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Date Joined Aug 2009
Total Posts : 37
   Posted 9/17/2009 1:16 PM (GMT -6)   
It's now been three months and a day since Leonardo visited. Anyway, I wonder if others have had the same problem:
I can't sit in one position for long stretches like I used to. After about an hour, my tailbone gets sore, and I've got to stand up and walk around for a bit.
Does having a prostate affect your comfort while you sit? Seems silly to me, but there it is.

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
After 10 days, cystogram revealed fistula
Catheter Removed 7/17/09
Fistula still evident week of 8/24
PSA 0.03
Catheter Reinserted 8/28/09

Continence is a future goal.

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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25380
   Posted 9/17/2009 1:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Charlie, 10 months later, I still have trouble sitting for long periods at a desk or hard type chair/pew. My surgeon said that will slowly fade, but could take as long as a year or so. Hope you feel better soon.
Age: 57, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 7/08 12.3, 9/08 14.5, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 - 7/7 Positive, 40-90% Cancer, Gleason 4+3
Open RP: 11/08, Rht nerves saved, 4 days in hospt, on catheters for 63 days, 5th one out 1/09
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20%, Contained in capsule, 1 pos margin
2009 PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Latest: 7/09 met 2 rad. oncl, 7/09 cath #6 - blockage, 8/09 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 - out  38 days, 9/14/9 - met 3rd rad. oncl., agreed to start radiation, does not rec. HT at this time, mapping on 9/21/9

Steve n Dallas
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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 9/17/2009 1:42 PM (GMT -6)   

I sit at a desk all day long and then some - no issues.

Does sitting on a donut thingie help?

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.

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Date Joined Jul 2008
Total Posts : 966
   Posted 9/17/2009 1:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I didn't have any problems either...but the comment Steve said about the donut thingy seems to work from what I have read also.
You are beating back cancer, so hold your head up with dignity
Age 58 at Diagnosis
Oct 2006 - PSA 2.6 - DRE Normal
May 2008 - PSA 4.6 - DRE Normal / TRUS normal
July 2008 - Biopsy 4 of 12 Positive 5 - 30% Involved Bilateral w/PNI - Gleason (3+3)6 Stage T1C
Robotic Surgery Sept 18, 2008
Pathology October 1, 2008 - Gleason 7 (3+4) Staged pT2c NO MX - Gland 50 cc
Seminal Vesicles and Lymph Nodes clear
Positive Margins Right Posterior Lobe
PSA 5 week Oct 2008 <.05
                   3 month Jan 2009 .06
                   6 month Apr 2009 .06
                   9 month Jul  2009 .08

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Date Joined Jan 2009
Total Posts : 2222
   Posted 9/17/2009 5:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Sitting is difficult for me and I am four months post op. I do use a donut cushion which does help some, but laying down helps the most. I have had a few medical issues come up since surgery and I have to think they are surgery related. But I am focused on getting well everyday in every way and I expect to be there soon. Hope yours improves as well, but you are not describing excruciating pain, which is good. The best to you.
There are many older posts to be found on this very subject.
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

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Date Joined Feb 2008
Total Posts : 655
   Posted 9/17/2009 5:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Greetings, Charlie.  I used a pillow for a while after surgery and still don't do great with sitting for long periods.  I work in an office so get up frequently.  Most of the guys on the team I regularly meet with are older than I am and still have their prostates, so we have fairly frequent breaks :-) .  This helps!  David
Diagnosed Dec 2007 during annual routine physical at age 55
PSA doubled from previous year from 1.5 to 3.2
12 biopsies - 2 pos; 2 marginal
Gleason 3+3; upgraded to 4+3 post surgery
RRP 4 Feb 08; both nerves spared
Good pathology - no margins - all encapsulated
Catheter out Feb 13 - pad free Feb 16
PSA every 90 days - ZERO's everytime!
Great wife and family who take very good care of me

Worried Guy
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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 3732
   Posted 9/18/2009 3:43 PM (GMT -6)   
At two months, I can sit as long as I want with no trouble and will remain dry. However, the instant I stand up, I feel like I'm holding back the Nile. I have to make a quick, tippie-toe run to the backyard pea/pee gravel site to water the stones or else I'll fill a pad.
(I hope the EPA doesn't classify it as a toxic waste site when we decide to sell.)
DX Age 56. First routine PSA test on April 8th: 17.8.
May PSA: 22.6, 3 weeks later: PSA: 23.2.
Biopsy 6/10/09: 7/12 scores positive, Gleason 6=3+3. Bone scan and C/T scan negative.
RP DaVinci -7/21/2009 @ Univ of Roch Medical Center
Left nerve gone, right partial spared.
Catheter removed - 7/31/2009 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
Extraprostatic extension present; Perineural invasion: present, extensive
Prostate mass 56 grams. Pathologic Stage: pT3aN0MX
Post Surgery Status:
Potency - 9/17 2 months, Still no activity
Incontinence - 8/20 4 full pads per day
. 9/7 3-4 full pads per day (I'm going to try cutting down on fluids. Bad idea. I know.)
9/17 2 months: Still 3 pads per day. At this rate I'll be fine in 2011.
Post Surgery PSA - 9/3 6 weeks - 0.05

Regular Member

Date Joined Jun 2008
Total Posts : 407
   Posted 9/18/2009 10:44 PM (GMT -6)   
I returned to work about 3-weeks post-op, if I'm recalling correctly and I sit/sat 8 hours daily starting then and continuing until now - and other than when I had the catheter in I haven't experienced discomfort sitting. What did your primary care physician or urologist tell you when you asked him/her/them about this?

Age:  60 (58 at diagnosis - June, 2008)

April '08 PSA 4.8 ("free PSA" 7.9), up from 3.5 year prior

June '08 had biopsy, 2 days later told results positive but in less than 1% of sample

Gleason's 3+3=6

Developed sepsis 2 days post-biopsy, seriously ill in hospital for 3 days

Dr. recommended robotic removal using da Vinci

Surgery 9/10/08

Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL

Dr. Robert Nadler, Urologist/Surgeon

Post-op Gleason's:  3+3, Tertiary 4

Margins:  Free

Bladder & Urethral:  Free

Seminal vesicles:  Not involved

Lymphatic/Vascular Invasion:  Not involved

Tumor:  T2c; Location:  Bilateral; Volume:  20%

Catheter:  Removed 12-days after surgery

Incontinent:  Yes (1/2 light pads per day)

Combination of Cialis and MUSE (alprostadil) three times weekly started 9-27-08

Returned to work 9-29-08 (18-19 days post-op)

PSA test result, post-op, 10/08: 0.0; 12/08: 0.0; 4/09: 0.0; 9/09: 0.0


Regular Member

Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 137
   Posted 9/18/2009 11:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Could this have something to do with membership in the Bony Butt Club? I am not a member and have no sitting troubles.
70 years old USA citizen
Prostatic carcinoma dxed June 2009 by PSA (7.0) and then Bx
PSAs yearly since 2001 ranged 1.52 to 7.0
Neg. CT and BS
4 of 8 biopsies positive (all right side) Gleason Score 3+4=7
Robotic assisted total prostatectomy and node excision July 2009 in Luzern, Switzerland
pT2c G3 pN0 (0/14)
Catheter out in 5 days (home in 3 days)
No incontinence
Potency: beginning tumescence??? at 3 weeks post-op

Regular Member

Date Joined Aug 2009
Total Posts : 37
   Posted 9/21/2009 7:01 AM (GMT -6)   
I think it is the BBC, brainsurgeon, but my bottom did not feel so bony prior to surgery. Anyway, standing at regular intervals is good for you.

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

DaVinci surgery 6/16/09
After 10 days, cystogram revealed fistula
Catheter Removed 7/17/09
Fistula still evident week of 8/24
PSA 0.03
Catheter Reinserted 8/28/09

Continence is a future goal.

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