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Date Joined Jun 2010
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   Posted 9/25/2010 8:44 AM (GMT -6)   
More encouraging progress 4 months out from RP open surgery. I used to think that I'd be happy to get my incontinence to 3 pads a day...well, I hit the 2 pads a day mark this week. I feel like I still leak alot but not so much comes out as before, I guess those kegels are working.
Still working on the ED thing, there is some response but in the meantime the pump gets me to where I need to be to enjoy that part of the relationship. I'm hoping for full normality by Christmas.
For all those struggling with these issues...they do improve, stay positive. I thought the 2 pads a day era would never just happened.
I also feel like I never had cancer, I don't worry about PSA levels and live as if it never happened...I guess I'm over it and have moved on.
PSA 5.5 Jan 2010
Biopsy, both lobes involved
Gleason 3/4=7
Radical prostatectomy May 18, 2010
Catheter out June 3
Pathology: 15% involved, lymph nodes and vas deferens clear, margins clear
June 3-10 10-12 pads/day
2 months 8 pads/day
Aug 1, 2010 5-6 pads/day
Aug 20, 2010 3-5 pads per day
Aug 16, 3 month PSA: undetectable...woohoo!
ED 95% with viagara but not firm enough

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Date Joined Jan 2009
Total Posts : 2243
   Posted 9/25/2010 9:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Fantastic news and keep on moving on my friend. Good attitude to have at times like these.
Dx with PCA 12/08 2 out of 12 cores positive 4.5 psa
59 yo when diagnosed, 61 yo 2010
Robotic surgery 5/09 Atlanta, Ga
Catheter out after 10 days
Gleason upgraded to 3+5, volume less than 10%
2 pads per day, 1 depends but getting better,
 started ED tx 7/17, slow go
Post op dx of neuropathy
T2C left lateral and left posterior margins involved
3 months psa.01, 6 month psa.4, 6 1/2 month psa.5 on 11/28/10
Starting IMRT on 1/18/10, Completed 39 tx at 70 gys on 3/12/10
6 week Post IMRT PSA .44 a drop from .5 but maybe more
Great family and friends

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Date Joined Sep 2010
Total Posts : 1162
   Posted 9/25/2010 9:53 AM (GMT -6)   
That's great news, Arch. As someone whose open RP is still ahead of him, stories like yours are encouraging. Let us know when you're down to one pad.

I especially like the part about feeling like you never had cancer. I wanna go there...

James C.
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 4463
   Posted 9/25/2010 9:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Arch, glad to read good news this morning. Hope things keep improving as you progress.
James C. Age 63
Gonna Make Myself A Better Man
4/07: PSA 7.6, 7/07 Biopsy: 3 of 16 PCa, 5% involved, left lobe, GS6
9/07: Nerve Sparing open RRP, Path: pT2c, 110 gms., all clear except:
Probable microscopic involvement of the left apical margin -GS6
3 Years: PSA's .04 each test until 04/10-.06, 09/10-.09- Uh-Oh
ED continues: Bimix .30cc & Trimix .15cc PRN
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