I don't want to depress you, but I am 13 months post op and still wearing one light pad a day. I'll just have a random squirt once or twice a day, or sometimes I'll be dry all day.
But - I've gone from 7 heavy pads a day to one light pad, so I can't complain. I've gone from soaking a heavy pad during soccer practice (I'm the coach) to sometimes not even having to change my light pad after practice. So, improvement all around, but I am beginning to believe that I will never get over that last little hump.
The type and intensity of activity has an impact, tiredness has an impact, too much caffeine has an impact, and for me - very curiously - wine has an almost instantaneous impact. Beer does not seem to bother me, but if I take just a sip of wine I squirt. Very weird. But this has NOT stopped my consumption of wine. That's what the pad is for, right?
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.
May 2009: PSA at 12 months was undectable.