4-month visit with surgeon

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clocknut
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   Posted 1/10/2011 7:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Actually, it's nearly 5 months since surgery.  Here's a summary of my visit today with my uro/surgeon.
1.  He was very pleased with my 0.01 PSA number.
2.  He did the digital exam anyway, but didn't really explain why.
3.  He asked about urination (frequency, quality of stream, continence)
4.  He asked about ED issues and mentioned that Levitra is now $9 a pop for the 20 mg pill at Walmart.
5.  He said that a healthy heart diet also is good for a healthy prostate situation.
6.  He said my next PSA/meeting with him would be in six months.
7.  He said my chances of a recurrence are "extremely minimal."  (hope he's right).
 
Wednesday, I have a second epidural injection to try to get rid of the neck pain/shoulder weakness that's been a  thorn in my side (neck, actually), since Thanksgiving.  If that would just work, I'd feel pretty darned good.  We'll see.  Bill
 
 
 
 
Age 65
Dx in June 2010.
PSA gradually rising for 3 years to 6.2
Biopsy confirmed cancer in 6 of 12 cores, all on left side
Gleason 7 (3 + 4)
Bone scan, CT scan, rib x-rays negative.
DaVinci 8/20/10
Negative margins; negative seminal vesicles
5 brothers, ages 52-67 ; I'm the only one with PCa
Continence OK after 7 weeks. ED continues.
PSA 1/3/10: 0.01

keysailfisher
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   Posted 1/10/2011 7:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Hope you get a lifetime of zero's and some relief.
 
Neal

Purgatory
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   Posted 1/10/2011 9:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Bill, that sounds like a pretty good checkup and meeting with your doctor, and a nice big fat zero to boot
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

tatt2man
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   Posted 1/10/2011 9:50 PM (GMT -6)   
BILL:
congrats on the zero club membership - here's to a lifetime of zero's and the disappearance of the neck and shoulder problems -
hugs
BRONSON
Age: 55 - gay with spouse of 14 years, Steve
location: Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
PSA: 10/06/09 - 3.86
Biopsy: 10/16/09- 6 of 12 cancerous samples, Gleason 7 (4+3)
Radical Prostatectomy: 11/18/09
Pathology: pT3a -Gleason 7 -extraprostatic extension -perineural invasion -prostate weight -34.1 gm
PSA: 04/08/10 -0.05 -Zero Club
PSA: 09/23/10 -0.05 -Zero Club
PSA: 03/12/11 - TBA

Sleepless09
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Total Posts : 1267
   Posted 1/10/2011 10:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Very nice, Bill, very nice indeed. As another G7 (3+4) guy I too hope your doctor is right about 'minimal.'

I hope you're popping a bubbly this evening in celebration.

Sheldon AkA Sleepless
Age 67 in Apil '09 at news of 4 of 12 cores positive T2B and Gleason 3 + 3 and 5% to 25% PSA 1.5
Re-read of slides in June said Gleason 3 + 4 same four cores 5% to 15%
June 29 daVinci prostatectomy, Dr. Eric Estey, at Royal Alexandra Hospital Edmonton one night stay
From "knock out" to wake up in recovery less than two hours.  Actual surgery 70 minutes
Flew home to Winnipeg on July 3 after 5 nights in Ramada Inn  ---  perfect recovery spot!
Catheter out July 9
Final pathology is 3 + 4 Gleason 7, clear margins, clear nodes, T2C, sugeron says report is "excellent"
 
Oct 1st 09 -- dry at night, during day some stress issues.
Oct 31st padless 24/7 
 
First post op PSA Sept 09  less than 0.02
PSA on Oct 23, 2009 less than 0.02
PSA on Jan 8, 2010  less than 0.02
PSA on April 9, 2010 less than 0.02 
PSA on July 9, 2010 (one year) less than 0.02
  

clocknut
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   Posted 1/10/2011 10:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Diid you guys notice the line in my post about the price reduction for Levitra 20mg? The pill can be cut in half, or maybe even in quarters, which makes it much more reasonable. I think it had been $18 or more previously per pill. I have some 5mg Ciallis right now, which isn't really doing anything. I'm ready to try something different.
Age 65
Dx in June 2010.
PSA gradually rising for 3 years to 6.2
Biopsy confirmed cancer in 6 of 12 cores, all on left side
Gleason 7 (3 + 4)
Bone scan, CT scan, rib x-rays negative.
DaVinci 8/20/10
Negative margins; negative seminal vesicles
5 brothers, ages 52-67 ; I'm the only one with PCa
Continence OK after 7 weeks. ED continues.
PSA 1/3/10: 0.01

An38
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Total Posts : 1148
   Posted 1/11/2011 5:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Great news Clocknut!!

Sounds like you have a really good doctor.

All the best,
An
Husband's age: 52. Sydney Australia.
Family history: Mat. grandfather died of PC at 72. Mat. uncle died of PC at 60. He has hereditary PC.
PSA: Aug07 - 2.5|Feb08 - 1.7|Oct09 - 3.67 (free PSA 27%)|Feb10 - 4.03 (free PSA 31%) |Jun10 - 2.69. DRE normal.
Biopsy 28Apr10: negative for a diagnosis of PC however 3 focal ASAPs “atypical, suspicious but not diagnostic” for PC. Review of biopsy by experienced pathologist, 1/12 core: 10% 3+3 (left transitional), 1/12 core: ASAP (left apex)
Nerve sparing RP, 20Aug10 with Dr Stricker. Post-op path: 3+4 (ISUP 2005). Neg (margins, seminal vesicles, extraprostatic extension). Multifocal, with main involvement in the fibro-muscular zone. T2C.
Post RP PSA,
Lab 1: Sep10 – 0.02|Nov10 – 0.03|Dec10 – 0.03
Lab 2: Nov 10 - 0.01|Dec10 – 0.01

James C.
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Total Posts : 4462
   Posted 1/11/2011 9:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Bill, that's good news all the way. Thanks for sharing with us. Here's wishing you a lifetime of zero's and good reports.
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, GS6
9/07: Nerve Sparing open RP, Path: pT2c, 110 gms., clear except:
Probable microscopic involvement-left apical margin -GS6
3 Years: PSA's .04 each test until 04/10-.06, 09/10-.09, 01/11-.09
ED-total-Bimix 30cc
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