Surgery - 2 Weeks from Tuesday!

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   Posted 6/26/2011 12:10 PM (GMT -6)   
It's interesting that the closer I get to surgery, the more real the cancer becomes. It's easy to feel comfortable with your decision when it's more than a month away but as the day approaches, so do the butterflies.

Bone scan, CT, blood work, chest x-ray, etc on Tuesday then I'm off on vacation for a week starting on Friday and I'm hoping I can actually relax!

Oh well - just venting.

Age 50
PSA 5.7
Biopsy 8 of 12, 6@3+3, 2@3+4
open RP scheduled for 7/12

James C.
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   Posted 6/26/2011 12:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Wheeler, it'll all soon be behind you. Keep trying to relax and enjoy the next 2 weeks. If it is available, take this time to enjoy as much sex as you can stand.... devil blush cool

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   Posted 6/26/2011 12:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Now THAT sounds like a good idea. Thanks, James. Consider it done!
Age 50
PSA 5.7
Biopsy 8 of 12, 6@3+3, 2@3+4
open RP scheduled for 7/12

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   Posted 6/26/2011 1:26 PM (GMT -6)   

Good luck ahead, soon you too, will be on the other side. Enjoy that vacation, and like JamesC said above, get all the action you can before surgery. Because even with the best results, it will never be the same in the future, as it is now.

David in SC
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, 6/11 5.8
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 6/26/2011 2:44 PM (GMT -6)   
These guys gave you great advice. Just want to add my good wishes that all goes smoothly and this is all behind you soon.

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   Posted 6/26/2011 3:07 PM (GMT -6)   

Anticipation of the unknown is almost always worse than the actual surgery. Resign yourself to the decision and try to relax as you will have skilled folks doing the hard part of helping you as well as attending to any discomfort. James suggestion is a good one but perhaps it should be with your wife. Attempt at humor Sir.

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   Posted 6/27/2011 4:10 PM (GMT -6)   
If you stay busy your mind will wander elsewhere.
Notice the date below for my first PSA.  Big date for the
both of us.
Glenn-AGE-53,NJ, PSA-4.2, FPSA-7%
4/09/2011 - Biopsy, 8 NEG, 4 POS (left), 2(3+3), 2(3+4)
5/23/2011 - Da-Vinci Surgery, Right Nerves Spared, Partial Left
5/25/2011 - PATH, pT2c, 4+3, 25% cancer,Confined, Margin-Lymph-Seminal NEG
5/31/2011 - Catheter Removed
6/01/2011 - UTI, CIPRO 500mg 2 a day for 10 Days
6/10/2011 - No ED, Stress Incontinence
7/12/2011 - First Post Surg-PSA test

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   Posted 6/27/2011 5:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Best of luck to you Sag. Here's hoping for a very successful 7/12!
Age 50
PSA 5.7
Biopsy 8 of 12, 6@3+3, 2@3+4
open RP scheduled for 7/12

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   Posted 6/27/2011 7:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Good Luck windy
 I was 50 when I had the surgery with PSA 6.3 - 10 years ago.
 Enjoy the love making, it will not be the same after the surgery but nothing is ever the same as you get older or have changes.   With the right person, it is better!
Good attitude and get your self moving afterwards, don't become a couch potato and start walking as soon as possible.
You may have some continence problems but no big deal.  They can be dealt with and you will have many many years to enjoy your life.
Good Luck
Tom of Ohio

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   Posted 6/27/2011 8:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the words of reassurance, Tom.
Age 50
PSA 5.7
Biopsy 8 of 12, 6@3+3, 2@3+4
open RP scheduled for 7/12

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   Posted 6/28/2011 6:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Best of luck to you Wheeler. Live in the moment and enjoy every minute of that vacation. If your mind starts wandering towards your date with the robot, pull back to the present since that's all there really is. Best of luck to you and keep us posted!
Age 53- PSA 2/11 3.5
4/21/11 BX Path Report: 3 of 12 Left PCa , 3+3, 3+4, 4+4
4/29/11 Received PCa DX, G-8
5/18/11 open RP Performed, Right nerve bundle spared
5/24/11 Post Op Path Report: G-7(4+3) 7%, pT3a N0MX, EPE, +PNI, + Left margin, -SVI
6/1/11 Cath removed, Incontinence-No, ED-Yes.
6/16/2011 First Post-Op PSA: <0.1

Steve n Dallas
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   Posted 6/28/2011 7:23 AM (GMT -6)   
We'll see you on the other side....

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   Posted 6/28/2011 8:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Good luck Windy. I hope that your surgery goes well and that you have a quick recovery. Keep us updated as to how it goes and especially during your recovery. You are not alone, many many people here have been through what you are about to go through and if you are worried or curious about any aspect of the op or recovery, someone will have an experience to share.

Husband's age: 52. Sydney Australia.
Family history: Mat. grandfather died of PC at 72. Mat. uncle died of PC at 60. He has hereditary PC.
PSA: Aug07 - 2.5|Feb08 - 1.7|Oct09 - 3.67 (free PSA 27%)|Feb10 - 4.03 (free PSA 31%) |Jun10 - 2.69. DRE normal.
Biopsy 28Apr10: negative for a diagnosis of PC however 3 focal ASAPs “atypical, suspicious but not diagnostic” for PC. Review of biopsy by experienced pathologist, 1/12 core: 10% 3+3 (left transitional), 1/12 core: ASAP (left apex)
Nerve sparing RP, 20Aug10 with Dr Stricker. Post-op path: 3+4 (ISUP 2005). Neg (margins, seminal vesicles, extraprostatic extension). Multifocal, with main involvement in the fibro-muscular zone. T2C.
Post RP PSA,
Lab 1: Sep10 – 0.02|Nov10 – 0.03|Dec10 – 0.03|Feb11 – 0.03
Lab 2: Nov 10 - 0.01|Dec10 – 0.01|Feb11 – 0.01|Apr11 – 0.01
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