Posted 4/20/2008 5:37 PM (GMT -7)
Hi Howcome .

I travelled 3-4 hours going home, but I stayed in a hotel for 1 day after I got out of the hospital. If you can stay there in a hotel until you get your cath out I think you could travel better. All the waiting and standing around in the airport will be tough. You may have trouble when you empty your bag if you use the leg bag. Take care and let us know how you are doing on your journey.

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

Posted 4/21/2008 2:54 AM (GMT -7)
They may tell you this at hospital before you leave, but make sure you don't sit the whole time on the plane, I had a 3 hour car ride home and was told to stop half way and walk a little bit because of the clotting possibility, even if you haven't had surgery, it is always a good idea to get up and walk to the back of plane to get the blood flowing in the legs, and also stretch your legs or move them while sitting, just don't keep them in the same position.  Good luck with your surgery, you certainly will have one of the best surgeons and hospitals in the world.

diagnosed sept 2006 @ 54 years old, live in Georgia
 biopsy report gleason 3+4=7, right lobe only
psa 4.7  (psa rose 1 point per year for 3 years, urologist said still under 4 and no concern.  If I can find out about PSA velocity, why didn't he know!)
Told not to have surgery at Dana Farber as cancer had already penetrated prostate, in seminal vesicles, would have positive margins. Would only treat with radiation and HT
RP Emory Atlanta December 2006
Path-negative margins, negative lymph nodes
negative seminal vesicles, multifocal perineural invasion, both lobes involved
40% gland involved
gleason 3+4=7
Fully continent 2 weeks post catheter removal
1st psa April 2007-<0.04
 6 Mos PSA <0.04
9 mos PSA still <0.04
12 mos PSA still <0.04
15 mos PSA <0.04 (3-21-2008) 

Posted 4/21/2008 4:55 AM (GMT -7)

I would have substantial concern about this much travel so soon after open surgery.  Even though I was in very good-excellent condition going in to my surgery, and even though the surgical results were excellent, there's no way I would have wanted to do that much travel so soon.  I realize that a few people could probably manage it OK, but this is major surgery and there is no way to predict that you would be up for it.  To my way of thinking this would be very risky.  Can you stay longer locally, before heading home?

Best wishes,

Diagnosed 1/25/08 @57 years.
Gleason six.
PSA 3.0
Open surgery 3/07/08, Wenatchee, WA.
Post surgery Gleason six.
Margins clear, both nerve bundles saved.
Staged pT2c.

Posted 4/21/2008 9:59 AM (GMT -7)
Sounds like you are far enough away so that car travel is not an option.  Something soft to sit on for sure.  The catheter bags come in two sizes (at least), and a larger one might be advisable.  First, you won't be carrying anything, so someone else needs to handle the luggage/carry on.  If the gates seem far (based on your in bound travel) you can get a wheel chair to get you to the gate and through security, which might be a good thing.  Aisle seat?  Get seated early (talk to the gate staff).  Get conversant with catheter bag emptying.  Check bags at curb.  Do anything to pamper yourself.  Don't know about travel after open surgery.  My husband felt ok from robotic.  Good luck!
Age 59
PSA ; PSA 9/07=3.4; '06=3.2 DRE Negative; '05=2.4; '04=1.7
Biopsy 11/07 =  Stage T1c, 12 cores, 2 positive
Gleason score= 3+3=6
DaVinci Robotic RP surgery: 2/14/08
Path report: Gleason= 3+4=7; Stage T2c

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