Surgery tomorrow - da Vinci ~~~~~~Reprise!

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Tony Crispino
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   Posted 2/15/2007 6:34 PM (GMT -7)   
I edited this entry from a year ago.  Today, 02/16/08 marks my one year since the surgery at the City of Hope.  I find this site an interesting archive of things I felt and fears I had a year ago.  But I am still just as positive and hopeful as I was going into this whole dang experience.  I thank God for That!  Thank you and God Bless you all for this wonderful support.  I read all these entries again for the first time since.  The tears in my eyes are for joy.  You all gave them to me tonight... (PS. My PSA was 19.8 on dx but 13.9 at surgery.  Not sure why the drop but I had hopes it was good news) From one year ago:
 
Note: These dates are over a year old but apparently the Healingwell server does not post them right when they're this old? 
 
 
 
From February, 2007...
Well it's time.  I was treated with great dignity yesterday at City of Hope.  I had six pre-op tests and meetings. I never waited more than five minutes for any of them.  It was nice being greeted at the main entrance and led each step of the way through the process.  Tomorrow morning is the day and I am not nervous.  Just thankful that I met all of you. 
 
God Bless.
 
Tony & Ruth


Age 45 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8
Surgery on Feb 16, 2007
Post-Op Pathology: Gleason 4+3=7, positive margins, Stage pT3b (Stage III)
HT began in May, '07 with Lupron and Casodex 50mg
IMRT radiation for 38 Treatments ending August 3, '07
Current PSA (1/08): <0.1
I will continue HT until May '09. 
 
Visit my Journey at:
 
STAY POSITIVE!

Post Edited (TC-LasVegas) : 2/16/2008 9:33:44 PM (GMT-7)


dawgfan
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   Posted 2/15/2007 6:37 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm also a Tony C - so best of luck. God's speed.

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."
 


kziz
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   Posted 2/15/2007 6:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Good luck TC. You and Ruth will be in our thoughts and prayers. Courtney
Kurt & Courtney
47 year old
Great Health prior to dx
Dx on 1/29/07
PSA 4.1
Gleason 3+3=6, both lobes
Stage T2c, I believe
Tumor involves 20% of cores, both lobes
Live in OK
Da Vinci scheduled 3-15-07 in Austin


biker90
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   Posted 2/15/2007 6:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Good luck TC. Keep us updated...

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."


norskie
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   Posted 2/15/2007 7:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Good luck tomorrow, your soon on your way to healing and recovery.
norskie
norskie
Age 49, PSA 6.22 on 9-26-06
Biopsy 11-01-06, 2 of 13 cores 10% cancer, 2 other cores abnormal Up-dated 20% prostate cancerous
Gleason score 3+3=6 After Pathology report 3+4=7 some agressive 5 cells found
De Vincie surgery 01-09-07 UW Madison
Pathology Report- cancer 100 % capsual contained 1-18-07
Catheter removed 1-18-07 suffered bladder spasms Catheter reattached 1-18-07
Catheter removed 2nd time 1-24-07 


Izzyblizzy
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   Posted 2/15/2007 10:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Best wishes!  Let us know how it all went when you are able.
 
Our thoughts are with you.
 
Tanya and Ken
PSA: 3.7 (up from 3.4 prior year)
Gleason: 3+3
Biopsy: 1/10 positive, 5% cancerous, right apex.


daveed
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   Posted 2/16/2007 6:18 AM (GMT -7)   

God bless and God Speed.

As I have said before to others we will all have a hand on your shoulder during your surgury.

 Daveed


Diagnosed March 06
PSA 4.4
Two biopsies. One core of each 5% cancer, two suspicious
Gleason 3+3=6
DaVinci surgery Nov 1, 06
Cancer confined to prostate
Ist PSA 6 weeks post op less than 0.02
 


ChiOKC
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   Posted 2/16/2007 12:17 PM (GMT -7)   
The journey begins happy trails and Gods speed.

Rog & Roz

55 years old

Great Health prior to Dx

Dx on 1/12/07

PSA 4.2

Right, core biopsy: Gleason grade 3+3 or 6/10, in one of five core biopsies

Left, core biopsy: Gleason grade 3+3 or 6/10, in one of five core biopsies

Looking at da Vinci Surgeons in OKC and Austin

Live in OKC, willing to travel


BenEcho10
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   Posted 2/16/2007 6:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Good luck TC,

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.


jetguy
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   Posted 2/16/2007 6:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Best to you TC. Come back to us when you are on the other side.

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!


Tony Crispino
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   Posted 2/18/2007 11:21 AM (GMT -7)   
I'M BACK!!!!
Surgery went well, though the surgeon had to leave some suspicious tissue behind. We knida expected that with the PSA at 13.9 and the Gleason 7. I will be with the CoH team on Thursday to discuss the post op pathology. LOL my doctor said I was "responsive" in the recovery room so he did not expect ED issues. Both nerve bundles were spared. He said the bad area was at the Apex and will likely be radiated.

God Bless you all. I'm a little weak, but only slightly uncorfortable. My catheter isn't so bad either. I was moving around well yesterday. I had 20+ visitors, kept the staff busy, but they understood well that LA is my old spomping grounds. And were more than accomodating.

TC
44
3+4=7 4 of 8 cores
PSA 13.9
daVinci on 2/16
Positive borders

biker90
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   Posted 2/18/2007 11:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey TC,

Great having you on the "other side". Your sound upbeat and that is really important to recovery.

Good news about the "response" in the recovery room! That's about the quickest ED recovery I ever heard. Others here have some post-op positives so you will have lots of info to go on.

Get well and keep us updated...

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."


bluebird
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   Posted 2/18/2007 1:33 PM (GMT -7)   

Welcome Back …

You sound Great!!!  Buddy & I sent our Group Hug to you on the 9th…. I wasn’t sure we would be home during the time before your surgery!!! And didn’t want to miss sending you extra strength.

 

We know you feel all the extra strength coming at you from all of your forum family!!!!

Take care and please remember to not over do it!!!! Okay. tongue

And we are thrilled you and Hang are getting along!!

 

Take care and give mama Ruth a Huge Hug Too!!!!! yeah

 

In Friendship ~ Lee & Buddy

 

Other threads started by TC-LasVegas

(direct link ~ just click on the title!  Reminder to click on the REFRESH icon once there)

I'm new here and Have PC. High scores and Nervous - Only 44


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

2nd PSA 02-06-2007 Less than 0.1 Non-Detectable :)


M. Kat
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   Posted 2/18/2007 3:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Tony - so glad to hear your surgery went well and you are recovering nicely. my prayers continue to be with you and Ruth as you continue on your journey. 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


Tony Crispino
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   Posted 2/18/2007 6:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Jim.
Couldn't believe that my doctor told my awaiting family that I was er growing in th recovery room. But hey, that was assuring and I will only state that I wasn't in a dream, but still on the anesthesia. That's my story and I'm sticking with it.

Thanks Bluebird and Kat.

I'm feeling much better tonite too. I'm getting ready for a short walk and just had a lite dinner.


tc

Tony Crispino
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   Posted 2/19/2007 12:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Dave
I'm at my sisters in Laguna Beach. 'Bout an hour south of City of Hope. Just 48 hours in the hospital. :-)

I hate being bored...

tc

myman
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   Posted 2/19/2007 7:42 AM (GMT -7)   
TC - been following your thread along with everyone else...your screen name should be "First Responder"!
Glad to hear you're recovering so well and with family...that is so helpful.
I understand the boredom (I remember vividly my husband walking around holding his cath. bag with a kind of a crazy look on his face and of course, I had an extremely sympathetic look on mine...we laugh about it now!) but be patient and you'll be back in the game in no time!

All the best,
Susan
Husband Diagnosed 11/17/05  Age: 63  No Symptoms
PSA: 7.96, Positive DRE
Biopsy Right: 6 of 6 Cores Positive  Biopsy Left: 1 of 6 Cores Positive
Gleason: 4+3 = 7  Stage: T2B N0 MX
2/09/06: LRP  Restage: T3A NX MX 
3 mo. PSA Post Surgery:  11.8, 12.9, 13.9  Bone scan, CT scan, Endorectal MRI, Chest XR - neg.
9/06/06: 6 mo. PSA:  18.8  CT shows lymph node involvement  Start HT Lupron 3 mo. shots
12/06/06: PSA  0.8
03/07/07 - next PSA


Tony Crispino
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   Posted 2/19/2007 12:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Dave,
Blocking out th ecatheter, but you are right. When It comes out Thursday, it's good riddance. I have no blood in tne urine, and it's just an inconvenience to have to wear it. I am wearing the large one only, so I don't have to empty it as often. I bought some over sized sweats and it work out great. I just completed a half mile walk, without the pain killers. and well. because of the hills here in Laguna, I just took a Vicadin. LOL what a wuss, huh? Later today I will make it a mile, but I'll take the Vicadin before I walk it. Every minute I feel better and better. I do have one minor issue though:

For everyone who had the da Vinci.
I think this side effect is because of the unusual position they place you in during the procedure, but imagine lying down on your back, legs together, toes up. I can easily manuever my left leg out (toes up) to the left and back no issue. My right leg goes out back does not come back. It affects me getting in and out of bed and my wife has to put my right sock on, but there is no pain or discomfort, and I believe that walking will likely eliminate this inconvenience. Because I sleep on the right side of the bed, I can lay down but my wife has to lift my leg into the bed. Again no pain, but it's an inconvenience. Just thinking out loud for anyone else who may experience this. No biggy though.

tc

Tony Crispino
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   Posted 2/19/2007 1:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Susan,
God Bless you for the nice support. I am doing well and as you can read in this thread as well as my other thread, I'm always being positive and upbeat. On the day after my surgery, I had over twenty visitors, business and family. One of my sisters said to me I must feel great with that much support. I told her about this website and that the support began weeks ago. But you are very right I am kept busy by my friends and family and that's a good thing. I feel back in the game now. I know that my age helps. But Dave's experience is encouraging me to keep up with him. Thank you again for your support and me and my wife pray for your husbands progress. I have to believe that it's the prayers that have pushed me forward with a clear head and positive attitude. I pray that that "crazed look" never returns and those laughs continue.

tc

kziz
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   Posted 2/19/2007 3:47 PM (GMT -7)   
TC, glod you made it to the other side. Hopefully we wil be joining you there in 3 weeks. As for the leg issue, my boss said that it is a possibility that the muscle in the abdomen that stabilizes for the adductor movement (moving in) can be swollen as well as muscles and nerves due to the placement during surgery. It is just a guess, but she is a physical therapist who works those types of problems all the time. Take it easy and let your body heal before doing too much. We are thinking of you and Ruth and wish you a continued great recovery! Courtney
Kurt & Courtney
47 year old
Great Health prior to dx
Dx on 1/29/07
PSA 4.1
Gleason 3+3=6, both lobes
Stage T2c, I believe
Tumor involves 20% of cores, both lobes
Live in OK
Da Vinci scheduled 3-15-07 in Austin


Tony Crispino
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   Posted 2/24/2007 7:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Everyone,
My surgery went perfect but the surgical pathology results did not. I have little continance issues, I can hold and control my urine 99% of the time and only leak drops when I laugh hard. I only used 6 pads since the catheter came out Thursday(4 on Thursday). No attempt at an erection but will try in the coming days.

Post-op pathology showed the following:
I have advanced Prostate Cancer.
T3C (Seminal vessicals are fully involved, Prostate was 70% high grade - New Gleason 4+3=7)
The cancer was in the Apex by apparent origination and may have involved the Rectum thus T4 may likely be the case. Suspicious tissue was left behind in the rectum and could not be removed.
The Surgeon has referred me to an Oncologist here at the Nevada Cancer Institute.
I will be undergoing Chemotherapy and Hormone treatment as soon as possible. I must heal the surgery first.

This highly experienced surgeon is very concerned and stated I needed to act fast. He told me that I may have a 40% chance of remission with Chemo. His experience shows that Apex originated PCa is much more difficult to cure if at all, because it daes not get detected easily. He said this is why I did not show any symptons while the cancer advanced.

I cannot say enough about the City of Hope. Their professionalisn and compassionate care was extrordinary. I feel great and aside from the poor prognosis would not be feeling anything that would make me believe I am presented a danger much higher than anticipated. I knew my scores and PSA before I went to them to be high and concerning and while I expected them to improve my odds, they probably did, they were faced with a pathology that was much different than the biopsy. Their diagnosis of the Post Op pathology I believe is accurate and well explained to me. They are indeed a fantastic choice for anyone looking for treatment of prostate cancer.

Tony & Ruth
Pre Op PSA - 19.7 (this lowered to 13.9 in a subsequent test but they will use the higher number for future evaluation)
Pre Op Gleason - 3+4=7
Clinical Stage - T2C

Post Op PSA - Scheduled for March 29
Post Op Gleason - 4+3=7 (70% involvement of grade 4)
Surgical staging - T3C or T4

Izzyblizzy
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   Posted 2/24/2007 7:45 PM (GMT -7)   
so sorry to hear that, Tony.

Please keep us updated on your prognosis and future treatments.

Our thoughts are with you and ruth.

Tanya and Ken
Significant other diagnosed: 10/30/06
PSA: 3.7 (up from 3.4 prior year)
Gleason: 3+3
Biopsy: 1/10 positive, 5% cancerous, right apex.
Da Vinci Scheduled: 4/10/07


lawink
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   Posted 2/24/2007 8:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Sorry to hear your news Tony! Keep up your positive attitude and never, never give up the fight. As you receive your treatments, please visualize those "bugger cancer cells" dying and leaving your body. I truly believe we can overcome this disease with only positive thinking as we go through the recommended treatment.

We will be praying for you and following your journey.

;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 aggressive, 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.


bluebird
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   Posted 2/25/2007 10:11 PM (GMT -7)   

Dear Tony & Ruth…… *TC-LasVegas

 

Our thoughts and prayers surround you with so much strength at this time ~ we know you feel them… :-)  

 

Your journey has had many different stepping~stones all along your path in life.  With each step you have shown strength and over time you’ve stayed strong.  From your sharing of your life before pc… it is evident that you have traveled other roads a lot bumpier than the one just traveled and the new course planned out is yet uncharted.  But from everything we know about you ……  you will move forward into a path that you will research and know every step that you take is again moving in a positive direction.

 

With the love and support you’ve given to each other…over the years… may this love and support continue to grow.

 

You are an amazing couple ~ hold each other tight and continue to move toward a healing light.

The mind has a tremendous ability to influence the body… continue feeding it with positive thoughts and actions for healing.

 

Love to you both.

Keeping you tucked extra close to our hearts.

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

2nd PSA 02-06-2007 Less than 0.1 Non-Detectable :)


bluebird
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   Posted 2/25/2007 10:24 PM (GMT -7)   

Other Threads by *TC-LasVegas

(direct link ~ just click on the title!  Reminder to click on the REFRESH icon once there)

 

I'm new here and Have PC. High scores and Nervous - Only 44

Surgery tomorrow - da Vinci

Post Op Pathology was not good.

 


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

2nd PSA 02-06-2007 Less than 0.1 Non-Detectable :)

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