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JB71
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Date Joined Nov 2009
Total Posts : 206
   Posted 1/13/2010 10:01 AM (GMT -6)   
What is the best dougnut cushion ?
 
Can't seem to find out much on this item
so here are a few questions:
 
1. Will I need one after surgery ?
 
2. Where do I get one ?
 
3. What is the best material ?
 
4. Are they 'blow-ups'?
 
5. Does size matter?
 
I've got a soft couch, a hard computor chair
and some concern about the car ride home.
 
Thanks all!
Jerry.

Age, only 71.
 
July 2009, PSA 9.1, free ratio 0.16
September GLEASON 4+4=8, T2A
Prostate 44cc.
 
Calcium: 2.46  (range: 2.20 - 2.65 mmol/L)
25 Hydroxy Vitamin D: 102 (range: sufficiency:
76 - 250 nmol/L)
 
Bone Scan: Negative
CT Scan scheduled for Dec. 1st. (not ordered
by first urologist)
 
Started Casodex 50mg. on Nov. 6, first pill of 30.
 
Got Lupron 22.5mg ( 90 day ) on  November 19.
 
No real side effects as of Dec. 15 except dry skin and hair but getting quite 'porky' in the belt area even though now I go to the gym, three times a week. Also I dont have a need to shave anymore so now I can save my 'shaving' allowance and direct it to my stash of Depends !
 
Open surgery scheduled for Jan. 22 by Dr. J. Chen
at London (Ontario) Health Sciences Centre.
 
NOPE, that just changed to January 20th. (2 days earlier) and the venue for entertainment gets moved to the University Hospital.
 
Need to get this over with ASAP so next season
I can continue with motorcycling, sailing  and enjoying life, TOGETHER with my wife, Debbie.
.


lifeguyd
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Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 677
   Posted 1/13/2010 10:13 AM (GMT -6)   
For me, a donut cushion was not necessary.  I had a one hour ride home with no cushion, not the most comfortable, but I was on pain meds.  At home I just used our regular foam pillows for computer chair and lounging.  Some people who needed to be out and about say they brought a foam or inflatable pillow or donut.

PSA up to 4.7 July 2006 , nodule noted during DRE
Biopsy 10/16/06 ,stageT2A
Very Aggressive Gleason 4+4=8  right side
DaVinci Surgery  January 2007
Post op confirms gleason 4+4=8 with no extension or invasion
no long term continence problems
Post surgery PSA continues to be "undetectable"
One side nerves spared
Bi-Mix for ED 
born in 1941


Steve n Dallas
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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 4829
   Posted 1/13/2010 10:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Drug/Pharm stores - almost any store that sells medical supplies carry them..Odds are you won't need one.
 
I bought one cause I had my cath in for five weeks and my office chair wasn't fun to sit in...Ended up getting some of the fluid in the cath removed and it was much better.
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
11/20/09 - 18 Month PSA -> less then .01
Surgeon - Keith A. Waguespack, M.D.


60Michael
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Date Joined Jan 2009
Total Posts : 2222
   Posted 1/13/2010 10:18 AM (GMT -6)   
JB I use one and it was bought at a mom and pop pharmacy. Made in Jesup, Georgia by Duro-Med Ind. Made from urethane foam, but it works for me. Wearing it out but hopefully wont need it much longer. It cost 14.00, a steal.
Michael
Dx with PCA 12/08 2 out of 12 cores positive 4.5 psa
59 yo when diagnosed
Robotic surgery 5/09 Atlanta, Ga
Catheter out after 10 days
Gleason upgraded to 3+5, volume less than 10%
Margin slightly involved
2 pads per day, 1 depends but getting better,
8/5 1 depend at night only, now none
 started ED tx 7/17, slow go
Post op dx of neuropathy
3 months psa.01, 6 month psa.4, 6 1/2 month psa.5
Consulting with Primary Urologist for further tx.
Great family and friends
Michael


Cajun Jeff
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Date Joined Mar 2009
Total Posts : 4106
   Posted 1/13/2010 10:24 AM (GMT -6)   
I did not need one at all. Best of luck guy.

Jeff T
Cajun Country
Jeff T Age 57

9/08 PSA 5.4, referred to Urologist
9/08 Biopsy: GS 3/4=7
10/08 Nerve sparing open RRP- Path Report: GS 3+3=7 Stg. pT2c, margins clear
3 mts: PSA .05 undetectable

10th month PSA <0.01
1year psa <0.01
ED- 5 mg Cialis daily, pump daily, going to try MUSE next. Next step injections.
15 months out injections Caveject (success)


James C.
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 4462
   Posted 1/13/2010 10:25 AM (GMT -6)   
I tried the air type, but it was a failure, then I got a memory foam one at Walgreen's, just the ticket
James C. Age 62
Co-Moderator- Prostate Cancer Forum
4/07 PSA 7.6, referred to Urologist, recheck 6.7
7/07 Biopsy: 3 of 16 PCa, 5% involved, left lobe, GS 3/3=6
9/07 Nerve sparing open RRP 110gms.- Path Report: GS 3+3=6 Stg. pT2c, 110gms, margins clear
24 mts: PSA's: .04 each test since surgery, ED Continues-Bimix .3ml PRN or Trimix .15ml PRN


Sonny3
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Date Joined Aug 2009
Total Posts : 2447
   Posted 1/13/2010 11:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Jerry,

I was one of the fortunate. Never needed one. I did have a period of about 5-6 days when sitting was a little less comfortable, but that was about 5 weeks post surgery. All I did was either get up and move around for a while or just change cheeks for a few minutes.

Good luck with the surgery brother,

Sonny
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
Post Surgery Pathology:
Gleason: Changed to (4+3) = 7
Stage: T3a
Tumor Volume 12.5%
NERVES SPARED-positive margin, extra-prostatic extension
30 day PSA 0.4, 50 day psa 0.53, 64 day psa 0.6
IMRT scheduled to begin Nov 30,2009 (74 days post surgery)


Worried Guy
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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 3732
   Posted 1/13/2010 1:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Jerry,
I got mine from the local pharmacy. i had been sitting on rolled up towels to keep my perineum off the hard chair. Mine is foam with a washable cover. The washable cover is handy as I am a certified leaker. It is oval shaped so you can put it sideways if you need more width or the other way if you want support closer together. It came in three sizes and the pharmacy (Farris) let me sit on them, while still wrapped of course, and decide which is best. I felt like Goldilocks trying out the three bears' toilet seats. "This one is just right."
Good luck,
Jeff
DX Age 56. First routine PSA test on April 8th: 17.8. Start 2 weeks of Cipro to rule out protatitis.
May PSA: 22.6, 3 weeks later: PSA: 23.2.
Biopsy 6/10/09: 7/12 scores positive, Gleason 6=3+3. Bone scan and C/T scan negative.
RP DaVinci -7/21/2009 @ Univ of Roch Medical Center
Left nerve gone, right partial spared.
Catheter removed - 7/31/2009 Pathology report received:
Gleason 3+4=7, Tumor size: 2.5 x 1.8 cm, location: both lobes and apex.
Extraprostatic extension present; Perineural invasion: present, extensive.
No Malignancy in Seminal Vesicle, vasa deferentia, lymph nodes 0/13
Prostate mass 56 grams. Pathologic Stage: pT3aN0MX
Post Surgery Status:
Potency - 12/11 5 months, Still no activity, zip. Using pump daily since 11/11. No effect with 20 mg of Cialis or 100 mg of Viagra. Shots next? See Uro 1/20/10
Incontinence - 8/20 4 full pads per day
.. 9/7 3-4 full pads per day (Try cutting down on fluids. Bad idea. I know.)
11/14 4 months: Still 3 pads per day. 420ml/day, 91 um leak.
12/11 5 months: Still 3 pads per day. 400-450ml/day
1/11/10 6 months: Still 3 pads but leak is now 320 ml (5 day avg.)
Post Surgery PSA - 9/3 6 weeks - 0.05; 10/13 3 months - 0.04 undetectable.

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