Coming up on my first anniversary date of my RP surgery

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Date Joined Dec 2010
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   Posted 12/3/2010 4:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Everyone,
I've been reading quite a few of your posts for the past year and thought i'd add my two cents as it were. I have to say that i admire all of the posters here and in turn hope that each and every one of you are healing well and looking forward to a bright future. and for the guys that have yet to go through this journey, stay strong, do your homework about what YOUR specific treatment will be, choose your doctor wisely and then place yourselves in his and GOD's hands.
my journey began last september when after a routine physical my doctor sent me to a uorologist for a biopsy because a DRE and a PSA count of 5.7 revealed that there "Could" be a problem. You could've knocked me over with a feather after the call from the urologist came saying that they had found cancer in my prostate and he wanted me and my wife to come in for a meeting. well after almost three months of soul searching and trying to decide whether to have surgery, radiation, freeze the bugger or what, i went into the Aurora Medical center on december 8th and had my prostate removed via Divinci. after two weeks that dang Cathater came out as well. then i was was faced with "what next". things have progessed slowly, i'm still slightly incontinent (1 to 2 pads a day). but now i'm going to a physical therapist and that actually seems to be helping (maybe some of you guys still facing this demon might consider this?) and my latest PSA number is still nicely remaining in the 0.1 range. i just wanted to write and thank you all that had already been through this thing and let the others know that this diagnoses, though shocking, is not all it's cracked up to be, there is light at the end of this tunnel and it's not another freight train on the same tracks headed your way. like i said before stay strong, chose what's right for you and Let the people that care the most for you, take care of you for a while, then carry on.
Age: 59, 58 dx, PSA: 9/12 5.7.
7 of 12 cores Positive, 10-70%, Gleason 4+3
RP: 12/08, on catheters for 14 days
Cancer was located more within the left side so surgeon took erectile nerves on that side as well 
Incont & ED: Still working on those
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .01, 5/09 .01, 8/09 .01, 11/09 .01

James C.
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Date Joined Aug 2007
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   Posted 12/3/2010 6:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for joining us and sharing your story with us. I hope you will stay around and continue to participate..
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, next in Feb.
ED-total-Bimix 30cc

Ed C. (Old67)
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Date Joined Jan 2009
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   Posted 12/3/2010 8:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Congratulation on the zero PSA and welcome to this Forum. I had physical therapy after my catheter was out and it helped me a lot.

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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25393
   Posted 12/3/2010 8:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to our world, and thanks for sharing your PC journey with us
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 Not taking it
Latest: 6 Corr Surgeries to Bladder Neck, SP Catheter since 10/1/9, SRT 39 Sess/72 gy ended 11/09, 21 Catheters, Ileal Conduit Surgery 9/23/10

Cajun Jeff
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Date Joined Mar 2009
Total Posts : 4119
   Posted 12/3/2010 8:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks so much for your post. Im 1 year ahead of you and greatful for my stats at this time. I hope our post help the new guys.

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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