It's been 1 1/2 years since robotic surgery. My latest PSA after six months came back .02, which I am very grateful for. I am back to where I was before that fateful day when diagnosed. The goals of surgery, (eliminate the cancer, continence, and regain ability to have erections have all been met. It took the third goal a long one year and five months to achieve. Being a Gleason 7, I know how fortunate I am, believe me. Since diagnosis I have changed to a much more healthy diet, thinking I need to starve those G4 cells that may remain, but also, to protect me from other cancers that may be lucking.
My suggestions to any guy who has been recently diagnosed and you are considering surgery of any kind, be sure your surgeon has done a great many surgeries of that type, whether da vinci or
open. My surgeon had done 1,100 at the time of my surgery and that is what I'd be looking for if I was starting out on this journey. In fact, I left my uro who admitted to having done only 40 da vinci's for the more experienced surgeon in the big city. Also, anyone who tells you diet does not matter, just block your ears and start to eat healthy.
Good luck to all my brothers fighting this beast and especially to all our newbees starting on the journey no one wanted to take.
Gleason grade: 3+4=7, pT2c NX MX
Robotic RP: Sept. 15th, 2009
No lymphatic/vascular invasion, seminal vesicles, margins tumor free.
Pre surgery PSA: 4.1
Post surgery PSA's: .04, .03, .02, .05, .02, .02
ED: Improvement slow but there are positive signs. No incontinent issues.
Surgery: Dr. Jim Hu. Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's, Boston
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