Progress report and some new questions.

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Date Joined Jan 2008
Total Posts : 31
   Posted 4/9/2008 2:22 PM (GMT -6)   

Back at work full time, still watch what I lift, walk 2 to 3 miles every day, without fail, rode a 125 miles Sunday. My questions; I wear one heavy pad during the day, lite one at night. I have days when it’s constant drip other days all most no leakage. Why? Before Surgery I could stop a full bladder in mid stream, after surgery unless it’s a fairly empty bladder, which I can stop and start, I can only slow  a  strong stream down. Am I making any progress on the continence thing ? Now the $64.00 question? I get a good erection everyday, but it doesn’t last very long, I’m taking 5 mlg of Cialis. Should I for staying power, take more? Some times I feel I’m not making any progress, but it’s only been 5 weeks since Surgery.  Thanks as always

PSA 4.8

Biopsy Sept 07 half of one needle out of 13 Positive

Second PSA 3.4

DaVinci Mar 4 2008, Dr. Tully, St. Vincent’s Hospital, Birmingham AL, great Hospital and Staff

Path Report Gleason 3+3=6

 T2c, would have been T1c but one lobe 55% involved with benign fatty tumor

  Prostate grew from 28 grams to 32 grams due to Fatty Tumor growing.

2 nodes on lymphatic system did have 2 benign growths

Margins clear

Prostrate confined

2 pads in a 24 hour period

Mr. Happy gets happier everyday, still not firm enough,

 But that gets better everyday

5mg Cialis everyday

Outstanding Wife

Went back to light duty work, 3 days after Catheter removal

Awaiting first PSA, fingers, toes crossed.

New Member

Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 14
   Posted 4/9/2008 4:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Similar to you, I am also back at work fulltime, now is 6 weeks after surgery. I started out with 5-7 pads/day for almost 4 weeks, just started seeing improvement last week. There are good and there are bad days, mine seems to drip more in the afternnoon. I am considering making progress so I believe you are making very good progress.
Age: 48 (2008)
DRE normal, PSA 3.1
8/28/07: Diagnosed cancer, T1c, Gleason 3+3=6
2/27/08: Laparoscopic Rad. prostectomy @ Anaheim Kaiser, 4 hrs.
              Both nerve bundles spared
              Pathology Report: Tumor confined w/in prostate
              T2c, Gleason is 3+3=6
              Surgical margin: Focally involved by tumor in right apex
3/10/08: Catheter removed. Drip, drip..
4/7/08: PSA <.01 :)

Regular Member

Date Joined Feb 2008
Total Posts : 467
   Posted 4/9/2008 4:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I still drip a little bit (darn it) and definitely more in the afternoon and evening, when the body is most tired.

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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Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 823
   Posted 4/9/2008 8:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear Fat Cat.

Looks like you are on the road to recovery. Everyone is a little different in their recovery, so try to be patient. Personally, I never used more that two pads a day. Be careful and try not to overdo it. 125 miles is a long ride. For several months I would run out of steam about 3:00PM but picked up about 6:00PM. I felt so good it was really easy to do too much. Things will get better for you. Take care and let us know more about your journey as time goes on.

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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