Hi Mika: Good to hear from you. Yes, sometimes it seems like this cancer thing is going around like the d*mned flu. I too have a couple of dear friends (a married couple with a 12-year-old) who have recently been through rough surgeries. The wife is preparing for her second round of chemo at this time. I can relate to your "flashback" thing too. I'm going in for repair of bilateral inguinal hernias on April 4th and visiting the surgeon's office -- getting the pre-op instructions etc. -- has brought back enough memories to get my palms sweating a bit.
But at least my surgery is not about cancer this time, so my head is screwed on reasonably straight.
AND -- not to downplay what anyone has been through here, but thank God, our initial PCa therapies tend to be much more tolerable than what I’ve watched my two friends go through for esophageal and colon cancer.
All the best,
D.O.B - 8/9/52
PSA: First ever was 9.8 in late Oct. ‘06, two weeks later, 10.1
Biopsy results 11/22/06. Both lobes involved. Six out of eight cores positive - from 100 percent to 90, to 60, to 50, two 20s and two zeros.
Gleason 3+3 = 6
Da Vinci Robotic RP surgery, City of Hope, Jan 12, 2007
Post surgery pathology – Organ confined, Gleason still 6, margins clear. Volume of tumor much less than biopsy suggested. 12 percent overall.
First post-surgery PSA -- Undetectable, 2/20/07
Second post-surgery PSA -- Undetectable, 9/11/07
Third post-surgery PSA -- Undetactable, 2/15/08
Post Edited (PianoMan) : 3/19/2008 12:57:10 AM (GMT-6)