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Date Joined Aug 2009
Total Posts : 2448
   Posted 8/26/2009 9:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi guys. Haven't posted for a while, been trying to clean up the loose ends before my surgery. My wife has been home from the hospital now for two weeks and her rehab is moving along nicely. I have been trying to complete the long dang list of home projects before I go so I don't have them hanging over my head when I get back.

I have just confirmed the surgery schedule with the Henry Ford Institute and Dr. Menon as follows;

Tuesday Sep 15th - fly from Orlando to Detroit

Wednesday the 16th - pre-surgery consultation with Dr. Menon

Thursday the 17th - Surgery (scheduled for the 1st one of the day)

Thursday the 24th - Catheter Removal ( it is standard with them that the cath is removed 7 days following surgery. They use the foley only the one day that you are in the hospital and it is replaced with a Supra-Pubic before you leave the hospital.)

Friday the 25th - Fly back to Orlando leaving at 6:30pm.

Seems like they are a well oiled machine and I will do my best not to upset their scheduling with any complications.

It will be great to get this over with and get on with the gettin on. I hope that I am not over confident with the ED and Continence stats from Dr. Menon. I will be very happy to be one of their 92%-95% success rate stats in these arenas. As I have stated in the past, I am not worried about getting rid of the PC, I just want to be able to have a reasonable facsimile of Quality of Life after all is said and done.

Add me to your prayer lists guys. I think I am up next.

60 years old
PSA November 2007 3.0
PSA May 2009 6.4
Diagnosis confirmed July 9, 2009
12 Needle Biopsy = 9 clear , 3 postive
<5%, 90%, 40%
Gleason Score (3+4) 7 in all positive cores
CT Organ Scan - negative
Nuclear Bone Scan - Negative

Surgery set for September 2009 with Dr. Mani Menon at the Henry Ford Medical Center in Detroit.

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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25393
   Posted 8/26/2009 10:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Sonny, good to hear from you, and will be thinking of you at your surgery time. Be nice when you are on the other side, the recovery side. Hope your wife is doing well too.

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, 8/14 met with Rad Oncl, still talking option, 8/18 - had laser scope surgery to clear blockage, now on Catheter #7

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Date Joined May 2009
Total Posts : 2692
   Posted 8/26/2009 10:05 AM (GMT -6)   

Good luck ! If you run into any problems in Detroit, I live 50 miles away. My e-mail is active if there is anything I can do to help !
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)

Tony Crispino
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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 8128
   Posted 8/26/2009 10:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sonny,
You have doen your research well, and I think you will do great moving forward. Be prepared by looking into the "after surgery" experiences and it will make life easier while healing.

You can count on my prayers for you.

 Age 47 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8 : Surgery at The City of Hope on February 16, 2007
Gleason 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  

Regular Member

Date Joined Apr 2009
Total Posts : 179
   Posted 8/26/2009 7:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Best wishes and prayers sent for a quick and full recovery.
V10.46 Dx Feb-09
RRP 5-5-09
No adverse SE
PSA 6-19-09 -0-
Thriving, not just surviving!

Ed C. (Old67)
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Date Joined Jan 2009
Total Posts : 2461
   Posted 8/26/2009 7:25 PM (GMT -6)   
It sounds like everything is under control. I hope and pray that you will have a successful surgery with no complication and good pathology report. Let us know when you are on the other side.
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

DS Can
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Date Joined May 2009
Total Posts : 195
   Posted 8/26/2009 8:55 PM (GMT -6)   

Sonny, Best wishes for a successful outcome with your surgery.  Keeping busy helps to take your mind off the PC but don't wear yourself out trying to get everything done ahead of time. Some of the stuff will wait for when you are feeling better afterwards.

You're on my list,


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, 08/20/09 <0.1

Regular Member

Date Joined May 2009
Total Posts : 476
   Posted 8/26/2009 10:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Best of luck. Uneventful surgery and quick and full recovery.

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 prior to treatment on 1/8/2008 is 33.90, bounced on 1/31/2008 to 38.20, and down at the end of the treatment (4/24/2008) to 20.60

RRP at Duke (Dr. Moul) on 6/16/2008, Gleason downgraded 4+3=7, T3a N0MX, focal extraprostatic extension, two small 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

Salvage IMRT + 6 Months ADT: Casodex started 6/12/2009, Lupron 6/22/2009, PSA 6/25/2009-0.1, T=516, 7/23/2009-<0.05, T<10, IMRT to start mid-Aug

Veteran Member

Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 1015
   Posted 8/26/2009 11:23 PM (GMT -6)   

Here's wishing you great success and a speedy recovery from your surgery!

See you on the other side!

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

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