My da vinci date set, May 31, James Cancer Ctr. Ohio State

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naimnut
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Date Joined Jan 2007
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   Posted 2/10/2007 2:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Dr. Patel called me today. He is now at about 1500+ da vinci surgeries and feels that his approach to nerve sparing is the best. I could have gotten an earlier surgery date, in April, but I have some big family events planned for early May and, since he said it is taking his patients 6-8 weeks to regain full continence, I thought I'd put it out until after some big milestones at work as well.
 
In the meantime, I'll send off my biopsy slides to Jonathan Epstein at Johns Hopkins, just to confirm the gleason, etc.
 
Overall, a relief to have the date set, and the surgeon selected. Talking with Dr. Patel was just great. He is a really great communicator and "right there" when I was talking to him.
 
Oh, one more comment, to put the comparitively late date in perspective is that he said he has never seen a gleason 6 (like mine) outside the prostate. He felt quite confident that it was a non-issue to wait until May for the surgery. Since I'm putting my life in his hands I'm comfortable with his counsel and opinion on this. Otherwise I would have kept looking for someone who could fit me in in March.
 
Markus


Age, 53
PSA 3.76, Gleason 6, T1c, scans negative
psa doubling time 35 months
Still researching and deciding treatment options.  Leaning towards da vinci robotic.


EB02
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Date Joined Dec 2005
Total Posts : 48
   Posted 2/10/2007 10:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Congratulations on your choice of Dr. Patel. He performed my robotic surgery in September 2005. I had virtually no incontinence from the time the catheter was removed. I appreciated his aggressive post-surgical approach to overcoming ED as well. He is very personable and all of his staff and the care at the James Cancer Hospital were first rate. The surgery was very easy. I was back at work after two weeks and a month later took two major business trips traveling by air without discomfort. The best part was when he shared the clean pathology report on the sixth day when my catheter was removed. Seventeen months and five PSA tests later, I am still at a statistical zero. I'm sure you're feeling better after making your decision. You'll feel even greater come June when you are on the other side of cancer. Good luck! 

naimnut
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   Posted 2/11/2007 7:37 AM (GMT -7)   

EB02,

Thanks for your vote of encouragement. It means a lot! And wow, I am impressed with your personal experience with incontinence. Hope I can do as well.

Markus


Age, 53
PSA 3.76, Gleason 6, T1c, scans negative
psa doubling time 35 months
Still researching and deciding treatment options.  Leaning towards da vinci robotic.


snowman
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Date Joined Feb 2007
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   Posted 2/11/2007 2:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree with everything said above about Dr. Patel and The James. Surgery 11am Thursday, home by noon Saturday. Never needed the pain meds provided. Went to OSU basketball game Sunday afternoon with pain pump and leg bag. Catheter out in six days, thankfully. Played racquetball soon as allowed at 6 weeks. Pad free by 8 weeks.

Will be seeing Dr. Patel Tuesday for my one year checkup, so far perfect. Living 3 miles from his office is convenient. I didn't add the details because I don't want to remember, I just wanted it GONE. But I am 66 now.

Rock50
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   Posted 2/11/2007 3:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Just from a patients point of view and with a Gleason of 8, I think you are in great hands. Mine had not spread if that helps. Most important thing now is to stay positive and try not to worry.

Good Luck!!!!!!!!

Dutch
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   Posted 2/11/2007 4:46 PM (GMT -7)   

Snowman:

Sounds like Dr Patel should use you for his poster boy - you are doing great.

Good luck on Tuesday.

Dutch

 


Diagnosed Feb 2001  (Age 65)
PSA 4.8
Gleason 3 + 3 = 6
T2
Completed Proton therapy @ Loma Linda - Aug 2001
5yr PSA   0.17
Have had no side effects.


Tamu
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Date Joined Oct 2006
Total Posts : 626
   Posted 2/11/2007 4:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Markus,

It feels real good to have made a decision and now your journey moves to the next step. Your attitude is great and I know that you will do just fine. Now the commitment to make is to get yourself in peek condition between now and your surgery. When it gets closer then those of us that have been there can help you with expectations. Grab life right now aggressively and be active.

The other side awaits you!!

Tamu
Diagnosed 7/6/06
1 of 10 core samples, 40%
Stage T1c, Gleason 3+3
Da Vinci on 11/01/06
Catheter out on 11/13/06
56 Years Old
Post Op Path
Gleason 3+3
Approx. 5% of prostate involved
Prostate Confined, margins clear
Undetectable PSA on 12/18/06
No more pads as of 1/13/07


biker90
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Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 1463
   Posted 2/11/2007 6:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Dutch,

Five years and clean! And no side effects! I looked for a post that told your story but couldn't find one. Maybe I just missed it....

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.
 
 "Patience is a virtue - especially when dealing with the effects of PCa."


Dutch
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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 400
   Posted 2/11/2007 6:45 PM (GMT -7)   

Biker90:

Haven't done a thread on my journey yet.  Just came across this board a few days ago looking for some info for a friend.  Guess I will try to get one together.

Dutch


Diagnosed Feb 2001  (Age 65)
PSA 4.8
Gleason 3 + 3 = 6
T2
Completed Proton therapy @ Loma Linda - Aug 2001
5yr PSA   0.17
Have had no side effects.


M. Kat
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Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 715
   Posted 2/12/2007 5:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Markus, doesn't it feel good to have the decision made and now you have a timeline? as others have said, take this time to get or stay in great shape and do those kegels. God bless, 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

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