Nemo, judging from your numbers it appears as if you caught the beast in time.
I can't stress Biker's advice enough, i.e., get in the best possible shape you can over the next several weeks. There is no doubt in my mind that being in shape exacerbated my recovery. I had my surgery on a Monday morning, was walking the urology unit halls in the late afternoon and was walking around the block at home on Tuesday.
Channel your energy towards thinking about the positive, e.g., there's an excellent chance the cancer will be contained and you'll live the rest of your life cancer free. Also, I read as many success stories as I could about former athletes and celebrities, e.g. Joe Torre, Bob Gibson, Richard Petty, Sidney Poitier, who were diagnosed with PCa years ago, had the surgery, and have been cancer free ever since.
I was fortunate in that I had a mentor who had his surgery performed by my surgeon seven weeks before me. I met with him often to talk and he even came to see me after surgery. If you know of anyone in your area, or if your surgeon can give you the name of somebody who has had the surgery and is willing to talk to you (my surgeon keeps a list of men who have had the surgery and have volunteered to talk with guys about their experience), I would suggest meeting with him. I know it was a great comfort to me to talk to somebody who not only had been there, but had the same surgeon.
Having said that, I have to say that the best advise and support I received was from my father. He had open surgery 11 years ago to remove his prostate and has been cancer free ever since. Although we are 1,000 miles apart (he's in Pennsylvania, I'm in Florida) I spoke with him by phone once a week leading up to my surgery. He even flew down here to be with me. And my wife told me he was more nervous than she was while in the waiting room while I was in surgery. My mom later told me he was feeling very guilty since he felt that he had passed the PCa gene on to me. I told him to forget all that nonsense because he saved my life. Up until he was diagnosed I had never had a PSA test.
Good luck, check back in, and you will be in my prayers.
: Diagnosed March 25, 2007. PSA 3.0. Gleason 6. Five of twelve samples positive with <5% each. No perineural invasion seen.
Surgery: May 21, 2007, Florida Hospital, Orlando,FL
Post-op Pathology: Upgraded to Gleason 7 (3+4), negative margins, negative capsular penetration, negative seminal vesicles, lymph nodes left intact, multifocal perinural invasion, 15% of prosate involving cancer in both lobes. T2c
Continence/Erections Out of pads at five weeks. Fully continent and can achieve erections.
Post Surgery PSA: Five tests, all <0.1
Family history: Great-great grandfather died from PC. My Father had his prostate removed at age 67 in 1997 and has had an undetectable PSA ever since. I was diagnosed at a much earlier age and had a more agressive cancer than my father. Go figure.
Post Edited (JCL) : 6/23/2008 12:35:01 PM (GMT-6)