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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 10/13/2009 3:53 PM (GMT -6)   
At the local prostate cancer support group I attend there was a man there last night. He talked about having a cuff put in after 4 years of continuous leakage. He is 84 years young now.
He is very happy with the cuff. He has had the cuff for 10 years now and only had to have one 'tuneup' on the equipment. Basically some type of clamp is inserted around the urethra which is in an off position. Some type of on/off device is placed in one testicle. He gets  normal urge when the bladder is full and then pushes on the testicle which opens the valve for 90 seconds. I believe he said it shuts back by itself after 90 seconds.
I do not know if the device always has to be put in the testicle but he was OK with that since he had testicular cancer before he had prostate cancer.
Also it was amazing to learn that this man was in the first wave of US Soldiers that were let into Hirishoma Japan after the nuclear bomb was dropped. He has endured Five cancers including prostate cancer.
It was very interesting to listen to his positive outlook on all his struggles fighting five different cancers. Certainly gave me a new outlook. 
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

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Date Joined Oct 2008
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   Posted 10/13/2009 4:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Larry, that was an amazing story about this gentleman. Very inspiring at the least.
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 - began IMRT SRT - 39 sessions/72 gys.

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