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Date Joined Oct 2006
Total Posts : 18
   Posted 11/27/2006 5:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Sara and I received the ultimate news today! Dr. Foley informed us that the cancer was completely confined to the prostate gland, though there was a "lot of cancer in there," none had reached the margins. He also biopsied my lymph nodes and said they were clear as well. And here's the second best news:
YES!!!! Sweet freedom! So far no leakage, but we're on day one of many more!
I have to throw in a plug for Dr. Foley. This guy has been the ultimate choice for my surgery. His name is Dr. Patrick Foley, and his office is in Chattanooga, TN. We had a good feeling about him from the very beginning, and it proved right. At first i was concerned that he'd only done about 85 of the robotic surgeries, along with about 150 of the regular laparoscopic surgeries, but after consideration, i liked the idea that he hadn't done hundreds or a thousand. In my mind, it seemed he'd be more careful having not done as many as some. During our consultation, he said that the learning curve was much lower for robotic than regular laparoscopic, and that after the first few robotic surgeries, he was more comfortable with it than regular laparoscopic. He also informed us that if anything went wrong with the DaVinci, he'd use regular laparoscopic, and/or open surgery if needed. He's shown himself to a very good surgeon, evidenced by my erections beginning at day six!!! lol. Sara and i highly recommend him to anyone who might be in the Chattanooga, TN area and choosing the robotic laparoscopic surgery option.
May God bless you all,
Dennis and Sara

41 years old
6.7 PSA
3+3=6 Gleason
Pre-op Stage T1c
7/12 Positive Samples in Biopsy
RLP on 11/16/2006
Cancer confined to prostate

Regular Member

Date Joined Aug 2006
Total Posts : 148
   Posted 11/27/2006 5:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Wonderfull news! Keep up the good work.
Diagnosed 8/24/06
Gleason 6
PSA 3.32
stage T1C
age 48
daVinci on 10/20/06
"Never miss a good chance to listen."

Regular Member

Date Joined Aug 2006
Total Posts : 316
   Posted 11/27/2006 6:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Dennis and Sara,
Wonderful news!!  Now onto the rest of the healing and you'll be fine!!!  tongue
Curtis, 63, Diagnosed Aug 21, 2006
Gleason 3+3=6, 3+4=7
PSA 4.10
Bone Scan Negative!!
DiVinci surgery done Oct 3, 2006
Catheter out Oct 11, 2006
After surgery T2C and cancer found on both sifes instead of just one.
Pathology report came back clean!!!

Regular Member

Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 44
   Posted 11/27/2006 6:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I am so very happy to hear your news. Now, you can relax a little and heal. Having a great doctor is such a blessing.
I wish you a great recovery! May God keep you close and continue to watch over you and bless you.

Veteran Member

Date Joined Oct 2006
Total Posts : 621
   Posted 11/27/2006 6:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Yahooooooooo! Congratulations!!!

Keep us posted!

;o) Linda & Bob
Bob (60) had laproscopic prostate surgery on Sept 27, 2006 - 2/12 malignant biopsy samples - gleason 3 + 3 = 6.  Follow up PSA results and pathology results received Nov 14th are NO MORE CANCER!  Gleason changed to a 3 + 4; cancer completely confined to prostate; (even a second more agressive, previously undetected cancer)      PSA UNDETECTABLE.
Bob also takes Hydroxyurea to control Polycythemia (elevated red & white cells & platelets) has secondary condition . . Myelofibrosis) -- If anyone has experience or knowledge of these, please post us.

Veteran Member

Date Joined Sep 2006
Total Posts : 741
   Posted 11/27/2006 7:29 PM (GMT -6)   

This is wonderful new and I am thrilled for both of you!



P.S.  Guess I don't need to tell you to keep your Mach up!

Gleason 3+3=6, T1c, one core in twelve, another pre-cancerous.
62 years old and good health.  Married 37 years.  To same woman!

Veteran Member

Date Joined Oct 2006
Total Posts : 626
   Posted 11/27/2006 8:36 PM (GMT -6)   

You are now the envy of many of us. Cancer confined, catheter out and no early leakage and an erection. On top of all that you have a great and wonderful wife that has seen this through in lock step with you. You may have so many blessings that they are hard to count including your surgeon. We should make you our Poster King for this site. I am sure that you know you are the exception to the trend. Take care and heal right then fly like an eagle!!

Diagnosed 7/6/06
1 of 10 core samples, 40%
Stage T1c, Gleason 3+3
Da Vinci on 11/01/06
56 Years Old
Post Op Path
Gleason 3+3
Prostate Confined

Pete trips again!
Veteran Member

Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 1899
   Posted 11/28/2006 6:42 AM (GMT -6)   
It's so GREAT to hear good news on this forum!!!! Congrats on your results! Those of us who have been in your shoes know how it feels when the Doc tells you your clean!! You are two of the lucky ones. Please keep us updated on your miraculus healing!!!
God Bless!!
53 years old, Surgury, Radical Prostatectomy 8/20/03, PSA 6.6, Gleason 3 + 3 = 6, Adenocarcinoma extent (moderate) Stage & Margin:T2NOMX, No Metastases, Organ Confined, bone scan: Neg.  

Regular Member

Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 113
   Posted 11/28/2006 8:38 AM (GMT -6)   

Negative margins and nodes is the best path result you can ask for post-surgery.  I anticipate a <0.1 PSA for you in a short period of time.

No leakage after a day is a great sign.  I anticipate complete continence for you in a short period of time.

Movement after six days is a great sign.  I anticipate ability to penetrate for you in a short period of time.

I sound like a broken record, which is good for this patient!


M. Kat
Veteran Member

Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 715
   Posted 11/28/2006 8:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah Dennis and Sara, what great news! you are well on your way to a complete recovery. enjoy! 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
pathology report - all clear - cancer gone
1st post-surgery PSA test 0.1
no more pads Oct 12, 2006

Veteran Member

Date Joined Apr 2006
Total Posts : 818
   Posted 11/28/2006 8:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Dennis & Sara,

What great news, and what a wonderful Thanks Giving this was for both of you. Now to the business of healing so you'll be in tip-top shape for the remaining 6 games of Football Season. I hope your team is doing better than mine.

Diagnosed at age 60
PSA went from 2.2 to 3.8 in 14 months
2 ot 14 cores positive at 10%
Gleason 6(3+3), negative DRE, neg. boundaries
DaVinci surgery on 02/23/06

Regular Member

Date Joined Aug 2006
Total Posts : 62
   Posted 11/28/2006 10:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Dennis and Sara,

Great news...... Cancer 0 Dennis 1 have beat it...... make sure you get your post op PSA and watch it regularly... hate those pesky escaped cells.

We are all praying for you.

Diagnosed Aug. 7, 2006
Age 56
Biopsy 8 of 10 positive
Gleason 8
PSA 16.2
Negative CTscan, bone scan, Carbon 11 PETscan, and lung x-ray
Lapro Prostatectomy 9/7/2006
Capsule penetration, seminal vessicle involvement, clear lymph nodes.
Post op PSA 0.2
95% chance of reoccurance
Hormone and Chemo Therapy on NCI Study CALGB 99904 11/28/06
Followup radiation on about 3/15/07

New Member

Date Joined Oct 2006
Total Posts : 18
   Posted 11/30/2006 7:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone! The Lord has indeed blessed us and we're very very thankful.


Dennis and Sara
41 years old
6.7 PSA
3+3=6 Gleason
Pre-op Stage T1c
7/12 Positive Samples in Biopsy
RLP on 11/16/2006
Cancer confined to prostate

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