New member scheduled for Robotic Surgery 4/28, 7:30AM

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   Posted 4/27/2008 10:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Have been following the posts on this forum for several weeks and felt it was time to check in..
Got the bad news about the 1st of April and began my journey into the study and treatment of Prostate cancer.  Was given the option of Robotic Surgery, seed implant + radiation or just the radiation.  Because of the Gleason score of 7 ,( 4+3) the I was told the seed implantment alone would not be sufficient mad and 5 weeks of radiation treatment would be required. The radiation alone would require 8 weeks of daily treatment.  My wife and I along with the various Doctors reviewed the various options and deceided on the Robotic Surgery. 
While all of the methods seem to have similar success stories the Surgery should remove the cancer problem and as I have suffered from prostate problems for years eliminate those also.  Not to mention the drawn out treatment of over 8 weeks seemed to prolong the problem.. 
Today I'm on my liquid diet looking forward to that Magnesium cocktail at noon and doing my pelvic floor exercises. My outlook is good though I'm apprehensive about tomorrow but trusting to the man upstairs to see me thru this situation. Originally my surgery was scheduled for 5/28 but due to a cancellation was moved up to 4/28 and for this I'm truely grateful.
Age 70 -  Diagnosed late March
PSA 5.52 - stage T2b,T2c
Gleason 7 (4+3)
quad heart bipass 4/06

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Date Joined Feb 2008
Total Posts : 467
   Posted 4/27/2008 11:13 AM (GMT -6)   

Best wishes for you Wally.

Hopefully the surgery will go well and you will be on the road to recovery!!!

Be patient and God bless you.


Danman Bob, Born 1951
Nerve-sparing, open prostate surgery November 13, 2007
Gleason score 9, PSA 14; Biopsy result - 9 of 12 sticks showed cancer
Post-op pathology stated that cancer was confined to the prostate
Unrelated surgery January 2008 delayed incontinence recovery, which is now showing good signs of improvement (fraction of a pad a day as of late April 2008)
100 MG Viagra 3 times a week beginning December 2007
Osbon Erec-Aid Esteem manual pump for therapy beginning mid-February 2008
30 MG papaverine/1 MG phentolamine bimix injections beginning late April 2008
Five week post-op PSA 0.2, five month post-op PSA 0.1, next test August 2008

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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 4/27/2008 11:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi wallypm,
Good luck on your endevour tomorrow. I do wish you all the best. My surgery was last Monday at 7:00 AM by Dr Fagin in Austin and I was out of recevory in about three hours after. My advise is to try to get up and walk around the hospital hallway a little as soon as you are able to. It will help any blood clot and the urine will be clear in no time.
As for the liquid diet, I had lots of jello, cream of soup (Various flavors) and custard. I took the Magnesium drink in the afternoon around 5:00 PM with a glass of Splash juice. Also I took the enima about a half hour after that. I think all in all it went pretty good. You didn't say where you will will be having your surgery.
Again all the best and good luck.
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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   Posted 4/27/2008 11:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Wesley Long Hospital , Greensboro NC
Alliance Urology, Dr David Grapey

James C.
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   Posted 4/27/2008 12:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome and sorry you had to come here.  Good luck in your surgery and we'll be here to welcome you to the other side. 

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 4/27/2008 12:11 PM (GMT -6)   

Although I haven't had bypass surgery, I have two close friends that have.  I can tell you, what I went through and the recovery is not near what heart surgery is.  You've already been through worse, this will be a lot less pain and recovery.

Good luck.  You'll be fine.



Age: 50 (March 2008)

DX 1/08 @ 49 yo

7/05: PSA 2.6 DRE Normal

9/07: PSA 3.4 DRE Normal

1/08: Biopsy 1 of 12 cores with 10% involvement, T1c, Gleason 3+3=6

4/08/08:  Da Vinci Rad. prostectomy @ Banner Thunderbird, 5 hrs.

                Advised both nerve bundles spared

                Post Op Pathology Report: Tumor confined w/in prostate, pT2c, NX, DX 

    Gleason is 3+3=6, bilateral with 15% total involvement near apex

                Margins and Seminal Vesicles negative!!!

4/18/08:  Staples and Catheter removed. Drip, drip, drip, drip...

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   Posted 4/27/2008 12:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Wallypm,

Welcome to the place nobody wants to have to come to. We are all here to support each with information and encouragement.

I was 72 when diagnosed and had the same options as you. I decided on surgery because I wanted the cancer out of me as soon as possible. That and getting a good reading on the extent of the problem plus keeping other options open were what swayed me. I had open surgery and very few problems with it. I was back at work teaching school and dry 3 weeks later.

During my search for a treatment, I ran across several references that implied that a guy 70+ was too old to have a prostatectomy. Well, there are plenty of cases where that isn't true so congratulations on your choice. We have to take control of our own treatment and not rely on the first opinion in any phase of recovery. That is where this forum is so valuable. We get to hear from people that have used all the options.

So, best of luck tomorrow. We will all be here waiting to welcome you to the "other side". We can all get well together...


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."

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Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 823
   Posted 4/27/2008 3:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Wallypm. The really hard part is over. Finding out you had cancer, making a treatment decision was all tough. This will be a walk in the park, then the healing will begin. Glad you found us and I am glad to meet another NC brother, but sorry you had to join us. Take care of yourself. Walk when you are able and keep us informed with 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

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