Kegle excercise?

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Jim is sick
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   Posted 4/8/2010 11:58 AM (GMT -6)   
When researching PCa treatment side effects I have seen the mention of kegel exercises. Is this is basically training a different part of the body to hold the urine? I have seen it in the HIFU discussions. Is this specific to HIFU, or is it part of any treatment? I would expect it to be relevant for traditional surgery as well. Does radiation effect the urination process in the same way. It sounds like it would be a major torment to have to experience leaking if you relax some normally relaxed muscles. Is this as terrible as it sounds?
48, Caucasian, 5' 8", 200lb, general good health.
PSA: 8-7-09 3.22, 11-13-09 4.25.
Biopsy: 32 cores. 3 cores reveal PCa, 10%, Gleason 3+3.
Diagnosed: 2-12-10.
Treatment options being considered: AS, Proton Therapy, HIFU.
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Process: Reading Dr. strums book, Determine second opinion specifics.

Steve n Dallas
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   Posted 4/8/2010 12:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Kegel exercises are to help you control the start/stop muscels and are used by all PCa guys as far as I know.
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.

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   Posted 4/8/2010 1:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Most docs suggest kegels, to promote continence. A few docs have suggested it is a waste of time/effort -- but I think they're in the minority.
Age 46.  Father died of p ca. 
My psa starting age 40: 1.4, 1.3, 1.43, 1.74, 1.7, 1.5, 1.6

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   Posted 4/8/2010 2:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Jim, our doctor suggested starting Kegels before surgery to help strengthen the bladder muscles. He's not sure they help but, in his words, "they don't hurt either." John has been doing them on and off for two years and he says they do help.
Husband diagnosed in 2/2008 at age 57 with stage T1c. Robotic surgery performed 3/2008. Stage upgraded to T3a (solitary focus of extraprostatic extension). Perineural tumor infiltration present. Apex margin, bladder neck and SVs negative. Final Gleason 3+4. PSA: 0.0 til July 2009. August 2009 - 0.1, September 0.3, October back to 0.0, December 0.0, March 2010 0.0. Next PSA in 6 months. Thank you God!

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