Several of us are serious cyclists. I ride about 2000 miles/year and was most concerned about the implications of surgery. I had laproscopic surgery and it took about 3 months to be totally dry. In the interim, of course I was getting antsy about getting back on the road. At about 6 weeks I went to gym with doc approval and sat on a recumbant bike for 30 minutes, low resistance just to move those pistons. As the weeks wore on, I increased slowly. I was back on my road bike in 3 months. You must be careful as you heal from surgery. Do not be lulled into thinking the procedure is simple, it is very complicated and is so deep inside you that if they go any further inside you, they come out the back door. All of the plumbing needs to heal well before you jostle those pipes. Frankly, you do not want anyone having to back in there. Sooo...3 months off before any real riding and even then, I wouldn't start by stump jumping. Period.
Age 55, two teens, very fit cyclist (avg 2000+ miles per year) and weight, diet, etc. consistent with good habits. Stressful job as attorney; very supporting wife who is helping me through every stage of this war.
2006 PSA - 1.5
2007 PSA - 2.3
2008 PSA - 5.3 (18 mos.)
2009 Jan. 20 - Biopsy 12 samples
Feb 3 Dx 2/12 samples positive, low volume (5% and 7-10%)
Gleason 3+4, later downgraded by second opinion at Johns-Hopkins to 3+3, but "it's still PCa" as my Doc said.
Laproscopic surgery April 9, University of KY Medical Center, Lexington, 3 days in hospital, catheter removal April 21.
Pathology: clear margins, no cancer in prostate: told that this is very rare and Doc has only seen it in 3 out of over 1400 cases; I rearched the concept of "vanishing cancer" and found a tumor classification of tP0 and asked Doc if it applied to me. He said that it was unlikely because if a pathologist had done a much more detailed analysis of the tissue, he would likely find more foci somewhere, and biopsy found "needle in the haystack as opposed to the tip of the iceberg"; Nevertheless, it is a blessing;
Regardless of the science, my family says "miracle."
Now working w/ post-surgery issues....