Hi Greg (newtopc),
It was good to see your post written on the 24th. Looks like a good plan to me! Hope everything turns out explainable and minor. I trust that you and your family enjoyed a fine Christmas. By my calendar, it appears that you have a good 5-6 days to plan one heck of a New Year's party, with lots of great reasons to do so. I'm sure that many of the other members posting are on track to do just that. Me? I'm glad to be around for all of 2009 and ready to jump on 2010. I have much to be thankful for and much to look forward to.
Hero, thanks for the kind words. I hope all goes well for your brother, your situation is similar to mine. I'm sure he will benefit greatly from your experience and guidance.
BoisePSABantam, right on, you nailed it. Couldn't agree more.
T40, wow, you sure took the fast track! Maybe we could form a young dudes PCa group. No, wait, I just turned 50, guess I'm living in Geezerville already, you'll have to do it.
Jeff (Worried Guy)--2 great points! 2 months to get your house in shape, and empty that prostate often! Greg, may I introduce a followup suggestion that one of the more important things that you can do now, regardless of what the future holds, is to get in the habit of going for walks? Many of us know how powerful it is after surgery. I'd proffer that it's one of the best "hedge your bets" things you can do. Great activity to burn calories, keep fit, turn your mind to useful thoughts, sleep better, check out your neighborhood, and get some quality "me" time. Might want to take your sweetie along sometimes too. That's one of my New Year Revolutions (because resolutions are just so boring).
Age 48 at diagnosis and surgery
5'8", 220 lbs., overall very good health
Oct. 2007 - 4.25 PSA score from Wellness Exam at work
Dec. 2007 - 1st prostate DRE, results normal; some BPH, no infections, no other symptoms
Jan. 2008 - 4.15 PSA score, 15 Free PSA score (done before biopsy)
Jan. 2008 - biopsy done; stage T1c, Gleason 3+3 in 2 of 10 cores, one 3% and one 5%
Jan. 2008 through March 2008 - researched options, searched for surgeon, decided on standard RRP surgery
April 2008 - June 2008 took care of family, job, lawn; went fishing
June 2008 - nerve-sparing RRP. Catheter stayed in for 11 days.
--2 lymph nodes removed & tested, both fine
--adenocarcinoma confirmed, still Gleason 3+3
--tumor volume 15-20% of prostate, tumor present in both lobes
--capsular penetration, but not perforation
--clean margins & seminal vesicles
--31.6 gram prostate is gone!
--both nerves spared
--Used 39 pads over the 5 weeks following during the day, no pads & dry at night
--IC "drops" only when sneezing, lifting, or moving awkwardly during those weeks
--Went without pads starting 7-30-08 all day, saving remaining 13 pads for family gag gift
--Balance of 2008 slight IC sensations only while sneezing when lifting something awkwardly
--No continence issues throughout 2009, staying 100% dry under all circumstances!
--enjoyed most of one vial of Trimix as prescribed starting in early August 2008
--Trimix no longer really needed now (Fall of 2009) with a little help
--vial is still in fridge (nudge nudge, wink wink)
--followup PSA's at 3 mos. and 1 yr. both undetectable
Post Edited (DX_010508) : 12/26/2009 10:29:08 AM (GMT-7)