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bluebird
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   Posted 1/7/2007 10:22 AM (GMT -7)   

Dear Hawkfan and Loved Ones,

 

  Sending  a  “Warm Welcome”…  to You!

 

This is a great forum!!! Which you’ve joined… Thank you for sharing your information with us.  It’s nice to know ~ that you have someone close…who has had this procedure and can talk with you one-on-one.  We didn’t know anyone until I mentioned it to my co-workers.  Guess what!!  A lawyer in town had the surgery and I called and spoke with his wife.  I felt better knowing this because I had seen this man many times over the past year and had no idea what he’d been through.  So ~ it made me feel better knowing that we were headed in the right direction with our decisions.

 

Your surgery date is January 19th…..   You have a wonderful ~ positive attitude going into this and that is a HUGE PLUS!!!!

 

Hope to hear from you soon…  Keep posting.... OKAY!! 

Our thoughts and prayers will be with you each and every-day.

 

In Friendship,

Lee & Buddy

             

“God Bless You”

 

It's a little prayer  ~  "God BlessYou"

...but it means so much each day,

It means may angels guard you

and guide you on your way.


mama bluebird - Lee & Buddy… from North Carolina

Link to our personal journey…>>>     Our Journey ~ Sharing is Caring 

April 3, 2006  53 on surgery day

RRP / Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy with "wide excision"

PSA 4.6   Gleason  3+3=6    T2a   Confined to Prostate

June 29th ~ PSA Less than 0.1 Non-detectable

Post Edited (bluebird) : 1/26/2007 12:42:04 PM (GMT-7)


hawkfan75
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   Posted 1/7/2007 11:08 PM (GMT -7)   

Thank you for the welcome!!

Since I had my biopsy November 8, I have been doing a lot of internet research including reading this forum.  Personal stories, both on the good side and those having problems helped me make up my mind on treatment.  I'll keep listing what's going on, and can use this posting.

Basically, my biopsy showed only 1 of 10 cores, with 5% cancer, with 2 others "atypical small gland proliferation".  I had to google that to find out what it meant.  Virginia Mason in Seattle does a terrific job putting together a cancer meeting, giving you what you need to know, but the decision is yours.  My feelings went back and forth from brachytherapy to surgery, but I finally decided on the robotic surgery.  Getting rid of this cancer is my first priority, and for my age at 57, the surgery seems the best way.  Sure, there will be a lot of work to overcome the "side effects", but I will feel so much better knowing for sure the pathology report.  It amazes me there are so many different ways people approach this disease, and I respect their decisions.  Everyone has to find out what is right for them and then just go for it!

As a high school sports referee, I keep in pretty good shape, so I'm confident that I'll be able to rebound fairly quickly.  A fellow official friend of mine is back refereeing basketball 5 weeks after surgery.  However, I realize this is the top end, and it very well could be more difficult.  I've got my final basketball game of this season scheduled for the 16th, three days before surgery, and other incidentals set up.  I must admit, as the date gets closer, I get a bit more nervous, but reading about others on this forum helps me a lot.

Thanks for all the support, and I'll keep everyone informed.

Go Seahawks!!!

 


KMiyoko
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   Posted 1/7/2007 11:41 PM (GMT -7)   

Hawkfan,

My husband had the Da Vinci Robotic surgery (August 22, 2005) at the City of Hope, Duarte,CA. After talking to a lot of other guys that had the surgery done, this is the best advice they had.  They told my husband to start doing the Kegel exercises "BEFORE" the surgery.  It is like training for a marathon, you start training before the actual event. It made a lot of sense and we found out since then, it seems that the guys that did the exercises before the surgery seems to recover continence/potency sooner.  Here are 2 web sites that helped us:

 

http://www.ucihs.uci.edu/urology/prostate/patient_inst/curpatient.html

(UC  Irvine Da Vinci surgery) Dr. Thomas Ahlering

 

http://www.ucihs.uci.edu/urology/prostate/patient_inst/kegel.html

(Male Kegels)

 

Good Luck!!

Kay

 


GreenAcres
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   Posted 1/8/2007 6:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey, Hawk. We do know about the nervous part pre-surgery. Sounds like you're good to go!

Regarding kegels - do them like crazy pre-surgery. But post-surgery, you may want to cut back to twice a day. That's what our doc stressed with us and I have seen others report the the same. There's a point where you "overdo" the kegels, too, instead of letting your body heal and take over. On the other hand, ask your own surgeon and always go with what he/she recommends.

We're all here rooting for you!
Husband age 65
PSA on 5/1/06: 4.2 (had doubled in 13 mos. and rising monthly)
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!
Update: 11/1/06 - perhaps bladder neck involvement; 30%-50% chance of recurrence
Future: PSA tests twice-yearly for now
 


hawkfan75
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   Posted 1/8/2007 4:51 PM (GMT -7)   

Thanks guys,

I've been doing the Kegal exercises since my "cancer meeting" at the hospital reviewing my options.  They even loaned me a booklet and tape.  I have my routine when I wake up to do my ab-dolly exercises, followed by my Kegal routine.  It's actually improved how long I can wait before using the restroom before the surgery - or is that too much information....  I've read a couple of postings indicating that you can do too much of the kegals after the catheder is removed.  Does anybody know why?  I plan to ask my doctors following surgery.


KMiyoko
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   Posted 1/8/2007 11:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Glad to hear that you have been exercising.  One of the nurses at the City of Hope told my husband "NOT" to start the kegels until the second day after the catheter came out.  The reason was because they want to make sure you can actually urinate. I know of someone that thought he was doing so good after the catheter came out....only to find out ....it had swelled shut. If you find you can't go after a few hours.....call the Dr., go back to the Dr.'s or hospital before you are in extreme pain from the pressure build up. It's not fun but the guy had to have his catheter
re-inserted for another 2 weeks.
 
Also, don't over do the exercise because it can cause muscle fatigue and cause leakage.  Be patient!! The City of Hope told us that 50% of the guys are continent after about a month, 75% within 3-6 months, and about 99% (give or take some depending on a lot of variables) by the end of the year.  They also told us that if you had problems before the surgery with either continency or potency......it will probably still be there after the surgery.
 
Ask the Dr. how many times a day you should do the kegels and how many repetitions for each session.  My husband worked on his kegels before the surgery and didn't have to work as hard on it after the surgery.

M. Kat
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   Posted 1/9/2007 6:18 AM (GMT -7)   
hawkfan75, welcome to this great place where we can talk about everything and anything with those who have gone there before us. Don't ever feel that you're giving too much information. everything is discussed here. I think you will do just fine with your positive attitude and good physical condition. it's OK to be nervous - we all were! Kay said it - you can fatigue the muscles by doing too many kegels post-catheter. patience is very important in your recovery. take care, 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, 2nd post-surgery PSA test 0.1
no more pads Oct 12, 2006
first "real" erection with use of pump 12/16/06


biker90
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   Posted 1/10/2007 2:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Hawk,

I had Seahawks season tickets for the first 3 years of the franchise. Spent many great Sundays in the Kingdome watching Zorn hit Largent in the end zone.

Anyway, sorry you have to be here but this a great place for information and opinion on almost any topic.

We (my wife and I) spent many anxious and fear filled days from the time of my diagnosis until the day we made up our mind on which treatment option to take. We had lots of literature on the various options that was provided by my urologist. We had this forum and the resources of the internet. As soon as we decided on surgery, the fear went away because we KNEW that it was the right treatment for me.

Next, I asked myself what I needed to do to get ready for surgery and recovery. The answer was that I needed to get in the best possible shape using exercise and diet. Also, I needed to bring a good attitude to the operating room. So I worked on both those things. I became a cheer leader for the surgeon and the rest of the medical team. They all gave their best and I did too and everything went great. I can't say that I would want to do it again but if I had to, I would do the same things again.....

See ya...

Jim
Age 72. Diagnosed 11/03/06. PSA 7.05. Stage T2B Gleason 3+3.
RRP 12/7/06. Nerves and nodes okay.
Pathological stage: T2B. Gleason 3+4. Cancer confined to prostate.
PSA on 1/3/07 - 0.04.  Next PSA on 4/4/07.
 
            "Squeeze before you sneeze!"


Pete trips again!
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   Posted 1/11/2007 12:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Hawk, You can dooooooo it! Your in good shape, you have a good attitude, and you sound like an intellegent guy probably good looking too! Unlike me, I can't spell and I'm ugly as dirt! You sound like 90% of the guys here who when the found out the had P.C. they said, "I want it out!" I know I did, and I did and I'm glad I did! I agree with all the folks above so I will not repeat it all. So hang in there and stick around, there are a lot of great people here to help you through.
Your new friend, Pete
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.  


BenEcho10
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   Posted 1/11/2007 12:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Hawk,

Based on your statistics, you definitely made the right choice to get the surgery and get the cancer out. Your odds of a complete cure are very high. I know that you are nervous but the real thing (surgery) was not as bad as what I had built it up to be in my imagination. I had the full open surgery and was walking 24 hours after my surgery and released from the hospital 30 hours after my surgery. You will be fine.

I am presently two months post-surgery and still in the frustrating "back to the diaper" incontinent stage. As others have said, practice the kegels now - before the surgery, not so much to build any muscle but just to learn and understand exactly what muscles control stopping and starting urinating.

Good luck. I will be thinking about you on the 16th.

Ben


STATISTICS:           
 
DIAGNOSIS: 09/25/06 at age 49. PSA 4.6. PSA free 2%. Gleason 10 (first graded as 8, subsequently re-graded as 10.) Clinical stage T2a.           
 
SURGERY: 11/08/06. Radical retropubic at Johns Hopkins (half way across the country for us.) Surgical pathology was stage T3a with positive margins but negative seminal vesicles, negative lymph nodes, negative on bone scan.
 
RECOVERY: Catheter was in for 26 days (not fun) due to blood in urine.         
 
POST OP: First post op PSA was 0.00 in 12/06.

Post Edited (BenEcho10) : 1/11/2007 3:05:50 PM (GMT-7)


spinbiscuit
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   Posted 1/11/2007 2:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Hawkfan,

Well just a few more days till the big day. I'm sure you'll do just fine. Staying in shape will definitely speed up the recovery. You've got to be ready to watch the Seahawks in the Super Bowl; right? Good luck on the 16th.

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


bluebird
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   Posted 1/12/2007 5:24 PM (GMT -7)   

Hawkfan…Quotes from posting to IzzyBlizzy…

Since Hawkfan is going to post here… thought I’d go ahead and bring some good information over for us to see on his Thread…

Hawkfan...  this lets us see the whole picture...

Let me know if you're not okay with this and I'll delete this post. J Lee

 

1-5  I'm scheduled for the robotic surgery January 19.  I am basically in the same situation as you, with one core positive at 5%, and two others,  not cancer, but....  My doctor had me give two units of blood, I'm sure to have on hand just in case.  (I've given blood for years, so this was no big deal.)  A friend of mine had the robotic surgery November 1, and he's back to normal, even referring high school basketball games with me.  While I know he is on the very positive side, I'm working out and looking forward to similar results.   Good luck..

 

1-7  Hi Iz     My "Hawkfan" name comes from the Seattle Seahawks.  I just got home from our thrilling victory over the Dallas Cowboys.  I've had Seahawk season tickets for 30 years, so these victories are very sweet.  (Sorry Dallas fans - was TO worth the money??)  It was nice to get into this game and my thoughts of my cancer and surgery put into a second area of my thoughts.  If the NY Giants win out and the Hawks also, we would have the NFC Championship game here at Qwest field, but I'd miss that one since my surgery is two days before.  While the da vinci is good, I can't see myself going to a game with a catheder!

After reading many posts on this and other forums, I am glad that I'm attacking this cancer with vigor by undergoing a radical procedure.  My older half brother was diagnosed at age 55, but he never had regular physicals, had many positive cores,  and when they opened him up, just stopped.  Fortunately, external radaition and hormones have kept him alive 12 years later, but he knows that anytime it could get him. 

My biggest concern going into this surgery is the incontinence issue.  Some seem to do great, while others have definite problems.  A fellow high school basketball referee friend of mine had his Da vinci November 1 and is refereeing games today.  He is obviously on the upper end of the scale.  If I can get there in 8 weeks, I'd  be very happy.

Hang in there, and good luck with your decision and results.   Go Seahawks!!!!!!!

 

1-7   My half brother is on my mothers side, and 10 years older than me.  Since he moved across the country 20 years ago, I didn't know much about his diagnosis and treatment.  I have been having regular physicals for many years, mostly to keep up with my cholestrol, etc.  When I got my blood work back in October, my PSA of 4.7 didn't raise up a red flag until my doctor called and recommended me seeing a uroligist.  Then is was right to the Internet, and that's how I found this forum.  One thing I realize is that more men and their partners need to be better informed.  Even with my brother with the disease, I was terribly uninformed.  It's been a quick study.  He fully supports my decision on surgery, and states how fortunate that I discovered it early and have options. 

Even so, it's weird being in good shape and having no symptons or problems, but getting ready to undergo a radical procedure that will change my life forever.  However, knowing that if I don't attack this agressively, besides the fact it will always be in my thoughts, it will only get worse, and nobody knows when or how much.  I want forever to be a lot longer than the magic 10 year reoccurance figures they always bring up.  Having that post surgery pathology report will be the key.  While it could show only a minimal amount of cancer, it could be more.  When you throw 10 darts at a dartboard, you can't hit every number.  I'll feel good knowing the extent, and if there is something else I have to do, then I'll get that done.  If the news is good, then I'll only have to think about it once a year after my physical and blood report.

We'll be in touch over this forum, and good luck to you too!   Go Seahawks!!

 


mama bluebird - Lee & Buddy… from North Carolina

Link to our personal journey…>>>     Our Journey ~ Sharing is Caring 

April 3, 2006  53 on surgery day

RRP / Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy with "wide excision"

PSA 4.6   Gleason  3+3=6    T2a   Confined to Prostate

June 29th ~ PSA Less than 0.1 Non-detectable


bluebird
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   Posted 1/12/2007 5:56 PM (GMT -7)   

Partial Quote from Hawkfan…

I've read a couple of postings indicating that you can do too much of the kegals after the catheder is removed.  Does anybody know why? 

 

Hi Hawkfan,

 

In response to your question above...

What happens when you get tired??  You don’t function 100% and the same goes for this little muscle that is new to the working world!!  When he gets tired… he’s not going to work 100%.

 

The skill of the surgeon is sooooo important! And your commitment to getting this little guy in shape for his new job

is equally important!

 

Let me know if the following is the same for robotic surgery….. but I’m thinking it must be!

 

An **excerpt from Dr. Walsh’s Guide to Surviving Prostate Cancer

 

**Men are equipped with three separate anatomical structures that control urine – a sphincter at the bladder neck, the prostate itself, and the external sphincter.  Radical Prostatectomy knocks out two of these—the sphincter at the bladder neck and, of course, the prostate—leaving only the external sphincter to do the work of three.

 

**Because of the powerful structures upstream, this (external sphincter) is never tested or even used much in most men….

 

In any case…. get the little guy ready before surgery day… !!  This is why the exercises (kegels, walking, stairs) are soooooooo important to strengthen this little muscle before surgery.  So ~ when it’s time for him to kick in and start working…. He will be ready!

 

The main thing our urologist told us is to “not overwork him”!!! 

 

Sounds like you've taken each stone and traversed them with such a positive attitude that you will be on the BIG Stone before you know it and then on to the recover/healing stone. 

 

Please….Confirm your surgery date ….  Is it the 19th???  I see in a few postings a different date.

 

Our thoughts are with you and will remain with you!

In New Friendship ~ Lee & Buddy


mama bluebird - Lee & Buddy… from North Carolina

Link to our personal journey…>>>     Our Journey ~ Sharing is Caring 

April 3, 2006  53 on surgery day

RRP / Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy with "wide excision"

PSA 4.6   Gleason  3+3=6    T2a   Confined to Prostate

June 29th ~ PSA Less than 0.1 Non-detectable


biker90
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   Posted 1/12/2007 7:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Bluebird,

That is the first time I ever saw the sphincter stuff explained. Now what I feel down there that is different from before surgery makes sense! Thank you........

Jim
Age 72. Diagnosed 11/03/06. PSA 7.05. Stage T2B Gleason 3+3.
RRP 12/7/06. Nerves and nodes okay.
Pathological stage: T2B. Gleason 3+4. Cancer confined to prostate.
PSA on 1/3/07 - 0.04.  Next PSA on 4/4/07.
 
            "Squeeze before you sneeze!"


hawkfan75
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   Posted 1/13/2007 12:43 AM (GMT -7)   

My surgery date is Friday, the 19th, just one week away.  (I'm in the Pacific Coast Time Zone.)  I've quit all my normal medications and supplements.  It make me a bit concerned, since I have arthritis in my hip from 30 years of basketball refereeing - all those quick stops on hard courts.  I've been taking naproxen and glucosimine/condroitin for four years, and going off them while still working games is troubling.  The doctor said I can take tylenol if I need.

That's one of the weird things as my surgery approaches, is that I feel so good right now.  I've lost 10 pounds, been eating better, and taking more walks, besides my refereeing.  I just got home from working two games - a JV and varsity 3A boys games.  Next week at this time I'll be working hard to get up and walk around the hospital bed.  At least, my cancerous prostate will be forever gone, and I can work at reabillitating, hopefully cancer free. 

I thank everyone for comments and staying with this forum, long after their treatments.  I feel blessed that I've caught this really early, and have so many options. 


PSA 4.7 (up from 3.2 one year ago)
Biopsy November 8, 2006
1 of 10 cores positive 5%
2 others questionable (small gland proliferation)
Gleason 3+3
Robotic surgery scheduled January 19, 2007


bluebird
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   Posted 1/13/2007 7:32 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Biker!!!!

 

I’m really glad the information on the sphincter muscle helped you!!!  yeah

Dr. Walsh’s book truly is worth reading…. Even now after surgery!!!

 

I think I’ll add this information to Our Journey ~ Sharing is Caring thread…

 

Take care dear friend… I’ll be talking with you soon on your thread!

In Friendship ~ Lee & Buddy

 

 Jim ~ This is priceless!!!  tongue            "Squeeze before you sneeze!"


mama bluebird - Lee & Buddy… from North Carolina

Link to our personal journey…>>>     Our Journey ~ Sharing is Caring 

April 3, 2006  53 on surgery day

RRP / Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy with "wide excision"

PSA 4.6   Gleason  3+3=6    T2a   Confined to Prostate

June 29th ~ PSA Less than 0.1 Non-detectable


bluebird
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   Posted 1/13/2007 7:39 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Hawkfan…

Staying with this forum is part of our lives now!!!  Thank you for your kinds to all of us…  It truly is a journey best traveled with friends…. And that’s exactly what we’ve become…

 ~ Friends ~   

That’s great news about the weight loss and keeping active!!!  This week will fly. 

Amazing isn’t it… that we have no pain, no sign that we have something so powerful that if left

untreated can cause so much grief…  Yes…. We are truly blessed to have found it early. Positive thinking…… You will be cancer free!!!!!!

And Hawkfan… you said you feel good right now ~ and you will feel good right up to the moment they wheel you in to surgery…. And once you’re back in your room…. Guess what!!!  You’re going to feel sooooo good that it’s gone!!!!!!!!!!!

Take time to heal/recover….  Listen to your body.. it will tell you what it needs and what it doesn’t need.  Don’t push too fast because you really are going to feel good…. But take it slow!!!

We’re on the countdown with you ~ Keeping you extra close in thoughts and prayers.

Buddy’s sister is having surgery in Colorado the same day…. So ~ we will keep you both extra close!!!

In Friendship ~ Lee & Buddy


mama bluebird - Lee & Buddy… from North Carolina

Link to our personal journey…>>>     Our Journey ~ Sharing is Caring 

April 3, 2006  53 on surgery day

RRP / Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy with "wide excision"

PSA 4.6   Gleason  3+3=6    T2a   Confined to Prostate

June 29th ~ PSA Less than 0.1 Non-detectable


bluebird
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   Posted 1/17/2007 9:49 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi ~ Hawkfan,

 

Just a little hug to let you know we will be there ~ in thoughts and prayers as you head into

surgery on Friday, January 12th.  oops 19th...

 

We’ll be waiting to hear from you!!!

 

Glad I got the Thread date right ;)  thanks lawink

 

~~~~~~~~~~~#$%^&*   Group Hug %^&*(%~~~~~~~~~~~~

From the 3 of us...

Lee, Buddy, & Murphy


mama bluebird - Lee & Buddy… from North Carolina

Link to our personal journey…>>>     Our Journey ~ Sharing is Caring 

April 3, 2006  53 on surgery day

RRP / Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy with "wide excision"

PSA 4.6   Gleason  3+3=6    T2a   Confined to Prostate

June 29th ~ PSA Less than 0.1 Non-detectable

Post Edited (bluebird) : 1/18/2007 9:39:42 AM (GMT-7)


lawink
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   Posted 1/17/2007 10:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Actually - Hawk's surgery is the 19th!

Good luck hawk - looking forward to seeing you on the other side.

;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.   Next PSA check Feb 27, 2007.
 
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.


BenEcho10
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   Posted 1/18/2007 11:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Good luck with your surgery tomorrow Hawk,

Remember to take it very slow and easy in the first week after the surgery. You will feel better than you thought you would (after the first two days or so that is) but your body is still healing from major surgery. Take it easy.

All my best,

Ben
DIAGNOSIS: 09/25/06. Age 49. PSA 4.6. PSA free 2%. Clinical pathology: Gleason 10. Stage T2a.           
 
SURGERY: 11/08/06. RP at Johns Hopkins. Surgical pathology Gleason 10. Stage T3a (positive margins.) Negative seminal vesicles, lymph nodes, and bone scan.
 
POST OP: 12/15/06: First post op PSA was 0.00.


Izzyblizzy
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   Posted 1/18/2007 3:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Best wishes for tomorrow Hawkfan!

Let us know how it all it went when you are up to it.
Signficant Other diagnosed: 10/30/06 (age 63)
PSA: 3.7 (up from 3.4 prior year)
Gleason: 3+3
Biopsy: 1/10 positive, 5% cancerous, right apex.
Treatment: DaVinci.  Sheduled late February


jetguy
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   Posted 1/18/2007 4:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Good luck to you Hawkfan!

Regards,

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


Pete trips again!
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   Posted 1/18/2007 4:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Hawk, We're all pulling for you brother, we'll see you on the other side!
Godspeed!
Your frriend, Pete
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.  


djhouston
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   Posted 1/18/2007 5:20 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Hawkfan,

All the best to you tomorrow. You'll do great-sounds like low tumor burden.

I've seen a lot about the Kegels on this thread. My doc said  no Kegels until the catheter is out, then easy does it while the new junction of the urethra and bladder is healing. Keep walking, though; it's a good exercise for this condition.

All the best,

dj


dj's stats:
PSA (10/04): 2.9; PSA (2/06):4.4, on Androgel (serum T about 450) at age 56; negative DRE, no symptoms.
PSA (5/06):5.7 with a free PSA% of 8, OFF Androgel (serum T 163). 
Biopsy (5/06): 4/12 samples positive; postitive samples only on right side; max Gleason 4+3=7 (in 2 of the 4 -from area nearest bladder.
DaVinci robotic-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy + bladder lift + Right nerve plastic surgery (8/23/06).
Catheter out 4 weeks postop, due to internal pinhole leak at bladder-urethra junction.
Final pathology report:T2c-both sides,but in capsule; neg. margins, neg. lymph nodes, neg. seminal vesicles; final max Gleason still 4+3=7.
Follow-up PSA (11/06): <0.008; serum T: 195 OFF Androgel (at present).


spinbiscuit
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Date Joined Apr 2006
Total Posts : 818
   Posted 1/18/2007 5:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi hawkfan75,

I wish you good luck tomorrow on your big day. You will be just fine so post us as soon as you feel up to it.

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

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