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Date Joined May 2008
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   Posted 8/10/2008 2:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Tomorrow is the day. I have to be at the hospital at 5:30 am. I have the first surgery. I am ready to go. I have lost weight(27lbs) now at 217. I have been walking up to 8 miles a day. Too many kegel's to count. My last psa test was still under 1 (.84). Thanks for all the advice and support. I know everything will work out fine. I have a great wife and three great childern that are in my corner. I will continue to keep you all in my prayers. I hope to be home by Tuesday afternoon and I will write when I am feeling up to it. Thanks again for all your support and prayers.
New Jersey
Age 51
Psa 0.9
Biospy 1 core positive
Gleason 3+3-6
Surgery date Aug.11, 2008

James C.
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Date Joined Aug 2007
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   Posted 8/10/2008 3:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like you have it all planned and under control.  See ya on the other side, and we'll be thinking of you tomorrow...Good luck

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
7/31/08 ED- Viagra, pump continues, no response- Trimix .10ml x 2 weekly continues
Post Surgery PSA's:  3 mts-0, 6 mts.-0, 9 mts.-0.

Navy corpsman
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Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 61
   Posted 8/10/2008 3:23 PM (GMT -6)   


Just remember that the hard part is already over.  Nothing that will happen over the next several weeks will compare to being told you have cancer.  I found celebrating the small daily improvements to be helpful in my ongoing recovery.  Keep walking when you get home, just do not over do it.

Age:  44
We have a family history of PCa.  My Dad and uncle died from it at 65 and 53. My PSA velocity increased in the last 2 years and I had to talk my GP into refering me to a urologist.
Biopsy results:  5 of 11 cores positive, all 30%. Gleason 6. T1c. PSA 2.53  Date of biopsy 15MAY08.
Open RRP at Johns Hopkins with Dr. Partin on 09JUL08.
Pathology report:  Gleason 6, pT2, neg. margins, 0 lymph node and seminal vessical, organ confined, I lost 1 nerve bundle and 22 lymph nodes.
As of today, about a month after surgery, I feel at about 80%. Urinary control seems to be improving. Little Elvis has taken a nap and has not awakened yet. I hope when he wakes up he is well rested because he is going to get one heck of a workout.

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Date Joined May 2008
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   Posted 8/10/2008 4:16 PM (GMT -6)   


....what John said.."the hard part is over".....Good luck Jeff and we'll see you on the other side..

   age: 53
   Pre-0p PSA  Feb. 08, 5.0
      4.22.08, 4.1
      PSA  spiked once about 8yrs ago to 5.0 three months later
      back to 2.9...then into the 1.2 range until my re-scheduled 
      "missed" appointment this past Feb.
      Biopsy 5.1.08 
      5 of 15 cores positive
      Da Vinci I read somewhere on this 
      site....."the first show of the day"
       DaVinci completed 7.29.08, Bladder Sling installed, hernia repair 
       completed during surgery.    
       3hrs in surgery, 2 in recovery...trouble starting the airway pre-
        Sent home 30hrs,  JP drain in place 7days, catheter remains..
       Path report "cancer fully contained"....Margins clear
        Cath removed 8.8.08(ten days) lightly used pad 24 hours
        ED therapy begins 8.9.08. 100mg viagra three times a week,
        pump everyday and hold for ten minutes.
        "just tryin' to reason with hurricane season"....

New Member

Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 12
   Posted 8/10/2008 4:30 PM (GMT -6)   
My husband and I were taking one of our long walks this morning and he could not stop saying how hard it is to believe that it will be 3 weeks tomorrow - You will do great tomorrow and before you know it you will be on the otherside passing out advice like this - good luck!!
husband diagnosed May 2008
PSA 4.4
age 47
biopsy showed less than 2% involvement
gleason 6  3+3
Davinci Surgery 7/21/2008 Dr. Shalhav University of Chicago
home 7/22/2008 -
Biopsy results - 40% involvement, gleason 3+4 = 7 with small focus of gleason 5,  small margin on right side
incontinence - minimal, ED - 95% with viagra

Veteran Member

Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 823
   Posted 8/10/2008 7:57 PM (GMT -6)   

HI nemo57

Tomorrow is the first day of the healing process.  You will be fine.  It seems you have a wonderful support system with your family.  Let us know how you are doing on the other side, without prostate cancer.



age at dx 54 now 56
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
Tossed the pads this spring
ED still a problem
first year PSA less than zero

Regular Member

Date Joined Jul 2008
Total Posts : 76
   Posted 8/10/2008 8:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Good luck tomorrow. I was in your shoes a week ago down to the hour. You will be fine. Remember to take it easy after your surgery. Here is a website that James C. posted for me. I found it full of helpful hints for the days following surgery.

Take care
age:  44
1st psa Apr 08 3.06
2nd psa 6/16/8 4.02,  DRE showed nothing abnormal
biopsy 7/10/08 positive 5 of 12
gleason 3 + 3 = 6
prostate size 18cms?  not real sure about this
Da Vinci surgery 8/04/8 at Parkview Memorial in FT Wayne, In

Tim G
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Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 2331
   Posted 8/11/2008 2:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Nemo (are you a captain?) --As I write this on the American West Coast you are probably thru with your surgery on the East Coast. I hope that all went well and that your recovery goes smoothly.  You have many of us hear who have been thru the same thing and are happy to support you thru the healing process....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 

Regular Member

Date Joined Oct 2007
Total Posts : 300
   Posted 8/11/2008 4:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Good Luck Nemo. Everything will work out just fine. Your in our prayers. See you on the other side.
Age 65
Diagnosed 10/12/07
PSA 6.3
Biopsy 18 core samples, 2 positive <5%
Stage T1a Gleason 6 (3+3)
LRP  1/29/08
Gleason 7 (3+4)
1 positive margin (.3cm)
5/15/08- 1st Post-Op PSA 0.07 Undetectable
8/11/08 -2nd Post-OP PSA ).02 Undetectable

Regular Member

Date Joined Jan 2007
Total Posts : 376
   Posted 8/11/2008 5:02 PM (GMT -6)   

Good luck tomorrow, it sounds like you have put in all the work up front and hopefully it pays off with less side effects and quick recovery. Just remember to give yourself time and take it easy, you're passing the hard part now. It also looks like you have caught it early and you have a great family to help support you through.

You're in my thoughts and good luck
Current age 50, Age at Dx-48 PSA 6.22 on 9-26-06
Biopsy 11-01-06, 2 of 13 cores 10% cancer, 2 other cores abnormal Up-dated 20% prostate cancerous
Gleason score 3+3=6 After Surgery Pathology report 4+3=7 a couple agressive Grade 5 cells found
Da Vinci surgery 01-09-07 UW Madison
Pathology Report- cancer 100 % capsual contained 1-18-07
1st & 2nd Post PSA Blood Test .1 and less - Undetectable
3nd Post PSA Blood Test 01-17-07 .3
March 27th PSA .422 Begin Salvage Radiation April, 14 2008
Radiation Complete June 4, 2008 36 treatments
August 5, 2008 PSA .09 or < .1 again
Incontenence-Pad free since end of May 07 4 1/2 months post surgery 
ED back to 95% prior to surgery - no medication required.

Regular Member

Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 67
   Posted 8/12/2008 1:07 PM (GMT -6)   
hope all goes well. and, heck, at least "Elvis" has not left the building! LOL!
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