Drinking after robotic prostatectomy.

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   Posted 4/25/2011 3:15 PM (GMT -6)   
The binge days are over.  Most of the booze has been poured down the drain already. 
When did you start having a drink or two again?  From beer to wine to hard liquor?  Thanks.

Tony Crispino
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   Posted 4/25/2011 3:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I never stopped drinking red wine (except during Lent). But moderation is good.

As I saw in a presentation by an oncologist, two glasses a day of red wine is thought to be good for a prostate cancer patient. But the moment you have the third one you have offset the benefits...

Advanced Prostate Cancer at age 44 (I am 48 now)
pT3b,N0,Mx (original PSA was 19.8) EPE, PM, SVI. Gleason 4+3=7

Da Vinci Surgery ~ 2/16/2007
Adjuvant Radiation Therapy ~ IMRT Completed 8/07
Adjuvant Hormone Therapy ~ 28 months on Casodex and Lupron.
Undetectable PSA.

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   Posted 4/25/2011 3:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm not sure I understand.  Binge drinking is always a bad idea, but why are you pouring out the liquor?  I still have a beer or two per week, just as always.

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   Posted 4/25/2011 4:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had to give up beer completely, but it is because of the carbonation. Any carbonated beverage (beer, sparkling wine, soft drinks, sparkling mineral water) causes my incontinence to worsen if I drink them late in the afternoon or night.
Red wine seems ok in that regard.
Pouring out a good whiskey would be a crime. I've just learned that the really good stuff doesn't need anything except a splash of water.
DaVinci 10/2009
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   Posted 4/25/2011 4:40 PM (GMT -6)   
My husband doesn't drink much at all - before surgery just didn't feel like it at all. However 8 days after surgery, on the day catheter removed he had a beer (and some pizza!)... had had no incontinence or ill effects. He was also on no medication by then. He doesn't drink wine but has an occassional port, and now about once a month, but that's his choice. I would watch for urgency symptoms in resuming alcohol, which is the only thing I notice about my husband now - he has to 'go' after 2 glasses... I think this is due to missing a sphincter (or part of) from surgery. Also the type of medications if he is on them etc. Hope this answers your question. I think it all depends on individual continence control in the early weeks. My husband is a bit of a rebel - hence the beer 8 days after just to show he could (which he could!).. Kind regards, Lana
Creed_three (Lana) - with husband "CJ" now aged 53 yrs (49 years at diagnosis). PSA (2006) 3.5. 1 x 5% core of 12 positive at biopsy (Gleeson 7). open Radical Prostatectomy with nerve sparing April 2007 Sydney, Australia. Gleeson 3 + 4 = 7. Small multifocal lesions contained within prostate. Current PSA February 2011 = 0.03 (unchanged in 3 years)

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   Posted 4/25/2011 6:46 PM (GMT -6)   
i don't drink much. Since surgery I've maybe had 5-6 beers. They didn't seem to affect me in any way whatsoever.
40 years old - Diagnosed at 40
Robotic Surgery Mount Sinai with Dr. Samadi Jan, 2011
complete urinary control and good erections with and without meds
Prostate was small, 34 grams.
Final Gleason score 7 (3+4)
Less than 5% of slides involved tumor
Tumor measured 5 mm in greatest dimension and was located in the right lobe near the apex.
Tumor was confined to prostate.
The apical, basal, pseudocapsular and soft tissue resection margins were free of tumor.
Seminal vesicles were free of tumor.
Right pelvic node - benign fibroadiopse tissue. no lymph node is identified.
Left pelvic node - one small lymph node, negative for tumor (0/1)

AJCC stage: pT2 NO MX

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   Posted 4/25/2011 10:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I didn't drink anything alcoholic for a couple of months after the surgery..but I had severe complications (staph infection) Now, 6 months out, I enjoy a 5pm Martini 3 or 4 times a week and a beer with lunch...I've also developed a taste for Japanese Green Tea...No noticeable effect on my continence which has been 100% since cath out...
Age 68.
PSA age 55: 3.5, DRE normal.
age 58: 4.5
61: 5.2
64: 7.5, DRE "Abnormal"
65: 8.5, " normal", biopsy, 12 core, negative...
66 9.0 "normal", 2ed biopsy, negative, BPH, Proscar
67 4.5 DRE "normal"
68 7.0 3rd biopsy positive, 4 out of 12, G-6,7, 9
RALP Sept 3 2010, pos margin, one pos vesicle nodes neg. Post Op PSA 0.9 SRT, HT. 2-15-'11 PSA 0.0

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   Posted 4/25/2011 10:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Never drank much, but never gave it up either. No effects from drinking and no incontinence issues either. Seems like I only have a beer or wine when I cook. Problem is in my house I do all the cooking and have been for 28 years of marriage.

Sure makes the cooking easier and I get a little creative on the 2nd glass of wine. Some really great meals have come out it though.

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
PSA .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 Radiation for MET
9/7/10 PSA 2.2
1/5/11 PSA 3.9
3/7/11 PSA 4.2
4/10/11 PSA 3.8

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   Posted 4/25/2011 10:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Bunch of alcoholics, if you ask me.

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   Posted 4/25/2011 11:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Haven't had even a sip of anything alcoholic literally since 1973. Don't miss it a bit.
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 margin
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, 4/11 3.81
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

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   Posted 4/26/2011 1:09 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't drink much, and never have.
If I have "a glass of wine" it really is just one glass and also it's a small glass than it used to be.
All I have done since surgery is eliminate as much carbonated stuff as possible so less beer and champagne
I used to work in bars, so while it pains me to pour a beer badly and make a lot of froth it is worth it as it reduces the bubbles.

I've hardly touched the hard stuff though.

Also I don't drink any alcohol if I am taking any medication, even just a tylenol/paracetamol.

I have not poured anything down the drain. Why not invite friends round for a party and let them pour it down their throats.

Age dx 48
Apr 09 PSA 8.6
DRE neg
Biop 2/12 pos
Gleason 3+3
Jul 09 DaVinci AVL-NKI Amsterdam
6 Aug 09 Cath out
PostOp Gleason 3+4 Bladder neck & Left SVI -T3b
No perin’l No vasc invasion Clear margins
Dry at night
21 Sep 09 No pads daytime
Nov 09 PSA 0.1
Mar 10 PSA 0.4 sent to RT
13 Apr CT
RT 66Gy ends 11 Jun 10
Tired + weird BMs
Sep 10 PSA <0.1
Jan 11 PSA <0.1
Apr 11 PSA <0.1
Erection OK

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   Posted 4/26/2011 2:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Been drinking red wine for around 40 years, my wife is Greek, always on my in-laws table was a carafe of red wine, most of my friends are Italian, what hope have I got...lol

But I am still here.

age 67 PSA 5.8 DRE slightly firm Rt
Biopsy 2nd July 07 5 out of 12 positive
Gleason 3+4=7 right side tumour adenocarcinoma stage T2a
RP on 30th July,

Post op Pathology, tumour stage T3a 4+3=7, microcsopic evidence of capsular penetration, seminal vessels, bladder neck,are free of tumour, lymph nodes clear, no evidence of metastatic malignancy, tumour does not extend to the apical margins.

Post op PSA 0.5 26th Sept. Totally dry since catheter removed
PSA 23rd Oct.0.5 seeing Radiation Onocologist 31st Oct.
Started radiation treatment on 5th Dec, to continue until 24 Jan. 08.
Finished treatment, next PSA on 30th April.
PSA from 30th April 08, until now range- 0.5 to 0.6, I am now 70

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   Posted 4/26/2011 9:54 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm a social drinker really. I drink on Friday nights every week during bowling season. When I'm with friends,I'll have a cocktail or four. Once every couple weeks, out side of bowling season, I'll enjoy a frosty cold beer or two.
Not too bad for a guy who went straight from the baby bottle to the beer bottle. My whole family are BIG drinkers. It's what they do!
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
1st post op PSA-0.26-03/16/11

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   Posted 4/26/2011 3:48 PM (GMT -6)   
There's an old saying "A drink a Day keeps the PSA Away"
Or was it an Apple and a Doctor, can't remember thank goodness!!!!!
..............Cheers Kev.
Kev 53yrs [Gold Coast Qld, Australia]
PSA 4 Gleason 7 [3+4=7]
RP 24/12/08 Dr Philip Stricker [Sydney]
Upgrade Gleason Score 7.6 [4+3=7]
Stage 2 Margin status- Focal Involvement
ED- okay with Meds.
PSA at 2 yrs, no change remains 0.03
"Every-day in Every-way I Get Better"

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   Posted 4/26/2011 7:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I have continued with 1-2 drinks per night during two years and three surgeries. I did try laying off to help the incontinence but saw no marketable difference. I did lay off when taking pain meds immediately after sugrery but after that went back to my regular nightly routine. My doc did not discourage this at all.
Everything in moderation but then, it's good for my mental health.
66 year old male
PSA jumped 3 to 8 Jan 2008
pt2b NO Mx with a Gleason score 3+3=6.
DaVinci RP, 7/23/08. Tumor type: Acinar
size 5.5 cm x 5.7 cm weight: 77 gm.
Incontinence & ED. Dry nights , no control during day.
FUDS and cystourethroscopy testing 10/09.
24 hr pad wt. 219gm. AUA sympton index 13/35=moderate
Virtue sling surgery 2/3/10 NYU med center
Appeared to help but gradually returned to pre surgery condition.
Back to 3-4 pads/day.
Latest PSA 4/1/10 negative.
AMS 800 artificial urinary sphincter implanted 7/8/10 at U of MI.
AMS 800 activated 8/25/10 Dry for first time in 2 years.
Links to my journey posts:
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