Wigged meets robot, it's jihad for this cancer.

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wigged-out
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   Posted 1/19/2011 12:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Greetings.

Well it's scheduled. My date with HAL 9000 is February 14th, 2011.

Between psa rises, Gleason scores, it was decided sooner than later, and get on with life.

Very oddly, this happens to also be Valentines day, but only good time for everyone involved. Geez. Wife says her valentine from me would be getting rid of the cancer.

I'm going to Northwestern Univ. Medical Center in Chicago area, and Dr. Robert Nadler is going to host.

I have accepted that after the surgery, I may develop a keen eye for interior decorating, all things fashion, and even clean myself up on a regular basis. Any or all would be just fine with the Mrs.

(I hope this offends no one, just trying to keep a sense of humor knowing the terror exists!)

I wish you all the best, and I'll keep you updated if my hands stop shaking long enough to type.

W-O, Over and out.
Age: 55- good health. Exercise regularly.
DRE 11/08- no lumps, just enlarged prostate
1st PSA, total- 11/08= 6.1
2nd PSA, total- 8/09= 6.6
Needle Biopsy 11/09- 12 samples. 11 OK. Right Lateral Mid- Adenocarcinoma Gleason score 3+3=6 9 involving 5% of specimen.
PSA rising from 7.0 to 8.0 thru 2010.
2nd biopsy- 2 positive cores, one a 3+3=6, 3% and the other a 3+4=7, 20%
Treatment needed.
Feb. 2011

James C.
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   Posted 1/19/2011 12:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Ok, decision made, time scheduled, now then relax, enjoy life, slow down and enjoy the next few weeks. Keep that old prostate emptied as often as opportunity allows.
If you haven't already ,start exercising. That'll do you a world of good in your post-surgery recovery. Did I mention take advantage of all the sex you can get? devil
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

Purgatory
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   Posted 1/19/2011 12:40 PM (GMT -6)   
We will all be waiting patiently for you on the other side, wishing you only the best surgical skills, the least amount of side effects, and a safe and speedy recovery.

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 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

Casey59
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   Posted 1/19/2011 12:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Wigged-out, I wish you the best. As James suggested, I'd also encourage you to keep up your exercise routine right up to surgery time, which will likely help speed your recovery. I started exercising (lightly) at 6-weeks after robotic surgery.

Turns out that I will also be at NMH in the morning of the Feb. 14 with my wife, up on the 21st floor of the Galter Pavilion (you'll probably be in Feinberg Pavilion)...do your best to try to stay away from the 21st floor (it's the cancer center floor).  I'd stop by to say "hi", but I think I'll have my hands full.

clocknut
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   Posted 1/19/2011 12:57 PM (GMT -6)   

Casey and Wigged,

What a terrible way to spend Valentine's Day.  I hope things go well for everyone.


tatt2man
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   Posted 1/19/2011 1:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Wigged:
Wishing you all the best for your upcoming surgery - and don't worry about any personality changes - I didn't notice any after my surgery .... but have a desire to buy a truck and operate heavy machinery now ....
:-)
hugs
BRONSON

wigged-out
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   Posted 1/19/2011 2:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Bronson,

Big smile on that one. Humor is what's keeping me sane right now. I'm hoping humor is denials twisted twin.

Casey59, I wish you and your family the best.

Exercise has never been a problem for me. My daily routine is 35 minutes on an elliptical trainer set to a pretty intense work out. This thing has all the charm of the electric chair, but gets the job done.

Since I got married about 20 years ago, wife and I have exercised all the time. She got me into that. I was content bench pressing 12oz. cans of beer to my mouth. I'm probably the first person to ever wear out a Nordic track. Went also went through a $3000 True treadmill, and now the elliptical.

So I'd say that I'm pretty focused on that aspect. I like to eat great food and great drink, and this alleviates some of the weekend damage.

I still worry that even though passionate with the Mrs., the naughty book industry might collapse without my presence. This may be fashions gain though.

Cheers.

W-O

Post Edited (wigged-out) : 1/19/2011 1:05:32 PM (GMT-7)


Sonny3
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   Posted 1/19/2011 2:12 PM (GMT -6)   
W-O,

Your getting lots of good advice about the exercise. I was released from the hospital the day after my surgery and was walking 1-4 miles a starting day 1. I really think it helped me with recovery.

AANNNDDD - start the post surgery diet about a week before. I had so few problems after surgery they weren't even worth mentioning because of this. I can't say strongly enough the benefits of this.

Good Luck and we'll be waiting for you on the other side.

Sonny

P.S.

Did anybody mention the great mental and physical health benefits of emptying the prostate as often as possible between now and Feb 14th?
60 years old - PSA 11/07 3.0 PSA 5/09 6.4
da Vinci 9/17/09
Post Surgery Pathology: GS 4+3=7
Stage: T3a
Tumor Volume 12.5% positive margin, extra-prostatic extension
30 day PSA 0.4, 50 day psa 0.53, 64 day psa 0.6
IMRT completed 1/15/10 35 treatments- 70Gy
2/23/10 Post IMRT PSA 1.0
3/22/10 PSA 1.5
4/19/10 PSA 1.2
5/22/10 PSA 1.3
8/9/10 Completed Radiation for MET
9/7/10 PSA 2.2
1/5/11 PSA 3.9

James C.
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   Posted 1/19/2011 2:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Bronson, good one, loved that... tongue
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

bsjoplin
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   Posted 1/19/2011 3:08 PM (GMT -6)   
wigged: are you having your procedure done by a power-hungry, anti-human computer (HAL9000) ??
myself, i'd search around the area for any safer alternatives....but to each his own, i guess....
wishing you all the best in the upcoming...keep us posted!
bob
Age@dx:55
5/05 PSA:1.8
12/07 PSA:3.7
7/08 PSA:4.7
8/08 Biopsy#1:3 of 6 irreg
11/08 PSA:6.5
12/08 Biopsy#2:of 12,3 cancer,other 9 irreg;Gl:3+3=6
1/22/09 RRP
1/25/09 Released
1/28/09 Path: PCa on 10%, lymph & SV benign, Gl:3+4=7,stage T2c
2/13/09 PSA:0.1
6/09 PSA:0.1
10/09 PSA:0.1
2/10 PSA:0.3
4/10 PSA:0.4 Referred to RO
5/4/10 First RT
6/25/10 Final RT;ended up 36 treatments,64.8 Gy.
8/10 PSA:0.2
11/10 PSA: 0.1

tatt2man
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   Posted 1/19/2011 4:03 PM (GMT -6)   
wigged out-
- remember that walking is best NOT to be on an incline right after surgery (this includes lots of stairs, hills, etc- as relayed to me by my doctor-surgeon)- so some of the elliptical machines may not be the best for you - maybe a simple flat treadmill - while you are healing and doing the "nothing over the weight of a laptop" weight lifting restriction for the first six weeks .... don't want you to mis-align anything while it heals ..
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

wigged-out
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   Posted 1/19/2011 4:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Bronson,

I forgot to mention that along with the elliptical machine in the AM, at lunch I try to get out and go for a mile or so walk around our neighborhood.

Walking is one of my favorite things, and I am one of those REALLY fast walkers that people will step out of their cars forgetting that they are moving.

My plan is to continue the walking right after surgery (as much as I can). Everything that I've heard says walking and drinking lots of water is the best thing. The challenge will be the winter weather and being real careful on Ice-y sidewalks/streets.

I plan on doing what ever it takes to get better ASAP. Now back to my regularly scheduled keggles.....

W-O
Age: 55- good health. Exercise regularly.
DRE 11/08- no lumps, just enlarged prostate
1st PSA, total- 11/08= 6.1
2nd PSA, total- 8/09= 6.6
Needle Biopsy 11/09- 12 samples. 11 OK. Right Lateral Mid- Adenocarcinoma Gleason score 3+3=6 9 involving 5% of specimen.
PSA rising from 7.0 to 8.0 thru 2010.
2nd biopsy- 2 positive cores, one a 3+3=6, 3% and the other a 3+4=7, 20%
Treatment needed.
Feb. 2011

Worried Guy
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   Posted 1/19/2011 4:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Wigged,

The decision's made, you've got your head on straight, and you're preparing for the the event. Great!

Make sure you include regular prostate emptying as part of your pre-game exercise regimen.

Jeff
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