Posted 5/29/2008 4:07 AM (GMT -6)
Jerry: as another non-nerve-spared, I am delighted to hear of your recovery. Well done and thank you for sharing.

Age 63. Other than cancer, in good health; BMI 20
Pre-op: No symptoms; PSA 5.7; Gleason 4+5=9; cancer in 4 of 12 cores
7 March 2008, RRP, non nerve sparing
Two nights in hospital; catheter and staples out after 7 days
Continent, no pads needed from the get-go
Post Op: Stage pT2 M- N-; clear margins and lymph nodes; Gleason 4+4=8; prostate weight: 37gm
6-week PSA: 0 

Posted 5/30/2008 8:10 PM (GMT -6)
Thank you Sterd82 and Jerry for confirming what the Chief Resident told us on his rounds the day after surgery: Don't get discouraged, it is often simply a matter of time and could be 18 months. I was wondering if he was just being vaguely optimistic for the patient, or if it was really true. Thanks for being willing to share your case with us. I can't say it often enough; the personal, intimate experiences offered by men here with the courage and caring to discuss sensitve matters makes this site the best resource. Val's spouse
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

Posted 5/31/2008 9:47 AM (GMT -6)
Hey Sterd,

Time truly heals. The problem is it takes lots of patience. After a lifetime (almost) of being ready to go on a moments notice, spending months trying to get it back can be depressing. Just don't ever give up. Even old guys like me can still get it on after PCa.

"Hang" in there buddy...

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."

Posted 5/31/2008 10:31 AM (GMT -6)
What great news! I haven't seen very many people have posts like this after both treatments. My father will be pleased to hear your story. Thanks for sharing! It has been a big deal for my dad over these past months.
Father's Age 62 (now 63)
Original Gleason 3+4=7, Post-Op Gleason- 4+3=7,
DaVinci Surgery Aug 31, 2007
Focally Positive Right Margin, One positive node. T3a N1 M0.
Bone Scan/CT Negative (Sept. 10, 2007)
Oct. 17 PSA 0.07
Nov. 13 PSA 0.05
Casodex adm. Nov 07, Lupron beg. Dec 03, 2007 2 yrs
Radiation March 03-April 22, 2008- 8 weeks 5x a week
Praying for a cured dad. First PSA 3 months!

Co-Moderator Prostate Cancer Forum

Posted 6/8/2008 12:18 PM (GMT -6)
 video recovering sexual function after treatment
29 minute presentation by a urologist at John Hopkins Univ. that should be of interest to anyone interested in prostate cancer so that accurate information is given. This was posted on another PC web site P2P

Prostate Cancer diagnosed Dec. 18, 2006
Biopsy 12/13/2006 Gleason score = 3+5=8
RRP Jan. 5, 2007
Pathology - negative margins from succesful surgery
10 mg Cilias M_W_F for 8 weeks
Almost no leakage after 5 weeks
Used Vacurect pump for 4 weeks before useable erection.
Presently using injections - PGE and Trimix caused really bad pain.
Now using Bimix - Bingo, good times are back.
1-yr PSA .02

Posted 6/8/2008 1:05 PM (GMT -6)
i am at the 4 week mark and may have had a slight erection friday night but it didn't last long at all. the doctor hasn't prescribed any ed meds for me yet. i am wanting to work the incontinence issue first. it is going a lot better these days. i will be talking to the doctor next week. from these blogs, it appears insurance isn't covering much of these drug costs.
Age 48
occupation accountant
PSA increased from 2.6 to 3.5 in one year
biopsy march 2008 - cancer present gleason 7
decision - surgery (robotic)
surgery may 9, 2008 - houston, tx
pathology report -gleason 8
margins clear
waiting on first psa post surgery
continence ok during day - 1 pad
night time different story
kegel's twice a day 20 reps

Posted 6/8/2008 6:42 PM (GMT -6)
This topic is an important one.... especially the notion that we need to give "it" time.
My urologist/surgeon told me that she has many patients where good progress on ED doesn't come until 12-18 months after RP.  She told me to be patient and I have been.
I really believe that those who regain normal response soon after surgery are the exception rather than the rule.
And, rob2, my insurance does cover a big portion of the ED drug price tag.  My surgeon sent a nice letter explaining why I needed the drugs for rehab after LRP and that really helped to deem the drugs medically necessary.
Best regards,

Barry ~ (a.k.a. "Idaho") - Prostate Cancer Forum Moderator


Da Vinci Surgery July 31, 2007… 54 on surgery day
PSA 4.3  Gleason 3+3=6  T2a  Confined to Prostate

1st PSA  09/11/2007  <0.04 (undetectable)

2nd PSA 12/10/2007  <0.04

3rd PSA  03/17/2008  <0.04

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