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DaSlink
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   Posted 3/23/2011 11:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Today was my visit to the Uro Doc,and he suggested SRT ,which many here had predicted. We discussed my post -op PSA of 0.26. He said it wasn't a bad 1st PSA for a guy whose PSA at surgery was over 38 (49 after poking it with needles and making it mad). With that high of a count the half life was longer than this for it to dissipate.
Any way, he gave me the name of a laser Doc which I called right away. When I called I gave them my situation,with violins playing in the background cry ( Thanks Jeff,good call) and my appointment is set for April 6th. It could have been earlier but he's on vacation.***? Doesn't he know I have cancer to cure? devil It's cool though cause the Uro wants my incontinence to get a little better first. He also took me off weight restrictions and told me I could ride my scoot again yeah He also said some thing about sex but all I heard was ride again scool
I'm ready to start this and kick the crap out of this silly disease once and for all!!!!!!!!!!
Every minute you fish or ride,adds an hour to your life!

Age 52 Dx age 53 daVinci surgery
prostate volume 32 grams
Biopsy 12 cores with 7 positive
Gleason score of 7
1st PSA 38.7 10/05/2010
2nd PSA 49.9 11/23/2010
CT neg.
BS Negative
RRP on 01/25/2011
PT3a -40% involved
margin involved-Left anterior
lymph nodes -clear

142
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   Posted 3/23/2011 11:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Take advantage of the time to work on the kegels. At least in my case, right before RT was the best continence level I've had. It got worse durning RT.
 
Doctors need Spring Break too. Where else will they spend all our money?
DaVinci 10/2009
My adjuvant IGRT journey (2010) -
www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=35&m=1756808

tatt2man
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   Posted 3/23/2011 11:58 AM (GMT -6)   
DaSlink - glad you are sounding positive about your next stage of this journey - very glad you can get out on your scooter again ( a Vespa rather than a hog?) - keep the chin up and the humour ... I guess the violins worked better than the heavy metal -
.. all the best ....

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: 03/24/11 - TBA

DaSlink
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   Posted 3/23/2011 12:12 PM (GMT -6)   
A Vespa would be a hoot but..... I'm a big boy so I need a big scoot!
Every minute you fish or ride,adds an hour to your life!

Age 52 Dx age 53 daVinci surgery
prostate volume 32 grams
Biopsy 12 cores with 7 positive
Gleason score of 7
1st PSA 38.7 10/05/2010
2nd PSA 49.9 11/23/2010
CT neg.
BS Negative
RRP on 01/25/2011
PT3a -40% involved
margin involved-Left anterior
lymph nodes -clear

Pumper24
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   Posted 3/23/2011 12:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hang in there Bro.  It'll work out.  I guess no riding the bikes for us at least another week.  Cincy weather sucks.

compiler
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   Posted 3/23/2011 12:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Good luck pal. You'll be 3 weeks behind me!
 
Mel

Worried Guy
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   Posted 3/23/2011 12:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Slink
Good for you. You're in the "high success window". Now here's something else for you to do before April 6: Work on your incontinence and ED. Often, the state you're in when you start radiation, is the one you are stuck with for a long time. That is why I let the window close in my case. My incontinence and ED was so bad I (maybe foolishly - time will tell) refused radiation.

If you can, for the next two weeks be real good about exercising the kegels and getting your body in shape. Use the pump, take the pills, watch p**n, anything that will get blood moving down there. Tell your wife I said so. It's GFMPH. (Good for Men's Prostate health.)

You're on your way, baby. Good luck to you.
Jeff (dataless)

DaSlink
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   Posted 3/23/2011 1:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Pumper24 are ya close to The Loveland area? Once bike nites start maybe we can hook up!
Every minute you fish or ride,adds an hour to your life!

Age 52 Dx age 53 daVinci surgery
prostate volume 32 grams
Biopsy 12 cores with 7 positive
Gleason score of 7
1st PSA 38.7 10/05/2010
2nd PSA 49.9 11/23/2010
CT neg.
BS Negative
RRP on 01/25/2011
PT3a -40% involved
margin involved-Left anterior
lymph nodes -clear

DaSlink
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Total Posts : 713
   Posted 3/23/2011 2:32 PM (GMT -6)   
April 6th is the first appointment. How long is it before I will start normally? Uro said around 4 weeks. That will give me more time to dry myself up. Most days now down to 2 or 3 pads a day. I just sit around all day Kegal-Kegal_Kegal! Doing lots of walking,changed my diet some and using the elliptical.
Every minute you fish or ride,adds an hour to your life!

Age 52 Dx age 53 daVinci surgery
prostate volume 32 grams
Biopsy 12 cores with 7 positive
Gleason score of 7
1st PSA 38.7 10/05/2010
2nd PSA 49.9 11/23/2010
CT neg.
BS Negative
RRP on 01/25/2011
PT3a -40% involved
margin involved-Left anterior
lymph nodes -clear

Purgatory
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   Posted 3/23/2011 2:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Good luck to you, as you enter this next phase of beating this cancer.
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 2/11 1.24
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 9/10,

tatt2man
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   Posted 3/23/2011 2:48 PM (GMT -6)   
please do not overdo the kegels - that can tire the muscles out and fatigue and failure sets in ... my doc/surgeon/urlogist had me do 5 rounds of 20 each for the day .. standing pelvic thrusts like "rocky horror time warp dance".
all the best.
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: 03/24/11 - TBA

goodlife
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   Posted 3/23/2011 7:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Even with a Gleason 9, I delayed my SRT until I was continent. Took me 8 months, but I did it. It was that important to me. Fortunately, my PSA has remained quiet. However, it is beginning it's slow rise. I will most likely begin SRT this summer.

Bronson recently posted a study done at Cleveland Clinic about SRT. I am going over and see one of the authors of that study for some advice on the next step. Seems like all radiation guys want to do radiation. Just want a double check.

I would think in your case, you most likely will be having radiation, but when is the big question. Hopefully you can wait until another PSA in month or two to see what it us doing.

Good luck to a fellow Buckeye.
Goodlife
 
Age 58, PSA 4.47 Biopsy - 2/12 cores , Gleason 4 + 5 = 9
Da Vinci, Cleveland Clinic  4/14/09   Nerves spared, but carved up a little.
0/23 lymph nodes involved  pT3a NO MX
Catheter and 2 stints in ureters for 2 weeks .
Neg Margins, bladder neck negative
Living the Good Life, cancer free  6 week PSA  <.03
3 month PSA <.01 (different lab)
5 month PSA <.03 (undetectable)
6 Month PSA <.01
1 pad a day, no progress on ED.  Trimix injection
No pads, 1/1/10,  9 month PSA < .01
1 year psa (364 days) .01
15 month PSA <.01

Pumper24
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   Posted 3/23/2011 8:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I live in Springfield Township. Close to Winton Woods golf course. Any bike night let me know. The lube in Milford or Colerain are fine by me. Maybe just a ride somewhere thats cool too. Jim

DaSlink
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   Posted 3/24/2011 8:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Jim;
As soon as the weather breaks and I get my scoot back from the shop...It's on! Had to get the fairing painted from a bone head trailer tie down accident. Getting pin stripping then it's done. I'll be in touch.
Every minute you fish or ride,adds an hour to your life!

Age 52 Dx age 53 daVinci surgery
prostate volume 32 grams
Biopsy 12 cores with 7 positive
Gleason score of 7
1st PSA 38.7 10/05/2010
2nd PSA 49.9 11/23/2010
CT neg.
BS Negative
RRP on 01/25/2011
PT3a -40% involved
margin involved-Left anterior
lymph nodes -clear
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