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Jake T
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   Posted 4/16/2009 8:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Scheduled for robotic surgery at Mount Sinai in NY, i really feel this is the right choice for me and i found one of the best surgeons, but can't believe how stressful this is. Hopefully next Thursday at this time i will be on the recovery side.
 

Age 56 dre on 12/22/08  psa 3.4 on 1/12/09  psa 3.8 on 2/13/09               biopsy on 3/9/09   diagnosed on 3/23/09   3 out of 12 pos. gleason 6

JT

Purgatory
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   Posted 4/16/2009 9:01 PM (GMT -6)   
JT, good luck on your upcoming surgery. My wife and I will still be in FL on a long overdue vacation for our 35th anniversery. I was the same age as you when I had my surgery last October.

I understand the stress part, but soon, that will be behind you. When they put you under, you won't know or have a care in the world. The hours of surgery will go by as the blinking of an eyelid to you.

We look forward to you be on the other side, as we call it here. The recovery side. Hoping only the best for you and will think of you on your surgery date.

David in SC
Age 56, 56 at DX, PSA 7/7 5.8, 7/8 12.3,9/8 14.5
3rd Biopsy Sept 08: Positive 7 of 7 cores, 40-90%, Gleason 7, 4+3
Open RP surgery 11/14/8, Right nerves spared, 4 days hospital, staples out 11/24/8, 5th cath out on 1/19/9
Post-surgery Pathlogy Report:Gleason 3+4=7, pT2c, 42 grm, tumor 20%, Contained in capsular, clear margins, clear lymph nodes 
First PSA Post Surgery   2/9 .05, 6 month on 5/9
 
 


Magaboo
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   Posted 4/16/2009 10:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jake,

All of us here went thru the stress and fear that you are experiencing right now and believe me, we can all sympathize with you. The days before surgery are the worst that you'll probably experience with this disease with perhaps the exception of the the pre PSA test result days.
I'm sure everything will go very well and I'm looking forward to greeting you on 'the other site' in about a week.
All the best to you and hang in there. Stay in touch.

Magaboo
Born Sept 1936
PSA 7.9
-ve DRE
Gleason's Score 3+4=7, 2 of 8 positive
open RP 28 Nov 06 (nerve sparing), Post op staging T3a
Gleasons still 3+4=7
Seminal vesicles and lymph nodes clear
Catheter out 15 Dec 06, Dry since 11 Feb 07
All PSA tests in 2007 (4) <.04
PSA tests in 2008: Mar.=.04; Jun.=.05; Sept.=.08; 3 days before Rad Start=0.1
Salvage RT completed (33 sessions - 66 Grays) on the 19th Dec., 08.
PSA on the 26 Jan., 09, =0.05. PSA tests now every 6 month


Ed C. (Old67)
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   Posted 4/17/2009 6:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Good luck Jake. We all know what you are going though. I hope your surgery goes well and when you wake up you can hear good news from from surgeon. There are so many periods when we all have that anxiety, whather it is the pathology report or the result of a post surgery PSA. Hang in there and try stay positive. I'll be cheering and hoping for good results.
Age: 67
PSA 9/05 1.15; 8/06 1.45; 12/07 2.41; 8/08 3.9; 11/08 3.5 free PSA 11%
Dx 12/30/08
2 cores out of 12 were positive Gleason (4+4) and (4+5)
Negative CT scan and bone scan done on 1/16
Robotic surgery performed 2/9/09
Surgeon: Dr. Randy Fagin, Austin TX.
Pathology report:
Prostate weighed 57 grams size:5.2 x 5.0 x 4.9 cm
Bilateral 10-20% involved
Gleason 4+4
both nerve bundles removed,
pT3a Nx Mx
Negative margins
seminal vesicles clean
Lymph nodes: not dissected
1st PSA test 4/7/09 result <0.1


Ralph Alfalfa
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   Posted 4/17/2009 8:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey, Jake

If you weren't a little nervous, or even angry, I'd be a little worried. We have all gone through the same thing as you, and, trust me, things do get better. I'm about three months out from surgery and seem to be dealing with the recovery quite well. Continence is total, ED has it's moments, and my golf game still stinks. But I've been told that will get better, too. Surgery is what it is and it does take time to get back to feeling somewhat "normal." Do the exercises, eat what you're supposed to,(soft diet upon returning home and increase to semi-soft when you feel comfortable), take any medications needed, and get busy healing. Follow the doc's orders...no hedging on that...and good luck. Let us know.

Bob
 AGE:57
 Dx: October,27(the day after my birthday)
 Psa 14.5
 Gleason:(4+3) 7 T1c
 Bone scan:Negative
 Cat scan: Negative
 Biopsy: 4 of 12 positive, left side, pre-cancerous on the right.
 Confined to prostate.
 DaVinci Jan. 19th, No lymph node involvement, all margins clear.
 8 week PSa <0.01
 Gleason downgraded to (3+4)7
 Fully continent...ED progressing as expected.


CPA
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   Posted 4/17/2009 8:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Greetings, Jake.  Best wishes on your upcoming surgery - you will do great and it will be good to be on the other side and begin your healing.  Keep us posted.  David

Age 55
Diagnosed Dec 2007 during annual routine physical
PSA doubled from previous year from 1.5 to 3.2
12 biopsies - 2 positive with 2 marginal
Gleason 3 + 3 = 6
RRP 4 Feb 08
Both nerves spared
Good pathology - no margins - all encapsulated - Gleason 4 + 3 = 7
Catheter out Feb 13 - wore pad for couple of days - pad free Feb 16
Great wife and family who take very good care of me


P-Ca-duceus
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   Posted 4/18/2009 8:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello JT. I just went through surgery two weeks ago. It is VERY fresh in my mind. You need to concentrate on the thought that this surgery will remove the cancer from your body, and that will make the post-op worth it. Also, you have to release your grip on self control, and trust the surgeon to be able to do his job, as he has many times before. Placing my fate in the hands of others was the hardest thing for me, but I feel SO much better here "on the other side", improving every day. You will too.
12/2005-Age50-PSA 4.2-Biopsy negative
01/2008-Age 52-PSA 8.0-Biopsy negative (I should have known then)
01/2009 Age 53-PSA 17.8-Biopsy positive-Gleason 4+3, 1 of 24 cores!
Time to become my own best advocate
Special protocol MRI with Gadolinium dye at Brigham and Women's Hospital-
main tumor (1.9cm) is ANTERIOR, not accessible by biopsy. All is now clear.
04/02/2009-open RP with bilat nerve sparing- Dr. Jerome Richie (experience is #1)
Pathology- Stage T2cN0M0,Gleason 4+3, margins clear.


rob2
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   Posted 4/18/2009 6:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Good luck to you. I am about a year post surgery and had all the fears/apprehension before surgery. Post-surgery was a lot easier for me to deal with emotionally than before surgery. You are almost there and best of luck to you!
 
Age 49
occupation accountant
PSA increased from 2.6 to 3.5 in one year
biopsy march 2008 - cancer present gleason 7
decision - surgery (robotic)
Surgery May 9, 2008 - houston, tx
Pathology report -gleason 8
margins clear
9 month  PSA <.04 (low as the machine will go)
continent at 10 weeks (no pads!)
ED is still an issue


Ziggy9
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   Posted 4/18/2009 6:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Jake T said...
Scheduled for robotic surgery at Mount Sinai in NY, i really feel this is the right choice for me and i found one of the best surgeons, but can't believe how stressful this is. Hopefully next Thursday at this time i will be on the recovery side.



Age 56 dre on 12/22/08 psa 3.4 on 1/12/09 psa 3.8 on 2/13/09 biopsy on 3/9/09 diagnosed on 3/23/09 3 out of 12 pos. gleason 6


JT


Why the big rush? Your numbers don't warrant it, you have plenty of time before needing treatment. You should not go into treatment feeling so stressful. Take your time look at all options and then when only comfortable with your decision should you schedule your treatment whatever it is or isn't. Your saying you feel that radical surgery is the right treatment for you sounds more like you're still trying to convince yourself. That's only natural so give yourself some time to really feel that way. There are no do overs after a radical treatment make sure you are absolutely convinced you are doing the right thing. You were diagnosed less than a month ago, no wonder you're stressed. Some people take more time shopping for a car than you're doing in choosing major surgery.
Diagnosed 11/08/07 - Age: 58 - 3 of 12 @5%
Psa: 2.3 - 3+3=6 - Size: 34g -T-2-A
 
2/22/08 - 3D Mapping Saturation Biopsy - 1 of 45 @2% - Psa:2.1 - 3+3=6 - 28g after taking Avodart - Catheter for 1 day -Good Candidate for TFT(Targeted Focal Therapy) Cryosurgery(Ice Balls) - Clinical Research Study
 
4/22/08 - TFT performed at University of Colorado Medical Center - Catheter for 4 days - Slight soreness for 2 weeks but afterward life returns as normal
 
7/30/08 - Psa: .32
11/10/08 - Psa.62 - Not unexpected bounce after the 80% drop the quarter earlier. Along with urine flow readings, an acceptable amount left in bladder measured by sonic. Results warrant skipping third quarter tests, and to return April, 2009 for final biopsy scheduled to
complete clinical research study 
 
 
 

Post Edited (realziggy) : 4/18/2009 5:33:16 PM (GMT-6)


biker90
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   Posted 4/18/2009 11:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Jake,

Congrats on making you treatment decision and feeling good about it. Secondly, congrats again on finding a surgeon that you have confidence in. You have done the best you can with a bad situation and the cards are in your favor.

Remember that the people here are amateurs who don't know you or your medical history not are they qualified to interpret medical data. Let the pros advise you. That is what you pay them for. This forum is here for us to provide support for each other no matter what our cancer treatment is or what stage of cancer we have. This is not the place for medical advice.

You will be fine through the surgery. You won't remember a thing...

Jim
Age 74. Diagnosed 11/03/06. PSA 7.05. Stage T2C Gleason 3+3.
RRP 12/7/06. Nerves and nodes okay.
Catheter out on 12/13/06. Dry on 12/14/06.
Pathological stage: T2C N0 MX. Gleason 3+4.
50 mg Viagra + .04 cc Trimix = Excellent Results
PSAs from 1/3/07 - 7/17/08 0.00.
PSA on 1/28/09 - 0.02
Lung cancer dxed on 5/16/08. Surgery on 6/25/08 T1N1M0 - Stage IIA Finished 4 cycles of chemo on 11/7/08.
CT scans on 12/2/08 & 2/25/09 - in remission!!!
Next scan in May 09.
Biker90's Journey
http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/jimrobinson
"Patience is essential, attitude is everything."

Post Edited (biker90) : 4/18/2009 10:11:26 PM (GMT-6)


DJBearGuy
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   Posted 4/19/2009 12:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Jake,

It's natural to be nervous about surgery. A lot of guys worry, is it going to hurt (not until you wake up, and then you're on painkillers), is it going to work (odds are good), am I going to survive (odds are really good).

It might be helpful to read about what the experience is like. There are some posts around here somewhere; they might be hard to find. I can remember being wheeled into the OR, and everyone was pretty busy, kind of ignoring me. The room was bigger than I expected. The anesthesiologist said to me "You'll be asleep in 14 seconds." I asked "Should I count down?". "Sure, you can count," he replied. "Fourteen, " I said, and next thing I knew, I was lying in a different room. Had an urge to take a leak really bad, so I tried to get up. Someone or something held me down. Then I realized, I'm supposed to have a catheter in me. Kept nodding off and waking up for who knows how long, maybe hours. I barely remember being wheeled to a hospital room. Lucky for me, my wife had just arrived, and we were happy to see each other. The nurse I had was great, he checked up on me often, making sure I had pain meds if needs, and anything else. I wasn't really coherent until the next day. Riding home in the car was not so fun. Felt every little bump. For that matter, sitting down was not so great for a while. I'd either lie down or make sure the chair I chose was very soft.

Good luck.

DJ
Diagnosis at age 53. PSA 2007 about 2; PSA 2008 4.3
Biopsy September 2008: 6 of 12 cores positive; Gleason 4+3 = 7
CT and Bone scan negative
Da Vinci surgery at City of Hope December 8, 2008
Radical prostatectomy and lymph node dissection
Catheter out on 7th day, replaced on 8th day, out again 14th day following negative cystogram
Pathology: pT2c; lymph nodes negative; margins involved; 41 grams, 8% involved by tumor; same Gleason 4+3=7
PSA 1/22/08 non-detectable! 8-)


BillyMac
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   Posted 4/19/2009 5:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Jake, the pre-op stress is perfectly natural of course ....we all had it. None of us like not having our hands on the controls. You will be fine and I hope to see you posting great results after surgery.

Biker, I don't think that Ziggy is giving medical advice but rather issuing a sensible note of caution. The current debate on the advisability of treatment following some biopsy results should cause us all to sit up and take note. As he rightly points out, there is no turning back once the treatment has started. Given the Gleason 6, PSA 3.8, 3 of 12 positive, DRE? there is an argument for an attempt at more precise staging prior to committing to surgery. Mind you Jake would need to be comfortable with the delay....not an easy task and he or his doctor may well , as you suggest, have more details than those posted.
Bill
1/05 PSA----2.9 3/06-----3.2 3/07-------4.1 5/07------3.9 All negative DREs
Aged 59 when diagnosed
Biopsy 6/07
4 of 10 cores positive for Adenocarcinoma-------bummer!
Core 1 <5%, core 2----50%, core 3----60%, core 4----50%
Biopsy Pathologist's comment:
Gleason 4+3=7 (80% grade 4) Stage T2c
Neither extracapsular nor perineural invasion is identified
CT scan and Bone scan show no evidence of metastases
Da Vinci RP Aug 10th 2007
Post-op pathology:
Positive for perineural invasion and 1 small focal extension
Negative at surgical margins, negative node and negative vesicle involvement
Some 4+4=8 identified ........upgraded to Gleason 8
PSA Oct 07 <0.1 undetectable
PSA Jan 08 <0.1 undetectable
PSA April 08 <0.001 undetectable (disregarded due to lab "misreporting")
PSA August 08 <0.001 undetectable (disregarded due to lab "misreporting")
Post-op pathology rechecked by new lab:
Gleason downgraded to 4+3=7
Focal extension comprised of grade 3 cells
PSA September 08 <0.01 (new lab)
PSA February 09 <0.01


Ziggy9
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   Posted 4/19/2009 10:34 AM (GMT -6)   
You're correct Billy. I'm not giving any medical advice I'm just suggesting he slow down from rushing into anything. I say that to all. In fact the only regrets I've seen here have been from a few who later wish they would've taken more time researching. From Dx to treatment this is such an emotional time for all of us. No way should anyone make a decision when one is the most vulnerable. He doesn't need to have it done ASAP. He should postpone it. He can always get it done a month or so later. Many experts, not me advise upon dx you take a breath and calm down. Hell if I would've done what I thought was best a few weeks after dx I would have major regrets now. Like I've advised many here. When it becomes overwhelming due to info overload take a week off. Go somewhere or just try to put it out of your mind for a week. Later upon deciding I also suggest wait a few days after to reflect on that decision then go ahead without looking back. He was just dx less than a month ago.
Diagnosed 11/08/07 - Age: 58 - 3 of 12 @5%
Psa: 2.3 - 3+3=6 - Size: 34g -T-2-A
 
2/22/08 - 3D Mapping Saturation Biopsy - 1 of 45 @2% - Psa:2.1 - 3+3=6 - 28g after taking Avodart - Catheter for 1 day -Good Candidate for TFT(Targeted Focal Therapy) Cryosurgery(Ice Balls) - Clinical Research Study
 
4/22/08 - TFT performed at University of Colorado Medical Center - Catheter for 4 days - Slight soreness for 2 weeks but afterward life returns as normal
 
7/30/08 - Psa: .32
11/10/08 - Psa.62 - Not unexpected bounce after the 80% drop the quarter earlier. Along with urine flow readings, an acceptable amount left in bladder measured by sonic. Results warrant skipping third quarter tests, and to return April, 2009 for final biopsy scheduled to
complete clinical research study 
 
 
 


sandstorm
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Total Posts : 194
   Posted 4/19/2009 4:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi JakeT

The best of luck to you next Thursday. The most stressful part is the lead up to surgery. You'll do fine.
Our thoughts will be with you. See you on the other side my friend.
Age at DX 57
5-18-07 PSA 7.7
5-06-08 PSA 4.6  8% free psa, but stable
10-23-08 PSA 5.65 4% free psa
11-04-08 biopsy
11-11-08 2 of 12 cores positive
Gleason 3+3  6  stage t1c / post-op 3+4  7  stage t2c
CT and Bone scan negative
Da Vinci RRP 01-09-09
Catheter removed 1-15-09
Pathology Report says it's gone!
First Post-op PSA 2-17-09   0.00


Jstars
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   Posted 4/19/2009 10:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Jake (and to all others who will be following in your footsteps now and in the future),

I was debating on mentioning this (since it might be intuitively, blatantly obvious), but one thing you can do to relieve stress during the months, weeks, days (ok even hours) leading up to your surgery is to have as much fun with your wife/partner as possible. After all, it is probably going to be a lonnnnng time before lovemaking will be the same again.
Also, since you ARE stressing out one other thing that is useful to do is ask your Uro, PA (and any other Docs you have available) for some samples of L, V and C.
Not only will this help you work thru any stress induced ED, but will also give you some invaluable knowledge about what might work for you on the other side when you start rehabbing on the ED side.
If your doc asks if you have any ED symptoms you can always claim YES due to your current stressful state and as I said that you would like to see how they work before surgery so you'll better know what might be expected in the months afterwards.
(That said, L and V worked great for me in small doses before and so far 2 months out I am presently getting nothing out of any of them --full doses or beyond -- but at least I know they DID work).
So, you still have time and you probably need no real appointment, just call and ask and see if they'll give you a bunch for the rest of your days leading up -- and maybe even some for afterwards -- to keep the blood circulating etc etc.

Hope you like this advice!

Jim
Age 58, 195lbs, 6'4", 57 at DX, PSA Aug2008 7 4 ... June2007 4.7 (BPH + LUTS)
Biopsy Nov2008 1 of 12 cores 5%, Gleason 3+3 - Sona showed 140+ cc (110 grams post op) prostate size.
02/03/09 open RRP surgery , Nerve sparing both sides, 1 day in hospital, Day 4 first BM,
Pathology Report: All margins clear - No Invasive spread - no change in Gleason score.
02/18/09 Cath out, passed a 1cm STONE within hours.
Using pump (encore) daily since catheter out - working good with 2 rings.
04/01/09 Was Oxalate stone -- usually from kidneys -- X-ray Kidneys @ next PSA).
03/06/09 Started Levitra 20mg rehabbing -> no real effect yet (04/01/09) . (Same for Viagra @ 100mg)
04/01/09 PSA <0.1 (And starting Cialis rehabbing @ 5mg). @ 1 pad/day on IC side.

Post Edited (JimStars) : 4/19/2009 9:51:22 PM (GMT-6)


Tudpock18
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   Posted 4/20/2009 10:47 AM (GMT -6)   

Dear Jake:

With the brief post you provided it's hard to do anything but wish you luck.  However, hopefully you have answered these questions to your satisfaction:

1.  Do you know how many surgeries your surgeon has performed and with what results?  If it's not more than 300, run the other way.

2.  Will your surgeon actually be at the contols or will a "student' be driving?

3.  Did you consult with another surgeon for a second opinion?

4.  Why is your surgeon doing the procedure so soon after the biopsy?  Most practioners wait longer than one month.

5.  Have you considered a more in-depth biopsy, e.g. color doppler or 3D mapping?

6.  Did you consult a radiation oncologist for an opinion about radiation as a treatment?

7.  Did you consult a prostate oncologist for an unbiased overall view of your cancer?

8.  Have you considered some of the newer protocols, e.g. TFT, HIFU or proton beam?

9.  Have you read, read, read the many excellent books on prostate cancer treatments?

10. Have you thoroughly researched the internet so that you have a good understanding of what to expect from the different options?

Assuming you have done all of the above, I congratulate you on making an informed decision and wish you great success in your treatment.  If you have not, please re-read realziggy's post and consider taking some time to decide.  This is a big deal.

Tudpock


Age 62
Gleason 4 +3 = 7
T1C
PSA 4.2
2 of 16 cores cancerous
27cc
Brachytherapy December 9, 2008.  73 Iodine-125 seeds.  Procedure went great, catheter out before I went home, only minor discomfort.  Regular activities resumed, everything continues to function normally as of 4/1/09.

Jake T
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   Posted 4/20/2009 7:23 PM (GMT -6)   
To all, thanks for the feedback and good wishes, some mentioned the information was sparse and is was so there is the expanded version. After my initial dx by my urologist, a friend who is a MD recommended a second urologist which i went to, from there i went to Dr Goluboff who is Director of Urology at Columbia Presbyterian in New York who does rrp. Next day had an appointment with the Chief of Robotics in Mount Sinai in New York who has done over 1800 rrp. He is the only one that performs the surgery and has been working with the same operating room staff for 10 years. I did research on cryosurgery and brachytherapy and know there is only minor discomfort with these procedures but i ruled out these options out because of my age and the results of salvage surgery if needed in the future. Thanks again and good luck to all. Jake

Age 56 dre on 12/22/08 psa 3.4 on 1/12/09 psa 3.8 on 2/13/09 biopsy on 3/9/09 diagnosed on 3/23/09 3 out of 12 pos. gleason 6 1st core 80% 2nd core 40% 3rd core 2%

Godfather
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   Posted 4/22/2009 8:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Jake:

We'll have to stay in touch - I go for my daVinci tomorrow, 2/23, also. I'm having it in Sarasota, FL. Your numbers aren't too bad so I'm sure you'll do fine. Having the clear liquid diet today. Good luck. I'll race you to having a natural "woody" and being dry once we're past this thing.

Tony
Age at diagnosis 61 5'10" 260 lbs.
Resides in SW Florida
12/07 PSA 2.6 12/08 PSA 4.0
Biopsy 1/09 - 6 of 8 nodes positive
Left - 2 of 4 positive, 2% involved, 4+3=7 Gleason
Right - 4 of 4 positive, 40% involved, 4+3=7 Gleason
Perineual invasion is present - MRI suspicious for extracapsular extension
DRE positive for nodule on right - Prostate 22.6 cc's
Scheduled for open RRP @ MSK 3/10/09 - canceled
Now scheduled for robotic RLP @ Sarasota Memorial 4/23/09


snuggleup
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   Posted 4/22/2009 9:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Jake, and welcome to your new extended family. Living in New York, I know that the chief surgeon at Mount Sinai is an excellent doctor. You can view him on Youtube. He will make you feel assured and confident with his background and knowledge in this field.My husband had his surgery at Brooklyn Hospital by the chief surgeon there, Everything is going well.. just waiting for next appointment to check his PSA level. But, being that my husband works at Mount Sinai, he decided to keep this personal matter under wraps. Needless to say, I would have prefered he had the surgery there. Take care,, and remember, This to shall pass.. Bless you...

sandstorm
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   Posted 4/23/2009 2:40 PM (GMT -6)   
JakeT and Godfather,

Just thinking about you guys in surgery today. I know you both will do fine and come to the other side cancer free. The best of luck to the both of you and let us know how you are doing when you are able.
Age at DX 57
5-18-07 PSA 7.7
5-06-08 PSA 4.6  8% free psa, but stable
10-23-08 PSA 5.65 4% free psa
11-04-08 biopsy
11-11-08 2 of 12 cores positive
Gleason 3+3  6  stage t1c / post-op 3+4  7  stage t2c
CT and Bone scan negative
Da Vinci RRP 01-09-09
Catheter removed 1-15-09
Pathology Report says it's gone!
Fully continent on 4-09-09, no more pads
First Post-op PSA 2-17-09   0.00


Doting Daughter
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   Posted 4/23/2009 2:43 PM (GMT -6)   
May today mark the first today of your cancer free future. All the best in your recovery!!
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
Oct. 10, 08 PSA <.02
Praying for a cured dad.

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