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engineer55
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   Posted 2/17/2010 7:51 PM (GMT -6)   
little off topic, but I have to say this PC has been very profitable for me.  I met with my surgeon about a year ago and he gave me the dog and pony, very good timing.  OK back to solving the sexual function problems.
Dx'ed 5/08 one core 2%  out of 12  3+3 gleason
DREs all negative
PSA was in the 3-4 range then jumped to 7
I have the enlarged prostate, on the order of 100cc.  After taking Avodart for 3 months  my
PSA was cut in half.
I did Active S for a year but concluded that I didn't want a life
of biopsies and Uro meetings.
DaVinci on 6/24/09  UCI Med Center  Dr Ahlering, long surgery based on size and location
Final was 5% one side all clear, but had a huge 90 grm prostate
Now we work on pee control, ok at night but sitting is a big problem.


Radical
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   Posted 2/18/2010 12:41 AM (GMT -6)   
 ughh !
Age 51yrs
6 out of 8 cores positive 3 X 60% / 3 X 10%
PSA 4 Gleason Score 3+4=7 Stage T1c
Robotic Surgery 24/12/08
Upgrade Gleason Score 4+3=7 Gleason Differential 60%/40%
Stage T2c Three small foci total volume <10%
Neg Margins and Nodes
Nil - Extraprostatic Extentions
Dry less than 1 week. ED- okay with Meds.
PSA at 12mths no change remains 0.03
"Everyday in Everyway I get better"


Steve n Dallas
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   Posted 2/18/2010 7:50 AM (GMT -6)   
So your surgeon is also a veterinarian? I would have a tough time dealing with that....The thought of being handed a chewy bone after a DRE doesn’t “sit”  pardon the pun well for me.

Cajun Jeff
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   Posted 2/18/2010 11:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Im lost on this one?????????
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)


Herophilus
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   Posted 2/18/2010 11:06 AM (GMT -6)   
I look at the numbers.  Wow would have been great last july to jump in...Hero

Purgatory
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   Posted 2/18/2010 2:00 PM (GMT -6)   
i dont get this thread at all, but be a private one
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, 1/19 - Corr Surgery #4,  Caths #11 and #12 in at the same time, 2/8-Cath #11 out - 21 days


Cajun Jeff
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   Posted 2/18/2010 2:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree David.
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)


BillyMac
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   Posted 2/18/2010 2:51 PM (GMT -6)   
David,
Intuitive Surgical Inc, is the owner and manufacturer of the Da Vinci robotic system. I would reckon that Engineer has the stock as part of his portfolio.
Bill

Purgatory
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   Posted 2/18/2010 3:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Billy,

Jeff and I weren't clever enough to make that connection, thought the message was in unknown toungues. You win the clever award for the day.
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, 1/19 - Corr Surgery #4,  Caths #11 and #12 in at the same time, 2/8-Cath #11 out - 21 days


engineer55
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   Posted 2/18/2010 7:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry they  make the robots, interesting to note they make about $1500 for each surgery for parts and maintenance.  PC is their biggest user, another tid bit is they have done heart valves without breaking the breast bones, which allows the patient to go home in 2 days pain free  with no 6 month recovery, but the heart surgeons will not touch the davinci.  They like to to it old school, some say it takes too long, some say the inflation  will collapse they lungs but it has been done 
 
Its a fairly interesting story, a lot of the development was by NASA and Defense, but they scrapped it and some clever silicon valley guys hired all the original scientists to finally put the thing together.
Dx'ed 5/08 one core 2%  out of 12  3+3 gleason
DREs all negative
PSA was in the 3-4 range then jumped to 7
I have the enlarged prostate, on the order of 100cc.  After taking Avodart for 3 months  my
PSA was cut in half.
I did Active S for a year but concluded that I didn't want a life
of biopsies and Uro meetings.
DaVinci on 6/24/09  UCI Med Center  Dr Ahlering, long surgery based on size and location
Final was 5% one side all clear, but had a huge 90 grm prostate
Now we work on pee control, ok at night but sitting is a big problem.


Cajun Jeff
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   Posted 2/18/2010 10:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Billy and Engineer55, Thanks for filling us in. I was lost on this one. You know David and I both did not have a date with the borot. We are old school. :)

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)


Casey59
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   Posted 2/19/2010 6:28 AM (GMT -6)   
I have a friend from work who is scheduled for DaVinci heart surgery in 9 days.  Huge difference in recovery and complications vs. having chest cracked open.
 
...and no surprise, the experience of the surgeon with the robot is of paramount importance.

Post Edited (Casey59) : 2/19/2010 7:29:24 AM (GMT-7)


marang keru
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Total Posts : 21
   Posted 2/19/2010 6:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Yep, I bought 10 shares at $138/sh last April, its now trading at $346/sh.  Previously, in 2008, I purchased 10 shares at $285 in April 2008 (just after my surgery) and sold them, at a loss in October as the market tumbled, at $215 .
 
I once heard the investment advice to invest in those companies that your are a cutomer of and reallybelieve in.  Well, I put my life in the hands of this robotic company!
Age - 57
PSA - July 7, 2007 - 4.87
Confirming biopsy - August 30, 2007
Gleason scores of 6 (3+3) and 7 (3+4)
DaVinci surgery December 3, 2007 - Robert Wood Johnston Hospital, New Jersey
 
Cathether removed December 10, 2007
No incontinence after Day 2, December 12, 2007
Fully functioning sexual activity Day 2 after cath removal, December 12, 2007
 
Post-op pathology report confirmed Gleason of 7 (3+4), 30% involved by tumor, no positive margins.
 
afer 18 mos, continue to have no side effects (ED or incontinence)
 
Follow-up PSA blood work March, June and Sept, Dec 2008, Mar 2009 all "undetectable thus far!
 
Age now- 58
 
 


pasayten
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Total Posts : 437
   Posted 2/20/2010 12:09 AM (GMT -6)   
FYI,
 
Stock symbol for Intuitive Sirgicle is ISRG
 
Stock symbol for Provenge manufacturer ( prostate cancer vaccine waiting for FDA approval) is DNDN
 
As always with stocks...  Use your own due diligence and care!  
 
pasayten
After 3-4 years of annual PSA 4-6, biopsy recommended
3/13/2007 - 12 point biopsy - Left 0/6  Right 1/6 Gleason 3+3 T1c
4/24/2007 - DaVinci performed at Virginia Mason hospital in Seattle
5/2/2007 - Catheter Out! Final pathology of Gleason 6  T2c Nx Mx, approx 20% of prostate involved, positive margin, but only at 2 focal points.  
6/28/2007 9 weeks incontinance... Overnite, went from 4-6 soaked pads a day from prev 8 weeks to 2 barely wet pads a day.
7/12/2007 11 weeks post-op  Minimal leakage...  one small pad a day
7/18/2007 First Post-Op PSA...  0.01 !!! 
9/10/2007 Pad free and ED at 75% with 100mg Viagra generic
6/26/2008 2nd Post-OP PSA at 14 months...  0.02 
12/2/2008 3rd Post-OP PSA at 20 months...   0.03
10/30/2009 4th Post-OP PSA at 31 months...   0.13 (moved and diff lab)
11/3/2009 Retest at my original lab...  0.11  (followup with Doc sched 11/10)
11/10/2009 Discussion indicated biochemical reccurrence and need for salvage radiation treatment. 
1/21/2010 Another PSA test at 34 months...  0.14
1/26/2010 IMRT Salvage Radiation Treatment started
                  32 sessions for 64 gys total.
2/12/2010 13 down and 19 to go...  No side effects to date except a little
                  tiredness.
 

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