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jwtw
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Date Joined Oct 2006
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   Posted 10/14/2006 6:57 PM (GMT -7)   
        Hi everyone, diagnosed about three weeks ago so i guess my journey is just starting but is moving fast. The initial shock has passed but we still have some sad moments its nice to have others to share with. R.P is all set for Nov.21 at Mayo Clinic  Rochester, Minnesota. God Bless.  John and Tracey
 
 
 
John W. Age 50,
Diagnosis Date: Sept. 06
PSA      5.6
Gleason   6
 
 

M. Kat
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Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 715
   Posted 10/15/2006 5:15 AM (GMT -7)   
we're sorry to be welcoming you here, John and Tracey, but it's a Godsend to have this forum. we don't really have the sad moments anymore, but do get frustrated at times as we're continuing to recover. if there is anything we can do, just ask. kat
Husband Jeff 56 years old
diagnosed July 27, 2006
PSA 6.5
2 positive areas in biopsy, Gleason 3+3=6
Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy August 30, 2006


GreenAcres
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Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 474
   Posted 10/15/2006 6:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, the waiting will be frustrating, but will go very quickly. The ups and downs are normal - if you want to call all this "normal." The good news is, you have time to get in better shape, do regular kegels, and generally get your body and brain ready to move on to the other side of this. As time goes on, you'll be very glad you found the great folks on this forum.
Husband age 65
PSA on 5/1: 4.2 (doubled in 13 mos.; up to 4.3 on 6/1)
DaVinci Surgery 8/2/06
T2a (at biopsy)
T4c (at pathology) w/cancer cell leakage into fatty tissue
Post-Surgical PSA on 10/3/06 - undetectable!
Future: PSA tests twice-yearly


Wicket
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Date Joined Aug 2006
Total Posts : 316
   Posted 10/15/2006 8:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi John,
Like Kat said we're sorry to have to welcome you to our group, but if you have to have PC this is a wonderful place to come to get information or just vent!!
Our sad times and scared times are over now and we're into recovery

Ellen
 
 
Curtis, 63,  Diagnosed Aug 21, 2006
T1C
Gleason 3+3=6, 3+4=7
PSA 4.10
Bone Scan Negative!!
DiVinci surgery done on October 3rd, 2006
Catheter out October, 11, 2006
After surgery T2C and cancer found on both sides instead of just one side.
Pathology report came back clean!!!


Tamu
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Date Joined Oct 2006
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   Posted 10/15/2006 11:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Sorry that you are a member of this forum. It appears that you have moved relatively fast in educating yourself about the treatment options and have chosen one of the nation's best facilities to have your surgery. Just curious as to whether you are having the open or Da Vinci procedure? I was diagnosed on July 7th and will be having my Da Vinci on November 1st at Vanderbilt Medical Center. I am stage T1c with a Gleason of 3+3 = 6 with 1 of 10 core biopsy samples with 40% adenocarcinoma. I took about a month educating myself and doing research before finally deciding on the Da Vinci. My PSA was 4.3 but had climbed from 3.2 in six months. While I feel invaded by the PCa I think God that the PSA test was developed. Life is great and I expect to enjoy it well following my surgery. Good luck and stay in touch with this forum as it has a lot of good people contributing and you will get a chance to help someone else. Also, if you have not been there already I would encourage to visit www.yananow.net and especially read the mentor experiences. This can help you a lot in managing your expectations. I fully believe that there are many positive experiences from men that have had surgery with good results but because of that they are not contributors so keep in that in mind as you participate.

Tamu

SaraMurphy
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Date Joined Oct 2006
Total Posts : 17
   Posted 10/15/2006 12:46 PM (GMT -7)   

Hello John,

My husband and I are recent members as well. Although this is a scary new journey we are embarking on, I have been overwhelmed already by the kindness and support given by this wonderful group of people. I suggest visiting here often, as you will find a weath of information as well as caring and compassion. Good luck to you on your journey and know we will be thinking of you and your family.

Blessings,

Sara


1mikec
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Date Joined Aug 2006
Total Posts : 22
   Posted 10/15/2006 3:08 PM (GMT -7)   
If you have an experienced doctor, Robotic Laproscopic is the answer! He should have done at least 200. The robot is much more precise than a human hand. Some benefits of the robotic procedure are:
* Reduced trauma to the body
* Reduced blood loss and need for transfusions
* Less post-operative pain and discomfort
* Less risk of infection
* Shorter hospital stay
* Less Catheter time
* Faster recovery and return to normal daily activities
* Less scarring and improved cosmesis
* And everything I've read says that there are better odds against having a problem with Continence and Potency.
(My original Urologist wanted to do it the old fashioned way so I switched doctors. Don't be afraid to do the same!) Do your research!

I had mine on Aug 11, 2006 at St Lukes in Milwaukee, WI.
http://www.aurorahealthcare.org/services/cancer/whatwetreat/prostate-cancer.asp
http://www.aurorahealthcare.org/doctors/display.asp?id=8329

I was feeling good after 3 days. I was feeling great after one week! Riding my motorcycle after 3 weeks. Only had catheter in for 7 days. Incontinence was minimal right away. I did do "some" Kegel exercises prior to surgery for about a month (not as much as I should have.)

Some sites you could look at:
http://www.henryfordhealth.org/125076.cfm
http://www.or-live.com/memorialhermann/1391/event/webcast.cfm?

Good luck to you all and anyone who reads this in the future.

Mike C

Post Edited (1mikec) : 10/15/2006 10:13:56 PM (GMT-6)


spinbiscuit
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Date Joined Apr 2006
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   Posted 10/15/2006 5:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello John & Tracey,

No matter what; this is not going to be an easy journey, but you won't have to make it alone, and it doesn't have to be so scary. We have all gone through it, and we're here to help take away the fear. Please ask as many questions as you can think of. We are here to help in any way we can.

Glen

spinbiscuit
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Date Joined Apr 2006
Total Posts : 818
   Posted 10/15/2006 5:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello John & Tracey,

No matter what; this is not going to be an easy journey, but you won't have to make it alone, and it doesn't have to be so scary. We have all gone through it, and we're here to help take away the fear. Please ask as many questions as you can think of. We are here to help in any way we can.

Glen
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