Thanks to everyone for all your support. I just wish I would have found this site before my surgery.
Kris, you are in my prayers, and you WILL be as successful as I was. Your numbers are very similar to mine and it appears you've caught it early. Good luck and take your time picking a surgeon. You have one shot, make it count. When I met with the surgeon my family physician recommended when my PSA started rising red flags went up within the first five minutes of my consultation with him. The next guy was no better. Finally, the third was a charm and I thank God every day that he directed me to him. We have a wonderful relationship and during my last visit we must have talked for about
20 minutes just about
life in general, and what a wonderful gift it is.
Biker Jim and Creed, I don't know if I've ever mentioned this, but I follow your posts and progress closely since you guys had the same post-op pathology results as me. I always figure if you two are doing fine my chances are great for success too. So far, so good.
And Tony, I can't tell you how thrilled I am to know that your are doing great. I marvel at how you seem to fly over the hurdles that are placed in front of you.
Again, thanks to all my brothers and sisters here for your support. We're a special group, and you are all in my prayers.
: March 25, 2007. Age 49Biopsy
: Gleason 6. Five of twelve samples positive with <5% each. No perineural invasion seen.
Surgery: May 21, 2007
Post-op Pathology: Upgraded to Gleason 7 (3+4), negative margins, negative capsular penetration, negative seminal vesicles, lymph nodes left intact, multifocal perinural invasion, 15% of prosate involving cancer in both lobes. T2c
Continence: Out of pads at five weeks. Seven months post-op I'm fully continent.
Erections: Yes! With the assistance of Cialis.
Post Surgery PSA: Three tests, all <0.1
Family history: Great-great grandfather died from PC. My Father had his prostate removed at age 67 in 1997 and has had an undetectable PSA ever since. I was diagnosed at a much earlier age and had a more agressive cancer than my father. Go figure.
Post Edited (JCL) : 3/19/2008 5:37:45 AM (GMT-6)