My friend has Brachytherapy problems...

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lifeguyd
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   Posted 2/9/2007 10:47 PM (GMT -7)   
 
Now that I am in the middle of my healing, I find myself talking to friends who are also in various stages.  As I mentioned earlier I have two close friends who were diagnosed about the same time as I was. (we call our selves the ...cancer cluster) They both chose seed implant therapy.  I don't know all of the details, but one is doing well and the other is not.
 
I posted my remarks on a brachytherapy post, but they were at the bottom and were little noticed.  I will repeat my friends problem as he is not inclined to come here and post himself.
 
I don't have his gleason scores, grades or psa.  He had radium seed implants in August 2006.
Everything seemed to go well, except a problem with urination.  He subsequently developed a very serious E-Coli bacteria infection.  I have never heard of this happening.  He has been treated with antibiotics, but he just can't "Pee".  Currently he needs to carry a catheter that he must insert in his penis every time he needs to urinate.  He say's it is uncomfortable, inconvenient and embarassing.  I can't disagree.  Have any of you had any experience with this?  Do you know what he can do to remediate this problem? 
 
I know that most of you, like me have had surgery.  But there must be some who have researched this and have some ideas.
 
Thanks for your comments.
 
 
 
Da Vinci surgery 1/16/07
 
History
11/05 psa 2.9
6/06   psa 5.8
7/06   psa 6.7
 
biopsy 10/16/06
gleason 4+4=8
grade T2A
 
scans and post op confirm biopsy results
 
scans and post op pathology show clear for spread
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


bluebird
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   Posted 2/10/2007 11:01 AM (GMT -7)   

Posting above....

Dated: 2-10 Saturday 12:47 a.m. forum time showing

The quote below has a negative tone… and it bothers me so let me get this thought out of my system….  I’ve seen it posted once before and let it go…. But ~ can’t … so here I am.

 

Partial Post…

Dated: 2- 9 Friday 11:52 a.m. forum time showing

I posted my remarks on a brachytherapy post, but they were at the bottom and were little noticed. 

 

I totally disagree…..  that because they were at the bottom… they were little noticed.

 

JustJulie posted within 5 minutes… she’s been there… so knows!

 

Also….. it’s been less than 24 hours since the post on  Brachytherapy vs Surgery  and not everybody is on line everyday…  and if they haven’t had this treatment… … … …

 

Each time a thread is popped to the top!!!! It gets noticed….

Watch the views and this will tell you exactly how many.

 

~ Lee ~


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


lifeguyd
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   Posted 2/10/2007 11:16 AM (GMT -7)   
bluebird
Thank you for your response. Yes, justjulie did respond immediatly but had not heard of this problem before. I was hoping that others could lead me to a place to find some answers for my friend. I'm sorry if I sounded pushy or unhappy about the response. i just wanted to to get it on top so if there are resources that can help we will find them. I admit that I am on here every day. Dealing with prostate cancer is the number one priority in my life right now.
Best to you...
 
Da Vinci surgery 1/16/07
 
History
11/05 psa 2.9
6/06   psa 5.8
7/06   psa 6.7
 
biopsy 10/16/06
gleason 4+4=8
grade T2A
 
scans and post op confirm biopsy results
 
scans and post op pathology show clear for spread
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Motelmat
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   Posted 2/10/2007 12:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Lifeguyd,

Where are you having your surgery done, my surgeon at the SF VA also does them at Mt Zion in SF and I would really reccommend him, Dr. Christopher Kane and he has done over 200 of the Da Vincis and instructs the docs at the SF UC Med center on how to do them.

Good luck, we live in Discovery Bay, about 20 miles west of Stockton on the delta.

Motelmat

PSA 6.6, , Had biopsies On October 26, 06 with 5 positive and less than 30% cancer in any of them. Gleason 3+3


lifeguyd
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   Posted 2/10/2007 2:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Motelmat
I am almost four weeks past my DaVinci surgery. It was done at Sutter Hospital in Sacramento. Great surgeon, wonderful nurses and support at Sutter Hospital. We feel fortunate to have found the kind of competence, quality and support that we have had. We are Bay Area transplants who found a great place to retire...(location undisclosed..lol). Good luck with healing. If you have questions, feel free to email me direct.

best to everyone...
 
Da Vinci surgery 1/16/07
 
History
11/05 psa 2.9
6/06   psa 5.8
7/06   psa 6.7
 
biopsy 10/16/06
gleason 4+4=8
grade T2A
 
scans and post op confirm biopsy results
 
scans and post op pathology show clear for spread
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


bluebird
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   Posted 2/11/2007 10:15 AM (GMT -7)   

J Hi ~ Lifeguyd…. 

 

Thank you for your response…

 

Now you have my curiosity up!!! 

You’re right about wanting to keep “paradise” closed to others!!!  We are permanent transplants to our piece of heaven in the mountains of North Carolina… me…via Louisiana, British Columbia, Canada, Florida, and now HOME….. 

 

When the 1 and only traffic light went up… I growled…

But then I knew I had to stop it…. Because we were part of the growth and knew why others wanted to be here. 

 

Our thoughts and prayers will be with your friends as they move forward searching for more answers to their healing/recovery process.

 

When you least expect it…. A posting may show up that will help or give guidance.

 

Take care  ~ 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

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