I read your site and extend some very sincere thoughts your way. I only have met two guys who, because of prostate canvcer were doing their own catheters. One was because of poor results with his surgery, and the other was because his cancer had spread to his bladder and spasms were making it impossible to treat his incontenence.
Some of the guys here did have urinary tract infection ~ UTI ~ while they had their catheters installed and may be able to speak how they handled treating it. But they are guys, and treating it varies between man and women.
I cannot imagine ever installing my own catheter ~ call me squeemish! I hear that it's tougher on the guys but I truly don't know. I searched on the web for self catheterization and surprizingly there is quite a bit of information about
it. I am sure you have seen much of this.
I do wish you the very best concerning your condition. And as a blogger, I wish you the very best in your effort to bring the disussion to people.
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, Extra Prostatic Extension (EPE)
Bilateral seminal vesicle invasion (SVI); Stage pT3b, N0, Mx
HT began in May, '07 with Lupron and Casodex 50mg (2 Year ADT)
IMRT radiation for 38 Treatments ending August 3, '07
Current PSA (September 17 '08): <0.1 ~ Undetectable!
You can visit my Journey at:
Tony's Prostate Cancer InfoLink Page