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2498
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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 10
   Posted 7/17/2008 9:18 PM (GMT -6)   
My surgery was almost 4 months ago, but I ran into a little hitch. I healed so well at the place where they spliced me back together that some extra scar tissue developed which caused an obstruction and thus difficulty urinating. But I had another procedure to open up the urethra and, after two weeks with a catheter, it was removed yesterday and so far I am feeling pretty chipper.

I've got a very minimal bit of leakage when coughing or sneezing or whatever, but I think I'll be able to adjust to that pretty well with a 'panty-liner' or two every day. Life is good!
age 56, retired UAW/Ford tradesman (30 and out!), Shelby Township, Michigan
11/07 gen'l practitioner thought he felt a little ridge w/ DRE, PSA was 2.8
referred to urologist, biopsy 1/25/08
diagnosed 2/08--6 of 12 showed positive (4+3)
sister reminded me that Dad had had surgery at Johns Hopkins
phoned JH, flew to Baltimore for consult 3/10/08
open surgery 3/25/08 "went perfect"--also fixed hernia at same time
clear margins means (I think) we're sure as we can be the cancer is gone
post-op pathology real good, still 4+3, but seems to have been confined to prostate
catheter out 4/7/08 (Whew!)


DanmanBob
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Date Joined Feb 2008
Total Posts : 467
   Posted 7/17/2008 9:19 PM (GMT -6)   

Great news.  Good luck in continuing to heal.

DanMan Bob


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


Tim G
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Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 2311
   Posted Yesterday 12:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Glad to hear this good news! I'm sure you are relieved to have your urine flow unrestricted once again....Tim
Age 59  PSA quadrupled in 1 yr (0.6 to 2.5) 
DRE neg  1 of 12 biopsies pos (< 5%) 
Open surgery June 2006 
Organ confined pT2a  Gleason 5   
Cancer-free for 2 years  PSA's undetectable 


M. Kat
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Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 715
   Posted Yesterday 6:02 AM (GMT -6)   
that is great news. wishing you a great recovery!! kat
Husband Jeff 56 years old diagnosed July 27, 2006
PSA 6.5, 2 positive areas in biopsy, Gleason 3+3=6
Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy August 30, 2006
pathology report - all clear - cancer gone
1st post-surgery PSA test <0.1, 2nd post-surgery PSA test <0.1, 3rd PSA <0.1
no more pads Oct 12, 2006
first "real" erection with use of pump 12/16/06
3/07 - occasional dribbles and erections with Cialis and pump
8/07 - 1 yr PSA <0.1
9/1/07 - achieved erection with Viagra - no pump!
3/08 - 18 mo PSA <0.1
switched to Levitra - works much better than Viagra & Cialis - fewer side affects


James C.
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 4462
   Posted Yesterday 9:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Great news, now you can participate in a normal recovery.  Looking forward to all zeros and good things for you going forward.

James C.
Co-Moderator- Prostate Cancer Forum

Age 61
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
7/4/08 ED- Viagra, pump continues, no response- Trimix .10ml x 2 weekly continues
Post Surgery PSA's:  3 mts-0, 6 mts.-0


Doting Daughter
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 1064
   Posted Yesterday 10:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Best wishes for a speedy recovery and a lifetime of zeroes!
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
July 2, 08 PSA <.02
Praying for a cured dad.

Co-Moderator Prostate Cancer Forum


Frank1205
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Date Joined Feb 2008
Total Posts : 308
   Posted Yesterday 2:10 PM (GMT -6)   
All the best. Take it very easy these next several months. Lets here about those zero's that will be coming as well.

Frank
Diagnosed 01-08-08 @ 53 years old 
DRE normal - Bouncing PSA for 5 or more years a high of 10
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. 1 positve margin at urethra and bladder..
Six week PSA < 0.1 Ya Ba Da Ba Dooooooooooo.  Put a steak on the grill Wilma!!!!
4 month PSA <.05 Gen II test.  Urologist wants to hold off on Radiation and watch PSA closely
 
 
 


41diagnosed
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Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 176
   Posted 7/20/2008 11:13 AM (GMT -6)   
hey 2498, my mom is up in shelby township. they are SAAB/GM folks, but still neighbors :)

glad to hear you are doing well. keep up the healing well.
 
42 yo. now
 
5/07 PSA 4.65 at routine physical
6/07 biopsy positive for cancer...Gleason 3+4...diagnosed at 41 y.o.
6/07-9/07 manic research and interviews with physicians across the country in search of the "right" decision.  I went to Mass General in Boston, Loma Linda, University of Chicago and Northwestern.
9/17/07 - Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy Surgery at Northwestern Memorial in Chicago by Dr. William Catalona.  Thankful the father of the PSA test was right here in Chicago.
 
Post op pathology was Gleason 3+4 with negative margins, no seminal vesicale involvement, no lymphatic or vascular invasion, bladder and urethral free and tumor volume was 5% of 27.3g.  
 
9/27/07 - Catheter removal...let the games begin...
 
12/07 - Threw out the pads.  I only had to use 1 pad per day for protection against minor drips. 
 
I started Trimix 8 weeks after surgery with success.
 
I hope someday I won't need injections, but I hope more that my PSA stays at 0 forever.
 
 
 


KenW
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Date Joined Mar 2007
Total Posts : 74
   Posted 7/21/2008 3:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I had the same problem and the same proceedure to open the restriction. In my case some of the scar tissue reformed as is fairly common. It's still better and the pain I had formerly is gone. Wish you wll.
 
Ken
Diagnosed with a Gleason 4X3. Second opinion at Stanford came back as 3X4, 1 out of 7 samples, Left Side. DRE showed Normal. Before Biopsy Psa gradually crept to 10. Dropped to 6.4 with Alt. suppliments.
Proton Beam Therapy at Loma Linda 11-06. 1st PSA 4 Months 3.4, PSA at 8 Mo. 1.7. - 1 Yr. PSA 1.8 ( Different Lab ) 4 th PSA Slightly up at 2.19- Free PSA at .33 probably due to BPH. 1 year and 11 mo. Urologist discovered Scar Tissue in the uretha causing frequent urination with burning. Bladder not emptying completely.
Scheduled ( 12/17/07 ) to have the scar tissue sliced to open up the restriction. Good news is PSA is down to 1.14.
Urethrotomy performed. Flow much improved. No more burning.

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