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Date Joined Jun 2007
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   Posted 6/17/2007 6:30 PM (GMT -6)   
This is my first time here. I  get my prostate removed june20, after reading some post here, I must say Iam not looking forward to it. I have had alot of questions answered here thanks.

Regular Member

Date Joined Oct 2006
Total Posts : 444
   Posted 6/17/2007 7:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Bear 24
You have come to the right place.  There is a wealth of practical knowledge here from the experiences of PCa patients, especially those who elected surgery.  When you get a chance go to the control panel in the upper left corner of the screen and consider writing a footnote which tells us a little about yourself (see my footnote for an example).  I hope all goes well with your surgery.  Best of luck!

68, 29-core biopsy 9/27/06, PSA 7.1, Stage T1c, Gleason 7 (3+4) [less than 20% in one area],  Gleason 6 [less than 5% in two other areas], negative DRE, bone scan and Endorectal MRI. Completed 39 Proton radiation treatments 2/22/07-4/18/07.
First PSA test to be taken 7/07.

Regular Member

Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 31
   Posted 6/17/2007 7:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Wishing you well Bear with your surgery! Had mine in Dec 05.

When able let us know how you are making out post op.

Diagnosed: August 05 T1c 1 of 10 cores positive 5% vol no palpable on DRE Gleason 3+4 or 7
Surgury: RRP Dec 05
Pathology: Jan 06 PT3 20% PCa total volume bilateral 4 positive margins Gleason 3+4 seminal vesicles clear LN not checked extraprostatic extension positive right base and right central anterior no perineural invasion HG PIN present both nerve bundles saved
PSA: Mar 06 0.87 referred to radiation oncologist
PSA: May 06 1.1 June 06 Began 36 treatments EBRT 64 Gy ending July 06
HT: 2 weeks casodex 50 mg, then Lupron Depot 7.5 monthly for 18 to 24 months - monotherapy
PSA: Sept 06 <0.1 (lowest reading on assay) Testosterone (T) <0.4 (lowest on assay)
PSA: Mar 07 <0.1  T <0.4   {:>)

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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 1219
   Posted 6/17/2007 8:28 PM (GMT -6)   


Welcome to our forum, this is a great place for you to get information and help with your recovery.

If you look on Bluebirds Helpful Hints (I'm going to bump it for you right now) that will be a good place to start.

We'll be waiting to hear from you post-op.


Wishing you well,



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 distant lymph node involvement
Restage IV Start HT Lupron 3 mo. shots
12/06/06: PSA 0.8
03/07/07 - PSA 0.3
06/06/07 - 0.1

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Date Joined Apr 2006
Total Posts : 818
   Posted 6/17/2007 8:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Bear,

We wish you the very best of luck on the 20th, and a speedy uneventful recovery.

Diagnosed at age 60
PSA went from 2.2 to 3.8 in 14 months
2 of 14 cores positive at 10%
Gleason 6(3+3), negative DRE, neg. boundaries
DaVinci surgery on 02/23/06

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Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 2542
   Posted 6/18/2007 2:03 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi ~ Bear,

                Welcome to…




                  A   Special   Warm Welcome  to  Youyeah   


Just a little hug to let you all know we will be there ~ in thoughts and prayers as you head into surgery…    Please let us hear from you once you get home and settled…!!

 “Our hands will be on your shoulders”

                         special words borrowed from hamala



 ~~*~~*~~*~~*~~~)*&^%  Group Hug %^&*(~~~*~~*~~*~~*~~


From the 3 of us...

Lee, Buddy, & Murphy


(Direct Link ~ just click on the title below and a new window will open!  

Reminder … click on the REFRESH icon once you get there)

Helpful Hints ~ & ~ Direct Links to Important Topic Threads ~ Hope this helps you!! :)


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Mike A
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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 213
   Posted 6/18/2007 6:28 AM (GMT -6)   
So sorry that you are here, but so happy to welcome you! We will all be thinking of you on Wednesday, and looking forward to assisting in any way we can to your post-surgery recovery! See you on the other side!
June 2005 - Age 53 PSA 4.8 at regular physical
October 2005 - After several rounds of anti-biotics, PSA 5.2 at Urlogist
November 2005 - Biopsy negative
July 2006 - PSA 5.9 at regular Physical
October 2006 - After several more rounds of anti-biotics PSA 8.1
November 2006 - Second biopsy - Positive
December 2006 - Gleason (3+4=7), Tumor T1c, CT Scan and Bone Scan Negative
January 2, 2007 Robotic Prostatectomy, University of Rochester Medical Center - Tumor confined but larger than thought, only one nerve able to be spared. Margins clear.
February 2007 - Three to four pads a day, no erection with viagara.
March 2007 - Down to two pads a day, had first intercourse with Erecaid pump and bands, otherwise still flat tire.
April 2007 - First Post-Surgical PSA 0.02 and a great relief! Down to one pad a day. Still unable to achive erection without pump.
May, 2007 - Still one pad a day, even try a smaller pad on occasion. Slight improvement on the ED.
"If patience is a virtue, I feel like the most virtuous guy on the planet!"

Regular Member

Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 152
   Posted 6/18/2007 7:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Bear,

I too am a bit anxious about my surgery or more so about the recovery but I know things will be fine. Just stay positive and like everyone here has let me know the biggest challenge is to "Be Patient". Easy to say but I know they are right. The people on this board are great!
Age 44
PSA 4.8
Gleason 3+3=6
Da Vinci scheduled 7/31/07 @ Duke

Regular Member

Date Joined Mar 2007
Total Posts : 87
   Posted 6/18/2007 8:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome Bear, this site has been very helpful to me too. I was anxious about the surgery too but very happy to be past it now.

Good luck and check in again after you surgery so we can see how you are doing.


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 Prostatectomy 5/17/07

Pathology: clean margins, clean seminal vesicles, organ confined

Veteran Member

Date Joined Oct 2006
Total Posts : 626
   Posted 6/18/2007 3:16 PM (GMT -6)   

Anyone that is or was looking forward to prostate surgery was only doing it from the elimination of the cancer perspective. I was resigned to it and that is the only way I could deal with it. I am glad that you have received help from the forum. Stay with us through your journey and we can help as much as possible.

As you travel down the surgery path may the road rise up to meet you, may the Sun always shine on you and may the wind always be at your back.

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
Began injections in April '07

Regular Member

Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 400
   Posted 6/18/2007 3:45 PM (GMT -6)   


Glad you found this forum - it will be a wealth of info and support.  Good luck on your journey and keep us posted.


Diagnosed Feb 2001  (Age 65)  Currently 71
PSA 4.8
Gleason 3 + 3 = 6
Completed Proton therapy @ Loma Linda - Aug 2001
5yr PSA   0.17
Have had no side effects.

Veteran Member

Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 823
   Posted 6/18/2007 5:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Bear 24. Glad you found this site. There are a lot of good caring people here to help. Glad you decided to have surgery. Myself, I had the open surgery and have done very well with it. Only a day and a half hospital stay after surgery and had the cath in for two weeks. The pain was not bad and hopefully you will get a good pathology report. Report back to us and let us know how you are doing on the (Other Side).

Mika mvesr

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Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 2542
   Posted 6/23/2007 12:23 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi ~ Bear,


Thinking of you and wanted you to know…  Hope to hear from you soon!!!


In Friendship ~ Lee & Buddy

Veteran Member

Date Joined Oct 2006
Total Posts : 621
   Posted 6/23/2007 1:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Bear, so glad you found us as you go on with this journey. We too were apprehensive and were not lucky enough to find healing well until after the surgery. The help and support have been comforting and nothing short of amazing.

Bob's surgery was September 27, 2006 and we are now sitting and saying to each other . . "wow, what a difference a year can make" . . . . he was diagnosed May 2006. We also were one of the lucky ones to need no further treatment and have follow up psa's that have been undetectible.

We look forward to hearing from you as you progress beyond surgery. I think it's waiting and knowing there's nothing you can do to change your diagnosis that gets to a person. The positive attitude and help of these friends truly makes the journey easier.
;o) Linda & Bob
Bob (61) - Laproscopic Prostate Removal Sept 27, 2006.
2 of 12 malignant biopsy samples - gleason 3 + 3 = 6.
Pathology - cancer completely contained, even a second more aggressive, previously undetected cancer)
PSA UNDETECTABLE Nov 2006, Feb and May,2007.

Bob also has two secondary conditions -- Polycythemia (elevated red & white cells & platelets) and . . Myelofibrosis) -- If anyone has experience with or information on these, please email us.

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