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BillArb
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   Posted 9/15/2010 9:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Finally, the waiting is over!  It feels as though time has dragged since my positive biopsy in June.  I'm having open surgery and hope to be home by Sunday or Monday, at the latest.  Last week, my wife and I did a drugstore run and purchased all of the post-surgery supplies I read about on this website.
 
I've been exercising daily even before I was diagnosed and have a very positive attitude about what I expect will be the outcome of this surgery.  I've already beaten alcoholism (29 years sober) and lymphoma.  Iwill now beat prostate cancer.  By my count, I'll have used up 3 of my 9 lives after this surgery!

April6th
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   Posted 9/15/2010 9:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Good luck!

Let us know how your recovery goes.

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
PSA tested on 7/15/10: Zero Club membership card issued (trial membership with 90 day renewal)

TinFoilHat
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   Posted 9/15/2010 9:25 AM (GMT -6)   
BillArb,

Awesome attitude! I'll be thinking of you.

I'm a little over a week behind you (surgery-wise).

Good luck.
Jeff

Age: 49 (09/61)

PSAs: 12/08 - 1.8, 12/09 - 2.5, 6/10 - 3.9, 8/10 - 5.7

Biopsy 8/10: 14 samples, 5 positive, Gleason: 3 + 3

RP scheduled 9/23/2010

stevmac1
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   Posted 9/15/2010 9:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Best of luck. You'll do great with that attitude!
steve
50 Yrs. old. DX Feb, 2010 w/6.6 PSA.
Biopsy 04-24-10, Gleason 3+3=6
4 of 5 cores left side inv. 4 of 6 rt side
RRP 06-07-10....
16 days post-op, catheter out.
Gleason upgraded to 3+4
No involvement of lymph nodes & seminal vesicle.
Perineural invasion present :(
Totally continent @ 8 weeks post-op. (!!!)
1st post-op PSA @ 12 weeks - Less than 0.05

tatt2man
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   Posted 9/15/2010 9:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Bill - wishing you all the best for the surgery and a steady and boring recovery - great approach and attitude !
hugs
BRONSON

-POST NOTE - FIVE RESPONSES WITH THE SAME TIME - must be a good luck charm

Steve n Dallas
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   Posted 9/15/2010 9:25 AM (GMT -6)   

Looking forward to seeing you on the other side.

Hope everything comes out ok...pardon the pun shocked


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.
Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional..

SHU93
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   Posted 9/15/2010 9:26 AM (GMT -6)   
BillArb,
Good Luck!!! As the Anestezologist (doubt thats spelled right) said to me.... the hardest part for the patient is getting there and getting on the table after that its in the hands of the doctors. Keep us posted!!!

LIVESTRONG!!
Age Dx 37, 7/2008, First PSA : 4.17 5/2008
Second PSA After 2 weeks of antibiotics : 3.9 6/2008
DRE: Negative 5/2008, Biopsy: 6 out 12 Postive all on right side, Gleason 7 (3+4). Bone Scan/CAT Scan: Clear 7/2008
Cystoscope: Normal 7/2008, Prostate MRI: Normal 7/2008
Da Vinci Surgery 7/2008, PostOp: T2c (On Both sides), margins clear, seminal clear, nodes, clear. Gleason 6(3+3).
6 Post OP PSA's from 9/2008 to 6/2010: <0.1
 
 
 

Steve n Dallas
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   Posted 9/15/2010 9:27 AM (GMT -6)   
WOW...Look at the post times...Five people posting at the same time. And I guess I type to slow.

James C.
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   Posted 9/15/2010 9:27 AM (GMT -6)   
See ya on the other side, hope you have an easy recovery
James C. Age 63
Gonna Make Myself A Better Man tinyurl.com/28e8qcg
4/07: PSA 7.6, 7/07 Biopsy: 3 of 16 PCa, 5% involved, left lobe, GS3+3=6
9/07: Nerve Sparing open RRP, Path: pT2c, 110 gms., margins clear GS6
3 Years: PSA's .04 each test until 04/10-.06, 09/10-.09- Uh-Oh, reoccurance?
ED continues: Bimix- .3ml or Trimix- .15ml

bsjoplin
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   Posted 9/15/2010 9:28 AM (GMT -6)   
sounds like you got lots of lives left!! congrats on your accomplishments already and BIG congrats on the ++ attitude! wishing you all the best and a QUICK RECOVERY!
bob
 

F8
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   Posted 9/15/2010 9:28 AM (GMT -6)   

Bill -- good luck and speedy, uneventful  recovery to you man.  i'm well into my 21st year now  and really what worked then still applies today....but i'm sure you know that cool .

ed


age: 55
PSA on 12/09: 6.8
no symptoms, no prostate enlargement
12/12 cores positive....gleason 3+4 = 7
HT, BT and IGRT
received 3rd and last lupron shot 9/14/10

a777
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   Posted 9/15/2010 9:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Goooood Luck!!!!!!!!!!
Age-65
PSA- 9.9
G7 (3+4)
6 of 10 positive (two were 2% at 3+3 so nothing to worry about)
The part to worry about-
left base (conventional type seen in 2/2 cores, involving 50% of submitted tissue, G7 (3+4-pattern 4 accounting for 40% of tumor)
left mid (conventional type seen in 2/2 cores, involving 50% of submitted tissue, G7 (3+4-pattern 4 accounting for 40% of tumor)

Purgatory
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   Posted 9/15/2010 10:22 AM (GMT -6)   
bill,
good luck, brother, we will be waiting for you on the other side.

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.

Timm
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   Posted 9/15/2010 10:50 AM (GMT -6)   
     Bill-Your almost to the " that was no big deal phase." see ya on the good side.        Tim
58 yrs.
PSA 6.94 12/10
Bio. 8 of 12 cores pos. 2/1
Gleason 3+4=7
Da Vinci 4/14
Tumor volume 9%
Extraprostatic extension- within margins
Margins clear
T2c NO Mx
PSA. 6wks. surgery .01
PSA. 4 1/2 months .01

Patches
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   Posted 9/15/2010 10:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Best wishes and stay in touch.
Age 49 years old with no family history of PCa. but had testicular cancer in 1985.

PSA on 3-8-2010 was a 5.6
PSA re-take on 3-17-2010 was a 4.4
Biopsy collected on 4-17-2010 showed 2 of 12 cores malignant with Gleason scores of 3+3 Stage T1C.
RALP surgery 7-21-2010 at Hopkins.
Pathology report revealed that the cancer was organ confined, all margins negative and a Gleason score of 6.

Dave7
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   Posted 9/15/2010 11:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Good luck. 
 
The most stressful part of this whole thing for me was making the treatment decision, selecting the surgeon and then waiting for the surgery date to arrive.  The rest was out of my hands.
Age:54
PSA 5/22/06: 5.6
DaVinci surgery: 9/14/06
Gleason: 3+3
Organ confined, clean margins.
Both nerve bundles spared.

Highwayman
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   Posted 9/15/2010 2:07 PM (GMT -6)   
BillArb,
best of luck. Please share with us after.
Mike

Igor
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   Posted 9/15/2010 4:38 PM (GMT -6)   

Dear BilArb:

Good luck.  I had a Robotic Assisted Radical Prostatectomy on June 14th.  I was fearful about the anesthesia, but it was like I had amnesia during the 4 hour operation.  I awoke and my son and wife were there to comfort me.   

Three months later I am 100% except for ED which I had to a degree before the RP.

I hope you have the same results.  Keep us informed.

Igor

 

 

 

 


9/09 PSA: 3.6, no biopsy
dx age 59 a: 4 /15/10 PSA 4.3 biopsy 2 out of 12 positive, Glsn 4+4=8
bone scan, pelvic cat scan negative
second opinion: 5/16/2010 PSA 4.3 Glsn 3+4=7
MRI prostate no spread outside prostate
RP:Sloan Kettrg- 6/14/10, pathology report: no spread o/s capsule, sem vesicles, blad neck, nerves, or lymph nodes. neg margins T2b
6 wk PSA 7/26/10: undetectable-less than .05

NEIrish
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   Posted 9/15/2010 5:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Pain buttons are a good thing. Cough pillows are a good thing. Wife shopping with you for your post surg stuff ahead of time is a good thing. HW support guys/girls are a good thing. Attitudes like yours a very good thing. Wishing you more and all GOOD THINGS!
Husband 60yrs., no symptms: PSA 10/04 2.73, 12/06 3.64, 5/09 3.9, 10/09 4.6, 1/10 5.0w/ free PSA 24
6 core biop 4/1/10 path rept: rt mid: adnocarc. G=3+3, 5% of core; R apx v. susp. minute ca, R base bnign w/ mod. atrophy, L side atrphy only; 2nd opnion JH confrmd
MRI - 15mm nodule
BiLatRP surg 7/6/10, path: T2c, nodes, sem.ves, extra caps. neg., adenoc both sides G=3+3 cntinent, Viagr-8/27 ED

Herophilus
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   Posted 9/15/2010 5:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Good Luck.
Please keep us updated
Hero

TryingToStayCalm
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   Posted 9/15/2010 7:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Best of luck tomorrow Billarb.. we are all here waiting for your return. You are ahead of the game in that you found this website before the surgery .. it helped get you to the right docs, buy the right things, and hopefully allayed your fears a bit .. now .. get through it .. and come back to us .. soon!

Judy
Husband DX on 6/30. Age 56. PSA b/fore surg. 7.9. Biopsy 6/12 positive 5=50%/90%, 1/10%. PNI present. Gleason 7 (3+4). Robotic RP Mt Sinai. NYC. 8/26. POST SURGERY PATH: Extensive bilateral involvement. Gleason 7 (4+3) w/ some 5 patterns. 70% of slides contain tumor. 42g. Extends beyond capsule into tissue and left seminole vesicle. Extensive Intra & Extra prostatic PNI w/tumor. Lymphs neg. pT3b

An38
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   Posted 9/15/2010 8:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Bill,

All the best for your surgery and our thoughts are with you.
I remember you posted once in the August surgery thread and I hope that some of what we learnt there will help you too.
My best tip is not to eat too much before your first bowel motion.

All the best,
An

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   Posted 9/15/2010 8:44 PM (GMT -6)   
We'll be waiting for news - don't get in too much of a hurry - it will all sort out in time.
 
My best -

Cajun Jeff
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   Posted 9/15/2010 9:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Bill-Hope your trip to the other side goes well. Will be waiting for an update.

Cajun Jeff
9/08 PSA 5.4 referred to Urologist
9/08 Biopsy: GS 3+4=7 1 positive core in 12 1% cancer core
10/08 Nerve-Sparing open radicalSurgery Path Report Downgrade 3+3=6 GS Stage pT2c margins clea
r3 month: PSA <0.1
19th month: PSA <0.1
Only issue at this time is ED

Burlcodad
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   Posted 9/16/2010 3:31 PM (GMT -6)   

Bill

Hope things go well

 

Ray

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