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   Posted 4/25/2011 8:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't think I imagining it... my urine has a different odor. Either since surgery or in last few weeks. Anyone else ever experience this?

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   Posted 4/26/2011 1:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes. same here, much stronger smell, even when it's colourless.
Antibiotics and anaesthetic can make your pee stink, as do other meds and certain foods, and do so for quite a while after you stop taking them, but I still notice a difference nearly two years on.
I did mention the change to the doc once, but he offered no explanation.
I have of course changed what I eat and drink in as big way, so that may be the cause.

Drinking plenty helps, but right now I can do without excessive fluid intake.

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

Steve n Dallas
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   Posted 4/26/2011 4:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Everything you digest has the potential of affecting the odor. Did you add something new to your diet?

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   Posted 4/26/2011 8:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Interesting. IN the last two weeks I shifted into eating a ton of vegetables. Specifically asparagus which are good grilled. And wouldn't you know it, while looking further into this last night I saw that asparagus can cause this. Of course there are also a ton of other possibilities. I don't have any pain, blood, funny colour etc, and the smell isn't that potent anyway so I won't be mentioning it to my doctor. Maybe to my surgeon's office when I go in for PSA test in a few weeks.

The only way I can describe the odor is that it reminds me of a wet towel that takes time to dry on a humid day.
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

Steve n Dallas
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   Posted 4/26/2011 9:51 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm sure you saw that there is a ton of info about asparagus causing urine to smell. If you cut it out of your diet - the smell will probably go away soon.

Post Edited (Steve n Dallas) : 4/26/2011 9:49:50 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 4/26/2011 10:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Asparagus is the culprit and will influence odor more than any other veggie. It will clear up if you stop eating it for a day. But the benefits of eating it or any other veggie for that matter easily outweighs the odor issue.
Age 54
PSA 5.6
Diagnosed Sept. 2010
Biopsy T2b/c Gleason 7, 4+3
RRP Dec. 2010
Pathology pT3a, Gleason 7, 3+4, 20% PCa Negative margins, lymph nodes and seminal vesicles
No further treatment recommended.
3 month post-op PSA 03/2011 <0.01

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   Posted 4/26/2011 12:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I eliminated asparagus entirely from my diet for that reason. With a ursotomy, the last think you want is anything that can cause additional odors.
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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