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craig10
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Date Joined Feb 2010
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   Posted 3/18/2010 7:14 PM (GMT -6)   
RRP at City of Hope on Tuesday----it went well....surgeon saw "no evidence of ca outside the prostate, spared all nerves..." Mark Kawachi was the surgeon-- he has done more than 2500 of these--- he is highly confidence inspiring. I get the biopsy back as well as cath removal next wed.---kinda sore---pain meds working--- walking every hour-- drinking water-- grateful
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...


Purgatory
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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25380
   Posted 3/18/2010 7:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Craig,

Welcome back to the other side, the recovery side. Glad it went so well for you, sure you are glad to be back home.

Yep, water water water, stool softeners, and walking much when you feel up to it, and pain meds when you need them.

Look forward to your next report

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


60Michael
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   Posted 3/18/2010 7:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Craig,
Glad it went so well and thanks for posting. David gave you some good advice, and maybe you are already doing those things. Next week you get the cath removed and you will remember that day like you remember the birth of your first child. Take care and get some rest. Let us know how the path report goes.
Michael
Dx with PCA 12/08 2 out of 12 cores positive 4.5 psa
59 yo when diagnosed, 61 yo 2010
Robotic surgery 5/09 Atlanta, Ga
Catheter out after 10 days
Gleason upgraded to 3+5, volume less than 10%
2 pads per day, 1 depends but getting better,
 started ED tx 7/17, slow go
Post op dx of neuropathy
T2C left lateral and left posterior margins involved
3 months psa.01, 6 month psa.4, 6 1/2 month psa.5
Starting IMRT on 1/18/10, Completed 39 tx at 72 gys on 3/12/10
Great family and friends
Michael


tatt2man
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   Posted 3/18/2010 8:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Craig - glad you made it ok to the other side - David makes it easy for the rest of us - his support and advice is echoed by me - all the best for the path report

gentle hugs
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 - girth back to normal -but not much length - will go for trimix in April when I see doc
Incontinence: 3-5 pads/1-2 clothes changes/day- finally seeing improvement - March 3, 2010 - week 14 after surgery -
location: Peteborough, Ontario, Canada
Post Surgery-PSA: to be announced - April 8, 2010
............


goodlife
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Date Joined May 2009
Total Posts : 2691
   Posted 3/18/2010 8:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the other side.

View's not really that much different from this side.

Hope you have a smooth recovery.
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


Burlcodad
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Date Joined Nov 2009
Total Posts : 254
   Posted 3/18/2010 8:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Best of luck with your recovery. 
 
Ray
Diagnosed 9/09 at age 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 Presbyterian - Dr David Lee. Home 1/14/10 Nerves spared on both sides -Catheter removed 1/19/10  Path report scheduled for 2/11/10
 
Pathology Report Gleason score was upgraded to 7 (3+4)
no capsular involvement, seminal vesicles clear, lymph nodes clear, negative margins, gland involvement 2-10%
 
Since report was good and recovery going well next appt is now  the first psa test appt scheduled for 4/22
 
Incontinence - Initial 6 pads a day, 3 Weeks - 3 pads a day relatively dry at night
 
ED - yes but seeing some improvements - levitra 10 mg 2x week
 
 


skeener
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Date Joined Dec 2009
Total Posts : 214
   Posted 3/18/2010 8:54 PM (GMT -6)   

Craig

Nice to see you on the other side.

Sounds like everything went well with the surgery and you are now making great progress.

Hope everything continues to go well for you.  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      


142
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Date Joined Jan 2010
Total Posts : 6949
   Posted 3/18/2010 9:46 PM (GMT -6)   
David got in there first with the proper advice (as I see it), so nothing left but to say welcome to the recovery step. Vent or ask as needed. We've been there and done that, and will help where we can.

IdahoSurvivor
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 1015
   Posted 3/18/2010 11:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Craig,

Congratulations! You're on your way to healing well.

Nice job.

Barry
Surgery: Da Vinci; July 31, 2007; 54 on surgery day;
Pathology: PSA: 4.3; Gleason: 3+3=6; T2a; Confined to Prostate;
Post RP PSAs: 09/07 <0.04; 12/07 <0.04; 03/08 <0.04;
06/08 <0.04; 12/08 <0.04; 06/09 =0.06; 09/09 <0.04;
Latest PSA 12/09 =0.05


Tony Crispino
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Total Posts : 8128
   Posted 3/19/2010 12:38 AM (GMT -6)   
How about that facility, Craig?
If your phlebotomist is a gal named Ruby, tell her I still think she is a vampire. She probably won't remember me, but she will laugh and she has a very fun demeanor about her.

Good luck on the healing part. I walked a mile a day with the catheter. I healed very quickly. I don't know if it was the walking or the great surgeons, but I am sure they both helped.

Tony
Prostate Cancer Forum Co-Moderator


James C.
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 4462
   Posted 3/19/2010 10:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the other side, and congrats on your so far normal recovery. Hope things continue just as well.
James C. Age 62
Co-Moderator- Prostate Cancer Forum
Gonna Make Myself A Better Man: www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6cX61oNsRQ&feature=channel
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


craig10
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Date Joined Feb 2010
Total Posts : 117
   Posted 3/19/2010 12:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks so much fellas---- man the gas pain inthe shoulders is a wake up call....a bit less today (day3) I have been taking the pain pills--- I think I'm kind of a pain wimp but it makes the healing more comfortable--- not too sure what to eat yet-- still pretty light eating-- mostly liquid, some toast, an egg, oatmeal, zuchinni, brown rice...l....who knows? TC-- Yes that COH facility is unreal---- what a Country....
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...


Steve n Dallas
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   Posted 3/19/2010 12:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Craig - glad you're doing well.
Age 55   - 5'11"   215lbs
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.


Herophilus
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Date Joined Sep 2009
Total Posts : 663
   Posted 3/19/2010 7:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Craig, hope that you have a homerun associated with your therapy. May you continue to do as well as you have to this point.
Hero
Age 51, PSA 08/31/2009= 6.8, DRE Neg.
Biopsy 9/24/09 =10 of 12 positive. Gleason 6. involving up to 75%
da Vinci at Wash U, Barnes on 11/02/09
Modified Pathology, Gleason 4 + 3 = 7. Gleason 7 present throughout Prostate.  Negative surgical margins
4 of 4 periprostatic Lymph Nodes Negative, 10 of 10 pelvic Lymph Nodes Negative. Seminal Vesicles tumor free. No prostate extension
Post-op PSA 12/10/2009, Undetectable
12/12/2009, Pad Free and Started jogging.


mvesr
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Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 823
   Posted 3/19/2010 7:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Craig

Welcome to the other side. Now take some time to heal, walk but don't overdo it.

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
Retired again after 36 years February 1, 2010


geezer99
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Total Posts : 990
   Posted 3/19/2010 8:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Sounds good so far. Remember that pain meds cause constipation and you do not want to be straining anything down there just now. This is not to say don't do the meds, but DO stool softeners and, if the Dr. ordered laxatives. Your diet has lots of fiber which is good but be sure to contact your doc if things are not moving well.
Age at diagnosis 66, PSA 5.5
Biopsy 12/08 12 cores, 8 positive
Gleason 3+4=7
CAT scan, Bone scan 1/09 both negative.

Robotic surgery 03/03/09 Catheter Out 03/08/09
Pathology: Lymph nodes & Seminal vesicles negative
Margins positive, Capsular penetration extensive Gleason 4+3=7
6 weeks: 1 pad/day, 1 pad/night -- mostly dry at night.
10 weeks: no pad at night -- slight leakage day/1 pad.
3 mo. PSA 0.0 - now light pads
6 mo. PSA 0.00 -- 1 light pad/day
9 mo. PSA 0.00 -- 1 light pad/day ED remains

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