Hi just had my 6 month PSA test and phone call with Dr Walsh.
He said next PSA check/call to be in 6 months and then we will go on yearly PSA checks. I feel great, just wish the ED was progressing faster.
Dr Walsh also said new studies suggest taking cialis / viagra should not be done for rehabilitation purposes and I should only use the meds when attempting intercourse (I am sure he never tried intercourse with a 50% erection :)). Until now I was using 25 mgs Cialis every 3 days, and now will stop that.
I havent myself seen the studies that he is referencing, but Dr Walsh said taking cialis all the time/for rehab can have even adverse effect on the ED side. Anywone knows what studies he has in mind ?
I wish everyone here good PSA numbers and high spirits. I cant express my gratitude for the help and support I have received from those forums in the dark times pre surgery.
Age at DX: 43
PSA: 11/08:15.6, 01/09:16.6, 02/09:17.1
Biopsy 12/08 at USF Tampa
8/12 cores positive, GS 3+3,
perineural invasion in 2 cores
CT, Bone, XRay negative
03/04/09 - Open Surgery at Johns Hopkins by Dr Patrick Walsh
Path Report: GS 6, Tumor Contained, margin clears, nodes+vesicles clean
Both nerves spared,
Catheter Out: 03/18/09
Incontinence : Resolved from day one
ED : after 3 months at about 20-30%
ED : after 6 months at about 40-50%
Diet : Vegetarian, No-meat, no dairy diet since 01/09
Post Op PSA: 05/22/09 - 0.01
Post Op PSA: 09/10/09 - less than 0.03 (undetectable)