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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 384
   Posted 10/4/2009 7:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Back in the US after our cruise to Bermuda for my sons wedding. The wedding was beautiful and I am still dry with no leakage. I had been worried that I might have an 'accident' during the cruise or wedding but still have been 100% dry. The day after the wedding we rented mopeds and did a tour of the island for about 6 hours of riding off and on again with NO PROBLEMS!!! Missed the forum while we were gone. Internet from the ship was available but very expensive.

Wishing everyone a dry day!

Father treated for Prostate Cancer in 1997 with Proton Beam - Still doing well.
My Stats
Age at diagnosis 54, PSA 5.1
Biopsy 04/08 12 cores, 5 positive
Gleason 3 Cores at 4+3=7, 2 Cores at 3+4=7
Perineural Invasion Noted on biopsy

Robotic surgery 08/12/09 at Vanderbilt, Nashville TN. 
Post Surgery - Dr. Spared 100% of Nerves on the left side.
Estimated that 50 - 70% of the nerves were spared on the right side.
Final Path report
20% of the prostate Invovled
Tumor graded at T2C
Overall Gleason 3+4 (7)
Lymph Glands Clear
Positive Margin 1.8 cm in length Noted in Right Apex

Regular Member

Date Joined Sep 2009
Total Posts : 187
   Posted 10/4/2009 7:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Larry, glad you are back and glad you had great time. I got your email and both of us read it. Thanks for doing that. Your recovery is great!
Wish you the best!

husband 55 years young
PSA July 2009 5.5
Diagnosis confirmed Sep 21, 2009
12 Needle Biopsy = 7 clear , 5 postive
<2%, 10%, 25%
Gleason Score (3+3) 6 in all positive cores
stage T1c
Surgery or Radiation?

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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25393
   Posted 10/4/2009 8:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Larry, welcome home! Glad your trip went so well, and you continued to recovery as you did. Sure this helped your head out too with all you got to do.

David in SC
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% cancer, 1 pos margin
Post Surgery  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, 8/9 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 - out  38 days, 9/14/9 - met 3rd rad. oncl.agree to start radiation, mapping on 9/21/9, 9/24 - mtg with uro/surg, 9/29- pre-op, 10/1 - 3rd corr. surgery - suprapubic cath/hard dialation, 10/5 - first treatment IMRT.

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Date Joined Aug 2009
Total Posts : 2448
   Posted 10/4/2009 9:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome back Larry,

It's good to see that your recovery is still going strong.

I welcome your voice back to HW. I found your past posts to be very informative and supportive to me on my personal journey as well as to others who find us looking for answers and support.

61 years old
PSA 11/07 3.0
PSA 5/09 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

da Vinci 9/17/09 Dr. Mani Menon Henry Ford Medical Institute

Post Surgery Pathology:
Gleason: Changed to (4+3) = 7
Stage: T3a
Tumor Volume 12.5%
Margins: focally positive right posterior mid level
Perineural Invasion: present
Seminal Invasion: absent
Venous Invasion: absent
Angiolymphatic Invasion: absent
Left Internal iliac lymph node: reveals zero
Right Internal lymph node: reveals zero

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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 1267
   Posted 10/4/2009 10:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Larry, good to see your name on the board!

And, congratulations on being so dry. I think I'm doing well, but I'm way behind you.

Sounds like a fantastic wedding. Best wishes to the bride and groom.

I second Sonny --- it's always good to read your posts.

Sheldon AKA Sleepless
Age 67 in Apil '09 at news of 4 of 12 cores positive T2B and Gleason 3 + 3 and 5% to 25% PSA 1.5
Re-read of slides in June said Gleason 3 + 4 same four cores 5% to 15%
June 29 daVinci prostatectomy, Dr. Eric Estey, at Royal Alexandra Hospital Edmonton one night stay
Flew home to Winnipeg on July 3 after 5 nights in Ramada Inn  ---  perfect recovery spot!
Catheter out July 9, so far, so good
Final pathology is 3 + 4 Gleason 7, clear margins, clear nodes, T2C, sugeron says report is "excellent"
First post op PSA Sept 09  0.02
Oct 1st 09 -- dry at night, during day some stress issues, but better every week.    

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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 1132
   Posted 10/4/2009 7:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow. Great news. I was dry soon after surgery but never could have done the mopeds so soon after surgery. Sounds like you are on your road to recovery.
Age 49
occupation accountant
PSA increased from 2.6 to 3.5 in one year
biopsy march 2008 - cancer present gleason 7
Robotic Surgery May 9, 2008 - houston, tx
Pathology report -gleason 8, clear margins
12 month  PSA <.04 (low as the machine will go)
continent at 10 weeks (no pads!)
ED is still an issue but getting better

Veteran Member

Date Joined Feb 2008
Total Posts : 655
   Posted 10/6/2009 6:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Greetings, Larry.  Congratulations on your son's wedding.  Glad you had a great trip.  Sounds as if you are marching down a great path!  Keep up the good work.  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

Regular Member

Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 162
   Posted 10/6/2009 11:39 AM (GMT -6)   


Good to see that you got away and enjoyed yourself. And don't feel bad that you couldn't post...its nice to spend a few days once in awhile not thinking about you know what.



Age -57; Diagnosed 10/05 PSA 13.4 GS 9 Organ confined (T2B)
Cryoablation 4/06 Allegheny Hosp-Dr Ralph Miller (Cohen/Miller)
Post Cryo Nadir 8/06 0.2
Rising steadily to 0.7 4/09 :-(
Steady at 0.7 (7/09) (Pomegranate???)
Looking to take next steps soon
Hoping to qualify for salvage cryo or radiation

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