Incontinence at 3.5 months

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Date Joined Apr 2009
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   Posted 7/19/2009 6:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I don’t have any question or important things to report, but I simply report my present state for the guidance of others.

As you can see from my sig, I have been dry at night from about week ten. Now at week 14 my wife decided that it was time for a trip to NYC. Leave house at 7a.m. Chinatown bus to NYC at 9:00. 11:00, Walk and bus until lunch then Metropolitan Museum until 4:30. Downtown bus, dinner, theater, 10:00 bus, arrive home at 12:30. Bathroom trips, about 6 (about the same number that my wife made but twice what I would have done before prostectomy.) One pad all day, less than 50% full when I got home.

Is life different? --- Yes Is life good? --- Yes
Age at diagnosis 66, PSA 5.5
Biopsy 12/08 12 cores, 8 positive
Gleason 3+4=7
CAT scan, Bone scan 1/09 both negative.

Robotic surgery 03/03/09 Catheter Out 03/08/09
Pathology: Lymph nodes & Seminal vesicles negative
Margins positive, Capsular penetration extensive Gleason 4+3=7
6 weeks: 1 pad/day, 1 pad/night -- mostly dry at night.
10 weeks: no pad at night -- slight leakage day/1 pad.
3 mo. PSA 0.0

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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25393
   Posted 7/19/2009 8:03 PM (GMT -6)   

What a great day trip, I am jealous. And to do all that on a single pad too, you are getting there for sure.

David in SC
Age 57, 56 at DX, PSA 7/7 5.8, 7/8 12.3,9/8 14.5
3rd Biopsy Sept 08: Positive 7 of 7 cores, 40-90%, Gleason 7, 4+3
Open RP surgery 11/14/8, Right nerves spared, 4 days hospital, staples out 11/24/8, 5th cath out on 1/19/9
Post-surgery Pathlogy Report:Gleason 3+4=7, pT2c, 42 grm, tumor 20%, Contained in capsule, one post. margin, clear lymph nodes 
First PSA Post Surgery   2/9 .05, 5/9 .10, 6/9 .11, 8/11 ?
Lastest 7/13 met with Rad. Oncl, they want to start radiation, 70 gray, I am still considering all options and opinions

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Date Joined May 2009
Total Posts : 2692
   Posted 7/19/2009 9:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Way to not go Geezer. I also am flyctuating between 1 and 2 pads. If I can sit or ride a lot, and csn find a place to potty more frequently than I need , 1 pad is sufficent. Still more leaky at night when I am tired, but as you say, it's great to see progress.

Can't wait to brag about my erections ! Don't hold your breath.

I am going for trimiz this week.
Age 58, PSA 4.47 Biopsy - 2/12 cores , Gleason 4 + 5 = 9
Da Vinci, Cleveland Clinic  4/14/09   Nerves spared
0/23 lymph nodes involved  pT3a NO MX
Catheter and 2 stints in ureters for 2 weeks due to anatomical issues with location of ureters with respect to bladder neck.  Try 3 tubes where no tubes are supposed to be for 2 weeks !
Neg Margins, bladder neck negative
Living the Good Life, cancer free  6 week PSA  <.03
3 month PSA <.01 (different lab)

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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 1267
   Posted 7/19/2009 10:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Geezer, thanks for this.

You give me hope --- not just of being dry, but getting back to the Big Apple. Wheeeee!

I'm three weeks into a prostate free life and considering investing all my retirement money in pad makers. With the way I've been churning through them every day I figure just my business will propell the industry to new highs! But, I don't complain. I can get through the night on one pad. If I'm up and out shopping I like to change every 90 minutes. I could probably double that, and still be okay, but I'm not sure at one point a pad gives up, and I don't want to find out in a shopping center. If I am out going for a walk I probably leak half what I do in a shopping center. If I'm sitting down one pad would do me for several hours.

Again, like Geezer, I report the above not because it's important, (except to me, that is) but simply for others to benchmark a bit.

Sleepless, AKA Sheldon
Age 67 in Apil '09 at news of 4 of 12 cores positive T2B and Gleason 3 + 3 and 5% to 25% PSA 1.5
Re-read of slides in June said Gleason 3 + 4 same four cores 5% to 15%
June 29 daVinci prostatectomy, Dr. Eric Estey, at Royal Alexandra Hospital Edmonton one night stay
Flew home to Winnipeg on July 3 after 5 nights in Ramada Inn  ---  perfect recovery spot!
Catheter out July 9, so far, so good
Final pathology is 3 + 4 Gleason 7, clear margins, clear nodes, T2C, sugeron says report is "excellent"  

Regular Member

Date Joined Jun 2009
Total Posts : 36
   Posted 7/20/2009 7:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Well done, Geezer! That's a very encouraging post to those of us facing the same problems. I look forward to being able to spend a day out and about in London!

Take care, Roger
Diagnosed with PCa in April 09, aged 59. PSA 9.5 ng/mL, Gleason 3+3, 3/8 cores positive on biopsy.

Had laparoscopic radical prostatectomy in 21 May 09. Histopathology raised Gleason score to 3+4 but cancer confined to capsule with surgical margins being negative. Stage T2c. Nerves spared.

Catheter removed on 4 June 09. Currently coping with incontinence issues, but making progress!

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