Thanks so much for this comprehensive, informative post. Extremely helpful to read as many experiences as possible while going through this.
I have one question, you said:
He also stunned us by telling us that it was a big error for Urologist #1 to have put me on Casodex since this had shrunk the prostate which would make it much more difficult to see during surgery and thus more difficult to spare the erectile nerves.
First, not aware of what Casodex is? So was wondering what that was for.
Second, main reason I am asking about this part of your post, is that Ken went on Avodart when first diagnosed to shrink the prostate (Ken had enlarged prostate though 73 ... not sure if yours was enlarged?). Anyway our robotic guy felt and thought the prostate had shrunk to 30-38 by feel and that was a GOOD thing and made it a shorter, easier procedure?
We haven't gone through surgery yet, but when I read that experience of yours got a little concerned. But maybe it is because yours was normal and then shrunk below that or maybe a difference between open and robotic? I don't expect you to necessarily know, but if you or anyone out there has insight on this would be appreciated.
Tanya and Ken
Signficant Other diagnosed: 10/30/06 (age 63)
PSA: 3.7 (up from 3.4 prior year)
Biopsy: 1/10 positive, 5% cancerous, right apex.
Treatment: DaVinci. Sheduled late February