is all new for me and I need all the help I can get.

Thanks for reading my story.

KrisP
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   Posted 3/16/2008 10:20 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm living in the DFW area and I went to UNTA (Urologist of North Texas Associates, it’s a team of about 30 urologists and surgeons). He recommended a surgeon from this group and told me that the hospital in Arlington where they will do surgery if I decided on this option, is the number 2 in the nation for this type of surgery (robotic surgery). The problem is the surgeon he recommended, I did a background check on him on the internet as soon as I got back to my office after hearing the bad news and it turns out that that someone filed a law suit against him about 7 years ago for not prescribing other medication after he knew the current one was not working. This is the surgeon I’m supposed to see on Thursday. I’ve also made another appointment to see another surgeon on Thursday 3/27 (this is the earliest appointment).
Did you went to the same surgeon your urologist recommended? Do I have to make a decision within say two months? My urologist told me that I don’t need to do bone scan or any other test because he is pretty certain that the cancer is only in the prostate.
My health coverage is Blue Cross PPO and I’ll probably find out if I can go to another state to do the surgery. How long did you stayed in the hospital after surgery and how soon were you able to return to work?
Again thanks for replying.
Diagnosed 3/2008 at Age 54; with Prostate Cancer with PSA of 1.9
Biopsy done 3/2008; with Gleason 6
Pathology report - Gleason 6, tumor located in more than 1/2 of one lobe (T2b)


Doting Daughter
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   Posted 3/16/2008 10:39 AM (GMT -6)   

Sorry you have to be here, but it sounds like you have got things under control...or at least headed in the right direction.  You do not have to go to the surgeon your urologist recommends.  Often times they will refer you to a surgeon, but you don't have to go with that particular one.  This is 100% your decision. 

My father ended up going with a surgeon out of Seattle who was really good. (He lives in Oregon).  His original urologist understood.  Unfortunately, he needs additional treatment and is receiving that in Oregon from a radiation oncologist down there.  He has been happy with his team of doctors so far and I think that is REALLY important.  Make sure you are comfortable and confident in the doctor you select.  Good luck and keep us posted!


Father's Information
DX July 15, 2007
Age 62 (now 63)
PSA 5.5
Original Gleason 3+4=7 
Post Surgery Gleason- 4+3=7
DaVinci Surgery Aug 31, 2007
Focally Positive Right Margin
One positive node
Bone Scan/CT Negative (Sept. 10, 2007)
T3a N1 M0
Oct. 17 PSA 0.07
Nov. 13 PSA 0.05
Casodex adm. Nov 07
Lupon beg. Dec 03, 2007 2 yr
Radiation soon to follow
 
 


CPA
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   Posted 3/16/2008 11:09 AM (GMT -6)   

Greetings, Kris.  My case is not too dissimilar from yours.  I had just turned 55 when we received my diagnosis.  I had my annual physical and my PSA had gone from 1.5 to 3.2.  The urologist suggested a biopsy since I have a family history.  2 of 12 core samples came back positive with .05 and .10 being cancer. 

My urologist said there are lots of options if I were older but at my age he only recommended one and that was surgery to take it out.  He recommended a surgeon in his practice and said if he had to have the surgery this is the guy he would go to.  I also did some research and found out he had done between 3 and 4 thousand procedures.  I opted for the open surgery on his recommendation and have been pleased.  My surgery was 4 Feb and I had the catheter out on 13 Feb.  No real side effects beginning just a few days after catheter removal. 

I live in Richmond, VA and my doctor is local.  I was in the hospital just 2 nights.  I really can't complain about anything that has happened other than getting the cancer!  All my treatment and medical providers have been outstanding.

We will pray for you as you make these important decisions and then as you begin treatment.  I have found the people on this board to be very helpful - I'm sure you will too.  David


Age 55
Diagnosed Dec 2007 during annual routine physical
PSA doubled from previous year from 1.5 to 3.2
12 biopsies - 2 positive with 2 marginal
Gleason 3 + 3 = 6
RRP 4 Feb 08
Both nerves spared
Good pathology - no margins - all encapsulated - Gleason 4 + 3 = 7
Catheter out Feb 13 - wore pad for couple of days - pad free Feb 16
Great wife and family who take very good care of me


DanmanBob
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   Posted 3/16/2008 11:31 AM (GMT -6)   

Krisp, hang in there buddy.  It is a shock for everyone.  Even now, it seems surreal that I am a cancer patient, but one learns to deal with it and look for the good things that happen.

Some feedback to some of your questions and concerns.....

Typically there is at least a 6 week waiting period from biopsy to surgery, so you have some time.

You certainly do NOT have to use the surgeon that your urologist recommended.  A boyhood friend of mine was diagnosed about 6 weeks before I was.  His local docs would not do nerve-sparing surgery, so he went to Johns Hopkins...three states away from his home...and had his surgery done there.

In my case, my urologist and his partners are all surgeons with a lot of experience, so I opted to have my urologist perform the surgery.  He is in DFW also, so if you need his name, contact me at danrplano@yahoo.com.  I opted for open surgery.

Good luck to you in your journey to recovery.

DanMan Bob

 


Danman Bob
Age 57
Prostate removal November 2007
Gleason score 9, PSA 14
Biopsy result - 9 of 12 sticks showed cancer
Despite high Gleason score, cancer was confined to the prostate
Unrelated surgery January 2008 delayed incontinence recovery, which is now showing good signs of improvement (1 to 2 pads a day)
Began using Osbon Erec-Aid Esteem manual pump for therapy mid-February 2008
Begain using Viagra 3 times a week December 2007 to stimulate blood flow


Bootheel
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   Posted 3/16/2008 1:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Krisp,
You have time to choose a surgeon you are comfortable with. I finally went with the third surgeon. Although I had to travel 400 miles, it was worth it. I am about 2 months post-op with no ill effects. There are plenty of good people here that will help you every step of the way. They sure have made my journey easier.

Good Luck and God bless
Age 65
Diagnosed 10/12/07
PSA 6.3
Biopsy 18 core samples, 2 positive <5%
Stage T1a Gleason 6 (3+3)
LRP  1/29/08
Post-op
Gleason 7 (3+4)
1 positive margin (.3cm)
T2C 


Tim G
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   Posted 3/16/2008 2:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Kris--Welcome! You're among friends here. You have already gotten some good, solid suggestions about your prostate cancer diagnosis.

With your statistics you have the leisure of taking some time to read up on prostate cancer treatment options and consider them thoroughly before making your choice. I'm uncomfortable with a long watch and wait approach in someone so young, but you do have time on your side.

I waited for a number of months before deciding on treatment. For me it came down to either brachytherapy or surgery. I also think proton treatment is a good option, but this was not a practical choice for me.

Take care and hang in there...Tim


Age 59  PSA velocity quadrupled in 1 yr (0.6 to 2.6) 
1 of 12 biopsies positive (5%) 
Open surgery June 2006 
Cancer confined to one small area Gleason 5 
PSA's undetectable
 


102
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   Posted 3/16/2008 3:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Krisp,
 
I had my Divichie Robotic operation at Southwestern Medical School in Dallas,  by Doctor Claus R. Roehrborn, MD., F.A.C.S, Professor and Chairman, Department of Urology. I had good results!  It is my understanding that very few of these type's operations are available in the DFW area (Only at Arlington and Southwestern).  My surgery was in August 2007, Gleason score 7, 3-4, cancer on both lobes confined to prostrate, five lymps removed and showed negative.
 
God Bless and Good Luck and act fast for your own peace of mind! 

mvesr
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   Posted 3/16/2008 3:32 PM (GMT -6)   
HI Krisp. Welcome to the best site no one wants to be at. But, we are all glad you came. You have had some good advise and see you have already done some homework on you Dr. You need to stay away from a Dr. that has had problems and would also suggest you consult your state's Medical Board to see if any other complaints have been filed against any Dr. you are going to see. Doctors are human and have problems just like everyone else.

Mika
age at dx 54 now 55
psa at dx 4.3
got the bad news 1/29/07
open surgery Duke Medical Center 5-29-07
never more than 2 pads
wear one for insurance now
ED still a problem
last PSA undetectable
 


KrisP
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   Posted 3/16/2008 3:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks to all for the kind responses. This is the most relaxed I’ve been since Friday 3/14/08, when I received the news about my Prostate Cancer. I’m so glad I found this forum. Thanks very much.
Here is what I got from all the good folks that took the time to reply.
1) I can choose any Urologist I want. I don’t have to go with the one my urologist chose.
2) I have some time to decide what option I want to go with.
3) Get as much information about prostate cancer as possible and see how it relates to me and my family.
4) Find the best doctor possible with lots of experience.
I guess I need some more information from my urologist also. I’m not sure how much of the 12 biopsy taken were positive. I’ll be sure to ask at my next appointment. As I mentioned above, he did not suggest any bone scan or any other test performed to be performed as he said that he is pretty certain that the cancer is only in the left lobe of the prostate. Is this normal? I’ll sure ask the surgeon at my appointment on the 3/27.
Thanks again everyone.
Diagnosed 3/2008 at Age 54; with Prostate Cancer with PSA of 1.9
Biopsy done 3/2008; with Gleason 6
Pathology report - Gleason 6, tumor located in more than 1/2 of one lobe (T2b)
Urologist recommended no bone scan or other test is needed at this time.


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   Posted 3/16/2008 4:07 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Krisp ~

We’re sorry for the reason you’re had to find us, but so glad you decided to make us part of your journey.

There are many wonderful forum members here willing to listen, share, help, and pray for you.  Please feel comfortable to share with us, as if you’ve always been here!  I wish you the best in comfort and knowledge as you evaluate the best course for you.  A very warm welcome to you!

Keeping you close in our thoughts and prayers.

Kind regards,

Barry


"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


Michael's Wife
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   Posted 3/16/2008 5:04 PM (GMT -6)   
As others have said, take your time and make sure you understand *all* of your options. You need to realize that the doctors recommending you have surgery are surgeons, and it's only logical that's what they will recommend as treatment. I'd suggest you also evaluate the other options open to you.

My husband had what was considered low risk cancer and chose to have brachytherapy. His PSA was a bit higher than yours and his Gleason was 6 (3+3) although nothing was evident on DRE. He's 58 and very fit and didn't feel he could deal with the side effects of surgery nor the downtime. We took several months in deciding which route to take.

There likely are a number of options open to you and you should take your time to evaluate them all for yourself.


Husband: Age 58
Stage: T1c
Gleason: 6 (3+3)
PSA: 4.4
Biopsy: 12 samples, Adenocarcinoma involving 3 cores, right side only (95%, 90%, 30%, discontinuously)

Pre-op prostate study - November 13
Brachytherapy - December 12, 2007
CT Scan - January 11, 2008

So far, so good!


DanmanBob
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   Posted 3/16/2008 7:03 PM (GMT -6)   
102,
 
Although I did not have Davinci, I know that Baylor Plano also does this procedure.
Danman Bob
Age 57
Prostate removal November 2007
Gleason score 9, PSA 14
Biopsy result - 9 of 12 sticks showed cancer
Despite high Gleason score, cancer was confined to the prostate
Unrelated surgery January 2008 delayed incontinence recovery, which is now showing good signs of improvement (1 to 2 pads a day)
Began using Osbon Erec-Aid Esteem manual pump for therapy mid-February 2008
Begain using Viagra 3 times a week December 2007 to stimulate blood flow


56pontiac
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   Posted 3/16/2008 7:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the club nobody wants to join. I was 56 when out of the blue I got the hammer in the chest. You will soon become an expert about this disease. It sounds like they are on it soon enough and you have a very good chance of a normal long life. I had the DaVinci 10/12/06 and everything is working really well at this point. It took 10 months for Mr Willy to wake up by himself. It won't be a fun thing you get to experience, but you can get through it and learn from it in a very positve way if you so choose. I'm not on here as much as I was and some of the guys that were really scared at the same time I was have moved on andf we don't hear from them. It is most likely because they are recovered living and surviving with life. God Bless You!

jetguy
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   Posted 3/16/2008 7:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Kris, send Dan an email and we can meet and talk. I just talked to him and he's a good guy and we are further along on our journeys than you and can help. I have met mvsr and Gordy and they are great guys. I am certain that not all prostate cancer guys are wonderful, but those hanging around here are. SEND DAN AN EMAIL! I will bump his post.

Regards,

Bill
August of 2006, PSA up to 4.2 from 2.7 one year ago. 
October free and total PSA 12% free and 5.0 total.
A month, or so later, 4.7.
Late in the year decide on Image Guided IMRT.
Begin 43 treatments on January 23, 2007 and finish on March 23.
Four month post treatment PSA is 1.9.
Seven month PSA is 0.8.


BillyMac
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   Posted 3/16/2008 7:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry to hear about the reasons that brought you to this forum but you are at a great place for information. I had my surgery last August...... would I opt for surgery again? Absolutely! But if I was starting over now with a diagnosis I would be making that decision armed with far a greater knowledge and understanding due to the postings and stories of members here as well as that other great site www.yananow.net. My only suggestion is the same as other members.........namely take your time, research, research, read, read and read again (particularly the members experiences). Next time you see your Dr. you will be armed with all the relevent questions to ask as well as knowing exactly what he's talking about, basing your final decision on what is best and appropiate for you rather than the immediate panic reaction following diagnosis of "get this out of me now"
Bill
1/05 PSA----2.9 3/06-----3.2 3/07-------4.1 5/07------3.9 All negative DREs
Aged 59 when diagnosed
Biopsy 6/07----4 of 10 cores positive for Adenocarcima-------bummer!
Core 1 <5%, core 2----50%, core 3----60%, core 4----50%
Gleason 4+3=7 (80% grade 4)
Biopsy pathologist's comment......neither extracapsular nor perineural invasion is identified
CT scan and Bone scan show no evidence of metastases
Da Vinci RP 8/07
Post-op pathology:
Positive for perineural invasion and 1 small focal extension
Negative at surgical margins, negative node and negative vesicle involvement
Some 4+4=8 identified ........upgraded to Gleason 8
PSA Oct 07 <0.1 undetectable
PSA Jan 08 <0.1 undetectable


KrisP
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   Posted 3/16/2008 8:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jetguy.
I sent Dan an email
Diagnosed 3/2008 at Age 54; with Prostate Cancer with PSA of 1.9
Biopsy done 3/2008; with Gleason 6
Pathology report - Gleason 6, tumor located in more than 1/2 of one lobe (T2b)
Urologist recommended no bone scan or other test is needed at this time.


VaFan
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   Posted 3/16/2008 8:13 PM (GMT -6)   
HI
I am replying to CPA that lives in Richmond Va. My husband was recently diagnosed with a score of 6, one side of his prostate has cancer and one side doesn't. He is 51 with a PSA of 4.2. His surgeon has recommended his only option being surgery. I don't know alot about him and wanted to know if you could recommend your surgeon because we are also in Richmond, Va. This has blindsided us as he didn't have any symptons whatsoever and now has to make this huge decision. He is worried about sexual performance and I just want him alive! Do most men regain their sexual performance in a reasonable time. I just have so many questons and could use any help that someone can give.
Thank you so much.

keepingon
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   Posted 3/16/2008 8:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Iam new to this also. My genisis was 7, my psa was 116, thats right 116. I had it removed on sept 5th of 2007. I started lupron about 6 months before sept. to shrink it for surgery, the doc told me chemo wasn't an option. But it didn't shrink much and I had to have my appendix removed before the surgery. The doc couldn't get it all, its outside the prostate sack and in my lower nodes. After surgery I had absesses around the rectum, fistulas also. My last surgery was feb. 2nd to remove the absesses and fix the fistula. I couldn't sit from sept. 5th until about 3weeks ago. I'am now getting stronger and feeling much better now. And oh yeah my psa now is .04 and has been since sept. 5th. Just lettin yeah now there is hope, just keep positive.

Tamu
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   Posted 3/16/2008 8:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Krisp,

I can not add anything to what others have said except to mention one of the more advertised Da Vinci surgeons is Dr. Randy Fagin in Austin. I know of a couple of forum members had their surgery done there with good results. Search for his web site and check it out.

Tamu
Diagnosed 7/6/06, 1 of 10 core samples, 40%,Stage T1c, Gleason 3+3
Da Vinci on 11/01/06, Catheter out on 11/13/06
56 Years Old
Post Op Path, Gleason 3+3, Approx. 5% of prostate involved
Prostate Confined, margins clear
Undetectable PSA on 12/18/06, 6/25/07, 1/8/08
No more pads as of 1/13/07
Began injections in April '07
 


KrisP
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   Posted 3/16/2008 9:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Just wanted to say Thanks for all the support. I've read all the responses over and over.
Thanks to everyone.
Diagnosed 3/2008 at Age 54; with Prostate Cancer with PSA of 1.9
Biopsy done 3/2008; with Gleason 6
Pathology report - Gleason 6, tumor located in more than 1/2 of one lobe (T2b)
Urologist recommended no bone scan or other test is needed at this time.


CPA
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   Posted 3/16/2008 9:10 PM (GMT -6)   

Greetings, VaFan.  I'm sorry we have to meet (in cyberspace no less) under these circumstances but I'm glad to help wherever I can. 

My surgeon is William (Bill) Morgan with Virginia Urology. I have seen him at their Stony Point offices and had my surgery at St Mary's.  I understand he does about 6 surgeries a week, every week.  He is not only a fine doctor, but my experience says he is a fine man as well.  He came highly recommended from a friend whose son had Dr. Morgan as his doctor for testicular cancer.  My urologist is Dr. Isaac Kosio, also with Virginia Urology.  I would highly recommend both Dr. Morgan and Dr. Kosio. 

Dr. Morgan spent about an hour with us on our initial visit.  He answered questions and went over everything in great detail.  The morning of the surgery he came in and talked with me in the prep area and after our visit, he clasped my hand and had prayer with me before the surgery.  As a Christian, this was important to me. 

The Virginia Urology group has a class that they ask all their patients to attend prior to surgery.  It was very beneficial for us. 

The sexual performance issues as you can see from reading this board run from no issues (very rare) to those that continue to have issues after fairly long periods of time.  I had the nerve sparing open surgery and things have worked out well for us.  I am convinced that my wife of 34 years has played a big role in all of my recovery, including this issue in particular. 

I would be glad to answer specific questions and do anything we can to help - our personal email is (Edit e-mail)   Please feel free to send us a note and we'll get right back to you.  David


 

Age 55

Diagnosed Dec 2007 during annual routine physical

PSA doubled from previous year from 1.5 to 3.2

12 biopsies - 2 positive with 2 marginal

Gleason 3 + 3 = 6

RRP 4 Feb 08

Both nerves spared

Good pathology - no margins - all encapsulated - Gleason 4 + 3 = 7

Catheter out Feb 13 - wore pad for couple of days - pad free Feb 16

Great wife and family who take very good care of me

 

 

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cowboy bob
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   Posted 3/16/2008 9:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Krisp- First of all, you are going to be fine. I remember when my urologist told me the results of my biopsy, telling me I had prostate cancer, and I immediately had a surreal, sinking feeling.  But then I made myself concentrate and listen to my options (I am 58 by the way, and this occured last May). He said I has four options- The deal where they freeze it (the negative is there is no long term data for this treatment), get the radioactive pellets (my problem was that my prostate was so large it would take several months to shrink it to a size where they could get to it to put the pellets in), do nothing and watch it (but that's reserved mainly for guys much older than me), or take it out. I remember asking him, "theoretically if you take it out, bingo, the cancer is gone, right?" His answer was yes. I immediately felt much better, and had my prostate removed six weeks later. And yes, bingo, the cancer was gone. I'm now looking, I feel, at 40 more years of life unless technology advances such that I'll be here even longer.

uncledan
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   Posted 3/17/2008 12:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi KrisP, Sorry to see you here because of the reason, but glad you found this forum..It is chock full of good men and women who have been a great help to hundreds traveling the same road as you. One thing to remember is that surgeons don't want to operate to quickly after the biopsies.. They want to give time for inflammation and swelling to reside. This is usually six to eight weeks. A book I would recommend is one by Dr. Patrick Walsh of Johns Hopkins. You will see from my signature that I was a little further along ( higher PSA and Gleason scores ) than you. My surgeon had to remove one nerve and part of the other. I am doing well and things are progressing on schedule. It has been 7 months since surgery and I am still not able to self erect. However this is normal if the nerves have been disconnected. I have hopes to be in good shape ( total use ) in another year or so. This said the one thing I am ecstatic about is I am cancer free. My three PSA tests since surgery have been undetectable. This was the number one goal, so I feel my surgery was 100% successful. Stay positive, read, study, walk a lot, do your Kegal exercises and choose the method that will be right for you. God Bless, Uncle Dan
Age 68
DRE negative, 10 - 06 PSA 5.44, 01 - 07 PSA 6.47
5 - 07 CT and Bone scans negative, 05 - 07 Biopsies, 2 of 6 positive
Gleason Score (3+4) 7 Stage T1c
08 - 14 Da Vinci RAP, five hours surgery
Some right nerve and all left nerve removed,
8 -16 Negative margins, Encapsulated, 50% left side
Lymph nodes 2 R & 1 L - Negative, R & L seminal vesicles - Negative
Gleason changed (4+3) 7 so it was closer to 8 than 6
Sixth month PSA 0.04 Previous PSA 0.00 Occasional stress drip
Results are improving while using pump. Pills no help

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