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Purgatory
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   Posted 7/13/2010 11:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Today is my 58th birthday.  Next month, it will be 2 years since I got my dreaded PC diagnosis after going through 3 biopsies spread over the previous 18 months.  It's been a long almost 2 years so far.  I can honestly say, I drastically underestimated the power of PC, not only in my body, but in my mind and heart as well.
 
When I was first dx, I thought I would just grab the bull by the horn, learn about, pick a treatment, do it, recover, and simply get on with my life.  That formula worked for all the other medical emergencies in my life, including 3 bouts of an ultra rare/dangerous cancer, its associated 5 surgeries and 35 sessions of neck and throat radiation.  That was all 10 years ago in my life.  Then PC came to me.
 
It was screening that has saved me so far.  No argument there.  My GP is a good doctor been taking care of me for nearly 15 years, and had been with me through all my previous medical crisises.  It was him, that talked me into including PSA screening at my physical at age 50.  Didn't matter to me, just another box he checked off on the blood work paperwork.  Until then, never had given a single though in my life about prostates, PSA, prostate cancer, etc.  I was fortunate, always had a strong stream, never had to wake up at night to pee, never had any UTI's or other infections, and could hold a good pee for hours on end if needed.  Just nothing I ever thought about, just took that for granite.
 
Here I am, on July 13th, sitting here in moderate pain, 11 days after the last surgery-procedure.  Just sitting in a restuarant with my wife and mother for a birthday brunch for an hour has triggered a lot of pain.  Plus it was the first time in 3 days that I had put on the leg bag and been in a car.
 
I would have never dreamed, that since that fateful dx, I would have had open PC surgery, 6 corrective surgeries, 39 radiation treatments, and be on my 19th catheter, having now spent well over a year of on-cath time.  It truly is what it is, but who could have ever guessed.
 
I dont think of any of us as having an easy time.  Same horrible bastar# of a cancer, different battles on different days.  And I think we have all learned from one another, and have learned tolerance too, which is important.
 
In the almost 2 years I have been here, I have seen a  change in thinking, an improvement, an evolution if you like that word, and thats a good thing, HW is a dynamic place, never stale, always changing.  And everytime you think you had enough, and perhaps its time to move on, another line of new brothers/sisters shows up on the doorstep.  And I can't speak for anyone else, I just can't make myself turn my back on them.  I remember my own ignorance of this disease, I remember my own fears and horrors of having cancer again, so the best thing to do, is to reach out and welcome our new friends, into this world that none of us would every choose, and try to make it easier as they make their own rite of passage through the cruelty of PC.  Just my take.
 
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 cath #6 - 41 days, 8/9 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 - 38 days, mapped  9/9, 10/1 - 3rd corr. surgery - SP cath, 10/5 - 11/27 IMRT SRT 39 sess/72 gys ,cath #8 33 days, Cath #9 35 days, Cath #10 43 days, 1/19 - Corr Surgery #4,  Caths #11 and #12 ,Cath #11 - 21 days,  Cath #12 - 41 days, 3/2- Corr Surgery #5, Cath #13 - 4 days, Cath #14- 27 days, Cath #15 - 26 days, Cath #16 - 31 days, Cath #17 - 39 days, 7/2 - Corr Surgery #6, 7/2 - Caths #18 & #19


vam4710
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Date Joined May 2010
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   Posted 7/13/2010 11:32 AM (GMT -6)   
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAVE!!! And MANY MANY more! This horror of a disease has it's way of getting into each and everyone of our minds and playing it's games in different ways. I've been reading, posting and lurking around quite a bit since my dx. I am optimistic through my recovery and if I do get a little down I think of the others that are here and what they have gone through. I'm sitting here after reading your post and cannot even come up with the right words to say with all that you have experienced. My journey is nowhere near what you have gone through. I truly hope that your last procedure will really be your LAST. I admire you for your thoughtful words of encouragement and advice.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY BROTHER!!

Vito


Diagnosis June 1, 2010 @ age 50
PSA  1.7-  Sept 2008
PSA  2.14 Sept. 2009
PSA  2.75 April 2010
Biopsy - May 25, 2010
1 of 12 cores positive;  Gleason 3+4 = 7  25%;   Stage T1c
June 4, 2010
CT and Bone scan - All Negative
Da Vinci Surgery  7-7-2010
PATHOLOGY TBA
 
Northern NJ


142
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   Posted 7/13/2010 11:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Happy Birthday!
I've had one of those since my PCa DX as well, and figured it is a landmark - I'm still here -

Hope the rest of the day is a bit more comfortable.

Steve n Dallas
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   Posted 7/13/2010 11:39 AM (GMT -6)   

Happy birthday.

Ever Grab the Bull by the Horns?

Then Remember the Rest of That Two Thousand Pound Animal Comes With..

 


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.


rhb47
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   Posted 7/13/2010 11:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Happy Birthday, Dave!!!!! You were one of the first people to welcome me to the forum back in March '10(seems like a life time ago!) and I'll never forget your kind welcome. I never know what to say when I read about some of your trully awful experiences, but know that you've been a great help to me and I'm sending you the happiest of birthday wishes. I hope this next year brings you some better times.

Kind Regards,

Renee
Husband diagnosed 3/10
Age 56, PSA 4.7, free 7.6%
Biopsy 5 of 10 cores positve-all right side-25% to 57%
Gleason 6
DaVinci surgery with Dr. Vip Patel scheduled 8/9/10
 


goodlife
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   Posted 7/13/2010 12:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Happy Birthday David !

As Sonny so often says, "Every day is a gift "

Sometimes we ponder the value of the gift, but I still say, I'm glad to be on this side of the grass so far.
Goodlife
 
Age 58, PSA 4.47 Biopsy - 2/12 cores , Gleason 4 + 5 = 9
Da Vinci, Cleveland Clinic  4/14/09   Nerves spared, but carved up a little.
0/23 lymph nodes involved  pT3a NO MX
Catheter and 2 stints in ureters for 2 weeks .
Neg Margins, bladder neck negative
Living the Good Life, cancer free  6 week PSA  <.03
3 month PSA <.01 (different lab)
5 month PSA <.03 (undetectable)
6 Month PSA <.01
1 pad a day, no progress on ED.  Trimix injection
No pads, 1/1/10,  9 month PSA < .01
1 year psa (364 days) .01


lewvino
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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 384
   Posted 7/13/2010 12:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Happy Birthday and wishing you many more happy ones.

Larry
Age 55 / age at diagnosis 54, PSA 5.1
Robotic surgery 08/12/09 at Vanderbilt, Nashville TN. 
Final Path report:
20% of the prostate Involved
Tumor graded at T2C
Overall Gleason 3+4 (7)
Lymph Glands Clear, Positive Margin Noted in Right Apex
 
First post Surgery PSA - 0
Six month PSA - 0
Ten month PSA - 0


bsjoplin
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Date Joined Feb 2010
Total Posts : 308
   Posted 7/13/2010 12:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Happy Birthday: thank you for your willingness to help all the unknown people out here, even though your journey is not easy (and not completed).  Wishing you an easy journey, a LOOONG journey,  the rest of the way....
bob
 

Age@dx: 55

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

2/13/09        PSA=0.1

3/6/09          6week appt, start back to work Monday, 3/9.  script for Cialis

6/8/09          PSA=0.1

10/9/09        PSA=0.1

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

6/25/10       Final RT. ended up w/ 36 treatments, 64.8 Gy


SubicSquid
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Total Posts : 252
   Posted 7/13/2010 12:36 PM (GMT -6)   
David, happy birthday. Hopefully your next one will find you catheter and pain free. Squid.
*Age 63, PSA July 2009 5.66
*Diagnosed July 2009, Biopsy: 2 of 12 cores positive, Gleason 3 + 5 = 8
*MRI and Bone Scan Negative.
*open Surgery October 22, 2009
*Prostate, both nerve bundles, seminal vessels, and lymph nodes removed during surgery.
*Post surgery Biopsy, Gleason 4 + 3; 2 positive margins
*ED - Yes 
*30 day PSA (ultra-sensitive) .07
*90 day PSA (standard) <0.15
*01/10 - bladder neck stricture. opened during cysto exam. Cath #2 in for 5 days.
*03/01 - bladder neck stricture. Dilated during cysto exam. Cath #3 in place.
*03/11 - Bladder neck surgery. Cath #4 in place.
*03/15 - Cath #4 out. Great urine stream. Unfortunately, incontinence back to post surgery level.
*04/14 - Six month PSA .21.
*05/15 - Incontinence basically under control.  99% dry.  Wear pad daily at work "just in case".
*06/10 - Started IGRT.   39 treatments scheduled.
 


ejn
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   Posted 7/13/2010 12:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Happy birthday, although I am still on the front side of my journey awaiting surgery I always search and read your posts.  Although your experience sounds horrible the way you handle it and your courage gives me great hope and does help with my anxiety in a starnge way.  I am very glad that I have found all of you and now I know I am not alone as you already knew.  Thank you for your posts and good luck...better days are coming for you, this I know.

Age @ DX  53

Dx Date  April 2010

Gleason:  3+3=6
Biopsy: This was my 2nd Biopsy.  The Uro put me out and took 36 samples.  3 samples positive 1%, 2%, 2% no evidence of perineural invasion.
Stage:  T1c
CT Scan: Negative
DaVinci:  Coming up 8/11/10, Dr David Bryan, SSM DePaul-St Louis
 


Magaboo
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   Posted 7/13/2010 12:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Happy birthday, David and many happy returns. Sure hope that your ordeal is soon coming to an end. A very low PSA reading on your next test (I know it is coming up very soon) would be a well deserved birthday present for you. Keeping my fingers x'd.
Wishing you all the best in the years to come.
 
Your friend,
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 days - 66 Grays) on the 19th Dec., 08.
PSA in Jan., 09=0.05; July 09=<0.04; JAN 10=<0.04; Jul 10=<.04


Tudpock18
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   Posted 7/13/2010 1:21 PM (GMT -6)   
David, happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear Daaaaavid, happy birthday to you!
Believe me, that was a lot better than you having to listen to me singing it!  Hope you get what we all want you to get for your birthday...many years free of both pain and cancer.
 
Best wishes,
 
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"!

Tudpock18
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   Posted 7/13/2010 1:23 PM (GMT -6)   

P.S. to ejn and not to hijack David's thread but...dude...are you sure you want to have surgery with your stats?  3 of 36 with G6 and almost no % is almost cancer free.  Did you get a second pathology opinion and have you considered AS?

Respectfully,

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"!

RayPat
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Total Posts : 104
   Posted 7/13/2010 1:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Happy birthday David. I join all the others in wishing complete healing for you. You deserve nothing less for all the help you've given others.
Age 63

01/26/10 ...PSA 9....Referred to urologist
02/26/10 ...Met with urologist ...DRE normal but wanted to do biopsy
03/26/10 ...Biopsy done. 14 samples...3 positive on right side...all 11% Gleason 3+3
Urologist said stage T-1c.
Advised treatment. Said either surgery or radiation should work well.
4/26/10 Met with radiologist. Decided on Brachytherapy.
5/20/10 volume study done all looks good for Brachytherapy.
6/22/10 Brachytherapy done.
6/29/10 Not as quick a recovery as expected. Catheter in for a week. :>(


Worried Guy
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   Posted 7/13/2010 2:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Happy Birthday David,

The other day I was looking up something and came across this thread. (I think it might be your first or darn close to it.)

Newbie

It seems like a lifetime ago.

I wish you well.
Jeff (the leaking one)

Arnie
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Date Joined Aug 2009
Total Posts : 372
   Posted 7/13/2010 2:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Happy Birthday, David........you came into this world exactly 6 days before I did. And look where we've landed. I think we are, indeed, here to help those who continue to come along, especially since the info evolves and updates. Keep on posting, and here's to posting many more birthdays as well!
 
Arnie in DE
Age 56 (biopsy & surgery)
PSA at Diagnosis-3.9
Biposy 8/19/08--4 of 12 cores positive; 5% involvement, Gleason 6 (3+3)
 
Surgery 1/26/09-DaVinci Robotic Prostatectomy at Presbyterian Medical Center/HUP-Phila, PA
Dr. David Lee
 
Pathology Report- Adenocarcinoma, no capsular involvement, seminal vesicles clear, lymph nodes clear, negative margins, Gleason 7 (3+4), Stage T2C, NO MX, Prostate 61.8 grams, gland involvement 2-10%
 
Catheter removed after 8 days, totally dry at 3 months. ED issues continue, Viagra (via ADC) nightly (100mgs), VED use in earnest at 6 months. "Ball Park Frank" plumping at this point......ED at 10 months continues to improve, albeit slowly. Continued daily use of 100mg Viagra (ADC). Discontinued pump use; manual stimulation to varying states of erections; achieved penetratable erection on a couple of occasions----At 13 months, nocturnal erections are frequent. Still taking 100mg of ADC Viagra nightly. Libido still in the dumper, but working on it with doctors.
3 month PSA--<0.1
6 month PSA--<0.1
10 month PSA--<0.1
13 monthPSA--<0.1
18 month PSA--<0.1


tatt2man
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   Posted 7/13/2010 2:58 PM (GMT -6)   
David - wishing you a Happy Birthday that is full of joy, peace and contentment.
hugs
Bronson and Steve
.................
Age: 54 - gay - with common-law spouse of 13 years, Steve - 60
PSA: 04/2007- 1.68 - 08/2009 - 3.46 - 10/2009 - 3.86
Confirmation of Prostate Cancer: October 16, 2009 - 6 of 12 cancerous samples , Gleason 7 (4+3)
Doctor: Dr. Mohamed Elharram -Urologist / Surgeon - Peterborough Regional Health Centre
Radical Prostatectomy Operation: November 18, 2009 , home - November 21, 2009
Post Surgery Biopsy: pT3a- gleason 7 - extraprostatic extension - perineural invasion - prostate weight - 34.1gm -
ED Prescription: Jan 8/2010 - started daily 5mg cialis - girth back to normal -but not much length - will go for trimix in April when I see doc
Incontinence: Feb 2010- 3-5 pads/1-2 clothes changes/day- March 3, 2010 - week 14 after surgery -finally seeing improvement - March 29- incontinence better - 1-2 pads a day - one pad at night - May 25 - 1 pad during day - 1 pad at night for security (barely needed at all) - stress incontinence at work - lifting trees and shrubs...
location: Peteborough, Ontario, Canada
Post Surgery-PSA: - April 8, 2010 - 0.05 - I am in the ZERO CLUB - hooorah!
Next PSA - October 8, 2010 - TBA -
............


keysailfisher
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   Posted 7/13/2010 3:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Happy Birthday David ! Don't let yourself get down it won't help with healing.
It's a tough road to go down for all of us, some roads are rougher than others but
we will hit that smooth pavement when we are supposed to. Keep your spirits up.
Take care my friend,
 
Neal
age 45
psa 3.09
Biopsy results 12/9
Left side base 3+3=6 21% 2/2 cores positive
Left side mid  3+3=6 100% 2/2 cores positive
Left side apex 3+4=7 88% 2/2 cores positive
Right side - 0/6
CT & Bone scan negative
Davinci Feb. 5th 2010/ cath removal 2/16
 
Gleason-3+4=7
Extent of tumor-Bilateral
Extraprostatic Extension-Absent
Seminal Vesicles-Negative for tumor
Surgical Margins-Rt apical margin focally positive
lymphovascular invasion-Suspicious in areas of capsular involvement
Regional lymph nodes-One node negative
Stage-T2c NO Mx
Incontinence-yes/ Down to 1 pad at 6 weeks out
11 weeks pad free
PSA 3/29/10 <0.01
PSA 6/23/10 <0.01


Burlcodad
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   Posted 7/13/2010 3:25 PM (GMT -6)   

Happy Birthday David.  Hopefully this will be a better year for you. 

Best wishes

Ray


Diagnosed 9/09 at age 54  
PSA 6/09 1.3 
Stage 2b (biopsy done because of firmness felt on right side) 3 positive cores out of 12 (all less than 25%) Gleason 6
 
Surgery  1/13/10 at UP- Penn Presbyterian - Dr David Lee. Home 1/14/10 Nerves spared on both sides -Catheter removed 1/19/10  Path report scheduled for 2/11/10
 
Post OP Pathology Report Gleason score was upgraded to 7 (3+4)
no capsular involvement, seminal vesicles clear, lymph nodes clear, negative margins, gland involvement 2-10%
 
Since report was good and recovery going well next appt is now  the first psa test appt scheduled for 4/22
 
POST OP PSA   4/10 <0.1,
 
Incontinence - Initial 6 pads a day, 3 Weeks - 3 pads a day relatively dry at night , 3 Months mostly dry 0-1 pad per day
 
ED - yes but seeing some improvements - levitra 10 mg 2x week 3 months  100 mg almost daily
 
 
 


ejn
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   Posted 7/13/2010 3:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Tudpock,  The 2nd opinion is in progress right now awaiting the result.  I am at odds with this decision.  I cant stand the thought of it in me and both of my parents died of cancer.  I am also worried that my job is going to end since work has been real slow and I have really good insurance right now.  Although I do have a scheduled surgery if the path comes back differently I can always put it off.  I have struggled with this decision for 2 years.  Even after the first biopsy came back negative my uro and I still knew it was there.  I am almost certain that a post op path will come back with more PC than the biopsy found...they usually do.

Age @ DX  53

Pre OP PSA: 1/2008=5.9, 2/2010=6.0 (free=9%)

Biopsy, 4/10/2010 This was my 2nd Biopsy.  The Uro put me out and took 36 samples.  3 samples positive 1%, 2%, 2% no evidence of perineural invasion. T1c

Dx Date  April 2010

Gleason:  3+3=6
CT Scan: Negative
DaVinci:  Coming up 8/11/10, Dr David Bryan, SSM DePaul-St Louis
 


Purgatory
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   Posted 7/13/2010 3:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Just woke up from a random nap, being doing a lot of those lately, and was thrilled to see the responses from my brethren here. Thanks to each and everyone of you, that has already replied. This is my 2nd post-PC birthday actually, hadn't thought of that before. Bronson - thanks for the electronic card, I saved it and appreciated it. Yes, I try to grab a hold of Sonny's philosophy about each day, he's just better at doing that then me. If I didn't have to keep physically hurting so many times aday, I would have a better attitude, but tough guy or no tough guy, a person can only deal with so much pain, and each day I awake, those first few seconds, nothing is hurting, and I start to remember my life before pain. Unfortunately, right now, that glow doesn't last long. At home, I have to work extra hard at never taking out how I am feeling on those around me, and not to brag, but 99% of the time, I do a pretty good job of it, but that 1% that I slip, I feel terrible after, but even then, its only the pain talking, not the real me.

ejm - let me divert a sec too, and I agree with tudpock above, not saying you shouldnt be treated, but with that low amount/grade of cancer, are you sure you want to have a major surgery with the gamble of life changing side effects based on that? i dont know your whole deal, but, you look like you would be a good candidate for AS, at least to get started. If treatment is still required, you would be fortunate enough to have the full spectrum of treatments available to you, i.e., Seeding would make perfect sense as a choice. Tudpock was one of our original poster childs for that method, and he could fill in all the blanks for you. either way, our policy here, is to back our brothers in their treatment. just a thought

actually, if i was really going to "get" what i wanted for my birthday, i would have to wait till after my wife got home from work later tonight, but with two catheters in place, one being the dreaded foley, that's not going to happen either. but at least it was a nice thought while it last.

thanks guys, thankful for each and every one of you

birthday boy 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 cath #6 - 41 days, 8/9 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 - 38 days, mapped  9/9, 10/1 - 3rd corr. surgery - SP cath, 10/5 - 11/27 IMRT SRT 39 sess/72 gys ,cath #8 33 days, Cath #9 35 days, Cath #10 43 days, 1/19 - Corr Surgery #4,  Caths #11 and #12 ,Cath #11 - 21 days,  Cath #12 - 41 days, 3/2- Corr Surgery #5, Cath #13 - 4 days, Cath #14- 27 days, Cath #15 - 26 days, Cath #16 - 31 days, Cath #17 - 39 days, 7/2 - Corr Surgery #6, 7/2 - Caths #18 & #19


Sleepless09
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   Posted 7/13/2010 3:41 PM (GMT -6)   
David ---- Many Happy Returns. May you look back on this birthday as the turning point on your road to health, a long life, and prosperity.

I shall have an extra rum and coke in your honor this evening.

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 
 
  


spottydog10
Regular Member


Date Joined Dec 2009
Total Posts : 345
   Posted 7/13/2010 4:01 PM (GMT -6)   

Happy Birthday David,
Yep, it's a funny old world.
I'm a middle aged man pumping my co*k (a coincidence I assure you)
and wishing another middle aged man happy returns.

All the best mate:)

Mike

 


Age 52
PSA 5.5  june 09
biopsy july 09 gleason 3+3 = 6   5% and 50% in 2 of 12 cores
robotic prostatectomy nov 7 prostate weight 45gm
path report gleason 3+4 = 7 (yukk)
clear margins

post op psa 22/12/09   0.04
                    09/04/10 <0.03
                    09/07/10 <0.03

no incontinence after 7 days
total ed, good erection using the pump

 


pa69
Regular Member


Date Joined Mar 2009
Total Posts : 260
   Posted 7/13/2010 4:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Happy birthday David. My 71st is coming up on the 20th. As we celebrate growing older let's find a way to beat this monster invading our bodies.

I'll raise a martini to you tonight.

Best wishes,
Bob
Age 70, First ever PSA 7.8 taken June 2008, Biopsy July 2008, 10 of 12 cores positive, Gleason 3+3=6
da Vinci surgery December 10, 2008, catheter removed December 29 2008
St. Lukes Hospital, Bethlehem, Pa.
Dr. Frank Tamarkin
Prostate weight 73.0 grams, Gleason 3+3=6, stage pT3a
Tumor locations: right anterior apex, right posterior apex to mid
left anterior mid to base, left posterior apex to mid
extensive perineural invasion in right anterior apex, right and left posterior apex to mid
seminal vesicles negative
Six PSA tests undetectable, latest April 30
Pad free beginning Mar. 18, 2010!


Ricky2
Regular Member


Date Joined Dec 2009
Total Posts : 97
   Posted 7/13/2010 4:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Happy Birthday David!

I hope and pray that your next year will improve. God Bless!

Ricky2
Age 70

PSA 5/2008- 3.6, PSA 7/2009- 6.1, retested 9/2009-5.1.
Biopsy 9/2009. 4 of 12 positive. Gleason 3+4=7
CT and bone scan negative.
Robotic De Vince Surgery 10/29/2009. 1 night in hospital. No pain. Cath out on 11/6
Pathology Report: Gleason score 3+4. Margins slightly involved <.1mm to .25mm. Perineural invasion present, stage pT2c. Tumor 18%. Seminal Vesicle - absent, Lymph Nodes 0 of 6.
Continence- first 4 weeks after cath out Dry at night, rest of time, bladder held nothing. 6-7 pads per day. as of 12/30 no pads most of time. almost dry except for a few drips. I keep doing Kegels.
ED. Started VED on 12/17/2009. Every other day for 15 min. Cialis .20 mm twice a week
PSA 02/08/2010 <.1
02/22/10 Trimex injection .2ml less than 50% just a little discomfort.
PSA 05/14/2010 <.1
ED still no natural erection at 5/14/2010. Trimex at .5 cc gives 80% erection..urn to increase potency of trimex..pg to .45.

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