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wd40
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Date Joined Jan 2008
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   Posted 8/8/2009 3:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Thursday I went back to the uro for another four month psa test and DRE. When the doc walked in I told him it was best advised skipping the DRE since I had a bit of a bubbly tummy. "No problem,"he said "But next time I get to use my THUMB."
nono
12/06/07 DaVinci and open prostate surgery after difficulties in breathing stopped the davinci.


Purgatory
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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25393
   Posted 8/8/2009 3:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Least you warned the poor doctor, good way to get out of a DRE, will have to remember that one
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
 Pathlogy Report:Gleason 3+4=7, pT2c, 42 grm, tumor 20%, Contained in capsule, one post. margin, clear lymph nodes 
2009 PSA   2/9 .05, 5/9 .10, 6/9 .11, 8/11 ?
Lastest 7/13 met with Rad. Oncl, considering options, 7/20 Catheter #6 after complete blockage, scarring closed up bladder neck, corrective laser surgery scheduled for 8/18
 
 


goodlife
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Date Joined May 2009
Total Posts : 2692
   Posted 8/8/2009 4:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Diarrhea always works as well !
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)


Worried Guy
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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 3742
   Posted 8/8/2009 5:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey wait a second! I just went through all this and you're telling me the Vet still wants to do a DRE? What for? Isn't my prostate in a biohazard dish someplace? What is the purpose of a DRE?
OR are you guys just pulling my chain and I'm too naive to know...
Age 56. Perfectly healthy with no problems until getting the results of my first routine PSA test on April 8th: 17.8. My GP does not believe in general PSA screening so I did not get results during my 50 year physical.
May PSA: 22.6, 3 weeks later: 23.2.
June 10 Biopsy 7 out of 12 cores positive, Gleason 6=3+3.
Bone scan and C/T scan negative.
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7/21/2009 Radical prostatectomy by Da Vinci @ University of Rochester
Left nerve gone, right spared.
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7/31/2009: Catheter removed and Pathology report received
Gleason 3+4=7 Tumor size: 2.5 x 1.8 cm location: both lobes and apex.
No Malignancy in Seminal Vesicle, vasa deferentia, lymph nodes 0/13
Prostate mass 56 grams. Pathologic Stage: pT3aN0MX


Piano
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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 847
   Posted 8/8/2009 6:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Some docs will still check for growths in your prostate bed. To me there doesn't seems much point in this unless you have a rising or high PSA following postatectomy. And some docs might just enjoy doing DREs wink
Pre-op:
Age 63 at diagnosis, now 64.
No symptoms; PSA 5.7; Gleason 4+5=9; cancer in 4 of 12 cores.
Operation:
Non-nerve sparing RRP on 7 March 2008.
Two nights in hospital; catheter out after 7 days.
Post-op:
Continent; no pads needed from the get-go.
Pathology showed organ confined and negative margins. Gleason downgraded to 4+4=8.
PSAs:
6-week : <0.05
7-month: <0.05
13-month: 0.07 (start of a trend?)
ED:
After a learning curve, Bimix injections (0.2ml) are working well. VED also works but we find it inferior to Bimix.
14 months: Occasional nocturnal erections.


goodlife
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Date Joined May 2009
Total Posts : 2692
   Posted 8/8/2009 6:15 PM (GMT -6)   
The doctor just likes to keep in practice, besides, he can bill another $50 for the procedure.

Actually, they do like to make sure more lumps or bumps are growing in the place where your prostate used to be.
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)


Steve n Dallas
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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 4849
   Posted 8/9/2009 5:01 AM (GMT -6)   

Speaking of Uro funnies...

Have a good friend who's Uro is a very attractive women. She recently told him to stop **********.

He asked: "WHY?"

She said: "Cause I'm trying to examine you!"


wd40
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Date Joined Jan 2008
Total Posts : 218
   Posted 8/9/2009 11:17 AM (GMT -6)   
As I approch two years I am thinking of calling it quites going to the uro and just let my regular doctor run the psa with the other test. That would save a good bit of money.
12/06/07 DaVinci and open prostate surgery after difficulties in breathing stopped the davinci.

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