I sure hate to be a member of this group, but I've learned valuable information from reading posts these past few months. Mayo Doc wouldn't do Robotic Surgery on me due to prior colon cancer resection, so "open" surgery was performed Feb. 8th. I was released after a two night stay. Mayo Hospital, Jacksonville, FL has all private rooms. Love that!! Have bundle of plastic gauze below my scrotum causing pain. My night nurse didn't know what it was. It's a bolster device connected to the anastomois to keep tension off the connection and will be removed Monday. Catheter will be removed at 14 days out. Taking about 1 percocet per day. Passed some blood past the catheter with bowel movements, but read here it's common. Glad I've been reading these postings. I have plenty of Depends, male guards, etc. on hand. Will be happy to be free of this catheter. Oh, if anybody says, you can't beat stage IV colon cancer, don't believe them. After my lung recurrence in 2000, CEAs are running below 2 ng/ml. and I was doing fine until this prostate issue. Only problem is, I now have to worry about PSA numbers rather than CEA numbers. Thanks for your informative prostate cancer posts! I've learned a lot!...............Sunbird RICK
1996, Age 48, Stage III Colon Ca, Colon Resection followed by 18 chemo treatments.
2000, Colon Ca Metastasis to upper left lung lobe. Lung lobe surgically removed. 24 chemo treatments scheduled. Took 1, declined the rest.
9/08 PSA is 2.8, 12/08 PSA is 4.56?? Chalk it up to prostatitis due to urinary retention after Nissen Fundo Surgery. VA docs prescribe 30 days of Septra. Prostate feels normal. PSA hovers around 4.1. VA docs want prostate biopsy but can't seem to get me into the schedule. Continue through Spring and Fall of 2009 thinking I have prostatitis. Bacteria cultures are always neg. PSA drops to 3.1 10/09.
12/09 Prostate Biopsy performed Mayo Clinic, JAX.
3 of 10 cores positive, 5%, 25%, & 35%, 3 + 3= Gleason Six with perineural invasion.
Mayo Doc wants CT Scan due to prior Colon Ca. Findings: "The seminal vesicles are irregular & there is nodularity in the periprostatic fat such that local extension cannot be excluded. Shotty lymph nodes in both groin measuring 2.3 cm."
Mayo Doc wants Endo-rectal MRI (OUCH!) Findings: Mild central zone BPH, no discrete focus of carcinoma is identified, no evidience of invasion into the periprostatic fat or seminal vesicles. Normal size iliac chain lymph nodes.
2/08/10 Open RP surgery @ MAYO with Dr. Todd Igel. Findings: Gleason Six upgraded to Seven. 3 + 4, Stage pT2c, Bilateral w/perineural invasion, No pos lymph nodes, margins uninvolved, no extraprostatic extension, no seminal vesicle extension, 39 grams, blood loss 1200 ml (didn't want a transfusion & didn't get one) nerve bundles spared bilaterally. current age-61