Posted 3/7/2014 11:49 PM (GMT -6)
Never have any doubts about belonging here. If you have ANY type of PC, this is YOUR place.
With this in mind, also think of others who have stats similar to yours, who may just be lurking here to read what others are saying. They perhaps come in scared and, in reading of your situation, go away feeling much less panicked and much more hopeful for the future.
So everyone with PC in here, whether low risk or high risk, is performing a beautiful service to his/her fellow human beings.
Note that I said his AND her -- because wives, mothers, girlfriends, etc., are all victims when a male loved one gets PC.
So please keep coming with your valuable contributions!
Yeah, I've been to Mayo Clinic dozens and dozens of times. Many are in wheelchairs because of their illness while a smaller percentage are "riding" simply because the place is so vast. You can get a real workout on days when you have one or more appointments per hour in locations ranging from the subway to the 18th floor, from one building to another, etc.
A marvelous place for sure. :)
Resident of Highland, Indiana just outside of Chicago, IL.
July 2011 local PSA lab reading 6.41 (from 4.1 in 2009). Mayo Clinic PSA Sept. 2011 was 5.7.
Local urologist DRE revealed significant BPH, but no lumps.
PCa Dx Aug. 2011 at age of 61.
Biopsy revealed adenocarcinoma in 3 of 20 cores (one 5%, two 20%). T2C.
Gleason score 3+3=6.
CT of abdomen, bone scan both negative.
DaVinci prostatectomy 11/1/11 at Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN), nerve sparing, age 62.
My surgeon was Dr. Matthew Tollefson, who I highly recommend.
Final pathology shows tumor confined to prostate.
5 lymph nodes, seminal vesicles, extraprostatic soft tissue all negative.
1.0 x 0.6 x 0.6 cm mass involving right posterior inferior,
right posterior apex & left mid posterior prostate.
Right posterior apex margin involved by tumor over a 0.2 cm length, doctor says this is insignificant.
Pathology showed Gleason 3 + 3, pT2c, N0, MX, R1
adenocarcinoma of the prostate.
Prostate 98.3 grams, tumor 2 grams. Prostate size 5.0 x 4.7 x 4.5 cm.
Abdominal drain painlessly removed morning after surgery.
Catheter painlessly out in 7 days. No incontinence, occasional minor dripping. 100% continent after 3 weeks.
Post-op exams 2/13/12, 9/10/12, 9/9/13 PSA <0.1. PSA tests now annual.
Brief, firm erections on occasion, still hoping for more improvement.