Posted 3/21/2010 4:05 PM (GMT -6)
Thought I would post this in a separate topic...
An interesting side effect of my SRT was that my "continence" actually IMPROVED...
I always had pretty good continence except that I started slacking on using kegals when needed... if I was working going up/down a ladder, getting up/down off the floor, or other similar stuff, I would get occasional stress incontinence. I got used to throwing on a small pad and not concentrating on control.
For the SRT's, they wanted me to have a full bladder when coming in for treatment... Said this was to help lift the bladder out of the zap zone.
That got me to drink a lot more water and to urinate less so I had the full bladder when going in for my afternoon treatment. This prompted me to once again get "in touch" with my bladder and to hold larger amounts... I have had very little stress incontinence since. An unexpected "desireable" side effect of my SRT's... :-)
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.
3/12/2010 Finished 32 sessions... No side effects to date except a little
tiredness. Slight changes in bowel movements the last week... Would feel like I did not empty completely and get a little blood once in a while. Also maybe aggrivated by a little constipation caused by cholesterol medicine simvastatin that I started in Novenber and when zi do not drink enough water. No change in frequency for bowel or unination though which was a blessing thru the whole process.