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   Posted 2/9/2010 6:03 PM (GMT -6)   
at the tip of the penis were catherter enters, not all the time just certian ways i move. Probally just irritated but pretty annoying, you guys know what gives the best relief? Or is it an infection.  Thanks


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

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   Posted 2/9/2010 6:16 PM (GMT -6)   

You want to apply an antibiotic ointment (Bacitracin worked good for me) at the tip of your penis as often as you want.

Age - 54
Diagnosed - 09/2009
Gleason - 3+3
PSA - 6.7
4 out of 12 cores positive on the left side
MRI shows none on the left side and "cancerous" issues on the right side
RRP on 02/03 with Dr. Lee in Philly
One night stay, nerves bundles are preserved on both sides. Catherer removal on 02/09, pathology report on 04/04

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   Posted 2/9/2010 6:21 PM (GMT -6)   
neal. neosporin worked good for me for the whole week. tim
Dx at 50 in 12/09 Merry Christmas its cancer....
3 of 12 positive, right side only, psa at dx 2.6 free%14
gleason 3+3=6
routine physical, no symptoms
Da Vinci scheduled Feb. 2k10

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   Posted 2/9/2010 6:29 PM (GMT -6)   
The hospital gave me a lidocaine gel to use as needed when I was discharged, and it was needed.
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
Path report was all good news, Gleason 3+3, no margin involvement, no perineural involvement, everything clean other than core of prostate, tumor on both sides, but more prevalent on left side, 5% involvement, 42 gram organ
Within two days down to one pad a day, now continent except if I sleep more than four hours
Back to work 1/4/10
First PSA 1/28/10 - nondetectable, next scheduled June 2, 2010
ED present, although blood does flow after Viagra. Will try pump in a week

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   Posted 2/9/2010 6:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks guys i tried neosporin helped some. I think i'm just more annoyed with it.
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

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   Posted 2/9/2010 6:46 PM (GMT -6)   
One source of irritation is the urine that leaks around the catheter - especially for those (like me) who had constant bladder spasms. It dries on the tube and leaves solid waste crystals. These then act like sandpaper. The "work-around" is to keep the tube washed off - CLEAN. Wash it well when you shower, and wipe it down at any and every opportunity. Wet wipes work.

Post Edited (142) : 2/9/2010 4:52:16 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 2/9/2010 7:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Neal,

I found out early on the importance of keeping the tube near the entry point clean. Especially after a bowel movement, there is sometimes a bit of blood that comes out. If not watched carefully, this dries and as another post indicated becomes like sandpaper. I do alcohol wipes & the Neosporin with a Q-tip & of course stool softeners to lessen the possibility of the blood during bowel movements.

Each day we get up, we're that much closer to getting this darn thing out!

Best wishes,

Norm C.
age 53
psa 4.15
TRUS w/needle biopsy 11/30/09.
2 of 12 core sites positive.
Highest Gleason score noted in one of the cores was 8.
Abdominal & Pelvic CT & Bone scan negative.
Davinci on Feb. 5th 2010.

James C.
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   Posted 2/9/2010 7:33 PM (GMT -6)   
A trick I haven't seen mentioned here in months, and that I was taught, was to pull the penis back up the tube, then smear the neosporin or other antibiotic onitment on the tube, the slide the penis back down (it really will slide like that), which cleans the urine off and lubes the inside more than just smearing.
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

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   Posted 2/9/2010 7:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Yup, use the antibiotic ointment. Also, I learned quickly to save my pain pills, too late though. I didn have enough left for the last couple of days out of the 14 my catheter was in. Man was that aggravating!

Opa N
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   Posted 2/10/2010 9:35 AM (GMT -6)   
I did the same thing as James C, but used KY jelly instead. It's the lubrication that matters, allowing your unit to slide on the catheder.

 Age 67 at diagnosis. Treated for coronary artery disease (CAD) since 1998, and under control with medications.

2/6/09              Routine physical, with DRE and PSA Test. PSA 4.02. Referred to Uro

4/20/09            TRUS  w/needle biopsy

4/23/09            Diagnosis PCa with Gleason 4+3 in 2/2 cores, Gleason 3+3 in 5/10 cores.

                        CT scan and Bone Scan both negative. Stage T2C.

8/27/09            DaVinci RP at WakeMed Cary NC with Dr. Tortora. Discharged 8/28.

9/8/09              Catheder removed. Path post-surgery confirms PCa, with Gleason 3+3 with scattering of 4. Positive margins in L & R posterior, R and L seminal vesicles, with perineural invasion.  Stage pT3b.

9/30/09            PSA Post-Op <0.01. Met w/Uro/Surgeon to review surgery and path report. Referred to Prostate Oncologist and Radiation Oncologist. Appointments set for 10/8.

10/8/09            Met w/ both oncologists. Adjuvant Combination Therapy to begin ASAP.

10/21/09          First Lupron injection. 30 mg dose (4 month)

11/2/09            PSA 2-month <0.01. Cystoscope w/calibration and dilation to remove scar tissue from urethra. Big relief.

12/18/09          psa 4-Month <0.01 undetectable. MRI/CT scan set for 1/5/10 for IMRT planning. RT to begin week of 1/11/09. Anticipate 64-66 grays over 32-33 treatments.

1/14/10            Start RT with 32 treatments # 2 gys per.


Initial incontinence pretty bad, starting w/6 Depends pants/day. Gradually getting better, with dramatic reduction in leakage around 9/20. Currently on 1 pad during the day and one at night (for security). Actually totally dry at night. After 1/16/10 down to a female regular pad. Barely felt.




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