An Overwhelming Sense of Calm

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defender3
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Date Joined Nov 2009
Total Posts : 98
   Posted 1/30/2010 6:35 PM (GMT -6)   
My wife and I settled on a surgeon earlier in the month and I'm scheduled for my open procedure on Feb 3rd. Dr. Morgan (Richmond, VA)was recommended by another member (CPA) so we included him in our interviews while we made our decision. He really made the wife and I comfortable when we spoke with him through his concern and demeanor. He came from his office to meet us in the waiting room, took us for coffee and then took his time as he discussed my condition while walking us through all the available options. He answered my two pages of questions with patience and it was clear his sole goal was my successful surgery and recovery. Dr. Morgan has performed over 1,000 open procedures with great success, which was another comforting factor. It seems a strange way to say it, but it feels like he fits me like a glove. My wife and I are satisfied with our choice and I'm looking forward to the next chapter so I can move on!


I certainly would not have been able to learn what I did or make my choices without this forum and its fine members. Cheers Mates and I'll see you all on the other side!

Purgatory
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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25380
   Posted 1/30/2010 6:41 PM (GMT -6)   
defender,

sounds like you have made a good choice with a good surgeon. yes, often there is that sense of calm once you make it through the sea of learning and knowledge along the way to decide upon your primary treatment choice. I was an open surgery guy, there are others of us here if you have any specific questions, then please ask away.

good luck ahead, and I look forward to seeing you on the other side.

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


goodlife
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   Posted 1/30/2010 8:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Defender,

I know exactly what you mean. When we found our surgeon, I knew before we left his office, and I had that peace that I have never lost, and I have never looked back.

And you must keep your decision in that same way. You will hear on this forum from tose who have taken different paths based on their inner peace. Don't ever say, I wonder if I should have done this or that.

Good luck on your journey.

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


Cajun Jeff
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Date Joined Mar 2009
Total Posts : 4106
   Posted 1/30/2010 10:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Defender,

I just like you went into surgery with great peace. Had no fear going into surgery. I was rolled into the surgery room without any sedation wide awake and moved myself onto the surgery table. Even made a comment about something being comfortable.

Best of luck. Do keep us posted.

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 1/31/2010 9:37 AM (GMT -6)   
I know what you feel, it's a comfort to settle on something and to feel that your choice fits so well. Se ya on the other side of a hopefully normal and uneventful procedure.
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


keysailfisher
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Date Joined Dec 2009
Total Posts : 346
   Posted 1/31/2010 11:56 AM (GMT -6)   
It's nice to have some kind of relief when dealing with PCa. I also had relief when talking to my surgeon and decided my treatment. Pray that all goes well on the 3rd. Mine is going to be on the 5th. Let us know how things are going.
 
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


Ed C. (Old67)
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Date Joined Jan 2009
Total Posts : 2458
   Posted 1/31/2010 12:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Defender,
Making that decision and feeling comfortable with it is so important. It takes away the fear of what is about to happen. Hopefully with his experience you will have a great outcome. Good luck
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


skeener
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Date Joined Dec 2009
Total Posts : 214
   Posted 1/31/2010 12:25 PM (GMT -6)   

Good luck with the surgery.  So glad that you have peace of mind with your surgeon.  That is so so important!!

Skeener


Age:  63 
Biopsy: May 09 showed 2 of 12 cores positive for prostate cancer -- 1 at 5% and 1 at 25%.  Cancer indicated as non aggressive.  Gleason Score: 3+3.
RRP on Oct 23/09 in London, Ontario.  Excellent surgeon. 
7 Weeks Post Op -  The fears I had about bad things about the operation and recovery did not materialise except of course ED!!.  Otherwise, everything went very smoothly.  Incontinence not a problem.  Wear a pad when out just in case. Pain was never a problem.
Pathology:  Unremarkable 
First followup PSA and Visit: Feb 07/10.      


Worried Guy
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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 3732
   Posted 1/31/2010 3:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Defender,
The decisions are made, the plans completed, the prep and logistics are under control. But don't relax just yet. You have to empty that little guy first. Then you can relax and be at peace with your course of action.
Good luck. Here's to a successful mission.
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, 20%-70%, 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 1/22/10 Trimix unsuccessful.
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, 1/14 6 months - 0.05.

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