5 months after, and feeling great most of the time.

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kendo
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Date Joined Sep 2009
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   Posted 5/27/2010 4:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Just passed the 5 months since surgery goalpost. Second PSA test in a row showed ZERO! Urologist says he is so pleased with my progress I don't need to see him for another 12 months. Next PSA test is in 6 months, and I feel confident again. I am back to full strength - with all the walking I am better than before in that department. I joined an early morning (5:30am) walking group and we do a fast 6km (3.75 mile for the metrically challenged) one hour walk before breakfast.
My only lingering issue is tiredness. I am exhausted sometimes by midday, but most ofter by about 6 at night. Apparently that's not uncommon for the first 12 months. I have been able to encourage and help a couple of others locally who have been through the same ordeal since me, so I feel I am making my self useful there as well as keeping up my regular job.
Best wishes to all who are in recovery for the future, and thanks to all who have supported me during mine.
Keep fighting it.
Kendo.
Diagnosed from biopsy July 28, 2009.
12 cores - all positive 100%
Stage pT3a Gleason 3+4=7, with tertiary component 5
Clear bone scan, CT scan, MRI scan
Robotic-assisted prostatectomy Dec. 11, 2009
Practically pad-free after 6 weeks.
Pathology disclosed Feb. 4, 2010 - tumour volume 9.6cc with perineural invasion present.
Nerves spared on one side.
First post-op PSA - none detectable (down from 8.2 pre-op).
Second post-op PSA - still none detectable!
No erections but don't care.
Feeling strong and positive at last.
No pads - just a security liner when I go to work.


Steve n Dallas
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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 4835
   Posted 5/27/2010 7:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Congrats on the ZERO...
 
Sounds like you're an early morning person like I am...I finnaly figured that walking between 5 and 5:30 am works for me...Trying to do it after work never happened.
 
I think tiredness has more to do with age or other issues then post surgery. On average, I go to bed around 9pm...I have some issues with my vision...If I read a ton of stuff during the day, I'm worn out when I get home...
 
You might want to google -> energy foods
and see some of the things you can eat to get a natural boost.
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
05/18/10 - 24 Month PSA -> less then .01
Surgeon - Keith A. Waguespack, M.D.


60Michael
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Date Joined Jan 2009
Total Posts : 2229
   Posted 5/27/2010 7:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Kendo,
Always good to hear those kind of reports. I still go to to bed around 9:30 so fatigue has improved but I am not my old self yet. But I workout 6 days a week in the morning so still geting my excercise and working full time. But congrats on your recovery and keep us posted on those zeros. That is one beautiful number on this forum.
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 on 11/28/10
Starting IMRT on 1/18/10, Completed 39 tx at 70 gys on 3/12/10
6 week Post IMRT PSA .44 a drop from .5 but maybe more
Great family and friends
Michael


Purgatory
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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25380
   Posted 5/27/2010 9:31 AM (GMT -6)   
kendo, that is an excellent report. you are doing great, so i hope you stay that way for years to come.

geez, the 5 AM range? we are in opposites there, lol, 5 AM is still the middle of the night to me, well, 7 AM is the middle of the night. I rarely get to sleep before 2 or 3 AM, despite being on meds that should make me sleep. But thats another story.

Glad to read your good 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, 4/8 .04, next one:  July
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- 27 days, Cath #15 - 26 days, Cath #16 - 31 days, 5/24 put in Cath #17

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