After all these weeks of waiting and worrying, I am off to the hospital for my open RP sugery. I will do as I always do with surgeries, just be a very compliant patient, that is my style. I found out recently that my urologist/surgeon, Dr. Ronald Smith, is considered the best of the best for the entire state of South Carolina. There is comfort in knowing that.
I will check back in here when I get to come home early next week, I will miss all you guys and family here. The rest of it is out of my hands for now. Good luck to the rest of you as you continue your own personal battles with the evil known as PC.
David in SC
Age 56, 56 at DX
PSA 2005 3.5
PSA 2006 4.0
PSA 2007 5.8
PSA 7-2008 12.3
PSA 9-2008 14.9
PSA 10-2008 16.4
Biopsy 2007 Negative
Biopsy 8-2008 Neg, some PIN, 4 "Suspicious Areas"
Biopsy 9-2008 Positive
7 of 7 cores positive, ranging from 40 - 90%
2 tumours noted, Gleason 4+3 and 3+4
Periunual Invasion noted
Additonal High Grade PIN noted
Open RP surgery scheduled for Friday, November 14, 2008 at
St. Francis Hospital, Greenville, SC