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   Posted 4/7/2010 11:58 AM (GMT -6)   
I go through 3-4 Tena men's pads a day. Not changing because they are saturated but because of the foul urine odour that comes from them, even when they are only slightly soiled.
Anyone with a suggestion? (other than, stop leaking)
Age, only 71.
July 2009, PSA 9.1, free ratio 0.16
September GLEASON 4+4=8, T2A
Prostate 44cc.
Calcium: 2.46  (range: 2.20 - 2.65 mmol/L)
25 Hydroxy Vitamin D: 102 (range: sufficiency:
76 - 250 nmol/L)
Bone Scan: Negative
CT Scan scheduled for Dec. 1st. Negative.
Started Casodex 50mg. on Nov. 6, first pill of 30.
Got Lupron 22.5mg ( 90 day ) on  November 19.
No real side effects as of Dec. 15 except dry skin and hair but getting quite 'porky' in the belt area even though now I go to the gym, three times a week. Also I dont have a need to shave anymore so now I can save my 'shaving' allowance and direct it to my stash of Depends !
Christmas Day got my first hot flashes. Thanks Santa!
Open surgery done on Jan. 20th. by Dr. J. Chin at London's University Hospital.
Cath removel scheduled for Feb. 8th. Yes, I know,
that will be 19 days. Dr. is out of country until then.
Pathology Report:
Gleason Score: cannot be determined due to hormone therapy effects. ???????
Extraprostatic Extension:
present, left radial, multifocal
present, left basal, multifocal
Resection Margins:
Apical: involved by invasive carcinoma, multifocal
Bladder Neck: involved by invasive carcinoma, unifocal on left side.Other: non-tumoural prostatic present at resection margin.
Perineural Invasion: present.
Seminal Vesicle Invasion: absent
Lymphovascular Invasion: absent
Lymph Node Status: no malignancy in regional lymph nodes
Additional path. findings:
high grade prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia
Pathology Stage: yp T3a NO MX
Radialogist appointment was on Friday Feb. 26 with Dr. Glenn Bauman in London.
Got another Lupron 90 day shot today and he wants to start IMRT soon. CT Scan plus measure scheduled in about 3 weeks. ( march 15)
First PSA test since surgery on March 18th.
with the results of 0.03 !!!
Next appointment with the surgery Doc is April 13.
Started a Facebook page for bikers with prostate issues at:
IMRT to start approx. April 26.

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Date Joined Sep 2009
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   Posted 4/7/2010 12:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Drink more water and less coffee, soda and other non natural drinks. Drinking a lot of water will dilute the urine and reduce the order dramtically.  I had the same problem as you when I had my surgery.  I was going through 5-7 pads a day and when the pad was starting to get saturated, it started to smell.  As soon as stopped drinking
coffee and soda, and stated drinking more water, the smell went away.
Age 56, Biopsy 6/2007 - PSA 4.5, 2 of 12 with  <5% cancer Gleason 6
Surgery 9/2007 Strong Memorial,  Rochester  NY with Dr. Jean Joseph (1300 plus surgeries)
 Path - Negative margins, cancer in 20% examined tissue, Gleason 6
 Post Op - No ED issues, full erections without drugs,  used 5-7 pads a day for 3 months. Now dry except for stress leaks now and then.
 All post op psa's <.04

Worried Guy
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   Posted 4/7/2010 12:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Avoid asparagus and some multivitamins!

If you are changing pads because of odor rather than volume you can try the pad-in-pad trick. Cut smaller pads in half and put them in the Tenas. You can change often at half the cost and not generate so much waste.

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   Posted 4/7/2010 12:51 PM (GMT -6)   
The drinking more pure water helps a lot, and when I was using pads, I only used the Depends for Men Guards, and I never noticed any odor from them, not even when changing. Not familiar with the brand you are using.
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, 3/6 Cath #13 out - 4 days, Cath #14 out - 27 days, Cath #15 - 3/29

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Date Joined Jan 2010
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   Posted 4/7/2010 2:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I notice the change in odour of the pee ( not the pad - they are fine) if I try to reduce leaking by not drinking enough water - 4-6 bottles of water - a day - the less water , the brighter colour and smell.... you gotta flush it out....

P.S. you could also try parsley pills - their natural chlorophyll will help deodorize you - sweat glands and pee .... as a child my parents told me I was the reason they invented "odour eaters" - and would get deodorant in my Christmas stocking.... but that is another story....

Age: 54 - gay - with common-law spouse of 13 years, Steve - 60
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: Feb 2010- 3-5 pads/1-2 clothes changes/day- March 3, 2010 - week 14 after surgery -finally seeing improvement - March 29- incontinence better - 1-2 pads a day - one pad at night
location: Peteborough, Ontario, Canada
Post Surgery-PSA: to be announced - April 8, 2010

Post Edited (tatt2man) : 4/7/2010 1:44:27 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 4/7/2010 3:15 PM (GMT -6)   
the different brands of pads have different anti-odor components. I've noticed that the Depends in general (pant and guard) are the best in that area. Compared to Tena, and Walgreens/Kroger/Target Affirm(all the same).

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Date Joined Nov 2009
Total Posts : 206
   Posted 4/7/2010 5:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks all for the responses. I stopped both coffee and soda pops shortly after the surgery. Dont like the imported asparagus so dont eat it but I do take daily multivitamins, vit D's and a B complex, one of these turns my urine a very bright yellow. Have been taking these for years and never noticed an odour before but perhaps making contact with the Tena pads and its structure causes a chemical reaction. Of course by now, 10 weeks post, I was hoping I wouldn't even be discussing stuff like this.


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