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   Posted 1/27/2010 12:18 PM (GMT -6)   
OK, had my surgery yesterday. I tried to post yesterday but our internet connection at the hospital is poor. Trying again now. (I don't see last night's post).
Frankly, I expected to have a MUCH easier time of it. I am in quite a bit of pain. I guess much of it might be due to the gas they use. Hard to say. All I know is that it is very hard to move.
 
However, I did take 3 short walks yesterday and 2 today. I want to get the heck out of here. I got no sleep -- it's tough being tethered. It will be easier when we get back to the apartment.
 
My surgery lasted a few hours longer than expected. That umbilical hernia at birth created more scar tissue than expected and he had to work through that.
 
But at least he THINKS all looks good. He BELIEVES it is organ-confined. He didn't see anything but of course the pathology will tell the story. He was able to do the nerve-sparing surgery.  He thinks it all went well.
 
Sonny -- I had my first fart at 9:30 AM today, so that won't be my first question.Not sure what to ask right now. I'm still in misery (unlike some of you!).
 
Mel
63 years old
PSA-- 3/08--2.90;  8/09--4.01; 11/09--4.19 (Free PSA 24%), this after 45 days on cipro! DREs have always been normal.  
History of BPH/prostatitis. PCA-3 test: 75.9 (bad news, guaranteeing I have to do....): Biopsy on 11/30/09. Result of biopsy:

5 out of 12 cores positive. Gleason 4+3. More specifically: 2 cores were 3+3 (one 5% and the other 30%) on one side. On the other side:2 cores are 4+3 (5%)--1 core 3+4 (30%) no peri-neural invasion. prostate is 45 grams. Stage: T1C

REVISED BIOPSY REPORT: The previous was read by Umich. Slides were then sent to Dr. Menon at Ford Hospital. Here is their report (much better) -- changes in bold print below:

5 out of 12 cores positive. Gleason 3+4. More specifically: 2 cores were 3+3 (one 5% and the other 20%) on one side. On the other side, 3 cores were 3+4 (5%, 5%, 20%)

 Latest: Surgery with Dr. Menon at Ford Hospital, set for 1/25/10

 


Purgatory
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   Posted 1/27/2010 12:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Mel,

Glad to hear first hand from you. Sonny did an excellent job relaying your status to us. Pain is such a personal thing, you feel what you feel, just make sure you take what you need to deal with it, will make it easier for you. The walking is hard, but great for you, so important to make yourself with that type of operation. Sleep in a hopsital, lol, they bothered me constantly so sleep only came to me when they first pumped in strong pain meds, the rest of the time it was an endless line of people wanting to check this or that.

Shucks, you made me lose money on the fart question.

Hope you continue to do well. And yes, your pathology report will be the next major milestone to pass, and hopefully it will be all good.

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
Incontinence:  1 Month     ED:  Non issue at any point post surgery
Post Surgery  PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12
Latest: 7/9 met 2 rad. oncl, 7/9 cath #6 - blockage, 8/9 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 out 38 days, 9/9 - met 3rd rad. oncl., mapped  9/9, 10/1 - 3rd corr. surgery - SP cath/hard dialation, 10/5 - 11/27 IMRT SRT 39 sess/72 gys ,cath #8 33 days, Cath #9 35 days, 12/7 - Cath #10 43 days, 1/10 - Corrective Surgery #4, and Caths #11 and #12 in at the same time


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   Posted 1/27/2010 12:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Mel, Congrats on arriving! If you have pain and they offer meds, take them. No point in being "strong" right now - getting better is more important.

Post Edited (142) : 1/27/2010 12:32:44 PM (GMT-7)


60Michael
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   Posted 1/27/2010 12:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Mel it sounds like the surgery went well and I guess that hernia problem is something that occurs a lot. Glad you were able to post and hope you get home quickly and get some good rest. Please leave the gown at the hospital!
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
Starting IMRT on 1/18/10
Great family and friends
Michael


DJBearGuy
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   Posted 1/27/2010 1:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Mel,

Great to hear from you. Sorry you have so much pain, but don't be reluctant to ask for pain meds if you want it. And it sounds like you do.

DJ
Diagnosis at age 53. PSA 2007 about 2; PSA 2008 4.3
Biopsy September 2008: 6 of 12 cores positive; Gleason 4+3 = 7
CT and Bone scan negative
Da Vinci surgery at City of Hope December 8, 2008
Radical prostatectomy and lymph node dissection
Catheter out on 7th day, replaced on 8th day, out again 14th day following negative cystogram
Pathology: pT2c; lymph nodes negative; margins involved; 41 grams, 8% involved by tumor; same Gleason 4+3=7
PSA 1/22/08 non-detectable! 8-)
4/23/09, 07/30/09, Oct 2009 still undetectable!


Burlcodad
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   Posted 1/27/2010 1:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Mel
 
Wishing you a speedy recovery
 
Ray
diag 9/09
 
age at diag 54
 
PSA 6/09 1.3
 
stage 2b (biopsy done because of firmness felt on right side)
 
3 positive cores out of 12 (all less than 25%)
 
Gleason 6
 
Surgery  1/13/10 at UP- Penn Presby with Dr David Lee. Home 1/14/10 Nerves spared on both sides -Catheter removed 1/19/10  Path report scheduled for 2/11/10
 
 


Arnie
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   Posted 1/27/2010 1:42 PM (GMT -6)   
I bet the ranch on the fart question, Mel..........I'm now destitute. Sorry about the discomfort, but if it's the CO2 they blew you up with, the gas will pass! Glad you're through the surgery, and your verbal was a thumb's up!............slow & steady from here on out. Follow the advice of others before you...........I'm going to see about a loan so I can lay down a bet and recoup my money before you ask the next question.

Arnie in DE
Age 56 (biopsy & surgery)
PSA at Diagnosis-3.9
Biposy 8/19/08--4 of 12 cores positive; 5% involvement, Gleason 6 (3+3)
 
Surgery 1/26/09-DaVinci Robotic Prostatectomy at Presbyterian Medical Center/HUP-Phila, PA
Dr. David Lee
 
Pathology Report- Adenocarcinoma, no capsular involvement, seminal vesicles clear, lymph nodes clear, negative margins, Gleason 7 (3+4), Stage T2C, NO MX, Prostate 61.8 grams, gland involvement 2-10%
 
Catheter removed after 8 days, totally dry at 3 months. ED issues continue, Viagra (via ADC) nightly (100mgs), VED use in earnest at 6 months. "Ball Park Frank" plumping at this point......ED at 10 months continues to improve, albeit slowly. Continued daily use of 100mg Viagra (ADC). Discontinued pump use; manual stimulation to varying states of erections; achieved penetratable erection on a couple of occasions
3 month PSA--<0.1
6 month PSA--<0.1
10 month PSA--<0.1


goodlife
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   Posted 1/27/2010 2:02 PM (GMT -6)   

Mel.

Glad to hear it's done.  Welcome to the club.

Again, take the pain meds.  No shame. 

Be talking to you as the days progress.

Goodlife


Age 58, PSA 4.47 Biopsy - 2/12 cores , Gleason 4 + 5 = 9
Da Vinci, Cleveland Clinic  4/14/09   Nerves spared, but carved up a little.
0/23 lymph nodes involved  pT3a NO MX
Catheter and 2 stints in ureters for 2 weeks .
Neg Margins, bladder neck negative
Living the Good Life, cancer free  6 week PSA  <.03
3 month PSA <.01 (different lab)
5 month PSA <.03 (undetectable)
6 Month PSA <.01
1 pad a day, no progress on ED.  Trimix injection
No pads, 1/1/10


James C.
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   Posted 1/27/2010 2:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Mel, welcome to the other side. Glad you made it, the rest will slowly improve. As one who didn't have the textbook easy recovery, I understand what you are saying and how you are feling. Hopefully in a couple days, your whole outlook will change, as you get past the immediate surgery phase. Right now, the best advice still is water, rest, walk, water, rest, walk, etc. Water to flush out the toxins, walk to regain some strength and work to get the gases out of the system. In the meantime, just suffer through. smilewinkgrin devil
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


Steve n Dallas
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   Posted 1/27/2010 2:29 PM (GMT -6)   
PAIN is Good....It means you're aliveyeah
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.


Ed C. (Old67)
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   Posted 1/27/2010 2:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Mel,
I hope you are doing well and that he pain has eased. Getting that first fart is a great relief. Next comes the first bowl movement. Welcome to the other side.
Age: 67 at Dx on 12/30/08
PSA 9/05 1.15; 8/06 1.45; 12/07 2.41; 8/08 3.9; 11/08 3.5 free PSA 11%
2 cores out of 12 were positive Gleason (4+4) and (4+5)
Negative CT scan and bone scan done on 1/16
Robotic surgery performed 2/9/09 Dr Fagin, Austin TX
Pathology report:
Prostate weighed 57 grams size:5.2 x 5.0 x 4.9 cm
Posterior lateral lesions measuring 1.5 x 1.4 x 1.0 cm showing focal capsular penetration over a distance of 3mm in circumference.
Prostatic adenocarciroma accounts for approx. 10-20% of the hemisphere.
Gleason 4+4
both nerve bundles removed,
pT3a Nx Mx, Negative margins
seminal vesicles clean, lymph nodes: not dissected
continent after 4 months
8 weeks PSA test 4/7/09 result <0.1
5 months PSA test 7/9/09 result <0.1
8 months PSA test 10/9/09 result <0.1
11.5 months test 1/21/10 result 0.004


profman
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   Posted 1/27/2010 3:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mel - welcome to the other side, and hang in there (as if you have a choice), the pain will go away. At least you got to walk - I had some strange anatomy and lost a liter of blood with the daVinci - when I stood up to walk the first time I fainted, so they wouldn't let me try again that day. Wishing you the best, and thanks for posting.
Diagnosed 9/4/09
PSA 3.5, up from 1.8 year before
First biopsy showed 3/10 positive cores, Gleason 3+3, less than 10% involvement in all three cores, diagnosed as T2a
Doc and I decided on Active Surveillance, pending a confirmatory biopsy
Second biopsy showed 5/10 positive cores, Gleason 3+3, left side (4 postitive cores) had 40% involvement
RRP on 12/15/09
Home on 12/16/09
Failed cystogram on 12/23/09, catheter out on 12/29/09
Was called about Path report, all good news, Gleason 3+3, no margin involvement, everything clean other than core of prostate, tumor on both sides, but more prevalent on left side
Within two days down to one pad a day
ED present, although blood does flow after Viagra


keysailfisher
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   Posted 1/27/2010 4:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Good to here from you. Look forward to hearing how you are progressing.
 
Neal
age 45
psa 3.09
Biopsy results 12/9
Left side base 3+3=6 21% 2/2 cores positive
Left side mid  3+3=6 100% 2/2 cores positive
Left side apex 3+4=7 88% 2/2 cores positive
Right side - 0/6
CT & Bone scan negative
Davinci Feb. 5th 2010


Jerry1
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   Posted 1/27/2010 6:03 PM (GMT -6)   
 
Glad to hear the surgery is over and things look good.  Take the pain pills and relax you will be feeling better soon.
 
Jerry1
Age 70
DX 8/13/08 , PSA 4.0, Biopsy 14 samples 1 positive 12% of sample,
Gleason Score 4+4 =8  Bone scan and MRI negative
Da Vince surgery on Oct 17, 08 Florida Hospital Dr Vipul Patel
Post Gleason report  4+4 = 8 Lymph nodes on both sides negative
margins Negative  Stage II (pt2a) 
Cath out on October 29th left in longer due to small leak.
11/19/08 dry no more pads
12/2/08 first PSA <0.1
 3/6/09 6 Month PSA 0.0
6/3/09 9 month  PSA 0.1
7/14/09  PSA still 0.1
10/15/09 PSA 0.3
10/26/09 surgery to remove 3 clips in bladder neck  
11/16/09 PSA 0.3
12/14/09 PSA 0.4 
12/28/09 PSA 0.5
Start radiation treatments ib January 18th. 


Cajun Jeff
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   Posted 1/27/2010 6:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Mel:

Welcome back from "The Land Of OZ" What you think of Glinda.. Kind of hot don't you think.

Don;t be a tuff guy take the pain meds. At this time they are legal.

Glad to hear from you.

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)


Purgatory
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   Posted 1/27/2010 6:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Jeff, my cajun buddy, your post forgot to say "Go Saints!" at the end.
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
Incontinence:  1 Month     ED:  Non issue at any point post surgery
Post Surgery  PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12
Latest: 7/9 met 2 rad. oncl, 7/9 cath #6 - blockage, 8/9 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 out 38 days, 9/9 - met 3rd rad. oncl., mapped  9/9, 10/1 - 3rd corr. surgery - SP cath/hard dialation, 10/5 - 11/27 IMRT SRT 39 sess/72 gys ,cath #8 33 days, Cath #9 35 days, 12/7 - Cath #10 43 days, 1/10 - Corrective Surgery #4, and Caths #11 and #12 in at the same time


Zen9
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   Posted 1/27/2010 6:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I too was in a lot more pain than they told me to expect.  It will go away.
 
And you will feel better once you get out of the hospital, if only because you can finally get some sleep.
 
Zen9
No family history of PC.  PSA reading in 2000 was around 3.0 .  Annual PSA readings gradually rose; no one said anything to me until my PSA reached 4.0 in September 2007, at which point my internist advised me to see a urologist.   
Urologist advised a repeat PSA reading in six months = 4.0 .  Diagnosed May 2008 at age 56 as a result of 12 core biopsy.  Biopsy report by Bostwick Laboratories = Gleason 3 + 3. 
Interviewed two urologists - the one who did the biopsy and another - the latter had the biopsy slides re-examined = Gleason 3 + 3. 
Then went to M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston in July 2008 and met with a urologist and a radiologist.  Biopsy slides re-examined yet again, this time by MDA's internal pathology department = Gleason 3 + 4.   
Chose da Vinci surgery over proton beam therapy; surgery performed at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center on August 15, 2008.  Post-operative pathology report = four tumors, carcinoma contained in prostate, clean (negative) margins, lymph nodes clear, seminal vesicles clear.  Gleason = 4 + 3. 
Minor temporary incontinence; current extent of ED uncertain due to lack of sexual partner; refused treatments for ED as being pointless under the circumstances. 
PSA readings: 
November 2008 = <0.1 ["undetectable"]
June 2009 = <0.1   
December 2009 = <0.1
 


CPA
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   Posted 1/27/2010 7:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Greetings, Mel.  Welcome to the other side - now the healing begins.  Take the pain meds and walk as instructed.  Look forward to hearing you are out of the hospital in a day or so!  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


mikey1955
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   Posted 1/27/2010 7:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mel,

Farts early on after surgery are a very good sign. Means the walking and other movement is getting the bowels working again...an important achievement at this time. Keep walking, keep farting and get stool softeners. The farts are telling you something...you'll be glad you had the softeners...

All the best,

Mike
-Nov/Dec 07, March 08 and Dec 08: Severe perineum pain . Septra/Bactrim for 8 months for diagnosed prostatitis.
-PSA start of 2008: 5.3..... PSA June of 2008: 7.3
-14 DRE all benign or nothing felt
-TRUS Biopsy Nov 08: 5 of 8 cores positive GS 3+3 or 6. 30-65%. Perineural invasion.
-General Health: pretty good, 5' 10", 180 lbs, slim.
-Open RP surgery: May 09 both nerve bundles spared. Bilateral lymph node dissection performed. Discharged 48 hours after surgery.
-Post Surgery Pathology: pT3a N0 MX, extraprostatic extension (EPE), stage III prostate cancer, lymph nodes clear, seminal vesicles clear, Gleason upraded to 3+4 GS 7. EPE within surgical margins. Other than prostate and EPE, all tissue removed negative for cancer involvement.
-Bladder control within 48 hours of catheter removal
-ED ongoing but improving significantly with Trimix at 7 months post-op. Oral ED meds didn't do much.


tatt2man
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   Posted 1/27/2010 8:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Mel - wishing you a good steady recovery - glad about the farts - sorry about all the pain - go for the pain medication - as the nurses said to me - "don't be brave - be comfortable "and the meds can help speed your recovery -
- gentle hugs
BRONSON
.................
Age: 54 - gay - with spouse, Steve - 59
PSA: 04/2007- 1.68 - 08/2009 - 3.46 - 10/2009 - 3.86
Confirmation of Prostate Cancer: October 16, 2009 - 6 of 12 cancerous samples , Gleason 7 (4+3)
Doctor: Dr. Mohamed Elharram -Urologist / Surgeon - Peterborough Regional Health Centre
Radical Prostatectomy Operation: November 18, 2009 , home - November 21, 2009
Post Surgery Biopsy: pT3a- gleason 7 - extraprostatic extension - perineural invasion - prostate weight - 34.1gm -
ED Prescription: Jan 8/2010 - started daily 5mg cialis
location: Peteborough, Ontario, Canada
............


rob2
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   Posted 1/27/2010 9:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Congrats for being on the other side. You are an over achiever. It took me 2 days to fart and I couldn't eat solid foods until I passed gas.... It took about 4 or 5 days to go to the bathroom. I sat on the toilet so long my feet fell asleep. Get well. One thing I remember the doctor telling me is that I had major surgery so don't get impatient.
 
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
20 month  PSA <.04 (low as the machine will go)
continent at 10 weeks (no pads!)
ED is still an issue but getting better


spottydog10
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   Posted 1/27/2010 9:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations mel,
Suck up those pain meds,
Cheers
Mike

Age 51
PSA 5.5  june 09
biopsy july 09 gleason 3+3 = 6   5% and 50% in 2 of 12 cores
robotic prostatectomy nov 7 prostate weight 45gm
path report due 8 jan 10
post op psa 22/12/09, 0.04
no incontinence after 7 days
total ed

 


pa69
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   Posted 1/27/2010 10:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the other side, Mel. I was a little paranoid when it came time to relieve myself. I took the stool softeners and ate prunes which made it much easier.

Hope your pain subsides soon,
Bob
Age 70, First ever PSA 7.8 taken June 2008, Biopsy July 2008, 10 of 12 cores positive, Gleason 3+3=6
da Vinci surgery December 10, 2008, catheter removed December 29 2008
St. Lukes Hospital, Bethlehem, Pa.
Dr. Frank Tamarkin
Prostate weight 73.0 grams, Gleason 3+3=6, stage pT3a
Tumor locations: right anterior apex, right posterior apex to mid
left anterior mid to base, left posterior apex to mid
extensive perineural invasion in right anterior apex, right and left posterior apex to mid
seminal vesicles negative
Four PSA tests undetectable, latest Oct 30


compiler
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   Posted 1/27/2010 11:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for all the nice responses. I am not a brave tough guy.  I only gut itout because I have a history of some horrible constipation problems when taking the drugs.
 
Iam taking the stool  softeners.
 
Oh, I am not at the apartment. We get the pathology report Tuesday.
 
Dr. Menon indicated there was a slight complication: scar tissue from an umbilical hernia (at birth). That turned a 3-hour surgery into a 4.5-hour one. But he said the delay did not impact anything. ONCE they got thru the scar tissue things went normally.
 
He did not find any problems. He THINKS it is organ-confined. He spared the nerves.
 
Mel
63 years old
PSA-- 3/08--2.90;  8/09--4.01; 11/09--4.19 (Free PSA 24%), this after 45 days on cipro! DREs have always been normal.  
History of BPH/prostatitis. PCA-3 test: 75.9 (bad news, guaranteeing I have to do....): Biopsy on 11/30/09. Result of biopsy:

5 out of 12 cores positive. Gleason 4+3. More specifically: 2 cores were 3+3 (one 5% and the other 30%) on one side. On the other side:2 cores are 4+3 (5%)--1 core 3+4 (30%) no peri-neural invasion. prostate is 45 grams. Stage: T1C

REVISED BIOPSY REPORT: The previous was read by Umich. Slides were then sent to Dr. Menon at Ford Hospital. Here is their report (much better) -- changes in bold print below:

5 out of 12 cores positive. Gleason 3+4. More specifically: 2 cores were 3+3 (one 5% and the other 20%) on one side. On the other side, 3 cores were 3+4 (5%, 5%, 20%)

 Latest: Surgery with Dr. Menon at Ford Hospital, set for 1/25/10

 


Sleepless09
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   Posted 1/28/2010 9:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mel, good to hear you got rid of that nasty walnut and are on the mend. Walk, drink, take your pain meds. Then walk, drink and take the pain meds. Dr. Menon and his team have done a major assault to your body and it's not going to be happy with you for a few days. Make it happy. Walk, drink, take the pain meds.

I know you're a bashful kind of guy, but do keep in touch!

And, welcome to the other side.

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
From "knock out" to wake up in recovery less than two hours.  Actual surgery 70 minutes
Flew home to Winnipeg on July 3 after 5 nights in Ramada Inn  ---  perfect recovery spot!
Catheter out July 9
Final pathology is 3 + 4 Gleason 7, clear margins, clear nodes, T2C, sugeron says report is "excellent"
First post op PSA Sept 09  less than 0.02
PSA on Oct 23 test again less than 0.02
PSA on Jan 8 less than 0.02  
Oct 1st 09 -- dry at night, during day some stress issues.
Oct 31st padless 24/7 
Feel free to email me at:  sheldonprostate@yahoo.com    

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