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   Posted 4/2/2008 8:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello again my friends, just wanted to check-in and give an update.
Saw Dr Fagin (Austin) today and he suggested I do the surgery. Had a good chat and was very impressed. Pre-surgery preparation on 4/11/08 and surgery at 7:00 AM on Monday 4/21/08. Will keep you all inform. Say a prayer for me and thanks for all the great advice.

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 (3+3), involving left lobe (T2b)
DRE=15gm with indurated left base and mid prostate
Cores positive: left base medial, left base lateral, left mid medial and left mid lateral
Clinical stage t2b.
Prostate Carcinorna 185
Urologist recommended no bone scan or other test is needed at this time.
In process of evaluating all options.

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   Posted 4/2/2008 10:16 PM (GMT -6)   


Best wishes to you.

My next PSA will be April 21...same date as your I will have no problem remembering the date of your procedure.

Results of this PSA exam will determine whether or not I have radiation treatment, in addition to the surgery that I have already had.

Danman Bob
Age 57
Nerve-sparing, open prostate surgery November 13, 2007
Gleason score 9, PSA 14
Biopsy result - 9 of 12 sticks showed cancer
Despite high Gleason score, cancer was confined to the prostate
Possible post-surgery radiation therapy...decision likely in late April 2008, depending upon PSA at that time
Unrelated surgery January 2008 delayed incontinence recovery, which is now showing good signs of improvement (fraction of a pad a day as of March 2008)
Began using Viagra 3 times a week December 2007 to stimulate blood flow
Began using Osbon Erec-Aid Esteem manual pump for therapy mid-February 2008
Will probably begin using bimix injections in addition to Viagra and pump in May 2008

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   Posted 4/2/2008 10:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey KrisP,

Congrats on your decision. Its nice to have that step behind us. Now get ready physically, mentally and emotionally for the surgery. Get in as good physical condition as you can manage. Read the posts on this forum and see and look forward to success. Then become a cheerleader for you surgical team. Remember that the only things they let you take into the OR is you naked body and a great attitude. Attitude plays a large part in recovery.

Stay with us. We can all get well together...

Age 73. Diagnosed 11/03/06. PSA 7.05. Stage T2C Gleason 3+3.
RRP 12/7/06. Nerves and nodes okay.
Catheter out on 12/13/06.  Dry on 12/14/06.
Pathological stage: T2C N0 MX. Gleason 3+4.
PSAs from  1/3/07 - 1/17/08 0.00. 
Next PSA test on 7/17/08
"Patience is essential, attitude is everything."

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   Posted 4/2/2008 10:50 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi KrisP,

It sounds like you're on a solid path towards healing.  It should feel great to have that big decision behind you.  yeah

We are with you on the journey and pray for your welfare.

All the best,

Barry ~ (a.k.a. "Idaho")


Da Vinci Surgery July 31, 2007… 54 on surgery day
PSA 4.3  Gleason 3+3=6  T2a  Confined to Prostate

1st PSA  09/11/2007  <0.04 (undetectable)

2nd PSA 12/10/2007  <0.04

3rd PSA  03/17/2008  <0.04

My web site:

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   Posted 4/3/2008 1:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kris,

A year ago we too were preparing for surgery. Good luck with the preparations. Glad you have made a decision and happy with consult. Good luck with everything. Keeping you in our prayers too. All the very best. cheers, Lana
Creed_three (Lana & CJ)
Husband CJ aged 50 yrs (49 years at diagnosis and surgery)
PSA (2002) 2.1.  PSA (2006) 3.5.  1 x (5%) core of 12 positive at biopsy. 11 cores negative. Open Radical Prostatectomy with nerve sparing, on Tuesday 17th April 2007 (Sydney, Australia).
Gleeson 3 + 4 = 7.  Cancer confined. 1st PSA 0.01 (June 07) 2nd PSA 0.02 (Oct 07) undetectable. Next PSA March 08.

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   Posted 4/3/2008 7:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Excellent - you got the early shift with Dr. F, too! That means you can get up and get on with it. You have a little time to prepare, but it will go really fast.
Husband: Age 67
PSA had doubled in 14 mos to 4.3/Gleason 6
da Vinci 8/06 in Austin with Dr. Randy Fagin
Post surgical path shows encapsular penetration; possible bladder neck involvement.
PSAs remain undetectable; no further treatment at this time.
Next PSA: April 08

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   Posted 4/3/2008 9:43 AM (GMT -6)   

Greetings, KrisP.  It is good to have that decision behind you!  You will do great and we'll all be here cheering you on.  I'm glad you havea good doctor that you have confidence in - mine was great and it really helped my attitude.  First thing you know you'll be on the other side and well on your way to recovery.

We will be praying for you in these days of preparation.  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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Total Posts : 85
   Posted 4/3/2008 10:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Having just been under the knife a week ago, my very strong advice is for you to learn how to use your leg and arm muscles to get up and down from a chair or a bed.

Ask your bio-feedback nurse about this and practice, practice, practice BEFORE surgery.

I also advise you to have a PRN order for a fever medication or a Doctor you KNOW who will be available for a phone call from the hospital staff when and if needed.

My best wished go along with the rest of the posters on this site, you find them an invaluable resource.
DIAG. 2/08
PSA 6.8
LUPRON, (3 MO.) 2/28
SURG, SCHED. 3/26/08

Tim G
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   Posted 4/3/2008 2:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Kris--All my best for a successful surgery and good pathology outcome!  Keep exercising, especially your abdominal area, up until surgery.  This really helped me to recover quickly and well.  
And remember to take time to celebrate the good things in life--little and big.  I've been doing this more since my own prostate cancer diagnosis and life seems richer as a result. 
"The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings"  (Eric Hoffer)
Take care and be well...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

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   Posted 4/3/2008 5:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Good luck to you with your surgery. Stay positive and keep the faith. Let us know how you are on the other side.

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

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   Posted 4/3/2008 5:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Good Luck, you have a really large family here, don't forget.
Pre-Op PSA 9.9
1 of 12 cores positive, Gleason 3+3
DaVinci on 9/5/2007
Post-Op Gleason 3+6, Negative Nodes and Margins
Less than 1% of prostate involved with CA
3 Month PSA 0.01, 6 Month PSA 0.01
Incontinence resolved 9/15/2007, one day after cath removal
ED showing significant improvement, more notable over last month
with Viagra 100 mg.

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Date Joined Feb 2008
Total Posts : 308
   Posted 4/3/2008 8:18 PM (GMT -6)   
All the best Kris. Good Luck. It goes so fast. I was entering the hosp 7 days ago, it seems like a minute ago. You feel better very fast.

You are in my prayers.

Frank S.
diagnosed 01-08-08 53 years old 
DRE always normal
Abnormal PSA for 5 or more years
2004 Biospy negative
2008 Biopsy positive (01-08-08)
10 cores, 1 positive and at 1% of that one core
Highest PSA 10 ever
Lowest PSA   4
Current PSA   6
Bone and Ct scans negative
Staged at T1C
Gleason 3+3 = 6
Robotic Da Vinci performed March 27th, 2008
University of Chicago
Dr. Arieh Shalhav
surgery at noon out to recovery at 500 pm
in recovery 3.5 hours
Cardiac rythum issues
Surgery thursday pm home friday pm
Catheter out in 7 days typical early indications

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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 4/4/2008 4:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone for all your prayers and support, I needed them. Heading to New York this afternoon to tell my relatives about my PC. None of them including my daughter, Mom, 6 Brothers and 3 Sisters knows anything about this yet. Will check-in the Forum when I get back on Monday.
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 (3+3), involving left lobe (T2b)
DRE=15gm with indurated left base and mid prostate
Cores positive: left base medial, left base lateral, left mid medial and left mid lateral
Clinical stage t2b.
Prostate Carcinorna 185
Urologist recommended no bone scan or other test is needed at this time.
In process of evaluating all options.

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Date Joined Mar 2007
Total Posts : 37
   Posted 4/4/2008 9:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey KrisP,

Dr. Fagin is one of the best in this specialty. Having him as your surgeon should give you great comfort. I'm quite surprised that a bone scan or a CT scan was not immediately ordered. Sounds to me like they are pretty sure your tumors are contained. That, in my opinion, seems to be very good news. My surgery was scheduled for noon but because the guy ahead of me got done early I was rescheduled for 10:45AM. When they were getting me ready I told them not to sedate me until I meet Mr. da Vinci. So, instead of wheeling me in on a hospital bed, they walked me into the OR carrying my two IV drips, one in each arm. I climbed up onto the operating table without any help and then they rolled the robot up next to the operating table to begin the docking procedure. Obviously, they couldn't dock the robot arms until I was knocked out. The anesthesiologist put a mask over my nose and told me to relax and breath normally. The next thing I remember I'm being woke up in the recovery room at about 2:00PM and they were asking me about my pain level. I remember saying something like, "I feel pretty good, no pain at all." Then, I guess they put me back to sleep and I woke up again a 3:00 PM in my hospital room with my family all standing around my bed. I spent exactly 48 hours in the hospital. The thing that hurt just a little was when they removed the JP Drain in my chest. It wasn't all that bad because it was over in about a second. The catheter was a bit of a bother because I had to have it in for 14 days. Why? Because my urologist couldn't schedule any earlier appointment to remove it. All in all, the whole experience wasn't bad at all. I hope your experience is similar to mine. Best wishes! :-) :-)
robotic LRP Jan2007

Post Edited (TonyB) : 4/4/2008 8:32:07 PM (GMT-6)

Tony Crispino
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   Posted 4/5/2008 12:57 AM (GMT -6)   
It is good that you family is a part of your support team. I remember telling my dad and my mom. It's a tough thing to have to tell a parent, they react with incredible dismay but then the love and support is unconditional. Good luck on that part. You have chosen a great plan with a great doctor. My prayers now begin to aid your healing. God Bless and we'll be here for you.

Age 45 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8
Surgery on Feb 16, 2007
Post-Op Pathology: Gleason 4+3=7, positive margins, Stage pT3b (Stage III)
HT began in May, '07 with Lupron and Casodex 50mg
IMRT radiation for 38 Treatments ending August 3, '07
Current PSA (1/08): <0.1
I will continue HT until May '09. 
Years in Remission (3/23/07): 1
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   Posted 4/26/2008 11:47 PM (GMT -6)   

Helping to keep KrisP's Journey together for future readers... yeah


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