Fortunately, as with the 3-month test, the 6-month test came back again as "< 0.008 ng/ml" - undetectable. I had less anxiety than while waiting for the first test results, but it still feels a bit like living life in 3-month chunks.
Continence is perfect. If someone were to erase my memory of the robotic surgery, I would never think twice about urinary function as it is exactly the same as before surgery. I thank God for this, nearly every day.
I am still working on the minor ED issues, but at least with Cialis I have been able to make love to my wife since surgery. I am still hoping for better stamina of the erection without continuous stimulation. Also, I experience a change in firmness in two phases. During the first phase of sex, the erection is good enough, but maybe only 90-95% of rock-hard. Then at some point, the arousal seems to "shift gears", and I get the full erection.
Age:45 (44 when diagnosed)
Father diagnosed and cured at age 52.
08/21/07: Diagnosed with T1c cancer
1 of 12 biopsy cores positive; 10% tissue
Gleason score: 3+3=6
PSA level prior to biopsy: 4.3 (velocity < 0.4ng/ml)
10/19/07: da Vinci prostatectomy by Dr. Vipul Patel
Difficult surgery due to prostate inflammation.
Both nerve bundles spared.
Spongy erections began within 24hrs of surgery!
10/24/07: Catheter out; down to 1 Serenity pad/day next day.
Final pathology: neg margins, no capsular penetration,
Gleason 3+3=6, 5% tumor involvement, multi-focal.
11/04/07 First usable erection with Cialis
11/22/07 Thanksgiving - Bye-bye, pads
01/17/08 First post-surgery PSA result: < 0.008 ng/ml
03/17/08 Erection quality mostly back to pre-surgery levels with Cialis;
have not tried without meds yet.
04/23/08 Second post-surgery PSA result: < 0.008 ng/ml