Posted 1/7/2009 9:30 AM (GMT -6)
Hello and welcome, Tracymarie:
You are most welcomed here. If you want sincere and quality support, this is the best on the net. The feelings you expressed are most normal, and the men here suffering from PC directly and their wives and families, go through the same processes of emotions. I hope you find real comfort here. Feel free to say your opinions, your theories, your anger, vent if you need too, nothing you could say would suprise this group here, because one way or the other, one person or the other, has felt what you are feeling, but we are tied together with a root cause of Prostate Cancer and it's far reaching affects and side affects. I always have a good laugh at the term "Good Cancer". This is my 4th bout with cancer since age 45, as for me, there's been nothing good about any of them. My current bout with PC has had one silver lining, it made my wife and I look at our lives, our children, grandchildren in a whole new light, and helped us decided whas was really important in life. When you are faced fighting PC, a whole lot of other things in life really aren't that important anymore. I hope you stay and get a lot out this place, it is truly the best.
David in SC
Age 56, 56 at DX
PSA 7/7 5.8, 7/8 12.3, 9/8 14.9, 10/8 16.4
3rd Biopsy 9-2008 Positive 7 of 7 cores positive, ranging from 40 - 90%, G 4+3 & 3+4
Open RP surgery November 14, 2008 at St. Francis Hospital, Greenville, SC, Dr. Ronald Smith - Surgeon, Non-nerve sparing, 4 days in hospital, staples removed 11/24/8, Catheter out on 12/15/8 on day 32. Day 33, urine stopped flowing, new catheter put in 12/16/08, Catheter out 12/29/08. After 7 hours, complete stoppage again, emergency room put in Catheter #3 early evening of day 45, still 12/29/08. 1/5/9 - Cath #3 out, dr. did cycloscope, saw potential blockage, put in Catheter #4, further tests/treatments 1/9/8.
Post-surgery Pathlogy Report:
Gleason 3+4=7, pT2c pN0 pMx, Prostate 42 grams, tumor 20% cancer
Contained in capsular, neg. margins apex, bladder neck, right lobe, neg. in seminal vessels and lymph nodes.
First PSA Post Surgery Scheduled now for 2/9/9