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sm416
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   Posted 9/6/2010 12:13 PM (GMT -6)   

I have read several of the posts on Healing Well, and can relate to several of the posts.  I am a novice at posting, but my issue is I am having a hard time believing that I had Prostate Cancer.   I had no difficultly before I had surgery, except the clicks and the pinches of the biopsy process.  My Gleason score was 3 +3.  My doctor recommended a book “Prostate and Cancer” which I read cover to cover.   I have had reasonable good health my entire life.   We, my wife, my doctor and I (based on a lot of education) decided that since we did not have a “crystal ball” that surgery was the best course of action.  You all know the post surgical results, from caths, to drips, to milking the cow, and something I have not had to deal with yet and that is sexual functionality.  I would like to know if there are others out there that have experienced this sense of, I guess you might call it “denial” of your condition.

 

Thanks in advance!


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   Posted 9/6/2010 12:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for writing and glad you found us. Of course I wish you did not need us but since you do well lets chat. First I would like to know your age, % of positive biopsies, and what your urologist has recommended thus far? If you are in otherwise great health, meaning you exercise, weight and height are proportioned and you are emotionally happy based on just the gleason score I would weigh out options other than surgery. There are plenty of great radiation oncologist that can give you positive results. In my opinion based on three years of talking to men that had the surgery, that would be the last option for me.
Nothing I say here is gospel it is merely opinion and there are great minds on this forum that will graciously share their knowledge. I look forward to hearing more from you and I will be watching this thread.

peace and grace
Dale
My PSA at diagnosis was 16.3
age 47 (current)

http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/dalechildress

My gleason score from prostate was 4+5=9 and from the lymph nodes (3 positive) was 4+4=8
I had 44 IMRT's
I was on Lupron, Casodex, and Avodart for two years with my last shot March 2009. I am currently (7-22-2010) not on any medication.
My Oncology hospital is The Cancer Treatment Center of America in Zion IL
PSA July of 2007 was 16.4
PSA May of 2008 was.11
PSA July 24th, 2008 is 0.04
PSA Dec 16th, 2008 is .016
PSA Mar 30th, 2009 is .02
PSA July 28th 2009 is .01
PSA OCt 15th 2009 is .11
PSA Jan 15th 2010 is .13
PSA April 16th of 2010 is .16
PSA July 22nd of 2010 is .71
Testosterone keeps rising, the current number is 156, up from 57 in May

T level dropped to 37 Mar 30th, 2009
cancer in 4 of 6 cores
92%
80%
37%
28%

Red Nighthawk
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   Posted 9/6/2010 12:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I can relate to your feelings. I couldn't believe it either. When my uro told me my PSA was elevated, I was so clueless on the subject that I actually said to him 'is that a bad thing'? How stupid was that? After the biopsy showed PCa, it was as if I was dreaming and it didn't feel real for many months because I felt so healthy otherwise. Eventually, the reality of the situation settles in. You are doing the right thing, first of all by being here. There are many, many knowledgable, caring, and supportive people here whom are willing to answer any of your questions as you proceed on this road ahead of you. Also, read books, especially Dr. Patrick Walsh's "A Guide to Surviving Prostate Cancer". You have time to research the subject and to eventually come to grips with it. Find the absolute best doctor to treat you, no matter what method you use. My uro had done only 20 daVinci robotic surgeries, so I had to say 'thanks, but bye, bye'.

Best wishes,

john
Age: 62
Pre-op PSA: 4.1
Post-op pathology:
Gleason grade: 3+4=7, present in both lobes, at least 1.1 cm, and occupying less than 5% of prostate by volume. pT2c NX MX
No lymphatic/vascular invasion present.
Seminal vesicles and extraprostatic soft tissue free of tumor.
Inked margins are free of tumor.
High grade prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia is present
Robotic RP: Sept. 15th, 2009 1 day in hospital, cath out on 9th day
Post-op PSA: at 4 weeks ---> .04
at three month intervals -> .03; .02 .05 (darn it!)
ED: Improvement is very slow but there are positive signs. Doc has NOT put me on ED drugs yet but I am starting to anyhow.

Surgery: Dr. Jim Hu. Brigham & Women's Hospital, Boston

Worried Guy
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   Posted 9/6/2010 12:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey sm416,
Yep! I too denied it. Check out my specs below. I was in perfect health with absolutely no problems. All parts worked perfectly. When my PSA came back at 17, I was sure it was some other guy's data. I took the Cipro anyway and then my PSA came back at 22. The 7 out of 12 biopsy almost convinced me. I was so dumb, I thought since my biopsy was 70% on one side and 5% on the other, the surgeon might actually leave half the prostate. Denial in spades.
Jeff
Married 34 years, DX Age 56. First routine PSA test on April 8, 09: 17.8. Start 2 weeks of Cipro to rule out protatitis. May '09 PSA: 22.6, 3 weeks later: PSA: 23.2.
Biopsy 6/10/09: 7/12 scores positive, 20%-70%, Gleason 3+4=7, 3+3=6. Bone and C/T scans neg.
RP DaVinci -7/21/2009 @ Univ of Roch Medical Center
Left nerve gone, right partial spared.
Catheter removed - 7/31/2009 Pathology report received:
Gleason 3+4=7, Tumor size: 2.5 x 1.8 cm, location: both lobes and apex.
Extraprostatic extension present; Perineural invasion: present, extensive.
No Malignancy in Seminal Vesicle, vasa deferentia, lymph nodes 0/13
Prostate mass 56 grams. Pathologic Stage: pT3aN0MX
Post Surgery Status:
Potency - 12/11 5 months, Still no activity, zip. Using pump daily since 11/11. No effect with 20 mg of Cialis or 100 mg of Viagra. Shots next See Uro 1/22/10 Trimix #1. Try 0.08- 25%, 0.12-25%, 2/26/10 try 0.16 First Success! 90%. 8/9/10 Now at 0.24 still 90%
Incontinence - 8/20 4 full pads per day
.. 9/7 3-4 full pads per day. Try controlling fluids.
12/11/09 5 months: 3 pads per day, 400-450ml/day
02/26/10 7 months: 3 pads but leak is now 320 ml (5 day avg.)
03/22/10 8 months: 3 pads per day, 280 ml/day (5 day avg.) PT says all muscles are tight and working properly. "There must be another issue."
5/22/10 10 months: 2 pads per day, 190 ml/day Scope on June 15 "Short sphincter"
7/15/2010 one year: 2 pads per day. 140 ml/day, dry in bed.
Post Surgery PSA - 9/3 6 weeks - 0.05; 10/13 3 months - 0.04
1/14 6 months - 0.05 (Siemens Centaur)
4/14 9 months - 0.04 (Siemens Centaur) and <0.01 (Roche ECLIA).
7/12 1 year - 0.03 (Siemens Centaur, direct chemilum); <0.01 (Roche Cobas 601 ECLIA)

Purgatory
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   Posted 9/6/2010 1:02 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had cancer 3 times before my PC dx, so I was not shocked, I was deeply disapointed. I was prepared a year in advance for the dx, as it took 3 biopsies to find mine. I had read the Walsh book at least a year in advanced, cover by cover. When it did sit down with my Uro after my dx, I was calm and we discussed what the numbers meant, and the basics of each available treatment. It was almost too calm.

When I left his office, it was late, it was dark out, and when I sat down in my car. It was only then it hit me between the eyes, and I cried for several minutes before I was able to leave the parking lot. By the time I drove the 20 minutes home, I had composed myself, and was ready to deal with it.

It hits everybody different. I just couldn't believe I was going to be dealing with another major cancer in my life. All I will say, is that I very much understimated the nastiness of PC, and how unpredictible it is, and just how many things can go wrong with treatments.

David in SC
Age: 58, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 7 of 7 Positive, 40-90%, Gleason 4+3
open RP: 11/08, on catheters for 101 days
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos marg
Incont & ED: None
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12, 4/8 .04, 8/6 .06 11/10 ?
Latest: 6 Corr Surgeries to Bladder Neck, SP Catheter since 10/1/9, SRT 39 Sess/72 gy ended 11/09, on Catheter #21, will be having Ileal Conduit Surgery in Sept.

Fairwind
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   Posted 9/6/2010 1:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome, SM416..Have you had any primary treatment, A prostatectomy??
Age today: 68. Married, 6', 215 pounds, active, no health issues.
PSA at age 55: 3.5, DRE negative. Advice, "Keep an eye on it".
PSA at age 58: 4.5
PSA at age 61: 5.2
PSA at age 64: 7.5, DRE "Abnormal"
PSA at age 65: 8.5, DRE " normal", biopsy, 12 core, negative...
PSA at age 66 9.0 DRE "normal", BPH, Finesteride. (Proscar)
PSA at age 67 4.5 DRE "normal" second biopsy, negative.
PSA at age 67.5 5.6, DRE "normal" U-doc worried..
PSA at age 68, 7.0, third 12 core biopsy positive for cancer in 4 cores, 3 cores Gleason 6, one core Gleason 9. Finesteride discontinued, still no urinary symptoms, never had any..From age 55 to 65 I had no health insurance.

I have a date with the robo surgeon on Sept 3 but I'm keeping my options open. I'm also looking at seeds combined with IGRT which seems to be having good results with high-risk patients..

Post Edited (Fairwind) : 9/6/2010 1:15:54 PM (GMT-6)


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   Posted 9/6/2010 1:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the forum.

I think denial is a pretty common reaction. I was too young, never even a sensation that anything was wrong, and then a random test added to annual blood work blows the world apart.

Friends loaded me up with Walsh's book and some others, and I read them cover-to-cover, thinking "all this can't be happening to me?"

With the numbers the doctors gave me, and the really bleak prognosis, I did the multiple opinions, thought out the impact, chose surgery, and then the path was ugly, so off to radiation.

Through all of this I continued to think that I would be in the 98% number that gets thrown around by the doctors (98% become continent, 98% ...) I did deny that I could be in the 2%, but hey, I'm there now.

I expected to be up and around in hours, but it was days. Back to work in days, but it was weeks. Back to normal in .... Well, that won't happen, so we redefine normal to fit where we are now.
My IGRT journey -
www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=35&m=1756808

F8
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   Posted 9/6/2010 1:35 PM (GMT -6)   

i'm past the point where i have to pinch myself but, yeah, i really did have to come to believe that i have cancer.  today i'm on the downside of my second lupron shot and i don't feel as fatigued from my radiations treatments.  i was singing and shuffling around the kitchen when i made breakfast this morning.

i almost feel "normal" today but i have to get my last shot of lupron in 10 days so i'm not quite there yet cool .....

F8


age: 55
PSA on 10/09: 6.8
no symptoms, no prostate enlargement
12/12 cores positive....gleason 3+4 = 7
ADT, brachy and IGRT

sm416
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   Posted 9/6/2010 1:49 PM (GMT -6)   
sm416 numbers and dates

My age: 58
Initial PSA: 2.7 JUNE 2009
PSA: 3.3 treated with cipro reduced to 2.9
PSA: 5.7 March 2010 treated with Cipro
PSA: 5.7 May 2010 scheduled biopsy
33% of 1 of 12 biopsy points (left side near bladder)
August 9th Prostectomy with 3D Robotic Surgery
August 16 Staples and cath removed
August 24 still limited to no driving and no lifting
August 30 allowed to drive
Sept 7 return to work.
No known previous history of prostate cancer.

Fairwind
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   Posted 9/6/2010 2:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Well you are off to a good start! Now, if you have them, could you post your pathology from the removed prostate? Gleason score, positive or negative margins, that sort of thing?

And yes, your PC is this little demon you will have to deal with the rest of your life..For the next couple of years there will be a lot of anxiety connected to PSA tests but when you reach that 5 year milestone, hopefully, things are pretty much back to normal..
Age today: 68. Married, 6', 215 pounds, active, no health issues.
PSA at age 55: 3.5, DRE negative. Advice, "Keep an eye on it".
PSA at age 58: 4.5
PSA at age 61: 5.2
PSA at age 64: 7.5, DRE "Abnormal"
PSA at age 65: 8.5, DRE " normal", biopsy, 12 core, negative...
PSA at age 66 9.0 DRE "normal", BPH, Finesteride. (Proscar)
PSA at age 67 4.5 DRE "normal" second biopsy, negative.
PSA at age 67.5 5.6, DRE "normal" U-doc worried..
PSA at age 68, 7.0, third 12 core biopsy positive for cancer in 4 cores, 3 cores Gleason 6, one core Gleason 9. Finesteride discontinued, still no urinary symptoms, never had any..From age 55 to 65 I had no health insurance.

I have a date with the robo surgeon on Sept 3 but I'm keeping my options open. I'm also looking at seeds combined with IGRT which seems to be having good results with high-risk patients..

JoeFL
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   Posted 9/6/2010 3:00 PM (GMT -6)   
sm416,
 
No denial for me. While I certainly was not happy about my PC dx, I can't say I was surprised. I have been told for years by my family physician that almost all men will have some form of PC if they live long enough. How much and how agressive are the main questions. Once diagnosed, I tried to learn all I could about my options and finally chose the treatment that I felt the most comforable with given my own set of circumstances (the accounts and opinions expressed on this site factored heavily in helping me make up my mind).
 
At this point, I have done all I can do and I am optomistic about a good outcome. One positive by-product for me is that I don't "sweat the small stuff" too much anymore. I'm finally learning to slow down and enjoy every day.
 
Don't look back. Give yourself some more time to heal. Just because they cut smaller holes in you doesn't change your surgery from major to minor. I'm guessing that things are going to look a lot better in several more months. Someone above gave you some good advice....start accepting and getting used to a new "normal".
 
Best wishes down the road,
 
Joe

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   Posted 9/6/2010 3:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I know that cancer can strike anybody, but was still very surprised that it would be me. Logically I knew I could get it, but on an emotional level I never really thought it would be me--no special reason, just that cancer happened to other unfortunate people.

Once I found out I got PCa though, there was no denial, in fact just the opposite. I read everything I could, shed some tears, was deciding on my treatment, and also couldn't help but sometimes dwell on the worst case scenarios such as my 'exit strategy', possible catastrophic surgery results and other negative things--most were not really even minutely likely, but I still couldn't banish them from my mind.

I also tried to take comfort in the statistics-- and all the not-as-negative things that prostate cancer had compared to other cancers. I tried to find things anywhere I could to distract me from the bad things. Fortunately, so far at least, things have worked out very well
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
PSA tested on 7/15/10: Zero Club membership card issued (trial membership with 90 day renewal)

tatt2man
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   Posted 9/6/2010 3:30 PM (GMT -6)   
sm416:
- there are times of denial in which it seems like ..." are we done yet with this?...." " .. I don't want to play this game anymore.." ... but as with prostate cancer and surgery / treatment ... there are no do-overs nor haven't-done- anythings ...

- I think the key thing is "getting on with your life" and doing your best to not let this beast called Prostate Cancer win... try to make what you did before surgery / treatment - the same as now -

- Denial is just one part of the five stages of grief ( as we all know) - the others being: Anger / Bargaining / Depression / Acceptance -
-grief certainly is not a linear process and I have found over the years that it jumps around and sometimes comes out of nowhere - and there you are, wondering what-the-heck-happened ...

- wishing you all the best in your post surgery journey - this is a great place for information and support - and a good place to vent when needed ...

hugs
BRONSON

Post Edited (tatt2man) : 9/6/2010 3:54:11 PM (GMT-6)


Casey59
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   Posted 9/6/2010 3:42 PM (GMT -6)   
sm416 said...

I would like to know if there are others out there that have experienced this sense of, I guess you might call it “denial” of your condition.

 
Hi and welcome sm416,
 
Glad to hear that you are moving forward with your post-surgery life.  I never really felt the "denial" you speak of, but let me tell you (by way of personal example) that it is very possible to move on with your life.  For my 12-month post-surgery PSA test, I did remember to go in to have the test taken, but I forgot for several days to call the doctor's office to get the result...it simply slipped my mind.  I am on an annual cycle of PSA tests now, and I have trouble remembering (I have to stop and think) what month I have to go in for testing.  This example from my experience may not mean much to you right now, but later down the road you may appreciate it more.  It's very possible to put it behind you...

sm416
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   Posted 9/6/2010 4:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you, all, for your positive posts. I think that I have classified my "denial" wrong. I often think about this cancer thing as nothing to worry about and have tried not to make it a big thing. I told family and a limited number of close friends about it. I think I was more worried about my wife and what she would have to go through. I know what it is like to wait during an operation (I have done that a couple of times with her). I recieved good news as to the pathology report all "negative surgical margins" and nothing found in the lymph nodes that were removed. You know I was in the Navy during the 'Nam conflict, but I really don't think of myself as a veteran, that is how I feel about the cancer. The book I read had a russian quote "Even though your boat has a hole in it, just keep rowing and bailing." or something like that. I am not ignoring the hole but I am rowing, and bailing a little.

Purgatory
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   Posted 9/6/2010 5:13 PM (GMT -6)   
sm

despite the variety of responses you have received, you are doing fine. we all deal in our own unique way, there is no right or wrong.

david
Age: 58, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 7 of 7 Positive, 40-90%, Gleason 4+3
open RP: 11/08, on catheters for 101 days
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos marg
Incont & ED: None
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12, 4/8 .04, 8/6 .06 11/10 ?
Latest: 6 Corr Surgeries to Bladder Neck, SP Catheter since 10/1/9, SRT 39 Sess/72 gy ended 11/09, on Catheter #21, will be having Ileal Conduit Surgery in Sept.

kbota
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   Posted 9/6/2010 8:39 PM (GMT -6)   
sm416; I can identify with your feelings. At one point, I almost had myself convinced that my dr was going to call any moment with the news that there had been a mistake, and I was fine. Even after my RRP, I kept thinking, maybe this was all just a big screwup, and I really don't have cancer after all. When it took a longer than expected, and longer than normal time to get my path report, that just fueled my denial.

Well, I obtained copies of all my pathology reports, and have scrutinized them for any shred of data that was inconsistent with my identity. nada, zip,..... it was me, and it was there, and it was real......and really really scary.

If you could post your staging and gleason score, that would tell most of us a lot about where you are.

I am pT2c N0 Mx, with a Gleason of 4+5=9 That's the ugly part. The good part is that I had negative nodes, and capsule contained cancer. Six week psa was non-detect. Now, I worry about micro mets. I'm also wrestling with whether to start Lupron hormone therapy for two years.

But, right now, I feel really good physically. I spent all weekend working in my garden, driving my tractor, and working in my shop. 10 to 12 hours a day in the heat, and there is probably not a 15 minute period of time when I don't think about the meaning of a Gleason 9, and it scares me. <sigh>
Age 57 at Diagnosis
May, 09 PSA 2.26
June, 10 PSA 3.07 Free PSA 18%
Met with Uro, DRE +
June, 10 Biopsy, 7 of 12 cores, up to 60%, 4+5=9
July 21, 2010 - RRP
Nodes negative
Vesicles negative
tumor contained in capsule, still 4+5=9
perineural invasion extensive
Aug 5, 10 catheter out
Sept 3, 10 PSA - 0.00 (great big whew)
As of 9/3/2010, I'm 99% continent - only occasional stress incontinence !

Red Nighthawk
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   Posted 9/6/2010 9:01 PM (GMT -6)   
sm, you most certainly are a veteran! You served your country and for that I thank you.
Age: 62
Pre-op PSA: 4.1
Post-op pathology:
Gleason grade: 3+4=7, present in both lobes, at least 1.1 cm, and occupying less than 5% of prostate by volume. pT2c NX MX
No lymphatic/vascular invasion present.
Seminal vesicles and extraprostatic soft tissue free of tumor.
Inked margins are free of tumor.
High grade prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia is present
Robotic RP: Sept. 15th, 2009 1 day in hospital, cath out on 9th day
Post-op PSA: at 4 weeks ---> .04
at three month intervals -> .03; .02 .05 (darn it!)
ED: Improvement is very slow but there are positive signs. Doc has NOT put me on ED drugs yet but I am starting to anyhow.

Surgery: Dr. Jim Hu. Brigham & Women's Hospital, Boston

sm416
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   Posted 9/17/2010 8:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Red Nighthawk,

Thank you for the acknowledgement. Not a lot of people at the time of that conflict wanted to thank those who served in the military. So many were not able to see that someone would have appreciated their service and the sacifice of their live.

Blessings to you.
Age: 58 Married 28 Years.
Initial PSA 2.9 elevated to 5.7 before Robotic RP surgery
33% of 1 of 12 biopsy points (left side near bladder)
August 9th Prostectomy with 3D Robotic Surgery
August 16 Staples and cath removed

goodlife
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   Posted 9/17/2010 9:18 PM (GMT -6)   
sm416

Where were you stationed ?

Welcome to HW. You can treat it with indifference, but don't forget about it. It can sneak back up on you.
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
15 month PSA <.01

Purgatory
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   Posted 9/17/2010 10:14 PM (GMT -6)   
sm.

there are actually quite a few of us Viet-nam vets scattered among the brethren here. Guess our general age frame puts many of us in the same war. glad you are a fellow vet too.

david
Age: 58, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 7 of 7 Positive, 40-90%, Gleason 4+3
open RP: 11/08, on catheters for 101 days
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos marg
Incont & ED: None
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12, 4/8 .04, 8/6 .06 11/10 ?
Latest: 6 Corr Surgeries to Bladder Neck, SP Catheter since 10/1/9, SRT 39 Sess/72 gy ended 11/09, on Catheter #21, will be having Ileal Conduit Surgery in Sept.

justus1292
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   Posted 9/20/2010 3:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I'd carefully weigh what radiation will do for you down the road. It could be much worse than the surgery. There are ways to deal with ED post op. Kemo? I'd ear my gun first.

sm416
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   Posted 9/25/2010 7:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Goodlife,

I have been remiss in answering your question. I was stationed on the USS Ranger out of Alameda Ca. (More like Subic Bay). 1973-1975. Apologize for the slow response.

Steve
Age: 58 Married 28 Years.
Initial PSA 2.9 elevated to 5.7 before Robotic RP surgery
33% of 1 of 12 biopsy points (left side near bladder)
August 9th Prostectomy with 3D Robotic Surgery
August 16 Staples and cath removed
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