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   Posted 6/11/2010 10:16 PM (GMT -6)   
hi room have a few questions yet again,like to know from anyone who as or knows someone who has had there testicles removed as to wat the recovery time is as to getting back to work etc
Also as to sexual side of things, like to know b4 they operate on me even if it is the best choice  for me thanks guys and girls cheers
psa at 12.g gleason 4+4  bio positive waiting for scan age46

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Date Joined Apr 2009
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   Posted 6/12/2010 4:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Orchiectomy, removal of the testicles, is generally done as an outpatient procedure and the patient can resume full activity including lifting in a week or two. The basic idea is that PC "feeds" on testosterone and so the source of testosterone is permanently eliminated (hormone therapy is used to temporarily eliminate it.)

It is most likely to be used where the cancer has metastasized (spread throughout the body) or where the patient's health precludes treatments like surgery or radiation.

Removal of the testicles will eliminate all sex drive -- in fact it has been used to render repeat sex-offenders harmless. Other side effects may include enlargement of the breasts and loss of facial hair.

My father chose this treatment because he was caring for my critically ill mother. His to priorities were to continue her care without interruption and to keep his cancer under control until after the end of her life.
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
12 mo. PSA 0.00 -- still one light pad and ED

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   Posted 6/13/2010 6:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Geezer gave you the goods on it and some people have done this, more so probably in the past. It can be a choice to use, naturally guys cringe about thinking about the proceedure but supposedly it is not painful to have done and would shut down most all testosterone production...but not all. Why? Adrenal glands also make up some testostorone so you may have to use casodex or flutamides to shut that production down, too. Some people have done just those things for control. One person on this forum has done this and could elaborate on it probably alot better. Because of the various drugs available more guys opt for drug control and nobody likes the idea of cutting the jewels. Tough decision but alot cheaper in the long run than paying for expensive drugs, if you wish to consider all aspects on it.
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