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RayPat
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   Posted 6/22/2010 3:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Woke up at 4 am to prepare and make the hour drive for the 7:30 procedure.
Pretty nervous and being super hungry and thirsty doesn't help.
After almost five stressful months of figuring out the right plan for me hopefully this is the start of a better times.
Age 63

01/26/10 ...PSA 9
Referred to urologist
Met urologist on 2/26/10....DRE normal new PSA test was 11. Taken after DRE.
Biopsy on 3/26/10. 14 samples...3 positive on right side...all 11% Gleason 3+3
Urologist said stage T-1c.
Advised treatment. Discussed surgery and set appointment with radiologist for 4/26/10
4/26/10 Met with radiologist. Thinks IMRT or Brachytherapy would be good choice.
5/20/10 volume study done all looks good for Brachytherapy.
6/22/10 Brachytherapy done.


Steve n Dallas
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   Posted 6/22/2010 4:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Good luck to you....
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.


Tudpock18
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   Posted 6/22/2010 6:14 AM (GMT -6)   

Ray, good luck...I'm sure everything will go fine.  You may be a little sore this afternoon but by tomorrow you will feel pretty normal.  Just take your Flomax for 2-3 months, lay off caffeine, booze and spicy foods for the same time and no sex for 2 weeks.  You'll find life returning to normal very quickly.

Welcome to the post-PCa world...

Tudpock (Jim)


Age 62, Gleason 3 + 4 = 7, T1C, PSA 4.2, 2 of 16 cores cancerous, 27cc
Brachytherapy December 9, 2008.  73 Iodine-125 seeds.  Procedure went great, catheter out before I went home, only minor discomfort.  Regular activities resumed, everything continues to function normally as of 4/10/10.  6 month PSA 1.4 and now 1 year PSA at 1.0.  My docs are "delighted"!

142
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   Posted 6/22/2010 7:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Hope all goes well for you today.

60Michael
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   Posted 6/22/2010 7:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Keep us posted Ray, and just know that it will go well.
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


April6th
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   Posted 6/22/2010 7:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Good luck on the procedure. Although I had a different treatment, one of my best friends had the seeds and had a great outcome and is very happy with his choice. I wish the same for you.

Dan
Here are some of my stats:
Age:54
Father diagnosed with PC at age 72 - wasn't contained to prostate when found in 1992.
My PSA rose from 3.2 to 5.1 over the course of 1.5 years with Free PSA at 25% for the last two tests.
DRE showed no evidence of tumor but Uro thought my prostate was a little large for someone my age
PCa diagnosed 4/6/10 after biopsy on 4/1/10
1 out of 12 biopsy samples was positive with 5% of biopsy sample cancerous
Gleason 3+4
Da Vinci surgery on 6/1/10
Pathology report shows cancer confined to prostate and all other tissue clean


erbob
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   Posted 6/22/2010 8:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Ray, good luck to you. I'm sure it'll all work out just fine for you. I had my Brachytherapy procedure exactly four weeks ago from tomorrow. NO real problems at all. Just a little blood in the pee for a couple/few days immediately after the procedure but other than that, it was a "piece of cake". I know exactly what you're going through.
Bob, located in Southern Colorado

Age 73 Retired Railroader.
Dx Jan 2010, Volume 51.345
Gleason 3+4=7, second opinion 4+3=7 (Don't know which to believe)
PSA
2.6 4/96.......... 3.7 4/07
1.9 5/97.......... 3.2 1/08
2.3 4/98.......... 6.1 4/09
2.2 10/99......... 5.3 5/09
2.4 8/00......... 5.3 8/09
2.3 6/01......... 6.9 10/09
2.9 2/03......... 7.3 12/09
3.6 4/04......... 6.1 1/10
3.0 5/05......... 5.0 3/10
4.7 4/06......... 0.7 5/10 (Lupron/Bicalutamide)
Volume study at CPCC (Westmont, IL) Feb 15, 2010 = 55.7cc
On Feb 15, 2010 put on 90 days of Bicalutamide
Got LHRH Lupron shot on Feb 29,2010
Another Volume study May 24, 2010 = in mid-40cc
BRACHYTHERAPY received May 26, 2010
Received 80 I-125 (Iodine seeds)
Activity per seed (mCi) 0.373
Total activity implanted (mCi)29.80
Measured exposure @ 3 feet (mR/hr) 0.06
Received the Brachytherapy at the Chicago Prostate Cancer Center from Dr. Brian Moran
Walked in the facilty and just a few hours later walked right out.
No after effects other than just a little sore from the needle sticks but NOT serious
enough to take ANY meds for pain.
PSA to be taken in three months (Aug 2010).


Purgatory
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   Posted 6/22/2010 8:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Ray,

Good luck and best wishes to you, brother. I think there is just some natural fear and anixety with any of our primary treatments. You are taking
a much less invasive path then any of the surgeries, and you should to well. As Tud said above, by tommorow afternoon, the worse should be over you will be glad to be on the recovery side. We will all be thinking of you.

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


JoeFL
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   Posted 6/22/2010 11:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Ray,
 
Welcome to the seed club. My guess is that you are going to feel pretty good a lot sooner than you think. One note in case the doc didn't tell you....don't be alarmed by the discoloration you may see on the scrotum....it's normal and will go away in a week. Regards,
 
Joe

Age -67 PSA - 4.5

Biopsy  (9/4/09) - Positive in 5 of 8 cores. In those 5 cores, 5 of 11 samples were positive. Gleason 3+3=6. Stage – T1C  Ct and Bone scans negative.

 

BT performed on 12/11/09. 84 seeds of Palladium 103. Surgery at 7:30 - Home at 12:30 same day with no catheter. Blood in urine for a week. Side effects as expected -  some burning, frequency, urgency.   Resumed daily  1 ½ mile walk after 3 days. 

 

BT followed with 25 IGRT treatments beginning Feb 15 (4500 Gy's). After third week, experienced some fatigue. Now 2 months from last rad treatment - energy level has returned. Burning gone and urgency is much improved.

 

First post treatment PSA (6/1/10) - 0.1

 


RayPat
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   Posted 6/22/2010 11:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks guys. Procedure at 7:30 and walked out of the hospital at 11:00.
Doc said all went well. Only discomfort is this Foley catheter.
Doc wants me to keep it for 36 hours as a precaution.
Still a little groggy but can feel it wearing off.
Age 63

01/26/10 ...PSA 9
Referred to urologist
Met urologist on 2/26/10....DRE normal new PSA test was 11. Taken after DRE.
Biopsy on 3/26/10. 14 samples...3 positive on right side...all 11% Gleason 3+3
Urologist said stage T-1c.
Advised treatment. Discussed surgery and set appointment with radiologist for 4/26/10
4/26/10 Met with radiologist. Thinks IMRT or Brachytherapy would be good choice.
5/20/10 volume study done all looks good for Brachytherapy.
6/22/10 Brachytherapy done.


Purgatory
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   Posted 6/22/2010 12:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Ray,

Glad you got through it fine and on the recovery side. If you only have to be on a cath for 36 hrs, consider yourself blessed.
I hope you get to feeling better fast.

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


RayPat
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   Posted 6/22/2010 1:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks David. I felt bad even mentioning the cath discomfort knowing all that you and others have endured with those darn things but wanted to mention that it's the only "pain" at all for anyone considering Brachy.
Age 63

01/26/10 ...PSA 9
Referred to urologist
Met urologist on 2/26/10....DRE normal new PSA test was 11. Taken after DRE.
Biopsy on 3/26/10. 14 samples...3 positive on right side...all 11% Gleason 3+3
Urologist said stage T-1c.
Advised treatment. Discussed surgery and set appointment with radiologist for 4/26/10
4/26/10 Met with radiologist. Thinks IMRT or Brachytherapy would be good choice.
5/20/10 volume study done all looks good for Brachytherapy.
6/22/10 Brachytherapy done.


Tudpock18
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   Posted 6/22/2010 5:03 PM (GMT -6)   

Ray, I do know that some docs leave the catheter in for a short period after brachy.  Actually, my doc did not so I never saw the darn thing since it was out before I woke up.  However, you raise another good question that potenital brachy patients should ask just so they know what to expect.

I'm glad that all went well.  Keep us up to date.

Tudpock (Jim)


Age 62, Gleason 3 + 4 = 7, T1C, PSA 4.2, 2 of 16 cores cancerous, 27cc
Brachytherapy December 9, 2008.  73 Iodine-125 seeds.  Procedure went great, catheter out before I went home, only minor discomfort.  Regular activities resumed, everything continues to function normally as of 4/10/10.  6 month PSA 1.4 and now 1 year PSA at 1.0.  My docs are "delighted"!

Magaboo
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   Posted 6/22/2010 5:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Best of luck to you Ray. Hoping for many, many zeros in your future.

Magaboo
Born Sept 1936
PSA 7.9
-ve DRE
Gleason's Score 3+4=7, 2 of 8 positive
Open RP 28 Nov 06 (nerve sparing), Post op staging T3a
Gleasons still 3+4=7
Seminal vesicles and lymph nodes clear
Catheter out 15 Dec 06, Dry since 11 Feb 07
All PSA tests in 2007 (4) <.04
PSA tests in 2008: Mar.=.04; Jun.=.05; Sept.=.08; 3 days before Rad Start=0.1
Salvage RT completed (33 sessions - 66 Grays) on the 19th Dec., 08.
PSA in Jan., 09=0.05; July 09=<0.04; JAN 10=<0.04


Sleepless09
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   Posted 6/22/2010 10:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Ray, thanks for the report and best of luck to you.

Sheldon AKA Sleepless
Age 67 in Apil '09 at news of 4 of 12 cores positive T2B and Gleason 3 + 3 and 5% to 25% PSA 1.5
Re-read of slides in June said Gleason 3 + 4 same four cores 5% to 15%
June 29 daVinci prostatectomy, Dr. Eric Estey, at Royal Alexandra Hospital Edmonton one night stay
From "knock out" to wake up in recovery less than two hours.  Actual surgery 70 minutes
Flew home to Winnipeg on July 3 after 5 nights in Ramada Inn  ---  perfect recovery spot!
Catheter out July 9
Final pathology is 3 + 4 Gleason 7, clear margins, clear nodes, T2C, sugeron says report is "excellent"
 
Oct 1st 09 -- dry at night, during day some stress issues.
Oct 31st padless 24/7 
 
First post op PSA Sept 09  less than 0.02
PSA on Oct 23 test again less than 0.02
PSA on Jan 8 less than 0.02
PSA on April 9 less than 0.02 
 
  


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   Posted 6/22/2010 11:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Hope all goes well for you -

RayPat
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   Posted 6/23/2010 12:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks guys for the well wishes.
Living alone and getting used to the cath is a trip.
Switched to the night bag around 8 and seemed OK.
Slept two hours and woke up. Probably a mental alarm to check the bag.
Good drainage and plenty of capacity left but emptied it anyway.
Slept another hour and woke up. Not nearly as much in the bag and bloody ooze
around outside of cath to the point of dripping on the floor.
Moved the cath tube a bit and seems to have stopped.
From googling in the middle of the night it seems this is to be expected.
Will call the doctor first thing tomorrow.
Age 63

01/26/10 ...PSA 9
Referred to urologist
Met urologist on 2/26/10....DRE normal new PSA test was 11. Taken after DRE.
Biopsy on 3/26/10. 14 samples...3 positive on right side...all 11% Gleason 3+3
Urologist said stage T-1c.
Advised treatment. Discussed surgery and set appointment with radiologist for 4/26/10
4/26/10 Met with radiologist. Thinks IMRT or Brachytherapy would be good choice.
5/20/10 volume study done all looks good for Brachytherapy.
6/22/10 Brachytherapy done.


Shaheen10
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   Posted 6/23/2010 1:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello Ray,

Hope all is well now and glad your Brachy went well. Reading good news coming from recent Patient who choose Brachy is comforting to me. After almost two months of reading, discussing, and thinking finally decided to go with Brachy and then afterwards with IMRT. I am scheduled for the procedure on 7/15/10. I am now preparing my things and getting things taken care of. I have lots of hope now.
Wishing you the Best keep us all posted

keepingon
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   Posted 6/23/2010 1:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Its dang good thing you caught it early. Have a happy long life yeah
Found out Jan. 07
g\8
psa 116
The doc said chemo or radiation was not an option.
Started Lupron to shrink it before surgery, did not work.
Radical prostentechomy Sept. 5.
Couldn't get it all, it was outside the sack and into lower lymph nodes.
Cathader removed about 3 months.
Incontinont for about 3 months
Peranial rectal absesses w/ drains for about 4 months <MRSA>
Continued Lupron until Oct. 08 <psa.04 to .06>.
Started losing weight. <194 to 170>
Now trying Zoladex, next shot in Dec. 18, then we will see what the PSA is, before deciding on future treatments.
Now in the T4 N1 stage.
Side effects:
Lupron=memory, tired all the time, joints and muscle aches, hot flashes.
Zoladex=memory, tired after doing something, left back rib cage is tender when inhaling, all joints and muscles below the waist ache, the worst is the right hip.
Went to the doc's today 12-18-08, stopped Zoladex today waitin on blood work to come back.
Blood work came back .07. now back on Zoladex for three months then we will see what happens.
PSA came back .08, back , see what happens in three more months.
Zoladex quit working., Now back on Lupron.
Had a  tumer removed from back right hip.
Psa still rising.3-2-10
Still on Lupron.
The last doctors visit, he said He was suprised to see how well I'am doin. He also told me he had second  thoughts of doin the surgery, because he thought I was too far gone, But I will show em.
5-5-10 PSA has doubled in the last year from .01 to .1
weight now 163#
Now having trouble with my right femar and knee <bone pain> we think it might be a side effect from Lupron
Had a bone scan, it came back good. Dark spot on my left side of my skull wich has gotten smaller since my last bone scan
PSA stayed the same .1  6-14-2010


RayPat
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   Posted 6/23/2010 5:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Shaheen 10, I'm doing good and actually just slept almost 4 hours without waking up. The discomfort from the procedure is almost the same as it was from the biopsy (was put under) for me. I wish you well with your procedure and please keep us posted on how you are.

keepingon, I was indeed lucky that it was found early considering I was 63 and never had a PSA test. Best wishes for you also.
Age 63

01/26/10 ...PSA 9
Referred to urologist
Met urologist on 2/26/10....DRE normal new PSA test was 11. Taken after DRE.
Biopsy on 3/26/10. 14 samples...3 positive on right side...all 11% Gleason 3+3
Urologist said stage T-1c.
Advised treatment. Discussed surgery and set appointment with radiologist for 4/26/10
4/26/10 Met with radiologist. Thinks IMRT or Brachytherapy would be good choice.
5/20/10 volume study done all looks good for Brachytherapy.
6/22/10 Brachytherapy done.


erbob
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   Posted 6/23/2010 12:29 PM (GMT -6)   
As Joe67 mentioned, you can expect the scrotum to be discolored for a while. My discoloration lasted three weeks and is now back to normal. A couple days after the procedure, the ole nut sack looked as if someone hit me in the groin with a ball bat or 2X4. At least there was NO pain involved but did look mighty tough. The Doc apparently yanked the catheter out before I "came to" - I was happy about that. Please continue to keep us up to date Ray.
Bob, located in Southern Colorado

Age 73 Retired Railroader.
Dx Jan 2010, Volume 51.345
Gleason 3+4=7, second opinion 4+3=7 (Don't know which to believe)
PSA
2.6 4/96.......... 3.7 4/07
1.9 5/97.......... 3.2 1/08
2.3 4/98.......... 6.1 4/09
2.2 10/99......... 5.3 5/09
2.4 8/00......... 5.3 8/09
2.3 6/01......... 6.9 10/09
2.9 2/03......... 7.3 12/09
3.6 4/04......... 6.1 1/10
3.0 5/05......... 5.0 3/10
4.7 4/06......... 0.7 5/10 (Lupron/Bicalutamide)
Volume study at CPCC (Westmont, IL) Feb 15, 2010 = 55.7cc
On Feb 15, 2010 put on 90 days of Bicalutamide
Got LHRH Lupron shot on Feb 29,2010
Another Volume study May 24, 2010 = in mid-40cc
BRACHYTHERAPY received May 26, 2010
Received 80 I-125 (Iodine seeds)
Activity per seed (mCi) 0.373
Total activity implanted (mCi)29.80
Measured exposure @ 3 feet (mR/hr) 0.06
Received the Brachytherapy at the Chicago Prostate Cancer Center from Dr. Brian Moran
Walked in the facilty and just a few hours later walked right out.
No after effects other than just a little sore from the needle sticks but NOT serious
enough to take ANY meds for pain.
PSA to be taken in three months (Aug 2010).


RayPat
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   Posted 6/24/2010 9:31 AM (GMT -6)   
This morning was the moment of truth....time for me to yank the catheter out.
Woke up at 5 and thought I should wait until doc's office opened in case there was a problem.
By 6 I couldn't wait any longer.
All went according to plan.
Cut the valve stem, let the water drain out of the balloon and pulled it out.
Fifteen minutes later peed razor blades but very little blood.
Four hours later have peed 4 more times so hopefully that department will keep working.
I almost feel guilty that my discomfort has been so minimal compared to some of you.
Age 63

01/26/10 ...PSA 9
Referred to urologist
Met urologist on 2/26/10....DRE normal new PSA test was 11. Taken after DRE.
Biopsy on 3/26/10. 14 samples...3 positive on right side...all 11% Gleason 3+3
Urologist said stage T-1c.
Advised treatment. Discussed surgery and set appointment with radiologist for 4/26/10
4/26/10 Met with radiologist. Thinks IMRT or Brachytherapy would be good choice.
5/20/10 volume study done all looks good for Brachytherapy.
6/22/10 Brachytherapy done.


Purgatory
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   Posted 6/24/2010 9:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Ray,

Let me be the first to congratulate you. So glad you went through with your treatment, and that you are now on the recovery side. Bet after all these months, you are so glad to have it behind you.

Get plenty of rest, drink lots of water, take meds if you need them, and chill. Its over with.

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


RayPat
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   Posted 6/24/2010 9:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks David, the months of waiting and figuring out a plan were stressful.
Hopefully it is all behind me but as you know will take a long time to know for sure
but it was caught early and I'm going with the notion that it is over.
As a word of advice to those considering Brachy......invest in a donut cushion before the procedure. smilewinkgrin
Age 63

01/26/10 ...PSA 9
Referred to urologist
Met urologist on 2/26/10....DRE normal new PSA test was 11. Taken after DRE.
Biopsy on 3/26/10. 14 samples...3 positive on right side...all 11% Gleason 3+3
Urologist said stage T-1c.
Advised treatment. Discussed surgery and set appointment with radiologist for 4/26/10
4/26/10 Met with radiologist. Thinks IMRT or Brachytherapy would be good choice.
5/20/10 volume study done all looks good for Brachytherapy.
6/22/10 Brachytherapy done.


Sleepless09
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   Posted 6/24/2010 12:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Ray, good to hear you're on the mend.

Keep up with the reports, please.

As for the donuts, both oral and bottom, those are good ideas for daVinci too! Especially the chocolate covered oral ones.

Sheldon AKA Sleepless
Age 67 in Apil '09 at news of 4 of 12 cores positive T2B and Gleason 3 + 3 and 5% to 25% PSA 1.5
Re-read of slides in June said Gleason 3 + 4 same four cores 5% to 15%
June 29 daVinci prostatectomy, Dr. Eric Estey, at Royal Alexandra Hospital Edmonton one night stay
From "knock out" to wake up in recovery less than two hours.  Actual surgery 70 minutes
Flew home to Winnipeg on July 3 after 5 nights in Ramada Inn  ---  perfect recovery spot!
Catheter out July 9
Final pathology is 3 + 4 Gleason 7, clear margins, clear nodes, T2C, sugeron says report is "excellent"
 
Oct 1st 09 -- dry at night, during day some stress issues.
Oct 31st padless 24/7 
 
First post op PSA Sept 09  less than 0.02
PSA on Oct 23 test again less than 0.02
PSA on Jan 8 less than 0.02
PSA on April 9 less than 0.02 
 
  

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