a huge thank you for all the great advice!

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   Posted 5/31/2008 11:17 AM (GMT -6)   
:-)  Whoever said that a stranger is a friend you haven't met yet must have known about this forum! You guys are the BEST! We took all the advice, called the doc who recommened milk of magnesia (and nurse annie prescribed "walk til you drop" )This and colace and lots of liquids mixed with the confidence from our friends here have made the difference! His bowels are working great, no more gas pains and he's up, dressed, walking 15 minutes every hour! Eating too ,REAL FOOD! The catheter comes out next week and needless to say he's looking forward to that. We found that the self adhering wrap is so great to secure the tubing and comfortable too. Thanks again so much from both of us in helping with these first days home. Annie

dx. 3-08  @ age 63. gleason 6 . 1 out of 12 cores positive. 4th biopsy in 8 years. previous 3 negative. followed closley due to family hx.grandfather, father and 2 uncles dx. with prostate cancer. dre negative, cat and bone scan negative. davinci scheduled for may 27, 2008. 2 daughters, retired hospital administration, air force family years ago.

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   Posted 5/31/2008 1:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Annie,

Great news on getting him up and walking. Walking is our second best friend in early recovery second only to attitude. Next step, get that catheter into the garbage can!! Get freed up!!! Get well...

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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   Posted 5/31/2008 2:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Glad to see things are moving along! Pretty soon you'll be looking back and wondering how did the time go by so fast!

Wishing you guys a great recovery...be well.

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

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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 5/31/2008 3:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Last advice is to be sure to use antibiotic ointment where the catheter comes out. You'll look back and be amazed at how smooth that blasted catheter thing went. Oh yes, the removal doesn't hurt and is remarkably fast. That was a help to me to know as I was pretty apprehensive about the removal. Good luck.
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

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   Posted 5/31/2008 4:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Annie,
Great news on your husband's recovery - sorry I did not get to welcome you home last week - missed it! But so glad to hear all went well, and that uncomfortable post op happenings (ie. GAS),  relieved now. Walking is great - we walked more then (after surgery), than we do now, and trying to get back to it again too.. Also glad you are on the other side and on the road to healing - Great quote about strangers and friends... this is our first launch into cyber-space for information too, and we would have been lost without it.
Keep well, and you remember to rest up to. Bluebird (Lee) use to point out how important it is to maintain your own health and strength too, and I found this also important, as I was still keeping a few "all night vigils" (all that night duty training!!) in those first weeks even though my husband (like yours) had good progress post op, and stress can get pretty exhausting - so enjoy the lovely days of your husband's recovery and take good care of yourself too. cheers, Lana

Creed_three (Lana & CJ)
Husband CJ aged 50 yrs (49 years at diagnosis and surgery)
PSA (2002) 2.1.  PSA (2006) 3.5.  1 x (5%) core of 12 positive at biopsy. 11 cores negative. Open Radical Prostatectomy with nerve sparing, on 17th April 2007 (Sydney, Australia).
Gleeson 3 + 4 = 7.   
Fortunate to have three (3) "undetectable" PSAs since surgery 1 yr ago.  June 2007: PSA 0.01; Oct 2007:PSA 0.02; April 2008:PSA 0.02.

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Date Joined Jan 2008
Total Posts : 276
   Posted 6/2/2008 4:59 PM (GMT -6)   
soxfan, be sure and take a couple of pads when you go to have the catheter removed. I forgot mine, and had to wear a full coverage brief from the MD's office. That thing under my jeans looked like I had been inflated, and not very comfortable. Good Luck, and welcome to life cancer free!!!

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.
Cialis 5 mg every night.
Success with BiMix

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Date Joined Feb 2008
Total Posts : 308
   Posted 6/2/2008 10:11 PM (GMT -6)   

Great news Sox Fan I am so glad the pain has reduced.

Heres to a quick recovery.  Remember to measure you success in weeks not days. 


All the best..


Diagnosed 01-08-08 @ 53 years old 
DRE normal - High PSA for 5 or more years
2004 Biospy negative - 2008 Biopsy positive (01-08-08)
10 cores, 1 positive and at 1% of that one core
Current PSA 6 - Bone and Ct scans negative
clinicalg Staged at T1C - Gleason 3+3 = 6
Robotic Da Vinci performed March 27th, 2008
University of Chicago,5 hour surgery , 3 hour recovery
Unexpected Cardiac issues appear and disappear?
Hospital stay 30 hours - Catheter out in 7 days  normaly expected leakage - Erectile funtion back on line 9 days 
Post Pathology T2C, Gleason 7, 10 % of both portions of prostate, Seminal vessels clear, fat tissue clear,Tumor on top of prostate distal from apex. 1 positve margin at urethra and bladder.
Six week PSA < 0.05 Ya Ba Da Ba Dooooooooooo.  Put a steak on the grill Wilma!!!!
Oncologist to discuss case with Urologist and Radiation Oncologist to consider radiation.

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