City of Hope surgery in a couple of weeks

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craig10
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   Posted 3/5/2010 7:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Had a great meeting with the surgeon-- he has done 2500 da vinci's-- great result stats--- I am looking forward to getting thru this phase! I'll keep you guys posted--surgery in a couple of weeks-- thanks for the support---Craig
age 55, married, kids and grandkids
2008 psa 4.7
2010 psa 5.5
biopsy 2-10 -- 3 of 12 samples positive ca 60% 25% and 20%
perineural invasion not seen
location rt apex
3+4=7
waiting for second opinion--
negative prostascint/mri fusion for ca in body scan, pelvic scan, and neg scan in pelvic lymphs or vas def's bi-lat
meeting next week with surgeon at City of Hope...


Cajun Jeff
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   Posted 3/5/2010 7:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Good luck. Do keep us posted.

Cajun Jeff
AGE:58, 57dx. PSA 5.4
Biopsy: 9/08 Gleason 3+4=7
open RP: 10?08 Nerve sparing. Path Report : GS 3+3=6 Stg pt2c margins clear
Cath for 10 day. Dry day after removal of Cath
PSA @ 3 months <0.1
6 months <0.1
9 months <0.1
12 months <0.1
16 months <0.1

ED Started VED at 3 months, pills followed VCL none did much, tried MUSE at 9 months (YUCK) Hated it. 15 months out injections Caveject (succecc)


skeener
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Date Joined Dec 2009
Total Posts : 214
   Posted 3/5/2010 10:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Hope all goes well.  Do keep us posted.
 
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 11/10 - 0.0.
 
Next PSA May
Next doctor's visit in 6 months      


Tony Crispino
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   Posted 3/5/2010 11:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Marc Kawachi or Tim Wilson?

Both are fantastic. As I told you before, Wilson did mine over three years ago. He did a great job.

Tony
Prostate Cancer Forum Co-Moderator


In This Together Wife
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   Posted 3/6/2010 7:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Please do keep us posted. Sounds like you have confidence in your plan and your surgeon. Believing the best for you.
CareBear
(Bear's stats) Age 49
 8-4-09    Family Practioner for back pain  PSA 4.9
8-20-09  Consult with urologist                PSA 4.89
9-2-09    Biopsy          3 cores positive 7% 3+3 (6) gleason
11-13-09 DaVinci
11-23-09 Cath removed  Path report cancer contained neg. margins
 2-22-10  PSA 0.01 !!!


James C.
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   Posted 3/6/2010 8:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Glasd you settled on a plan and are settled in your mind about your decision. Make sure you remind us shortly before your date so we can stand by while you move to the other side.. smilewinkgrin
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


Purgatory
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   Posted 3/6/2010 10:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Good hospital and doctor choice there. I hope and trust all will go well. Enjoy the "old you" for as long as you can before your surgery.

Be glad when you are safely on the other side, the recovery 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, no problem post SRT
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  same time, 2/8-Cath #11 out - 21 days, 3/2- Cath #12 out - 41 days, 3/2- Corr Surgery #5, Caths #13 & #14 same time, 3/6 Cath #13 out - 4 days


NV RTRD 2007
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Date Joined Jan 2009
Total Posts : 75
   Posted 3/6/2010 11:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Good Luck and pray for Divine Intervention. Have Faith and you'll do good. Remember as you have already been briefed here in the forum that every patient are different in the way they coped up with incontinence and ED. Hope and pray you do well and keep us posted.
Age 54; Age DX 53
PSA: May 07- 2.9; Dec 07-4.3; Jan 2008- 6.1; May 2008- 6.4; Sep 2008- 7.3 ; Sep 2008- 9.6
Bone Scan: Mar 2007- Normal without evidence of metastatic disease.
Biopsy Mar 2008: 6/6 core right gland- No evidence of malignancy; 5/6 core left gland- positive Gleason score 3+3=6 average tumor volume 5 mm.Clinical Stage II.
Transrectal ultrasound at UCSF Jun 2008: 7x14x10 mm hypoechoic lesion in left gland. DRE positive, PSA Density- 0.23 and Prostate volume - 27 CC.
RRP: 4 Dec 2008; Discharged - 8 Dec 2008; Cath removed- 18 Dec 08.
Pathology Report: Prostate- 33 grams; L/R pelvic lymph node -No evidence of malignancy; Right Lobe- No definite tumor; Left Lobe- Adenocarcinoma, Gleason 3+4.
No seminal vesicle invasion or lymphatic invasion i sidentified.
Post PSA: 7 Jan 2009 - <0.05.
10 Mar 2009 -<0.05
07 Sep 2009- <0.05
19 Feb 2010-  <0.05


craig10
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Date Joined Feb 2010
Total Posts : 115
   Posted 3/6/2010 6:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the thoughts fellas--- I have Dr. Kawachi--- I feel like I am in good hands----- see ya onthe other side.... C
age 55, married, kids and grandkids
2008 psa 4.7
2010 psa 5.5
biopsy 2-10 -- 3 of 12 samples positive ca 60% 25% and 20%
perineural invasion not seen
location rt apex
3+4=7
waiting for second opinion--
negative prostascint/mri fusion for ca in body scan, pelvic scan, and neg scan in pelvic lymphs or vas def's bi-lat
meeting next week with surgeon at City of Hope...


defender3
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Total Posts : 98
   Posted 3/6/2010 9:31 PM (GMT -6)   
My best to you - please keep us posted!

Sleepless09
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   Posted 3/6/2010 9:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Good on you, Craig. Sounds like you got this one well under control. As defender3 said, please do keep us posted.

Sheldon AKA Sleepless
Age 67 in Apil '09 at news of 4 of 12 cores positive T2B and Gleason 3 + 3 and 5% to 25% PSA 1.5
Re-read of slides in June said Gleason 3 + 4 same four cores 5% to 15%
June 29 daVinci prostatectomy, Dr. Eric Estey, at Royal Alexandra Hospital Edmonton one night stay
From "knock out" to wake up in recovery less than two hours.  Actual surgery 70 minutes
Flew home to Winnipeg on July 3 after 5 nights in Ramada Inn  ---  perfect recovery spot!
Catheter out July 9
Final pathology is 3 + 4 Gleason 7, clear margins, clear nodes, T2C, sugeron says report is "excellent"
First post op PSA Sept 09  less than 0.02
PSA on Oct 23 test again less than 0.02
PSA on Jan 8 less than 0.02  
Oct 1st 09 -- dry at night, during day some stress issues.
Oct 31st padless 24/7 
Feel free to email me at:  sheldonprostate@yahoo.com    


engineer55
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Total Posts : 121
   Posted 3/8/2010 2:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I have heard he is one of the best.  At your age you will become the local expert on PCa, the one thing I tell everyone is get the best surgeon you can find. It seems to  make a big difference.  
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.


Erick060
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Date Joined Sep 2009
Total Posts : 4
   Posted 3/15/2010 11:17 AM (GMT -6)   
I had my Surgery At COH. The entire experience was as good as it can get, under the circumstances. I have a great local Hospital and primary Dr. but chose to seek the most experienced Drs, and facility. It has been eight mos. since RRP and I have been recovering at a steady rate. I am sure you will find the most professional staff and the friendliest people ever!

God speed in your recovery.
Age 58 @ DX ( PSA 6.2 )
Six Mos later ( PSA 4.9 ) after 90day Levaquin

One Mo later ( PSA 5.1 )

Four Mos later Biopsy ( 2 of 12 cores positive) 3+3=6

Three Mos later ( PSA 8.2)

Six Mos later 7/17/09 Robotic Radical Prostatectomy

Lab confirmed 3+4=7

Post Surgery PSA= 0.04 ( 1 month)

Post Surgery PSA= 0.02 (5 months)


Post Sugery: 10mg Cialis daily

One pad /day

Rare ocurrance of erection

Dr. = RX Muse(25mg)-no viable result
 
6 mos after RP-pad free
 
 


goodlife
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   Posted 3/15/2010 3:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Turn up the music, rev up the robot, let's dance !

Good luck.
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,  9 month PSA < .01


Badwater
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   Posted 3/16/2010 12:39 PM (GMT -6)   
The robot's very cool, so be sure to take a look when you first get in. Next thing you know, you'll be in the recovery room. Good luck!
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