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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 9/19/2009 6:11 PM (GMT -6)   
One of the many things I never thought I would ever type on the internet, nor even ever talk about!
Post surgery I soon discovered that boxers were out, they couldn't hold the pad!  Briefs became my new partner.  However, any leaking or dripping was quickly absorbed into the cotton.  The cotton stayed wet and took on an odor.  So my wife went shopping and came home with Jockey boxer briefs!  They are 100% nylon and are a mesh material.  They do not absorb and also they repel any dripping.  They hold the tena pads very well and are very comfortable.  Just though I'd pass on this brief story!
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.
7 wk psa 8/20/09 - 0.05

"We walk by faith, not by sight."

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Date Joined Jun 2008
Total Posts : 407
   Posted 9/19/2009 10:51 PM (GMT -6)   
I encountered the same experiences post-op.  I found the protective briefs uncomfortable and too bulky for me to use for working in the office, though - and the material chafed the inside of my thighs.  I continued with the jockey briefs and pads and though at times the jockey's became damp that issue subsided as the leaking subsided - over a period of about 3-months.  I worried about nighttime leaking so I wore the protective briefs, but I quickly learned/observed that I didn't leak at night - so I stopped using them.  Thanks for the report.

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


Steve n Dallas
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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 4848
   Posted 9/21/2009 9:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Don't do like I did and wear boxers the day you get your cath out nono
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 Sep 2009
Total Posts : 12
   Posted 9/21/2009 1:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I've never liked boxers so I was really lucky.
I've always worn-er wait for it - black silk briefs.
I've always liked the support I would get from briefs
and the silk idea came from researching travel wear; they are so easy to wash and dry overnight whilst travelling.
And of course black just doesn't show the dirt...!

I don't reall need them now but if I'm going to a concert or somewhere where I may feel uncomfortable for whatever reason
I place one of those sticky-backed Ladies pads from Walgreens (UltraThin regular)
at the front of my briefs.
I'd prefer a larger triangular shaped pad but this type is the best I've found so far
and isn't bulky nor uncomfortable.
I hope this helps.
Age: 54 (53 at diagnosis - June, 2009)
PSA: 10.6
Biopsy tested positive: Gleeson 3+4
Surgery: DaVinci Robotic prostatectomy (31st July 2009)
Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL
Dr. Robert Nadler, Urologist/Surgeon
Textbook procedure.
Catheter: Removed after 10 days.
Incontinence: Currently, no. (Slight leakage for three days after Catheter removal. Wore pads for physcological boost).
ED: Intermitent. Bad reaction to Cialas. Currently experimenting with Levitra.
PSA: Currently 0.1 (25th August 2009)

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