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   Posted 4/26/2009 1:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello All,
I am 4 days out from catheter removal and note the following: I am dry laying down, including all night when, of course gravity issues are diminished, that's good; I am relatively dry while sitting, eg., watching TV; But when I go on walks around the neighborhood, as much as I try, I still have minor "spurts", though nothing (so far anyhow) major. Query: Should I be walking alot despite spurts? What is your experience?

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Date Joined Nov 2008
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   Posted 4/26/2009 1:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Teddy,  At 4 days out you are doing great.  Walking will help you with your recovery so keep it up and wear good pads while you continue to heal.  It sounds like you are way ahead of where I was at 4 days.  At about 2 1/2mos I had full control and the pads were gone.  Good luck on your continued recovery.... next step is the Zero club.  Hope to welcome you soon.
Dx PCa age 54. Jly 05- PSA 8.1 Sept 05- PSA 10.7
Sept 05- Biopsy  9 of 12 cancerous, Gleason 3+3=6, T2
Bone scan and cat scan showed hot spot on hip bone.
Oct 05- bone biopsy, ouch.  benign , no cancer in bones.
Nov 05- PSA 15.4 Nov 18, 05- Nerve sparing open RP at Huntsman Cancer Center, by Dr. Robert Stevenson. 100% continence at 3 months. ED- Tried the big 3 pills with no results. Feb 06-Started VED, worked, but painful with constriction rings. May 06 started Trimix injections.
ED appears to be perminant but doing great with Trimix.
PSA remains undetectable.

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Date Joined Apr 2008
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   Posted 4/26/2009 2:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Keep walking. You are doing great. I went out walking about a month after surgery and forgot to put on pads. I came back and had looked down and had peed all over myself. You are doing great so keep it up.
Age 49
occupation accountant
PSA increased from 2.6 to 3.5 in one year
biopsy march 2008 - cancer present gleason 7
Robotic Surgery May 9, 2008 - houston, tx
Pathology report -gleason 8, clear margins
12 month  PSA <.04 (low as the machine will go)
continent at 10 weeks (no pads!)
ED is still an issue but getting better

Tony Crispino
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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 8128
   Posted 4/26/2009 2:25 PM (GMT -6)   
As I get further away from my surgery, the thing I still remember that helped me most is taking the time to walk. It helped me recover quickly. I eventually was on a three mile regemin. And even though I have advanced prostate cancer I kept that regemin as I proceeded to the next treatment for me which was radiation. After daily treatments followed by three mile walks, two years later I feel very healthy.

So keep up that pace. It's doing you good things.

Age 46 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8 : Surgery at The City of Hope on February 16, 2007
Geason 4+3=7, Stage pT3b, N0, Mx
Positive Margins (PM), Extra Prostatic Extension (EPE) : Bilateral Seminal vesicle invasion (SVI)
HT began in May, '07 with Lupron and Casodex 50mg (2 Year ADT)
IMRT radiation for 38 Treatments ending August 3, '07
Current PSA (January 13, 2009): <0.1
My Journal is at Tony's Blog  

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Date Joined Nov 2008
Total Posts : 65
   Posted 4/26/2009 3:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Teddy,

Outside of kegels, walking is one of the best exercises you can do to help yourself heal and become continent again. Just don't go overboard.

Good Luck,

Dx'd 1999, Age 60, PSA 43, Gleason (3+4=7), T3c
42-3d EBRT w/Lupron/Casodex for 24 months and PSA remaining to be <0.1 for the entire 24 month period.
July 2001 - 2nd opinion required to go intermittent ADT.
MDAnderson biopsy revised Gleason (4+5=9).
Intermittent ADT, Lupron only, with PSA threshhold established at 1.0.
March 2007 - Diminishing returns with Lupron, conferred with MDA urologist for bilateral orchiectomy. Uro asked for biopsy of prostate again. Biopsy resulted in tumors found with Gleason (5+4=9).
August 2007 - RRP and bilateral orchiectomy. PSA <0.1
99% continent immediately
September 2008 - PSA 0.45
November 2008 - PSA 0.67
December 2008 - Resume Casodex
December 2008 - Stricture in bladder neck requiring surgical removal. 99% incontinent immediately.

Life is not waiting for the storm to pass, it's learning to dance in the rain.

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Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 43
   Posted 4/26/2009 5:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Teddy, I think that the more active you are the better. After about two months the slurps became less frequent. I went from 4 pads to two to none in about
3 months. Keep positive.
Age - 55
2004 PSA 2.7
2008 PSA 5.8
Sept 2008 PSA 5.66
Oct 2008 PSA 6.67
Biopsy on 11/25/2008 cancer found in 10% of one core , gleason 3+3=6
open RRP done on 1/14/2008. Pathology showed 20% of prostate cancerous, gleason 3+3=6, contained in capsule
First post op PSA 2/10/09 - 0.07
As of 2/11/09 down to one or two pads per day

Ralph Alfalfa
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Date Joined Nov 2008
Total Posts : 469
   Posted 4/26/2009 7:42 PM (GMT -6)   

Yep.  Walking helped me immensely.  Since I had surgery in January, and the weather here was miserable, I resigned myself to the treadmill twice a day at a clip of 2 miles each time.  Got to about an 8 minute mile after a few days and burned a ton of calories.  Lost 15lbs., and went from the heavy pad to a liner in about two weeks.  Now I'm pad free since March, glad of it, and get my exercise by working in the yard.  I've got a ton to mow and trim, plus all the flower beds and garden to redo.  So, yes.  Keep walking with what you feel comfortable with and keep on healing.


 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.

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Date Joined Feb 2008
Total Posts : 655
   Posted 4/27/2009 7:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Greetings, Teddy.  You are going great for 4 days off the catheter.  Yes, walking is great.  It is not only good exercise but helps the healing process as it gets everything moving.  Take it easy, but not too easy!  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

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