Posted 8/31/2008 11:50 PM (GMT -6)
SHU93, you have had an excellent outcome. The statistics have only gotten better and better for Gleason 6 with negative margins. Search for postings by Selmer - he posted a recent abstract out of Johns Hopkins that gives some truly remarkable numbers.
Being about 9 months ahead of you with a similar pathology, I would encourage you to think carefully about the ultra-sensitive PSA test and whether you want this or the "standard" test. I had originally requested the standard test but got the ultrasensitive one. This has led to anxiety over probably meaningless fluctuations. The ultrasensitive test could give you an early indication of a recurrence, however this may be more important for higher Gleason scores or positive margins.
Age:45 (44 when diagnosed)
Father diagnosed and cured at age 52.
08/21/07: Diagnosed with T1c cancer
1 of 12 biopsy cores positive; 10% tissue
Gleason score: 3+3=6
PSA level prior to biopsy: 4.3 (velocity < 0.4ng/ml)
10/19/07: da Vinci prostatectomy by Dr. Vipul Patel
Difficult surgery due to prostate inflammation.
Both nerve bundles spared.
Spongy erections began within 24hrs of surgery!
10/24/07: Catheter out; down to 1 Serenity pad/day next day.
Final pathology: neg margins, no capsular penetration,
Gleason 3+3=6, 5% tumor involvement, multi-focal.
11/04/07 First usable erection with Cialis
11/22/07 Thanksgiving - Bye-bye, pads
01/17/08 First post-surgery PSA result: < 0.008 ng/ml
03/17/08 Erection quality mostly back to pre-surgery levels with Cialis;
have not tried without meds yet.
04/23/08 Second post-surgery PSA result: < 0.008 ng/ml
07/30/08 Third PSA: 0.01 ng/ml