Hello, we are JoSal. I was diagnosed right before Labor Day after progressive elevated PSA readings and a prostate biopsy was positive in 1 out of 12 samples taken. The next month was a whirlwind of anxiety and emotions for both of us. The recommended treatment for someone of my age with early stage prostate cancer was surgery, and we had pretty much decided right from the get-go that was our treatment of choice. We wanted the cancerous prostate OUT. We were referred to a urologist in Rochester, NY who performs DaVinci robotic laproscopic prostatectomies and had a consult with him 2 weeks after initial diagnosis. Things moved fast and had the surgery 3 weeks later, catheter removed 10/20. Physically am doing fine, surgery was relatively easy with little real pain, more discomfort from the catheter. When catheter was removed, some leakage at first, but as activity has increased, so has the leakage, and at times, it is discouraging. Your symptoms and concerns are similar to mine. I am pretty much dry at night (thank goodness), maybe a few drops on the pad in the morning, and very minor leakage when I'm sitting down. My leakage is worse later in the day and it's frustrating even though I know and accept the fact that this will take weeks, if not months to get better. I do not regret having the surgery. I returned to work this past Monday for a short work week, and found that due to leakage, I could not perform my job (I am a heavy machine mechanic in a manufacturing facility). My employer has been understanding and put me on light duty work where I am not on my feet all day. My doctor did tell me that my leakage may tend to be worse because I am not a slim man and gravity works against me. So, just wanted to let you know that I share similar concerns and frustrations as you, but my prognosis is good, and for that, we are greatful.
54 year old robust male
Latest PSA pre-biopsy 6.7, next PSA due 1/07
Gleason 3 + 3
DaVinci robotic laproscopic prostatectomy 10/11/06
post surgery pathology: malagnancy in less than 1% of samples