Off to see the robot

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
[ << Previous Thread | Next Thread >> ]

Regular Member

Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 384
   Posted 8/10/2009 8:19 PM (GMT -6)   
In the morning my wife and I head up to Vanderbilt University Hospital at Nashville, Tn. It seems that my date with the robot has finally arrived.
Tuesday afternoon will be spent with all the pre-admit stuff, then my actual surgery date with the Robot is Wednesday at 9am. Want to thank everyone on here for all the support that you give us newbies. My final question is should I take flowers or chocolates for the first date with the robot? I swear if R2D2 or C3PO show up in the surgery suite fo my date I'm out of there.
Age at diagnosis 54, PSA 5.1
Father treated for Prostate Cancer in 1997 with Proton
My Stats
Biopsy 04/08 12 cores, 5 positive
Gleason 3 Cores at 4+3=7
              2 Cores at 3+4=7
Perineural Invasion Noted on biopsy

Robotic surgery Scheduled 08/12/09 at Vanderbilt, Nashville TN. 

Elite Member

Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25393
   Posted 8/10/2009 8:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Larry, will be thinking of you tommorow as you undergo your surgery. Will look forward to knowing that you are safely on the other side, the recovery side. Hope your wife does well, the waiting room for surgeries is a hard place to spend hours worrying about a loved one. I hope the robot gets every last cancer cell from you on the first pass.

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
 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

James C.
Veteran Member

Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 4463
   Posted 8/10/2009 8:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Good luck, see ya on the other side. Hoping for an easy procedure and uneventful recovery..
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 110gms.- Path Report: GS 3+3=6 Stg. pT2c, 110gms, margins clear
22 mts: ED- 50 mg Viagra 3X week, pump daily,Trimix 30/1/20-.10ml 2X week continues
PSA's: .04 each test since surgery

Post Edited (James C.) : 8/11/2009 8:41:20 AM (GMT-6)

Veteran Member

Date Joined May 2009
Total Posts : 2692
   Posted 8/10/2009 9:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Robots especially love prostates. Just give him everything you have, and he'll be happy, and we'll be happy.

Honestly, the hardest thing is pooping afterward. The rest is a piece of cake !

Good luck, talk to you in a few days, Walk, drink, walk. poop
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)

DS Can
Regular Member

Date Joined May 2009
Total Posts : 195
   Posted 8/10/2009 9:34 PM (GMT -6)   


Best wishes for a successful surgery and recovery.

I am celebrating 4 months post robot.  I didn't bring anything for the first date.  Maybe it worked out for the best.  I haven't given a single thought to another get together. 

If you haven't seen the post about shaving yourself before you go to the hospital, you may want to consider it.  It may make Wednesday morning a little less hectic.

Remember, we're here for you,


PSA 01/07 1.2, PSA 01/08 1.9, PSA 01/09 2.5
BIOPSY 02/24/09  PCa DX age 52
Right: 3+3=6, 3/6 cores 10% involved,PNI-Y
Left:  3+3=6, 1/7 cores <5% involved,PNI-N
LARP 04/09/09 nerve sparing. Final pathology:
GS 3+4=7, Margins uninvolved, 2 lymph nodes negative
Catheter out 04/17,1st no-pad day 05/03
25 mg Viagra nightly;100 mg:not ready for prime time
Followup PSA 05/28/09 <0.1

Ed C. (Old67)
Veteran Member

Date Joined Jan 2009
Total Posts : 2461
   Posted 8/10/2009 10:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Good luck Larry,
Hope to see you on the other side and on you way to recovery.
Age: 67 at Dx on 12/30/08
PSA 9/05 1.15; 8/06 1.45; 12/07 2.41; 8/08 3.9; 11/08 3.5 free PSA 11%
2 cores out of 12 were positive Gleason (4+4) and (4+5)
Negative CT scan and bone scan done on 1/16
Robotic surgery performed 2/9/09 Dr Fagin, Austin TX
Pathology report:
Prostate weighed 57 grams size:5.2 x 5.0 x 4.9 cm
Posterior lateral lesions measuring 1.5 x 1.4 x 1.0 cm showing focal capsular penetration over a distance of 3mm.
Prostatic adenocarciroma accounts for approx. 10-20% of the hemisphere.
Gleason 4+4
both nerve bundles removed,
pT3a Nx Mx, Negative margins
seminal vesicles clean, lymph nodes: not dissected
continent after 4 months
8 weeks PSA test 4/7/09 result <0.1
5 months PSA test 7/9/09 result <0.1

Veteran Member

Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 1015
   Posted 8/10/2009 11:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Larry,

We know you'll do well. We're looking forward to see you as one who has had treatment and is on his way to healing well!

Our thoughts and prayers go out to you.

Take good care.

Idaho (Barry)
Da Vinci LRP July 31, 2007… 54 on surgery day
PSA 4.3 Gleason 3+3=6 T2a Confined to Prostate
6th PSA 06/09 still less than 0.1

Steve n Dallas
Veteran Member

Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 4849
   Posted 8/11/2009 5:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Good luck and see you on the other side.

Age 54   - 5'11"   205lbs
Overall Heath Condition - Good
PSA - July 2007 & Jan 2008 -> 1.3
Biopsy - 03/04/08 -> Gleason 6 
06/25/08 - Da Vinci robotic laparoscopy
05/14/09  - 4th Quarter PSA -> less then .01
Surgeon - Keith A. Waguespack, M.D.

Worried Guy
Veteran Member

Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 3742
   Posted 8/11/2009 6:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Best of luck on your date with DaVinci. Just whisper "This is my first time" into her ears. She likes that. Good luck.
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.
7/21/2009 Radical prostatectomy by Da Vinci @ University of Rochester
Left nerve gone, right spared.
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

Veteran Member

Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 823
   Posted 8/11/2009 9:02 PM (GMT -6)   

Good luck to you, and see you on the other side.

age at dx 54 now 57
psa at dx 4.3
got the bad news 1/29/07
open surgery Duke Medical Center 5-29-07
never more than 2 pads
ED is getting better
the shots work great, still can't give them to myself
two years of zero's

Cajun Jeff
Veteran Member

Date Joined Mar 2009
Total Posts : 4119
   Posted 8/11/2009 9:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Larry: See you on the other side. Good luck.

Jeff T
Jeff T Age 57
9/08 PSA 5.4, referred to Urologist
9/08 Biopsy: GS 3/4=7
10/08 Nerve sparing open RRP- Path Report: GS 3+3=7 Stg. pT2c, margins clear
3 mts: PSA .05 undetectable
 10th month  PSA <0.01
ED- 5 mg Cialis daily, pump daily, going to try MUSE next

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
Forum Information
Currently it is Saturday, September 22, 2018 10:01 AM (GMT -6)
There are a total of 3,005,664 posts in 329,249 threads.
View Active Threads

Who's Online
This forum has 161795 registered members. Please welcome our newest member, jjakefamily.
259 Guest(s), 10 Registered Member(s) are currently online.  Details
ezhoe, PeterDisAbelard., Albannach, sebreg, GuitarGERD, Yellow19, Chow Wan, Alxander, RunJerRun, Pixie415