I am retired, so did not have to worry about work. I stayed at a house of friends that was 30 miles from the hospital in Seattle. I had 5:30pm appts and it went like a breeze... It was a reverse commute. Never any traffic hangups... It was also easy to plan formy "full bladder". And after the treatment when I got home, I could relax and go to bed anytime as it was already in the evening.
Did not interfere with my "day"... Worked great for me...
After 3-4 years of annual PSA 4-6, biopsy recommended
3/13/2007 - 12 point biopsy - Left 0/6 Right 1/6 Gleason 3+3 T1c
4/24/2007 - DaVinci performed at Virginia Mason hospital in Seattle
5/2/2007 - Catheter Out! Final pathology of Gleason 6 T2c Nx Mx, approx 20% of prostate involved, positive margin, but only at 2 focal points.
6/28/2007 9 weeks incontinance... Overnite, went from 4-6 soaked pads a day from prev 8 weeks to 2 barely wet pads a day.
7/12/2007 11 weeks post-op Minimal leakage... one small pad a day
7/18/2007 First Post-Op PSA... 0.01 !!!
9/10/2007 Pad free and ED at 75% with 100mg Viagra generic
6/26/2008 2nd Post-OP PSA at 14 months... 0.02
12/2/2008 3rd Post-OP PSA at 20 months... 0.03
10/30/2009 4th Post-OP PSA at 31 months... 0.13 (moved and diff lab)
11/3/2009 Retest at my original lab... 0.11 (followup with Doc sched 11/10)
11/10/2009 Discussion indicated biochemical reccurrence and need for salvage radiation treatment.
1/21/2010 Another PSA test at 34 months... 0.14
1/26/2010 IMRT Salvage Radiation Treatment started
32 sessions for 64 gys total.
3/12/2010 Finished 32 sessions... No side effects to date except a little
tiredness. Slight changes in bowel movements the last week...
4/8/2010 Some rectal prostitis, but no change in urgency. No urinary effects at all. Now just waiting for the upcoming PSA test in June.
6/7/2010 First 3 month PSA result after SRT = 0.02 WAHOO! as good as could ever be expected at the 3 month mark! Thank You Jesus!