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VaFan
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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 4/27/2008 8:40 AM (GMT -6)   
This morning I think I had my lst hot flash. I turned on the fan and stood in front of it hoping for 90 mile an hour winds..
I walked in the kitchen and told me husband... He said.. "Great, I've lost the function of my penis and you're going thru menopause, this is gonna be fun!!
I've had a pretty down week and this just made for a good start. He always makes me laugh and I think thats what has gotten us thru this so far....
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 - incision looks completley healed on the outside by 4-25
Cath out 4-22 dripping some
Cancer confined to one side of prostate.
Cialis 5 mg at night to start
Outlook very positive!!


mvesr
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Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 823
   Posted 4/27/2008 10:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes VaFan you have to find some humor in all of this. On my first post-op visit with my surgeon, he asked how things were going. He about fell out of his chair when I told him my turtle would not come out of his shell. Sometimes it is good to laugh a little and not cry all the time.

Mika
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
 


njiceman
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Date Joined Sep 2007
Total Posts : 28
   Posted 4/27/2008 10:32 AM (GMT -6)   

VAfan,

MY better half (now 55) has pretty much finished the menopause stage and has some lingering issues.

Although she has not verbalized it, I can tell her response to my continue ED is "Maybe now you won't bother me so much". nono

I keep telling her "Just wait, I'm getting better and I'm open to try anything short of chains & whips".  She just laughs.

Ah! Life goes on. 

 At least no more cancer for now!


Age- 59
Diagnosed July 2007
PSA-4.0 (Free psa 11%)
Biopsy August 2007 - 2 of 4 on Right Side with 20%, Stage T1c
Gleason (3+4)
Cat Scan & Bone Scan both Clean
DaVinci Surgery Nov. 26th RWJUH Cancer Center, New brunswick, NJ
11/27/07  Home & on the road to recovery
12/4/2007 Catheter Out!
Pathology Report:  Gleason 3+3=6
                          Stage   T2c
                          Organ contained Negative Margins
1/1/08  Back to Officiating Wrestling
2/27/08 1st Post Op PSA...<0.1 Undetectable
Still using a pad everyday for minor leaks (using Detrol for bladder spasms)
4/1/08 Trying Levitra every other day  very little response :(


James C.
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   Posted 4/27/2008 11:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Tell Kent to just wait.  If his progress is like mine, he may start having hot flashes along with you, as his body and chemistry adjusts to the loss of the seminal vessels and assorted attachments.  It's taken me about 6 months to adjust from having them. 

James C. 
 
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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,


GreenAcres
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Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 474
   Posted 4/27/2008 12:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I always feel sympathy for the guys who have to go through those flashes. VA - mine started just a few months ago, so I feel your, er, heat.

I've been wanting to bring this up as it might help the guys, although both methods eventually failed, but a few months of relief were certainly great.

First, I added 400mg of Vitamin E and the flashes were non-existent by the next day. When that started to fail, I started taking a product called "soy menopause." Again, it worked instantly and I had great luck until about a month ago. Tried black cohosh and it was not pretty. But, now the flashes seem to be less frequent and more bearable (sort of).

Guys - these methods might be worth discussing with your docs.
VA - just go stick your head in the freezer the next time one hits.

Keep the laughs coming!
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


VaFan
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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 203
   Posted 4/27/2008 1:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Now that made me laugh!!! I didn't even think about the freezer!!

I wasn't told about men having the hot flashes but now I think about it, he has been saying "Is it hot in here?" and it hasn't been. He is not one to sweat that much either and I noticed it more. I just didn't put 2 and 2 together. Oh Boy, we are gonna be a fun couple. :)
Cindy
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 - incision looks completley healed on the outside by 4-25
Cath out 4-22 dripping some
Cancer confined to one side of prostate.
Cialis 5 mg at night to start
Outlook very positive!!

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