Having had robotic May 2010, and that having failed, and having now had some 30 something radiation sessions, the last one tomorrow at 7am eastern standard time, I will offer my perspective.
They tell me they thought it was contained in the prostate. Aftward, they acted suprised and said they were very suprised that it had not been contained.
They then tell me, with positive margins and a 4+3 pathology, that Adjuvant radiation was the way to go. They tell me that had they know it escaped the prostate, they would have gone straight to radiation instead of putting me through major surgery (that comes with it's own lifechanging issues).
GREAT I think, I had that surgery for nothing. But then, you realize that was the only way to get the full pathology telling what what type of cancer I had.. it was aggressive. I opted to forgoe immediate radiation (which I really didn't want to have).. but my psa went up a few months after surgery, so I knew with the positive margins, rising psa, and G7, I had to go to the next primary option, which I viewed as radiation. Other than being a little sore, a little quick to have to pee again, and tired here at my last doses, I got through it. But what price I paid, and did it really work.. those are answers only the future can provide.
Robotic surgery, I handled it well... i'd be surprised if your husband didn't also. All of it is a shock to your system.. but mostly, you wake up, sore, go home with a new catheter and bag to pee in, while you teach your new muscles helping you to do so.
I stepped up my exercise right after syrgery.. 2 weeks... started walking a mile, then 2.. Now i'm hooked and feel really good. And new studies actually came out this past week about
how that exercise can effect chances of a reocurrance. For the better. I find the walking simply gives me an emotional boost - which most of us need after all we've been through.
But that is me. Everyone's different. I was 51 at surgery last May.
Looking back at it all, my main question I would insist on getting an answer for is "BEFORE I ALLOW YOU TO GO IN AND REMOVE MY PROSTATE, AND MESSUP ALL MY PLUMBING, SHRING MY UNIT BY AN INCH+-, ETC.. WHAT EVIDENCE IS IT THAT MAKES YOU SO CONFIDENT THAT THE PCA IS CONFINED WITHIN THE PROSTATE"?
Best of luck to you, and my fellow members. Bob on Cape
Post Edited (BobCape) : 2/10/2011 1:00:01 PM (GMT-7)