greenacres any last min advise?

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   Posted 3/11/2007 9:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Just read your story.  Took me the better part of the afternoon to find it all.  Very good information.  I knew that you kept helping me with our questions, but when you are the new person, you sometimes forget that the people who you are depending on for advise have a story also.  I hope that all is looking up for the two of you.  Kurt starts the liquid diet tomorrow, Monday.  Surgery on Wednesday with Doc F.  Thanks to an old post of yours, I will be staying with him that night.  Don't want to miss an early doctor visit the next day.  I have all the supplies you have suggested.  Just nervous I guess.  Kurt seems to, as his mom put it earlier, the one who has a harder than normal time recovering.  I hope not this time!!!  Thanks for everything.  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

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   Posted 3/11/2007 10:00 PM (GMT -6)   

Take care. Thoughts and prayers are with you and Courtney this week.


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   Posted 3/12/2007 8:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, KZIZ & Kurt. Just remember that all of us here are with you on this. Everything's going to be fine. We, too, got the last-minute jitters the night before surgery and wanted to back out! The surgical team is wonderful. The waiting area you'll be in is more like a resort lobby than a hospital.

Stay off the high-octane coffee - choose the middle brand or you'll be a chatterbox. ;-)

Kurt's in great hands.

Just remember, some people come out of this all perky and others may be groggy through the night (as my husb. was). Before you leave, the nurse will answer questions and show you all the details about the catheter/bag. They handle multiple post-prostate surgeries, so they're very knowlegeable.

You two are totally prepared, so I know you're anxious/eager to roll!
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

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   Posted 3/12/2007 11:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Kurt & Courtney,

I remember well those couple of days before surgery. You are going to be on a liquid diet a lot longer then I was but I am sure that Dr. F has a good reason. You are nervous and will be up until they knock you out. I hope that you have as good a recovery as I did. I guess when I woke up and had absolutely no pain and was not groggy at all that it perked me up so much that I was ready to get up and walk out of there. I was on the phone calling everyone within 2 hours of being out of recovery which surprised everyone. By the end of the week you will be surprised at how well you feel.

Enjoy what you can of Austin.

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

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   Posted 3/12/2007 3:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Courtney and Kurt,

Nothing left to do now except develop a great attitude. Become cheerleaders for the medical team! Cheer each other on (fist pumps help!) Attitude and your body are the only things you get to carry into the OR.

Good luck...

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."

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   Posted 3/13/2007 7:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Our prayers are with you yeah

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   Posted 3/13/2007 11:50 AM (GMT -6)   
You are in our thoughts and prayers.
dj's stats:
PSA (10/04): 2.9; PSA (2/06):4.4, on Androgel (serum T about 450) at age 56; negative DRE, no symptoms.
PSA (5/06):5.7 with a free PSA% of 8, OFF Androgel (serum T 163). 
Biopsy (5/06): 4/12 samples positive; postitive samples only on right side; max Gleason 4+3=7 (in 2 of the 4 -from area nearest bladder.
DaVinci robotic-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy + bladder lift + Right nerve plastic surgery (8/23/06).
Catheter out 4 weeks postop, due to internal pinhole leak at bladder-urethra junction.
Final pathology report:T2c-both sides,but in capsule; neg. margins, neg. lymph nodes, neg. seminal vesicles; final max Gleason still 4+3=7.
Follow-up PSA (11/06): <0.008; serum T: 195 OFF Androgel (at present).

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