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Purgatory
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   Posted 8/16/2009 4:34 PM (GMT -6)   
This is a first for me in the never ending catheter saga.  Was standing in our pantry deciding what I want to eat for lunch, and talking to my son on the phone.  Felt a refreshing stream of warm liquid running down my leg.  Took me a moment of enjoying its pleasure before I realized, I sprung a leak.  Was still on the big bag (night bag), since I wasn't planning on going anywhere today.  Ran to the bathroom, wife in pursuit, she emptied it and then syringed fresh water in it, and sure enough, was leaking where the big tube comes into the main body of the bag.  Dumbly I said, can we just duct tape it?  It only had to last 2 more nights, then I will get a new one after Tuesdays surgery.  No reply was given, leg bag was put on and off we went to the facility where she works as a nurse.  Five minutes later, she came out with a brand new bag.  Emergency over.  There are no medical supply stores opened on Sundays around here.  And I knew you can sleep with a leg bag.
 
Perhaps, I really should write a book and the Manly Art of Catheter Fashion.
 
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, 8/9 .16
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,
meeting with Rad. Oncl on 8/14 about lastest PSA
 
 


Magaboo
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   Posted 8/16/2009 4:42 PM (GMT -6)   
I guess better a little leak than being all plugged up!? :-).
Sure hope you'll feel better in a couple of days.
All the best David.
 
Magaboo

Born Sept 1936
PSA 7.9
-ve DRE
Gleason's Score 3+4=7, 2 of 8 positive
open RP 28 Nov 06 (nerve sparing), Post op staging T3a
Gleasons still 3+4=7
Seminal vesicles and lymph nodes clear
Catheter out 15 Dec 06, Dry since 11 Feb 07
All PSA tests in 2007 (4) <.04
PSA tests in 2008: Mar.=.04; Jun.=.05; Sept.=.08; 3 days before Rad Start=0.1
Salvage RT completed (33 sessions - 66 Grays) on the 19th Dec., 08.
PSA on the 26 Jan., 09, =0.05; 17 July 09=<0.04


Purgatory
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   Posted 8/16/2009 5:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Mag,

I will take any leak over any blockage. Amazed that I am still getting some bleeding from the emergency dialation that was done 4 weeks ago. I would imagine going to take a while to heal after this next corrective surgery, being that it is being done in the same spot where I am already hurting.

But still worth the risk and ordeal to me if they can help prevent future blockages.

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, 8/9 .16
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,
meeting with Rad. Oncl on 8/14 about lastest PSA
 
 


livinadream
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   Posted 8/16/2009 6:05 PM (GMT -6)   
David after much thought and review I have decided we need to hook a bucket up to you. That way when the leak happens you are prepared. You might look silly for a day or so but I am sure people will get use to it.
Just kidding my friend. I hope and pray that one day soon your saga will end and you will be fit as a fiddle.

peace and love
dale
My PSA at diagnosis was 16.3
age 47 (current)

http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/dalechildress

My gleason score from prostate was 4+5=9 and from the lymph nodes (3 positive) was 4+4=8
I had 44 IMRT's
Casodex
Currently on Lupron
I go to The Cancer Treatment Center of America
Married with two kids
latest PSA 5-27-08 0.11

PSA July 24th, 2008 is 0.04
PSA Dec 16th, 2008 is .016
PSA Mar 30th, 2009 is .02
PSA July 28th 2009 is .01

Testosterone keeps rising, the current number is 156, up from 57 in May

T level dropped to 37 Mar 30th, 2009
cancer in 4 of 6 cores
92%
80%
37%
28%


TheoTeacher
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   Posted 8/16/2009 6:29 PM (GMT -6)   

David,

Sorry to hear about your leak but it seems, as with many of your postings, you took it in stride! I have several teenagers so the bag names were endless!  I final just put the large bag into a reusable grocery bag and clipped it to my belt. They called it my "peebuddy"!  Now that I;m changing pads often in the afternoons I sort of miss my peebuddy.

I never had a large bag leak but one day I was out with my wife using the leg bag.  I came home and took a nap forgetting about the bag!  I woke to find the bag overflowing and bursting at the seams!  I emptied the bag and it refilled in five minutes!  That was the last time I used the leg bag!

Best of luck with your corrective surgery.
Dad dx at 72 with Pca; RP at 73; Died 11/08 at 88 from Pca met.
3 Uncles have had Pca; 2 deceased from Pca met.
Me: Age 51: Joyfully Married; father of 7!
Routine Physical 11/07 PSA 1.73 DRE normal
Routine Physical 1/09 PSA 2.77 DRE abnormal.
1st Urologist visit 2/09 DRE normal, small - PSA 6.3!
Biopsy 3/17- St. Patty's Day! 3 of 12 cores positive with 5-8% Pca
3+3 Gleason; Visit Johns Hopkins 3/26/09 and decide for surgery.
Lapro RP 6/29/09; discharged 6/30/09
Cath out 7/9/09 Gleason unchanged 3+3;
"Larger amount of cancer" than expected.
Organ confined Pca, positive margin as "artifact" of surgery.
All other tissues clear.

"We walk by faith, not by sight."


Purgatory
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   Posted 8/16/2009 6:40 PM (GMT -6)   
ohio - you left me a nice selection to choose from

dale - i am a man of logic and numbers i keep telling myself, this fiasco can't go on for ever. Here it is mid August, and my surgery was last November, and I am still fooling around with caths?


theo, it can be dangerous to fall asleep with a leg bag, it can fill and back up so fast. my wife always refers to the big bag as "your jelley fish".

Thank goodness she had rescources to replace the leaking one on a Sunday afternoon. And of course, when I get out of surgery Tuesday, I will go home with a new leg bag on and a new big bag to take home, I am so blessed with extras.
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, 8/9 .16
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,
meeting with Rad. Oncl on 8/14 about lastest PSA
 
 


James C.
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   Posted 8/16/2009 7:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I think we need to put you in a 10 acre field, naked with a couple little bushes to stay in the shade under until you go back to surgery. Just your naked butt and the tube, not even a bag... tongue
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-.05ml 2X week continues
PSA's: .04 each test since surgery


Purgatory
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   Posted 8/16/2009 7:23 PM (GMT -6)   
James, the vision of that scares even me........there goes Moby Dick........the great white whale .........on the loose
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, 8/9 .16
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,
meeting with Rad. Oncl on 8/14 about lastest PSA
 
 


60Michael
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   Posted 8/16/2009 7:31 PM (GMT -6)   
David,
This is going to make you ever more the expert on catheters, the "go to" guy. But hope your feeling well and keep us posted on the surgery.
Michael
Dx with PCA 12/08 2 out of 12 cores positive
59 yo when diagnosed
Robotic surgery 5/09 Atlanta, Ga
Catheter out after 10 days
Gleason upgraded to 3+5, volume less than 10%
Margins not involved
2 pads per day, 1 depends but getting better,
8/5 1 depend at night only
 started ED tx 7/17, slow go
Great family
Michael


Tony Crispino
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   Posted 8/16/2009 7:52 PM (GMT -6)   
I kinda like the duct tape idea. You do live in the South with Jeff Foxworthy.

"You know you're a redneck when your catheter bag is duct tape gray and it's still clearer than the front windows..."

Ugh...I'll shut up now...

Disgusting me...
 Age 47 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8 : Surgery at The City of Hope on February 16, 2007
Geason 4+3=7, Stage pT3b, N0, Mx
Positive Margins (PM), Extra Prostatic Extension (EPE) : Bilateral Seminal vesicle invasion (SVI)
HT began in May, '07 with Lupron and Casodex 50mg (2 Year ADT)
IMRT radiation for 38 Treatments ending August 3, '07
Current PSA (May 11, 2009): <0.1
 
My Journal is at Tony's Blog  
 
STAY POSITIVE!


Purgatory
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   Posted 8/16/2009 9:40 PM (GMT -6)   
That I will Michael. The new bag tonight is working fine, though inferior in quality and doesn't have all the bells and whistles of the one that leaked. It is sadly in a bathroom trash can as we speak.

For the first time this weekend I am not being floored by bladder spasms or sharp penile pains around the catheter, think all the fight is out of me for the time being. Tommorow's another day. Have 5 hours at my part time job, then errands, then Tuesday, surgery day. Be happy to be on the other side of that.

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, 8/9 .16
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,
meeting with Rad. Oncl on 8/14 about lastest PSA
 
 


Purgatory
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   Posted 8/16/2009 9:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Tony, the duct tape may really have worked in a pinch. This has all been part of a real adventerous week, thats for sure. Long as I don't come to in the recovery room Tuesday and see clowns, I will feel like I am going to make it. Being at a Catholic hospital, one envisions nuns, but not to be, just regular looking nurses.
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, 8/9 .16
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,
meeting with Rad. Oncl on 8/14 about lastest PSA
 
 


Worried Guy
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   Posted 8/17/2009 8:19 AM (GMT -6)   
David ,
I wanted to run 50 ft of 1/2 inch tygon tubing from my bedroom to the basement sump pump but my wife wouldn't let me. Women! (Hey, she knew I was an engineer when she married me.) Maybe your wife will be more tolerant.
Good luck tomorrow!
Jeff
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


Purgatory
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   Posted 8/17/2009 11:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Jeff. didnt think of that myself, I have an upper and lower sump pump hidden in the unfinished part of my basement, house on hill.

Well, my new big bag worked all night, but so cheaply made was afraid to move it around much, had pretty decent sleep, considering how painful yesterday really was.

Right now, just want it to be Tuesday morning, so I can go to the hospital and get this next surgery over with, and get on the recovery side of this blockage. Its been a long 28 days so far on this large diameter catheter. Its rare now if it doesnt hurt me one way or the other.

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, 8/9 .16
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,
meeting with Rad. Oncl on 8/14 about lastest PSA
 
 


CharlieTuneA
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   Posted 8/17/2009 2:05 PM (GMT -6)   
David,

If I might add one to OhioState's list:

"Papa's Got a Brand New Bag."

Now that I'm off the catheter and reliant on pads and Depends, whenever I need a new one I tell my wife it's time for the "Changing of the Guard."

Glad to see people here with a sense of humor!

-Charlie
Age at diagnosis 59, PSA 1.4
Biopsy 12/08 12 cores, 6 positive
Gleason 3+3=6
CAT scan negative.

DaVinci surgery 6/14/09 Catheter Out 7/17/09
After 10 days, cystogram revealed fistula
 
Still incontinent two months after surgery.


mikey1955
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   Posted 8/17/2009 3:09 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey David,

Sorry to hear about the bag breaking. Hope you do well tomorrow.

Mike


-Nov/Dec 07, March 08 and Dec 08: Severe perineum pain . Septra/Bactrim for 8 months for diagnosed prostatitis.
-PSA start of 2008: 5.3..... PSA June of 2008: 7.3
-14 DRE all benign or nothing felt
-TRUS Biopsy Nov 08: 5 of 8 cores positive GS 3+3 or 6. 30-65%. Perineural invasion.
-General Health: pretty good, 5' 10", 180 lbs, slim.
-Open RP surgery: May 09 both nerve bundles spared. Bilateral lymph node dissection performed. Discharged 48 hours after surgery.
-Post Surgery Pathology: pT3a N0 MX, extraprostatic extension (EPE), stage III prostate cancer, lymph nodes clear, seminal vesicles clear, Gleason upraded to 3+4 GS 7. EPE within surgical margins. Other than prostate and EPE, all tissue removed negative for cancer involvement.


Purgatory
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   Posted 8/17/2009 3:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Charlie - that was a good one

Mike - just an old fashioned blow out, least the wife had a nearby quick solution for another bag on a Sunday.

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, 8/9 .16
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,
meeting with Rad. Oncl on 8/14 about lastest PSA
 
 


livinadream
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   Posted 8/17/2009 5:25 PM (GMT -6)   
you guys are funny. Not many people can take our medical conditions and laugh at them, but thankgoodness we can.
Hey you ever considered a sex change operation? Well not sure that would help much either.

peace to you my friend
dale
My PSA at diagnosis was 16.3
age 47 (current)

http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/dalechildress

My gleason score from prostate was 4+5=9 and from the lymph nodes (3 positive) was 4+4=8
I had 44 IMRT's
Casodex
Currently on Lupron
I go to The Cancer Treatment Center of America
Married with two kids
latest PSA 5-27-08 0.11

PSA July 24th, 2008 is 0.04
PSA Dec 16th, 2008 is .016
PSA Mar 30th, 2009 is .02
PSA July 28th 2009 is .01

Testosterone keeps rising, the current number is 156, up from 57 in May

T level dropped to 37 Mar 30th, 2009
cancer in 4 of 6 cores
92%
80%
37%
28%


RacingOyster
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   Posted 8/17/2009 5:38 PM (GMT -6)   
David,
 
Best wishes for your surgery tomorrow. May it be the beginning of the end of your saga.
 
When you had the multiple catheters right after the initial RP surgery, what was you doctor telling you about the reason you needed more than one? Was that initial problem related to the problems you have had more recently?
 
Thanks for your insight.
 
Regards,
Larry
 

Living in the northern Atlanta suburbs.

Good health and no symptoms when my annual physical uncovered an elevated PSA.

Diagnosis at age 55: PSA 4.6 - positive biopsy 3 of 12 cores - Gleason 3+3=6.

Open Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy with bilateral lymphadenectomy on 6/18/2009.

Pathology report after surgery showed negative margins, cancer contained in capsule.

PSA at 4 weeks after surgery <0.1 (all other problems are minor considering being cancer-free)

Catheters required on-and-off for 34 days after surgery due to recurring urinary retention.

Currently using 3-4 pads during the day, dry at night (8 weeks after surgery).


Cajun Jeff
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   Posted 8/17/2009 6:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Good luck my friend. I will be thinking of you tomorrow!

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


Purgatory
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   Posted 8/17/2009 6:25 PM (GMT -6)   
dale, no, never considered a sex change operation, not as long as I can still muster full wood

jeff, thanks, i ll check in when i get home hopefully tommorow

larry, it all stemed from a difficult open operation, due to a deep and narrow prostate bed, the surgeon had a difficult time with the bladder neck to urethra connection. thats why i was on the original cath for 30 days after surgery. they took it out, 12 hours later, had to have one put back in during emergency situation. after a couple of weeks took that one out, was in the ER that night where they had a difficult time inserting a new one, almost seriously injured me. two weeks later, my surgeon took that one out, scoped me, saw severe scarring and put a new one in. a week or two later , under GA at the hospital, he scoped me again and surgincally opened it. a week later took it out, then i began the process of getting dry, in my case not too difficult, less than a month. six months to the day of the corrective surgery back in january, was totally blocked up. my surgeon scoped me, saw that it was fully scarred over, had to do an emergency dialation procedure just to get a cath in. tommorow, day of surgery ,is the 20th day on this catheter. tommorow ,under GA at the hospital, hes going to scope me, dialate me, get a laser in , and with the laser ,try to open me back up with cleaner edges that shouldnt scar as bad, at least in theory, then put another cath in me for a couple of weeks of healing. thats was the shortest way i could tell you the saga.
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, 8/9 .16
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,
meeting with Rad. Oncl on 8/14 about lastest PSA
 
 


RacingOyster
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   Posted 8/17/2009 7:25 PM (GMT -6)   

David,

Thank you for sharing your details. I’m sorry you had to go through all that, and that it still continues. Your prognosis sounds good and I hope you are finally whole soon.

I had 4 catheters after surgery, followed by two weeks of self-catheterization. Like you, I had some late-night visits to the emergency room. My doctor told me that the problem was just synchronizing my bladder with my sphincter. I hope that this was the case. I’m now three weeks past the catheters, but wondering if I’m in for a saga like yours.

Truly yours,

Larry


Living in the northern Atlanta suburbs.

Good health and no symptoms when my annual physical uncovered an elevated PSA.

Diagnosis at age 55: PSA 4.6 - positive biopsy 3 of 12 cores - Gleason 3+3=6.

Open Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy with bilateral lymphadenectomy on 6/18/2009.

Pathology report after surgery showed negative margins, cancer contained in capsule.

PSA at 4 weeks after surgery <0.1 (all other problems are minor considering being cancer-free)

Catheters required on-and-off for 34 days after surgery due to recurring urinary retention.

Currently using 3-4 pads during the day, dry at night (8 weeks after surgery).


Purgatory
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   Posted 8/17/2009 7:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hope not for your sake, Larry, sounds like you been through enough yourself. Mine was directly because of scarring and a surgical difficulty. Your reason is new to me, but sounds possible.

David
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, 8/9 .16
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,
meeting with Rad. Oncl on 8/14 about lastest PSA
 
 

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