the reason we have to take the ED drugs, is that AFTER the surgery, little willie (and i DO mean LITTLE) doesn't get nerve reaction and blood flow like he used to, and the drugs help keep him from losing his potential, while the nerves are growing back.
but BEFORE surgery, we got erections and did get blood flow, so drugs, for almost all of us, were totally unnecessary. it's after the surgery that things don't work like they used to. i never heard of anyone going on an ED regimen before, unless of course they happened to have ED problems before the surgery
wishing you the best on your upcoming. keep coming back!
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
6/25/10 Final RT. ended up w/ 36 treatments, 64.8 Gy