Another date with the surgeon's scapple

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   Posted 10/13/2010 5:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Like so many here at HW who are dealing with multiple issues, I am facing another tumor surgery not related to PCa.
In 2002, doctors dicovered a "schwannoma" (non-malignant nerve sheath tumor) in my upper chest. It was then the size of a tennis ball, located about where my right collar bone and spine intersect (inside the rib cage). Bad location. Since it was causing little problems, my oncologist said we would watch it and try to "live with it". That sounded good to me.
Unfortunately, even though it is non-malignant, it grows about 5% a year in size. A recent MRI revealed it is now 8 cm in diameter (about the size of a baseball). More troubling is that it has constricted my right aorta and bronchus 50%. Yikes! (My wife says that explains a lot!) tongue
So back to the OR I go on November 17 for major thoracic surgery. Rather than split the breatbone, they are going in through my ribs under the right arm.Same hospital where I had RRP in September 2008, so I know the drill. I'll let you know how things turn out.
I thank all of you for the wonderful support and encouragement you were and continue to be to me. I don't post much anyome, but lurk almost daily to check in on my brothers and their loved ones.
Bless you, everyone.
Bill in San Diego

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Date Joined Jun 2010
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   Posted 10/13/2010 5:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey, Bill in San Diego...this is Chris in San Diego...Which hospital did you have surgery in and which surgeon?  I was with Dr. Ronald McIntyre at Sharp.  Good luck with this next challenge.

Age at Dx: 56
DaVinci Prostatectomy: 10/28/09

Stage: T2C

Gleason - 3+4 = 7

Prosate: 52 grams

Incontinence - absolutely at first, better with time and kegels

ED - Indeed

Married, father of two (boys 19 and 18)

11 months later: member of the "zero" club, working on one "safety" pad for 24 hours. Took Cialis for 6 months (no apparent affect), Tri-mix works, though!

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   Posted 10/13/2010 5:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey neighbor Chris. My RRP was at Sharp Grossmont in La Mesa. I was pleased. Dr. Franlin Gaylis did a great job. Still in the zero club. My Onco is Dr. Charles Kossman, the world's best in my opinion. He is at Alvarado Hospital.

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Date Joined Jan 2010
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   Posted 10/13/2010 8:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Chris - wishing you all the best with the upcoming surgery - and continued success with PCa.
Age: 55 -gay with spouse, Steve - live in Peteborough, Ontario, Canada
PSA: 10/06/2009 - 3.86
Biopsy: 10/16/2009- 6 of 12 cancerous samples, Gleason 7 (4+3)
Radical Prostatectomy: 11/18/2009
Pathology: pT3a- gleason 7 -extraprostatic extension -perineural invasion -prostate weight -34.1 gm
Post Surgery-PSA: April 8, 2010 - 0.05 -I am in the ZERO CLUB
Sept 23, 2010 -0.05 - again -hoorah !

Cajun Jeff
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Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted 10/13/2010 9:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Bill here is wishing you the best with the scapple.

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
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