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Date Joined May 2008
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   Posted 8/12/2008 12:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everybody, i hope everybody is doing well. Well here we go I have surgery sch. for 9-5-08 at the fox chase cancer center in philly
i cant believe i have come this far. from everything they tell me im at the top percent of everything being caught early and turning out great. they tell me its all in my favor. that being said im scared crapless ive never even had a toothache my whole life.But if it was not for the advise i got from you people i would have never went for the biopsy so i am in your debt with my life, and i thank you


Tony Crispino
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   Posted 8/12/2008 12:16 PM (GMT -6)   
You still have some work left to do, Rick!
Getting it done, getting well, and not worrying about it. All a tall order, but you will be fine. I remember being where you are, but I didn't have the good numbers going into it. But even I am doing well. Thanks for joining us here. None of us want to be here, but I have met some great people at this site. You are on the list, sir.


Age 46 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8
Surgery on Feb 16, 2007 @ The City of Hope
Post-Op Pathology: Gleason 4+3=7, positive margins, Stage pT3b (Stage III)
HT began in May, '07 with Lupron and Casodex 50mg
IMRT radiation for 38 Treatments ending August 3, '07
Current PSA (May 9 '08): <0.1
I will continue HT until May '09. 
Years in Remission (3/23/07): 1
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Tim G
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   Posted 8/12/2008 12:20 PM (GMT -6)   
It's good to hear from you, Rick.  It's normal to be scared out of your wits before surgery,  especially if you have not undergone major surgery before.   Catching prostate cancer early is important, so you're in good shape there.
Try to get yourself in as good a shape as you can prior to surgery, especially abdominal exercises.  Personally, I used a combination of changing my thought pattern, talking to others who cared, and prayer to alleviate my fears of surgery (my prostatectomy was the first major surgery I had undergone) .  It all helped to take the edge off the anxiety. 
There's no way around it--a prostate cancer diagnosis and its treatment is difficult to cope with. Take care and hang in there...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 

Doting Daughter
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   Posted 8/12/2008 12:33 PM (GMT -6)   
My dad was very nervous too! He had never had surgery or been in a hospital, so having survery for something which he had never experienced a symptom was very unsettling. I am very happy to report that he made it through surgery great! He had a speedy recovery and is for the most part back to his normal activities! (with the exception of sex, but he is still hopeful)
I wish you the best in the next stage of your journey!! Please keep us posted and try to stay positive!!
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.

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James C.
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   Posted 8/12/2008 2:11 PM (GMT -6)   

Rick, glad to hear from you again.  Surgery is no picnic, especially for one who has never experienced it, but it will be over quickly and you will wake on the other side, probably wondering when they are gonna start on you...lol.  The other side is an important part of your journey to recovery and good health, and as such requires some planning and preparation also.  You can work on that now to take your mind off waiting for the surgery date...lol  Here's a couple links to some good info. for post-surgery recovery.




Hope they help.. tongue

James C.
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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.

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Date Joined May 2008
Total Posts : 260
   Posted 8/12/2008 2:33 PM (GMT -6)   


...You'll do fine Rick, stay positive and do those things you need to do pre-surgery to get yourself ready. Walkin', kagels etc, etc, and don't forget about the head... it all does wonders for your post-op experience and recovery.  It will be here before you know and over sooner than that, and like James says' you'll wake up wonderin' when is this gonna' start! I did!

 Stay in touch with us before and after.....hang in and good luck!   D

   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 scheduled..7.29.08..as 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)...one 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"....

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Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 883
   Posted 8/12/2008 9:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Hang in there Rick! We will be here when ya need us.
    43 at Dx and Surgery
    PSA 5.7, Biopsy 3 of 12 positive (up to 75%) all on left side of prostate, Gleason 7
    RRP on Oct. 17, 2006 - Nerves on right side saved. All Lab's clear. 
    Cathiter in for 28 days due to complications in healing. Removed Nov. 9, 2006
    First Post op PSA on Dec. 11, 2006  Undetectable 0.00.
    ED workable and usable with Viagra.
    Feb. 20th, 2007 - Feb. 4th, 2008  Cystoscope, Two Collagen injections,Second Opinion Consultation for Incontinance at OU Medical Center, Bio-Feedback training, Chiropractic, Accupuncture  to try to resolve ongoing incontinance (4-6 pads a day)  All PSA's 0.00.
    Feb. 22nd, 2008 - Surgery to install the AMS AdVance Male Sling.
    March 27th, 2008 - Sling not working, Little or no improvement.
    April 18, 2008 - Collagen injection.  Back to using 4-6 full pads a day within a week.
    May 14, 2008 - Another collagen injection to try to Band-Aid the leaking for our June cruise.  Will start making conusultation appiontments for AUS after we return.
    July 14th, 2008 - AUS consultation with Dr. Morey at UT Southwestern (Dallas).
    July 30, PSA 0.00.
    Aug. 22nd, 2008 - AUS Surgery by Dr. Morey

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