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defender3
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Date Joined Nov 2009
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   Posted 2/5/2010 3:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks to all for the kind words before I went into surgery Wednesday. According to the Doctor is was a pretty uneventful and smooth procedure (I opted for the open). I was out after two hours and only lost 450ml of blood. Recovery was a bit dicey as they didn't have a bed for me so I spent 6 hours on my back - but morphine does wonders! I passed gas, or so I thought, on Thursday morning, but it was just a feint, the real passing came Friday morning. By then I was being processed for discharge, and not a moment to soon since I was in Richmond and needed to get to Stafford (90 minutes away) before our 20" of snow really hit! Anyways, I just wanted to let you know I'm doing well and I appreciate all the kind thoughts, words and advice. I'll have my catheter out on the 12th and believe my first post op PSA is 6-8 weeks later.


Cheers.



John

Purgatory
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   Posted 2/5/2010 3:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Good report, John. So glad you are safely on the recovery side. Please keep us posted as you feel more and more better each day.

Get some rest, take your stool softeners, take your meds if needed, no tough guy act, and walk when able.

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


tatt2man
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Total Posts : 2842
   Posted 2/5/2010 3:52 PM (GMT -6)   
welcome to , as they put it here, the "opther side" - I expect to hear Twilight Zone music or Rod Serling in the background disguised as Purgatory.
:)
wishing you an uneventful steady recovery.
all the best.
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
............


Cajun Jeff
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Date Joined Mar 2009
Total Posts : 4106
   Posted 2/5/2010 4:52 PM (GMT -6)   
John: thanks for the news. Now get on to healing. Hope the rest is as non-eventful!

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)


Jakester
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Date Joined Aug 2009
Total Posts : 285
   Posted 2/5/2010 5:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Glad it went well! I don't think I passed gas prior to leaving... just said I did so I could get the "toot" outta there.

Take it easy,
Jake
Diagnosed 8/2008 Pre-op psa 4.2, Age 60 at dx
7 of 12 biopsies positive 3+3
DaVinci LRP 11/08
Post Op pathology clear margins, confined to prostate, absent extraprostatic extension, vascular or perineural. Gleason 3+4=7, 5-10% of 4 and location in right mid-gland.
3 month psa .1 2/09, 6 month .1 5/09, 9 month .2 8/09
broke ankle bones 6/09
9/21/09 Bone scan clear, psa still .2
11/12/09 chest xray was clear, psa however up to .3,
01/05/10 psa still .3, radiation setup done with tats, 01/19/10 started 39 sessions 70.2gy


Burlcodad
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Date Joined Nov 2009
Total Posts : 254
   Posted 2/5/2010 6:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Good news - hope your recovery goes well
 
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
 
 


mvesr
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Total Posts : 823
   Posted 2/5/2010 6:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi  Sounds like surgery went well.  Good luck on your recovery and don't shovel any snow for a while
 
 
Mika
age at dx 54 now 57
psa at dx 4.3
got the bad news 1/29/07
open surgery Duke Medical Center 5-29-07
never more than 2 pads
ED is getting better
the shots work great, still can't give them to myself
two years of zero's


Ed C. (Old67)
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Total Posts : 2458
   Posted 2/5/2010 6:57 PM (GMT -6)   
John,
I'm glad you are home before the big snow storm. You can rest without worrying about missing anything going on outside. 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


Magaboo
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Date Joined Oct 2006
Total Posts : 1210
   Posted 2/5/2010 8:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi John,
 
Welcome to the other side. I'm glad to read that you're doing well and that you made it home before you got snowed in. It's a little tough to push a car in your condition tongue . Now just take it easy for a few week, but do try and walk as much as feels comfortable.
Wishing you a quick and complete recovery.
 
Magaboo

Born Sept 1936
PSA 7.9
-ve DRE
Gleason's Score 3+4=7, 2 of 8 positive
Open RP 28 Nov 06 (nerve sparing), Post op staging T3a
Gleasons still 3+4=7
Seminal vesicles and lymph nodes clear
Catheter out 15 Dec 06, Dry since 11 Feb 07
All PSA tests in 2007 (4) <.04
PSA tests in 2008: Mar.=.04; Jun.=.05; Sept.=.08; 3 days before Rad Start=0.1
Salvage RT completed (33 sessions - 66 Grays) on the 19th Dec., 08.
PSA in Jan., 09=0.05; July 09=<0.04; JAN 10=<0.04


60Michael
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Date Joined Jan 2009
Total Posts : 2222
   Posted 2/5/2010 8:04 PM (GMT -6)   
John,
Good to hear it went so well and that you beat the snow home. Good weather to have to rest and recuperate, turn the heat up or the fireplace on and enjoy.
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


Steve n Dallas
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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 4829
   Posted 2/6/2010 7:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the other side. Glad you made it here OK.
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.


keysailfisher
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Date Joined Dec 2009
Total Posts : 346
   Posted 2/7/2010 9:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Glad to her you are doing good. How much snow? My family is near Dulles airport and got 32". Good to be on the other side ain't it.
 
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


MaxBuck
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Date Joined Jan 2010
Total Posts : 75
   Posted 2/7/2010 9:56 AM (GMT -6)   
A little more than 2 months post-op and I had the opportunity to shovel after 13" of snow here in central Ohio.

Kind of wish my surgery had been last week, instead. tongue

Seriously, it was good to be able to do the work after a long time of recovery being limited with respect to hard work. And it was hard work.
Dx at age 56: Oct 09; PSA 5.8, followed up by 9.9 two weeks later (reproducibility of test - ?)
Biopsy ind cancer in 8/12 cores: Gleason 8 (4+4)
open radical retropubic prostatectomy Dec 4 09
Post-op pathology: 56 g weight, cancer in 21%, Gleason 7 (4+3, tert 5); margins clear, no lymph node involvement (0/9), perineural invasion present, T2c N0Mx (but showed clear from distant metastasis in pre-op bone scan and CT scan)
Continence data: essentially no incontinence 9 weeks post-op
ED pretty complete: some erection possible but current non-functional


James C.
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 4462
   Posted 2/7/2010 2:01 PM (GMT -6)   
welcome home and to the other side. Glad to hear you are having a so-far 'normal' recovery
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
32 mts: PSA's: .04 each test since surgery, ED Continues-Bimix .3ml PRN or Trimix .15ml PRN


MaxBuck
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Date Joined Jan 2010
Total Posts : 75
   Posted 2/7/2010 2:31 PM (GMT -6)   
By the way, defender, glad to hear you're doing pretty well. ("Pretty well" is about all we hope for around this town, PCatown, unfortunately.)
Dx at age 56: Oct 09; PSA 5.8, followed up by 9.9 two weeks later (reproducibility of test - ?)
Biopsy ind cancer in 8/12 cores: Gleason 8 (4+4)
open radical retropubic prostatectomy Dec 4 09
Post-op pathology: 56 g weight, cancer in 21%, Gleason 7 (4+3, tert 5); margins clear, no lymph node involvement (0/9), perineural invasion present, T2c N0Mx (but showed clear from distant metastasis in pre-op bone scan and CT scan)
Continence data: essentially no incontinence 9 weeks post-op
ED pretty complete: some erection possible but current non-functional


defender3
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Date Joined Nov 2009
Total Posts : 98
   Posted 2/7/2010 3:49 PM (GMT -6)   
"Pretty Well" is certainly subjective to the moment! I'm doing fine though and am just happy to be recovering. The small issues, gas and no bowl movement, will pass in time. I do wich the Doc had sent home some stool softner though since we can't get out of the house with the snow. Walking and apple sauce, walking and apple sauce.......
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