Mack, DRE's, even after surgery is common place and most doc's will want to continue to do them. So we might as well accept them as a fact of life. There's some good reasons why they continue to be important- feeling for abnormal growth in the ex-prostate bed, still useful in colon and rectal exam health, etc.
Actually, I personally would ask my doctor why he wouldn't continue them, considering that I just completed some reallly serious surgery for a big, nasty disease. Od course, I'm a little different, as that is the closest I get to extra-maritial sex now, so I am grateful for the attention....
James C. Age 63
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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