Tossed the pads (I hope)

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Date Joined May 2009
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   Posted 6/29/2009 11:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't know if this is too soon to say, but I have stopped using pads for a few days now. I expected there to be some dampness, but it is dry so far. Four days and counting...
Needless to say, this makes me very excited and is a source of joy every day I am dry.
In the ED department, according to my wife, it is back to pre-surgery results (with the help of little blue pill).
Now just need to nip the remaining few cells in the bud. 

Father died from poorly differentiated PCa @ 78 - normal PSA and DRE

5 biopsies over 4 years negative while PSA going from 3.8 to 28

Dx Nov 2007, age 46, PSA 29, Gleason 4+4=8

Decided to participate in clinical trial at Duke - 6 rounds of chemo (Taxotere+Avastin)

PSA results:            1/8/2008-33.90, 1/11/2008-29.50, 1/31/2008-38.20,

2/21/2008-32.00, 3/13/2008-26.20, 4/3/2008-26.60, 4/24/2008-20.60

RRP at Duke (Dr. Moul) on 6/16/2008

Pathology:              Gleason downgraded 4+3=7,   Duke: T2c N0MX, one positive margin,

2nd opinion at Sloan Kettering: T3a N0MX, extraprostatic extension, two positive margins

PSA undetectable for 8 months, then 2/6/2009-0.10, 4/26/2009-0.17, 5/22/2009-0.20, 6/11/2009-0.27

6 Months ADT: Casodex started 6/12/2009, Lupron 6/22/2009, PSA 6/25/2009-0.1, T=516

IMRT to start mid-Aug

Post Edited (Geebra) : 6/29/2009 10:39:36 PM (GMT-6)

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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 1015
   Posted 6/30/2009 1:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Nice job, Geebra.

You're doing very well. After two years, I still wear small pads on occasion. But I am taking Vesicare now and that is working pretty well.

Keep up the good work!


Barry ~ (a.k.a. "Idaho")


Da Vinci Surgery July 31, 2007… 54 on surgery day
PSA 4.3  Gleason 3+3=6  T2a  Confined to Prostate

Post-PSAs  09/07  <0.04; 12/07  <0.04; 03/08  <0.04;

06/08  <0.04; 12/08  <0.04;

06/09  <0.1

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Date Joined Feb 2008
Total Posts : 655
   Posted 6/30/2009 6:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Greetings, Geebra.  Great news - 4 days and counting.  We trust that you will be pad free for a long, long time.  Also, congrats on the ED front.  I don't know if our wives actually know how what they say affects us (they probably do), but my wife told me just a few days ago that it was just like it was prior to surgery.  Great encouragement for me.  Sounds like we both have wonderful women to walk beside us on this path.  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
PSA every 90 days - ZERO's everytime!
Great wife and family who take very good care of me

James C.
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   Posted 6/30/2009 9:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Geebra, good deal!  Seems like you are done with the whole messy affair.  Good luck on the 'few cells'. 
James C. Age 62
Co-Moderator- Prostate Cancer Forum
4/07 PSA 7.6, referred to Urologist, recheck 6.7
7/07 Biopsy: 3 of 16 PCa, 5% involved, left lobe, GS 3/3=6
9/07 Nerve sparing open RRP- Path Report: GS 3+3=6 Stg. pT2c, 110gms, margins clear
21 mts: ED- 50 mg Viagra 3X week, pump daily,Trimix .35ml 2X week continues
PSA's: .04 each 3 months

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Date Joined May 2009
Total Posts : 476
   Posted 6/30/2009 11:03 AM (GMT -6)   

Thank you, guys!

In a strange way, I want to echo what Lance Armstrong wrote in his book - "we are the lucky ones". I have never felt such an outpoor of love and support from not only my family, but friends, co-workers, and total strangers as well. I am convinced that it helped me during my chemo and to recover after surgery and will help to get through the latest saga.


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