Dr Patrick Walsh speaks at 25yr anniversary of nerve sparing technique

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   Posted 4/27/2007 8:27 AM (GMT -6)   
The link below takes you too a site with a short story on Dr Walsh. Yesterday was the 25 year anniversary of the nerve sparing technique.
Click on the "listen" button above the picture of Dr Walsh and hear an interview with the Doctor and patient #1 for the nerve sparing procedure. Patient #1 is alive and thriving 25 years after his diagnosis.

Age: 51

PSA  Jun06  4.1  (PSA Jun05  1.2)   DRE negative

1st Biopsy Nov06 – Atypical cells but no cancer

2nd Biopsy Jan07 – 1 of 16 cores positive

Stage T1c   Gleason  3+3=6

DaVinci scheduled for mid May

Post Edited (Joes411) : 4/27/2007 7:56:44 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 4/27/2007 10:45 AM (GMT -6)   

J Thanks for the link ~  Joe


Amazing.... just the other day... I was re-reading in one of my books about Dr. Walsh performing his first nerve-sparing radical prostatectomy in 1982.   25 Years!!!  He is definitely in our prayers!!

mama bluebird - Lee & Buddy… from North Carolina

J  We invite you to visit our personal thread:  Click Here:  “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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   Posted 4/27/2007 8:49 PM (GMT -6)   
that was a good interview.

especially found it interesting how long it took other's to adopt and the scrutiny he went through in saying he had found a way to make someone not impotent.
Age: 63
Diagnosed: 10/30/06
PSA: 3.7 (up from 3.4 previous year)
Biopsy: 1/10 cancerous, 5% of one core, right apex.
Gleason: 3+3=6
Da Vinci: April 10, 2007
Path results: 1% of prostate involved. Very small tumors on both right and left apex. Negative margins. Gleason 3+4=7.

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   Posted 4/28/2007 1:34 AM (GMT -6)   
I did not listen to Dr. Walsh's talk, because I do not believe it is pertinent to my comments here. It just brought to mind something that I thought I should say about "nerve sparing surgery". Some may consider me sticking my neck out here, but what I am saying I believe is from a reliable source. From what I have heard, "nerve sparing surgery" is not all that it is cracked up to be. One thing that Dr. Walsh may not readily tell the world is that he is very selective in who he takes as patients. He will basically take those patients who are in a early stage of PC where the prognosis of surgical treatment is excellent. That is the reason why his statistics look so good concerning restoration of potency after surgery and why it has mislead many prostate cancer patients into believing that their prostate surgeons can achieve the same rate of success as Dr. Walsh. We all know from this website that many patients luckily are able to restore their potency after surgery, but the process can often be long and slow. Even then, they may not achieve 100% potency and some may not achieve it at all. Younger men appear to have higher rates of success than older men. Notwithstanding my comments, there is no question that Dr. Walsh is an excellent surgeon and a well respected scholar in the field of prostate cancer.
68, Biopsy 9/27/06, Stage T1c, PSA 7.1, Gleason 6 [less than 5% in two areas], Gleason 7 (3+4) [less than 20% in third area], negative DRE, bone scan and MRI. Starting proton radiation therapy 2/22/07. Treatments completed 4/18/07.

Post Edited (pcdave) : 4/28/2007 12:46:28 AM (GMT-6)

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