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   Posted 4/22/2008 9:36 AM (GMT -6)   
The Cath is out!! The cancer was confined to Prostate !!!! Kent is dripping and of course freaked out about it. But he knows thats to be expected. Put on Cialis 5 mg at night to start out and see how it goes. He was put on Cialis instead of Viagra due to insurance reasons. The doc worked it so he could get more that way for less money.
His incision is healing nicely and because of his high energy, he is ready to take on the world. Again he knows to take it easy. Its hard to keep this man down.
Thank you for all of your concerns, answers to my every question and always being there. I will continue to give updates and  encourage and be there for others as they need.
I really don't know what I would have done without this forum.
Cindy and Kent
Age 51 Kent
January 08 PSA 5.2 round of antibiotics went to 4.3
February 08 anpther round of antibiotics went to 4.2
March 17,08 had biopsy, 2 days later told cancer was on
one entire side of prostate.
Gleason 3+3
Doctor thinks its best to get the whole prostate with Perineal  Prostatectomy.
Surgery scheduled for this Thursday April 10th.
Cindy (the wife!!)
Surgery preformed and doing great. Only took 1 1/2 hours. Will know in two weeks about pathology report. Surgeon feels he he got all cancer and confined to prostate. Both nerves were spared.
Home 4-11

Tim G
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   Posted 4/22/2008 10:08 AM (GMT -6)   

Congratulations on the good report about the prostate cancer surgery and pathology report!  Now its progress in dealing with the post-op side effects, which should normalize sooner or later.

In the meantime, you and Kent are well-informed about the need to take it easy physically during the healing process, except the necessity to walk, walk, walk. 

Your comments about this forum are all true. I've never been on a forum where folks were so genuinely concerned, willing to help, and have such a great group of moderators. I did not find it until after my surgery, but, hey, better late than never. 

Take care and hang in there....Tim


Age 59  PSA quadrupled in 1 yr (0.6 to 2.5) 
DRE neg  1 of 12 biopsies pos (5%) 
Open surgery June 2006 
Cancer confined to one small area of prostate
Gleason 5 (3+2)  PSA's < 0.1  

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   Posted 4/22/2008 10:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Cindy and Kent,
Welcome to the other side and I'm very happy to hear that all went well. Hopefully Kent will take it easy for e few weeks and give his body a chance to heal. Walking and stair climbing helped me a lot during my healing, just don't over due it! Don't forget your 'Kegels' :-).
Wishing you a speedy and complete recovery.

Born Sept., 1936
PSA 7.9
Stage T1C
-ve DRE
Gleason's Score 3+4=7
2 of 8 positive
Open RP 28 Nov 06
Post op staging T3
Gleasons still 3+4=7
Seminal vesicles and lymph nodes clear
Catheter out 15 Dec 06
Dry since 11 Feb 07
All PSA tests in 2007 (4) <.04
PSA test Mar., 08 =.04 

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   Posted 4/22/2008 11:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Cindy and Kent,

Good for you both! You did everything just right and can now look forward to a successful recovery. Welcome to the "other side".

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.
50 mg Viagra + 1000 mg L-Arginine + .03 cc Trimix = Excellent Results
PSAs from  1/3/07 - 1/17/08 0.00. 
Next PSA test on 7/17/08
"Patience is essential, attitude is everything."

James C.
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   Posted 4/22/2008 11:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Great news, let the healing begin.....

James C. 
Help support the forums so they can support you: 
Age 60 
4/19/07   PSA 7.6, referred to Urologist, recheck 6.7
7/11/07   Biopsy- 16 core samples, size of gland around 76 cc. Staging pT2c
7/17/07   Path report:  3 of 16 PCa, 5% involved, left lobe , GS 3/3:6. 
9/24/07   (Open) Retropubic Radical Prostatectomy performed 
9/26/07   Post-op Path Report: GS 3+3=6 Staging pT2c, 110gms, margins clear
10/15/07  ED- begin 50mg Viagra and Vacurect pump nightly, Fully continent
1/14/08  Caverject started/stopped, aching.  2/24/08 .5ml Bimix started-success
3/24/08   ED- 6 mts.-Viagra, pump, no response- Bimix continues
Post-surgery PSA's:  3 mt:0, 6 mt:0,

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   Posted 4/22/2008 12:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Wonderful news Cindy & Kent! What a relieft! Now the healing process! This will soon be all behind you, and a distant memory. Way to go!!!!
;o) Linda & Bob
Bob (62) - Laproscopic Prostate Removal Sept 27, 2006 at age 60.
2 of 12 malignant biopsy samples - gleason 3 + 3 = 6.
Pathology - cancer completely contained, even a second more aggressive, previously undetected cancer)
PSA UNDETECTABLE Nov 2006, Feb, May, Oct2007.  ONE YEAR!!!! WHOOO HOOOO! 

Bob also has two secondary conditions -- Polycythemia (elevated red & white cells & platelets) and . . Myelofibrosis) -- If anyone has experience with or information on these, please email us.

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   Posted 4/22/2008 1:06 PM (GMT -6)   
C&K - sounds like things went great on all fronts!

Just a reminder, Kent - you may feel great but you just had major surgery...walk, yes, but don't be fooled into thinking you're ready for much more than that. There are some here who did too much too soon and paid the price.

Wishing you a speedy recovery,
Husband Diagnosed 11/17/05 Age: 63 PSA: 7.96 No Symptoms
2/09/06: LRP - Post Pathology - Gleason 4+3 Stage T2b NO MX
3 mo. PSA: 11.8 Stage T3a
6 mo. PSA: 18.8 Stage IV Systemic w/ distant lymph node involvement
Start HT - Lupron 3 mo. shots
12/06/06: PSA 0.8
03/07/07: PSA 0.3
PSA - Undetectable since 6/07/07

Link to journey:

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Date Joined Jan 2008
Total Posts : 276
   Posted 4/22/2008 5:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Great news VaFan, take it easy and get well. The positive energy of being cancer free is great, but remember that this is a major surgery, and there is plenty of time to resume life after a few weeks of light duty life. Best of Luck, we are all survivors in one fashion or another.
46 you when diagnosed, now 47
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.
Success with BiMix

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Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 823
   Posted 4/22/2008 6:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Wonderful news guys. Glad to have you on the other side. Now the healing can begin. Walk as much as you can but listen to your body when you get tired. You can certainly overdo it. The dripping was a shock for me but it will get better in stages. Take care and let us know how your journey is progressing.

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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Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 2542
   Posted 4/22/2008 7:54 PM (GMT -6)   
tongue  Hey ~ Cindy & Kent,

Great News on "both" ends... path & cath  (gosh I'm a poet and didn't know it)...

You sound great!!!  yeah   And please do take all the advice given... Take your time on this precious healing/recovery stepping-stone.  Continue moving forward and stay close.


In Friendship ~ Lee & Buddy

Thank you for your kind words above…. It is truly heartfelt 

mama bluebird - Lee & Buddy… from North Carolina


v          We invite you to visit our personal thread:  Click Here:  “Our Journey” ~ Sharing is Caring 

April 3, 2006  53 on surgery day

RRP / Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy

PSA 4.6   Gleason  3+3=6    T2a   Confined to Prostate

4th PSA 2-13-2008 (23 months) Less than 0.1 Non-Detectable :)

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Date Joined Jan 2007
Total Posts : 376
   Posted 4/22/2008 9:49 PM (GMT -6)   

Great news on the pathology report, take it nice and slow and heal well. You will get through this next phase just fine and here's hoping the first PSA test is a big 0.

Age 49, PSA 6.22 on 9-26-06
Biopsy 11-01-06, 2 of 13 cores 10% cancer, 2 other cores abnormal Up-dated 20% prostate cancerous
Gleason score 3+3=6 After Surgery Pathology report 4+3=7 a couple agressive Grade 5 cells found
Da Vinci surgery 01-09-07 UW Madison
Pathology Report- cancer 100 % capsual contained 1-18-07
1st & 2nd Post PSA Blood Test .1 and less - Undetectable
3nd Post PSA Blood Test 01-17-07 .3
March 27th PSA .4 Begin Salvage Radiation April, 14 2008
Incontenence-Pad free since end of May 07 4 1/2 months post surgery 
ED back to 95% prior to surgery - no medication required.

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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 203
   Posted 4/23/2008 7:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for all of your well wishes!!

Age 51 Kent
January 08 PSA 5.2 round of antibiotics went to 4.3
February 08 anpther round of antibiotics went to 4.2
March 17,08 had biopsy, 2 days later told cancer was on
one entire side of prostate.
Gleason 3+3
Doctor thinks its best to get the whole prostate with Perineal  Prostatectomy.
Surgery scheduled for this Thursday April 10th.
Cindy (the wife!!)
Surgery preformed and doing great. Only took 1 1/2 hours. Will know in two weeks about pathology report. Surgeon feels he he got all cancer and confined to prostate. Both nerves were spared.
Home 4-11
Cath out 4-22 dripping some
Prostate confined to one side of prostate.
Cialis 5 mg at night to start
Outlook very positive!!

Mike A
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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 213
   Posted 4/23/2008 8:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Cindy and Kent,
Just let me echo everyone's good advice and even better wishes. Take it slow, and you'll be back to 100% in no time at all!
June 2005 - Age 53 PSA 4.8 at regular physical October 2005 - After several rounds of anti-biotics, PSA 5.2 at Urlogist November 2005 - Biopsy negative July 2006 - PSA 5.9 at regular Physical October 2006 - After several more rounds of anti-biotics PSA 8.1 November 2006 - Second biopsy - Positive December 2006 - Gleason (3+4=7), Tumor T1c, CT Scan and Bone Scan Negative
January 2, 2007 Robotic Prostatectomy, University of Rochester Medical Center - Tumor confined but larger than thought, only one nerve able to be spared. Margins clear. February 2007 - Three to fo ur pads a day, no erection with viagara. April 2007 - First Post-Surgical PSA 0.02. Down to one pad a day.July, 2007 - Six Month Post-op: PSA 0.04 No change in ED. October, 2007 - Nine Month Post-op: PSA back down to 0.02!Almost totally dry! Only slight improvement in ED - Will try injections if not improved by next appointment. January 2008: One Year Post-OP PSA 0.02 still dripping, but improving. Tried 500 dose of MUSE for ED, no luck. Will try 1000.

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Total Posts : 655
   Posted 4/23/2008 11:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Greetings, Cindy and Kent.  Glad to hear that everything went well with the catheter removal and the pathology report.  That is great news.  Continue to take it easy - we will be praying for your full recovery in the days ahead.  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

Regular Member

Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 162
   Posted 4/23/2008 12:15 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi VaFan,

Glad to hear the catheter is out and everything went as expected. The major good news there is that the cancer was confined to the prostate. Looks like you are on your way to a full recovery. Take care and hope the next PSA will be 00000's.

I'll have my catheter out next week (4/29/09) and hoping for same news as you.


Biopsy done 3/2008
Pathology report: Gleason 6 (3+3), involving left lobe
DRE=15gm with indurated left base and mid prostate
Cores positive: left base medial, left base lateral, left mid medial and left mid lateral (4 of 12)
Clinical stage t2b.
Prostate Carcinorna 185
Surgery on 4/21/2008 in Austin by Dr Randy Fagin.
Waiting for patholigist report for margin

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