just to add another person's experience, my company's insurance plan specifically will NOT cover the ED drugs, but i got a waver while i am in this "rehabilitation" stage, and they are paying very well. i'm sure when this phase is over, the drugs will again NOT be covered, but hopefully (probable, but no certainty!) i will be back to something close to normal, and not require them...
5/05 PSA test 1.8 --12/19/07 PSA test 3.7 --7/25/08 PSA test: 4.7
8/26/08 1st Prostate Biopsy: 3 samples out of 6 have irregular cells
11/25/08 PSA test: 6.5
12/11/08 2nd Prostate Biopsy : of 12 samples, 3 are cancer, and all other 9 are irregular. original NJ lab sent samples to Johns Hopkins for special reading. Gleason 3+3=6. now:read book, and think about options: radiation, surgery, etc
1/22/09 Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy. main issue was use of BOTH pre-donated units of blood during surgery, and then required 2 additional units in recovery, before going to room
1/25/09 Released from hospital. No drive, no lift >5 lb
1/28/09 Pathology results from removed tissue: Cancer was seen on 10% of gland, lymph nodes & SV were benign, nothing seen outside of the prostate. One area of cancer extended right up to edge, but not beyond. Gleason was re-typed as 3+4=7, staged T2c
3/6/09 6week appt, start back to work Monday, 3/9. script for Cialis
2/10/10 PSA=0.3 discussed possibility of radiotherapy and/or hormone.
4/7/10 PSA= 0.4 Recurrence of the cancer is probable. Referred me to RO
5/4/10 First RT. RO is recommending 37 treatments x 1.8Gy=66.6 Gy