pre-surgery, Greatest concern is about the Cath, not surgery- Kurt

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kziz
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   Posted 2/19/2007 8:17 PM (GMT -7)   
My wife has been posting in here for the 2 of us, however, this is my first solo attempt.  I am more worried about the cath than the surgery.  I just looks painful.  Am I going to be as sore after that comes out as I was after my biopsy? 
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


myman
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   Posted 2/19/2007 8:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kurt - as the spouse I can only tell you from observation and having a 'sympathetic ear"...this is how I would say it:
Painful at times (stinging at entry site but lodicaine (sp) helped
Annoying
Awkard
Sometimes funny
But knowing it wasn't going to be there for long seemed to help. Really.
Good Luck
Signed,
A knowing wife

Edited to add:  He didn't seem to have pain from biopsy.


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


StrictlyInc
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   Posted 2/19/2007 8:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Kurt,

Based on my personal experience, here's my .02:

- it is inserted during surgery, so no pain there at all

- while I was in the hospital, I was concerned about people kicking the bag and tearing something. Bag as gently kicked a few times, no real pain, lttle irritation, perhaps. Keeping the tip of the penis well lubricated is best, but the body will lubricate it too.

- I used a leg bag most of the time after I left the hospital... only used the bigger bag for sleeping. Wore sweats a lot, and no one was the wiser about the bag if I didn't tell them. No leakage problems to speak of.

- Catheter removal scared the hell out of me before hand, but it wasn't painful... felt weird more than anything else. Kind of scary when the nurse rears back to give the thing a yank and pull it out quickly, but it wasn't a problem.

Overall, I know how one can be afraid of the catheter, but really, it is nothing, most of the time.
____________________
 
Prostate cancer diagnosed:  May 15, 2006 (age 40)
Gleason score:  3+3=6
daVinci radical prostatectomy:  July 25, 2006
size of tumor:  approx 1.1 inches
post-surgery Gleason score:  3+4=7; negative margins from surgery
number of pads/day at 3 months after surgery:  3 to 5
number of pads/day at 4 months after surgery:  1 to 2
1st post-surgery PSA:  0 (Nov 2006)
2nd post-surgery PSA:  0 (Feb 2007)
ongoing post-surgery treatment:  Cialis every other day, Viagra "on-demand", ErecAid pump daily Cialis every other day, ErecAid pump twice daily (when I can manage it)
 


biker90
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   Posted 2/19/2007 8:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kurt,

Have someone on your med team show you how it works and how it stays in place. Maybe that will relieve some of the anxiety about it.

Mine got yanked, twisted (while sleeping), kicked, and generally abused because I would forget it was there. I got up, forgetting the bag, and drug it across the floor a couple of times. So I guarantee it won't come out. Besides, the hose is attached to an elastic band around your leg so it doesn't pull directly on your penis. It just feels wierd, awkward and generally pesty...

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.
 
 "Cancer feeds on fear - starve it to death."


SJC
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   Posted 2/19/2007 8:57 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey Kurt:

I never thought much about the catheter.  I used the big bag the entire time.  No pain...no discomfort.  Took my walks every day and carried the bag's holder in my hand (this was in August and I wore shorts).  Out in ten days for me.  No big deal.  "Don't worry about it" is my advice.


lawink
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   Posted 2/19/2007 9:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kurt!
Not as bad as one worries it may be. Bob used big bag at night; leg bag during the day and had no problems at all. I did read on here awhile back that if you have a playful pet (cat) at home, beware as they like to pull on new things.

You'll do fine! Good Luck!
;o) Bob & Linda
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.


hawkfan75
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   Posted 2/19/2007 10:00 PM (GMT -7)   

I too was more afraid of the catheder than anything else.  I echo some of the advice given, with a couple of more ideas:

I had a large master bathroom with a long counter that helped.  I set things up on the counter - you have to rinse the bags with a bleach solution after changing.  I quickly got into a routine for this.  Also, I had a chair next to the toilet which helped in emptying and changing bags.  Get some of those baby wipes for cleaning around the cath.  I also used my wife's old walker next to the bed to hold the night bag.  My only problem was I didn't have enough adhessive strips to hold the tubing on my thigh - cathe secure.  Some use velcro straps for this.  Removing the cath was not painful at all, just weird.

I'm now three weeks post catheder, and am mostly dry.  For the last two days I have only used one of my wife's senitary napkins just in case of a drip.  Friday will be 5 weeks post surgery, and I'm feeling great - walking 2 miles a day and wanting to do more, but being careful to hold back.  Good luck!

 


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


sterd82
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   Posted 2/20/2007 6:55 AM (GMT -7)   

Kurt,

All of the above makes great sense...    The catherter is more of an annoyance than it is truly pianful---a couple of "management tips":

1) Have a couple of kinds of surgical tape available when you come home.  I found by taping the cath. tube to my leg and/or to the bed at night avoided a lot of unwanted tugging.

2)  If you have or can borrow a walker with wheels, its a great place to hang the bag when you go to bed, or recline in your favorite recliner.

3)  Save a post-surigical pain pill for the day you have the cath. removed and take it an hour befor your appointment.   Lots of guys get along great at removal, I thought it hurt (but only for a couple of seconds!).

4) One of the worst things I encountered in recovery was diaper rash of the scrotal tissue from several weeks of incontinence.  There's a product called Carlesta that I found to be the only thing that helped this.

It's all manageable---good luck!

  


Sterd82
Age 46
Open Radical Prostatectomy 6/9/2006
Pathological Stage T3a, Positive Surgical Margin
Gleason 3+4
Post surgury PSA fluctuated between .04 and .09
PSA rose to .24 in November of 2006
6 month hormone therapy initialed December 1. 2006
36 sessins of IMRT Ended Feb 1, 2007


Tamu
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   Posted 2/20/2007 7:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Kziz,

Since you are comfortable with the surgery you will be pleasantly surprised with the catheter. The only pain I had with it is the pulling on the end of my penis because doing surgery they did not install the clamp on my thigh in the right place and every time I sat down it would pull. There appears to be a couple of different methods for attaching the clamp. Some use a velcro strap which I believe must be better. In my case it was an adhesive backed clamp that stuck on my thigh. This caused some skin irritation and did not allow as much freedom of movement. They gave me several of the clamps and I changed it every other day and relocated it to try and keep the irritation down. You might want to ask ahead of time what they will be using. I wore the leg bag during the day and went all over the place with it. I went to the grocery store, church and out to eat with friends. I used the large bag at night and placed it in a office type of plastic trash container. This worked perfectly as all I had to do was pick up the trash container when moving around. It also kept the bag out of sight which made things a little better around the house. As others have said there is no pain when it comes out. It just feels weird. The only real pain that I had was when the drain tube was pulled out. That lasted for about three seconds but it also was weird as it comes all the way across the abdomen. The nurse said the reason that it hurt me was because I tensed up but how do you keep from doing that when you see it being pulled out of you. I have had a lot more pain doing other things then I did with any aspect of the surgery or post surgery.

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


lifeguyd
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   Posted 2/20/2007 8:56 AM (GMT -7)   

You have heard all the good advice.  I can only add that I never experienced pain during removal (by my urologist). 

 After two days, I chose to use the small bag all of the time.It had a back flow valve.  I am a light sleeper and didn't mind getting up a couple times a night to empty it.  No pain, no problems.  Be sure to take a "guards pad" to the doctors office when you have the catheter removed. You will probable drip. The catheter is minor compared to everything else.


 
Da Vinci surgery 1/16/07
psa 11/05 (2.9)
psa 7/06 (6.7)
biopsy 10/16/06
Gleason 4+4=8
grade T2A
post op pathology- OK
age-65 going on 29
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Tony Crispino
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   Posted 2/20/2007 10:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kurt,
First...Courtney. She has been a great help for all of us here and is certainly asking the right questions for you. But, you are certainly welcome to write or call or chat with me. Courtney has my EM address and if you contact me through that means we can talk about it. I am wearing a leg bag right now. NO PAIN. My surgery was last Thursday and the catheter comes out this Thursday. It is awkward and while there are no pros other than necessity the cons are not that bad. A couple suggestions, mostly stated above:
> don't forget to get your sweats ready and bring them to the hospital.
> Once you find a position that does not stress your penile opening, after a day passes you will get used to the catheter, so just find a position for the tube that does not bend the tube or get pulled when you sit. (Tamu mentions the tape versus the velcro, I can only state that tape is rigid, and velcro can be maneuvered. Not sure if there is any advantage either way. I have tape, and a hairy body, so ladies I know how a good waxing feels.)
> Shorts. Have them ready for sleeping at night when you get home.
> If your bed is tall, put a chair or something next to it to hang the bag at night. I have slept ok but mostly on my back. Sleeping on my side causes me to experience discomfort, but it isn't painful.
> Xylocaine will be prescribed (or lydocaine) and works well to prevent stinging. I waited too long to start using it, but it helped right away.
> Small trash can is a good idea, but i really use it for trash now. Hooking that bag to my pants or leg strap isn't that inconvenient to do.

about the drain tube. Look away when it gets removed. And try to relax. I did not flinch and was an easy removal. IMPORTANT, watch the doctor as he applies tape on the dressing after the tube comes out. My surgical doctor did not do the removal but rather one of his interns. they applied the dressing tape across one of my sutures and that does not seem right as it pulls on the skin. In fact I cut the tape around the suture so that I did not reopen the incision. That piece is still over the incision and will show it to my surgeon on Thursday. Maybe it's just trivial but it would seem like good bedside manner to not cover wounds with tape?

Good luck, Kurt!

You are not alone and will be fine. Don't stress the catheter. I now consider my presurgical concern about it to be nothing more than overrated. The tabloid coverage of Anna Nicole Smith is more annoying.

Tony & Ruth

kw
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   Posted 2/20/2007 12:40 PM (GMT -7)   
    Not to scare you but I have had a worse time than most on here.  My cath was in 23 days due to some healing problems.  The tip did get rather sore at times.  I also had leakage around the cath.  Had to tape an pad things to keep dry.  I tried to keep it pulled snug as much as I could.  All I had was a leg bag, but a large one would have been nice.   I would have them give you both so you can stay down all night.
    But overall the cath was not that painful....just a pain in the A** to deal with.
 
    Good Luck....kw
    43
    PSA 5.7 - Discovered during Annual Physical with Family Practice Dr.
    Gleason 7
    Biopsy - 3 of 12 positive (up to 75%) all on left side of prostate
    RRP on Oct. 17, 2006 - Nerves on right side saved.
    All Lab's clear.  No Cancer outside prostate
    Cathiter in for 3 weeks due to complications in healing. Removed Nov. 9, 2006
    First Post op PSA on Dec. 11, 2006  Undetectable 0.00
    Office visit on Jan. 19th due to continued excessive urine leakage.
    Scheduled Feb.20th Cystoscope with possible Cottigen injection into bladder neck to help control leaking.
   


norskie
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   Posted 2/20/2007 12:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Kurt

I can't add much more that what everyone else has already said. You will find what works best with you with a little trial and error but no major pain just some uncomfortable feelings at the tube entry site on the penis but you find the correct position and angle and it's not bad. The first two days I just left the big bag on because I just didn't feel all that great and sat in the recliner, but after those first two days and got my first shower I felt much better and used the leg bag a lot during the day. I had to get up and empty it pretty often but when positioned right didn't bother me much at all, plus it made me get up and move around which I was supposed to do. You will find out what works best for you and the time will go by quickly and before you know it the day comes for the removal and it didn't hurt it was just a funny feeling and a little uncomfortable, least of the worries and you soon forgot all about that as you will begin concentrating on the next steps again and passing the first urine test. You will do just fine but you will be glad to have it off. Now I did run into a little problem that I am told only 5% of patients do and had to have the catheter put back in. I was experiencing bladder spasms after the first removal, guess I wasn't quite ready yet, now that I will admit was not fun but you should not run into that problem and based on the whole experience I made it through that too. Good luck we are all thier with you.

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
Da Vinci 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
1st Post PSA Blood Test Scheduled for 3-22-07 


GreenAcres
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   Posted 2/20/2007 1:42 PM (GMT -7)   
We, too, dreaded the catheter part more than the surgery. I was petrified of helping with it (messing things up) beforehand. Turned out to be no big deal, other than the hassle.

Expect to see some blood at the catheter/penis insertion point after surgery. I know my husband looked down and sort of gasped at the sight of a tube coming out of him. That's normal and the blood will clean up, although there may be more leakage over the next few days. Triple antibiotic ointment at the tip three times a day (follow doctor's instructions on that) will keep things from drying up and becoming painful.

Keep the bag lower than the bladder at all times or it will back up. It can also back up for no reason, or even stop flowing and you have to work the bag a little. It will also become a source of fascination as there's nothing really you can do about it. Be glad to see all that urine flowing through. If it starts to back up for any reason, you'll feel the ache.

They do warn about not touching the valves as that's where infection could enter the bladder. Use latex gloves to empty/switch the bag as a precaution.
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
 


mozart250
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   Posted 2/20/2007 6:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Am I a weenie or what. I actually yelled and experienced some pain when it was taken out. But it was quick and then all over.

Looking back, overall it was a nuisance more than anything else. As was said, you will be sleeping when they put it in, so no problem there. And in the big scheme of things, two weeks of a nuisance really is not all that muchy.
June 2006:  PSA 4.6.  DRE prostate enlarged.  
Aug  2006:  Second opinion confirms first.  Biopsy suggested.
Sep  2006:  Biopsy results positive one lobe.  Gleason 3+3.
Nov  2006:  RPA performed at Fletcher Allen in Burlington
Nov  2006:  Analysis of prostate indicates positive margin.
                 New Gleason: 3+4
Dec  2006:  PSA 0.1


lawink
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   Posted 2/20/2007 7:33 PM (GMT -7)   

cool   cool

To add some humor at this point . . . when Bob went in to have catheter removed (by his urologist) he was nervous and very intent on watching everything.  Out came the catheter with very little pain . . . .doctor is trying to explain next step . . . . .hubby is looking in awe at where the catheter just came from . . . . . looks and goes . . . ."oh the POOR LITTLE THING" . . . . . .doctor had a rather huge grin on his face . .  .  .proceeded to give remainder of instructions to me (wife) as he knew where Bob's mind was!!!!  tongue tongue


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.


PianoMan
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   Posted 2/20/2007 7:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kziz -- Like you, I was really concerned about the catheter -- the idea of having something up my urethra didn't sound like my idea of a good time at all. You have received excellent advice here. The cath. should be no big deal for you. In my case, I also had to watch the amount of slack I had between the insertion point and where the tube was attached to my leg. it was really just an annoyance -- not painful. And they give you a topical for any irritation you may have. They will tell you you may see a very small bit of blood or green-looking stuff come out of your penis while the cath is in, but don't let it freak you out. The nice thing about Da Vinci is you'll get that sucker out in a week. You will sleep fine and believe it or not, that first week will go by rather quickly -- at least, in retrospect, it did for me. Also, the removal was not painful to me, just had an odd feeling down there for about a second or two.
And as someone stated above, the removal of your drainage tube after surgery is no big deal either. Kind of like someone tickling you from within for second or so.
Again, I was freaky about the catheter, but I was fine and like so many others, you will be too.
Best to ya!

54 years old

PSA = First ever was 9.8 in late Oct. ‘06, two weeks later, 10.1

DRE: Negative

Biopsy results 11/22/06 (6 out of 8 cores positive), both lobes, Gleason 3+3 = 6

Da Vinci Robotic RP surgery, City of Hope, Jan 12, 2007

Post surgery pathology – Organ confined, Gleason still 6, margins clear.

First post-surgery PSA -- Undetectable, 2/20/07


kziz
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   Posted 2/20/2007 8:33 PM (GMT -7)   
To All, Thank you all so much for the advice. You have helped to reduce my anxiety. I was very hesitant to get on here. My wife has been posting threads and reading me the results, however, I didn't want to see. Now that I have posted this question and seen the great advice, I feel more comfortable. Thanks Kurt
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 2/21/2007 12:19 AM (GMT -7)   
You're very welcome Kurt.
Just go at your pace with the discussion, but as you see, we all have or are getting experience with this stupid disease and are willing to share our experience if it helps others. For me it's just good to have someone to talk to. This site is really great! Good therapy...

Tony

lawink
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   Posted 2/21/2007 7:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Dave - - anything and everything on this site . . . . remember? That's what's so great here. Nothing grosses us out. I believe it was Jetguy that said this is not "required reading" so if anyone felt they didn't like something, they can simply avoid it.

Bob used to say "something's not quite right down there" whenever things were acting up, so I'd say your symptoms above are probably what some experience when things are enlarged. His cancer was on one side and any thickening felt during his DRE's was always on the one side. (The nerve from that side was not spared either)

Thanks for sharing Dave.

;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.


lawink
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   Posted 2/21/2007 8:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi there Dave!

Thanks for the reply! Yes 5 months - second PSA has been taken and we go to the urologist on the 27th for that reading . . .hoping once again for that undetectible.

Bob is down to drips that he uses one pad per day for. I keep telling him if he'd do his kegals again it would stop but he "forgets" . . . . so the drips are not bothering him I guess.

As for ED, it is still almost a "flat tire" (to quote biker90) . . . .dr. has him on Cialis twice weekly and we try to get things going . . . .will be moving into next phase of the erectile rehab after next Tuesday. Imagine after 37 years of marriage we too have found it's possible to have orgasms without erections . . . .and I'm not sure we would have known that was possible without the "frank" posts of those before us in this very forum.

So, although things are not the same in that department, there is at least satisfaction on both party's part along with hoping for better days ahead. And, the MOST important thing to us is that the cancer is GONE.

;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 2/21/2007 6:20 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi ~ Kurt …. You are going to find so much comfort from this forum.  Thank you so much for joining all of us!!!! 

 

We all handle the catheter aka Mr. Hang… in different ways.  We had a wonderful experience from start to finish.  The urologist was talking to both of us… and as he was talking the next thing we know…he’s thrown it in the garbage….  Very smooth.  One thing to remember… If you are tense… it won’t be as smooth.  So practice a calming mantra…. For when that glorious day comes to say goodbye…to Mr. Hang!!! You will be ready.

 

Buddy & I invite you both to visit our Thread (link in signature line)…. I hope we can "all" add to the comfort level of the stepping-stones that are ahead of you.  No matter what treatment you choose... there are things you can pull from all of us to help keep those slippery stones stable.

 

This journey is best traveled with friends…. And we are here any time you need us!!!

 

The following are excerpts from “Our Journey with Prostate Cancer”. 

      BE PREPARED:  Coming home with a catheter?

 With catheter in .....push lots of liquids during this time to help flush out system.

 Get your prescriptions filled before your surgery date so you don't have to get it on the way home..!!! 

 

We will continue to keep you both close to hearts in thoughts and prayer.

In Friendship ~ Lee & Buddy

 

P.S. 

Courtney ~ you get a GOLD STAR  tongue   What ever you did ~ you did right!!!  Your man is posting and he will benefit from it tremendously!!! GO GIRL!!!


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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