My doctor - Jason Engel - told me yesterday that he had recently sat on a panel for something (medical journal? not sure) with Dr. Lepour (a big prostate guy from Boston, I think) and a 3rd Dr. and they were supposed to speak TRUTHFULLY about the ED results they were seeing. Engel says getting the truth from a lot of prostate surgeons is tough - for a variety of reasons.
Anyway, Engel says he told the interviewer that he was seeing ED progress for up to 3 years, and Lepour said he was seeing ED progress for up to 5 years!! FIVE YEARS!
Just wanted to pass this along, because some of us have had to fight a long fight concerning this issue.
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.