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Date Joined May 2008
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   Posted 4/19/2009 10:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Just FYI. Here is the link to my guy, Dr. Jason Engel. www.dcurology.net/

I am not promoting anybody, but this site has some good info on it. If you drill down a little bit you can see a video of a radical prostatectomy (sp?) in progress - for those of you who slept thru yours (ha-ha). It talks about the Davinci process and might give those who are trying to make a decision a better understanding of what the process is.

I'm not trying to sway anybody one way or another. Just providing information.

All the best,

Age: 53; 52 at DX
March 2006: PSA 2.5
Dec 2007: PSA taken for insurance application. I did not see the results until late
Jan '08 - after I was rejected. Their lab said PSA 4.5.
Feb 2008: PSA 3.7.
March 2008: Biopsy. Gleason 7 (4+3) 12 cores taken. 5 on the left side were
cancerous and the 6th was suspect.
May 5, 2008: Da Vinci robotic laparoscopy at GW Hospital, Washington DC.

Post op: Gleason 9 (4+5). 15% of prostate involved. Stage: pT3a. Negative margins. Lymph node and nerve samples taken, and appeared to be cancer free.

July 2008: PSA at 7 weeks was undetectable.
August 2008: PSA at 14 weeks (3 months) was undetectable.
Nov 2008: PSA at 6 months was undetectable.
Feb 2009: PSA at 9 months was undetectable.

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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 1132
   Posted 4/19/2009 2:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I am happy I was asleep during mine. It makes you wonder if they connected everything back together. Thanks for the post.
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

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Date Joined Jul 2008
Total Posts : 966
   Posted 4/20/2009 4:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry had to add one more thing...always ask what is the date of the last calibration that was performed on the robot...

Just kidding, but I did ask the surgical team as they placed me on the surgical table that question...they all got a good laugh and then gave me the lights out drug.
You are beating back cancer, so hold your head up with dignity
Age 58 at Diagnosis
Oct 2006 - PSA 2.6 - DRE Normal
May 2008 - PSA 4.6 - DRE Normal / TRUS normal
July 2008 - Biopsy 4 of 12 Positive 5 - 30% Involved Bilateral - Gleason (3+3)6 Stage T1C
Robotic Surgery Sept 18, 2008
Pathology October 1, 2008 - Gleason 7 (3+4) Staged pT2c NO MX - Gland 50 cc
Seminal Vesicles and Lymph Nodes clear
Positive Margins Right Posterior Lobe
PSA 5 week Oct 2008 <.05
                   3 month Jan 2009 .06
                   6 month April 2009 .06

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Date Joined Jan 2009
Total Posts : 47
   Posted 4/20/2009 8:34 PM (GMT -6)   

Dr Jason Engel is a wonderful urologist. He was my DOC when I lived in DC. I first went to him in 1998. He is also a nice guy great golfer.



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