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Date Joined Jun 2007
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   Posted 6/26/2007 12:26 PM (GMT -6)   
   I am looking for information on robotic surgery.  I have
   found two doctors in Fort Pierce Fl who do this kind of
   surgery.  Looking for help.  I was told approx. three
   weeks ago that I have prostate cancer.  My gleason
   score is 6.

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Date Joined Mar 2007
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   Posted 6/26/2007 12:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Surfside- Glad you found us, hang in there. Much support and info to be had. The City of Hope web site has a good piece on robotic surgery

Diagnosed 1/26/07
Stage Tc1
Gleason 6
PSA 3.8
12 samples, positive in one 15%
Biopsy - 1% involvement, no bladder neck, Gleason 3+3, Tc1
Age 51
Surgery (robotic) May 4 2007 City of Hope
Final pathology - fully contained to prostate, TC1, Gleason 3+ 3
Fully continent one month

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   Posted 6/26/2007 2:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi surfside. Sorry you have to be here but glad you found us. There is a large amount of information here about robotic surgery and on the internet. If you think surgery is for you, don't be afraid of the open type. I had mine on May 30th. Had little pain and had the cath for two weeks. What ever kind of surgery you choose it will change your life forever. There are no absolutes but things can be managed. I only spent two and a half days in the Hospital and no pain meds after the surgery, even now. Seek out the best and most experienced surgeon you can find. Get recommendations from other patients, then get it out.


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   Posted 6/26/2007 3:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Surfside - I'm bumping Bluebird's thread . . "Helpful Hints and Linds For New Members" . . .she has a ton of links in there to the different stories in here.  You'll find tons of great information on robotic surgery.  yeah yeah Good luck!
;o) Linda & Bob

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Date Joined Feb 2007
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   Posted 6/26/2007 3:35 PM (GMT -6)   


Sorry to meet you in this forum, but glad you found it.  As we all make suggestions, it might be good if we knew a little more about you if you are agreeable - your PSA, age, etc.

Since you are searching for doctors instead of one being recommended to you by your doctor, how did you decide on surgery?  This is a great forum to check out all of the treatment modalities available and their side effects.

Good luck in your journey.


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.

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   Posted 6/26/2007 4:12 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi ~ Surfside & Loved Ones,


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Keeping you close in thoughts and prayers as you move forward… in your search for answers…


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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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Date Joined Nov 2005
Total Posts : 154
   Posted 6/26/2007 9:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Surfside,

Welcome and glad you found this site. I'm not familiar with docs in Florida but I just wanted to mention that make sure you find a very, very experienced Robotic surgeon (if you decide to go that way). The main thing to look for is an excellent doctor and second is the type of procedure he performs. If you can't find a fabulous doc then consider going out of state. Prostate surgery is one of the most complicated surgeries and you want to make sure someone very qualified performs it. My understanding is that the only advantage of robotics is a slightly shorter recovery period if compared to a procedure that is performed by a highly qualified surgeon (anyone reading this, please correct me if I’m wrong here since my husband had an open procedure).

Not sure if this helps but check out This page consists of mentors that describe their experiences with surgeries and they provide their email addresses it you have some specific questions for them.

Best of luck to you.


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   Posted 6/26/2007 10:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Surfside,

Here is the place to be for info, friendship and hope in a hard time in your life. Someone will come on and let you know about docs in FL. We all offer you our friendship, consolation and help. We are not pros but offer much more than the pros in that we really talk to each other. Let it out and it hurts a lot less. We have been there and each of us has our own individual experience to share with you. Someone will ring your bell. We all live with fear of what cancer can do to us but this fear is far overcome by the hope we find in each other.

Please stay with us, we need you...


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. 
PSA on 4/4/07 - 0.00  T level - 48  Restarted T therapy.
Next PSA on 7/18/07.
 "I have cancer but cancer does not have me."

Pete trips again!
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   Posted 6/27/2007 6:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Surf,
I'm right down the road from you in Lantana! I was in your shoes 4 years ago and speaking from experiance, there are lots of Uro's here who would love to go to work on you. If I were you I'd get on line and check out Jackson Memorial in Miami, the Clevland Clinic in Davie, the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, and there was a post here not long ago asking the same question about Fla. Surgins and someone mentioned a great surgin at a hospital in Tampa. Check these out and go w/ your heart! Get the best you can and don't spare the expence. Look at who has done the most robotics at each facility and research the surgins. There are excelent surgins in Fla. you just have to do your homework. Back when I was diognosed, I interveiwed lots of local Uros and decided to go th Johns Hopkins after reading Patric Walsh's book. I didn't even know about robotic surgery back then and opped for the radical prostatectomy. (the gold standard at the time) If you don't find anyone in Fla. go out of state! With a 6 gleason you have time to find what you are looking for. God bless you and good luck and stick around ! This is a great place and there are loads of guys & gal here who have been down the road and back who are willing to help you.
Your S. Fla. Friend,
54 years old, Surgury, Radical Prostatectomy 8/20/03, PSA 6.6, Gleason 3 + 3 = 6, Adenocarcinoma extent (moderate) Stage & Margin:T2NOMX, No Metastases, Organ Confined, bone scan: Neg. Testosterone Theropy since 12/06. I am's what I am and that's all that I am!!! 

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   Posted 6/27/2007 7:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa (assoc. w/ USF) may be the one our S. FL Friend, Pete, was referring to. We're in Clearwater.

Can you tell us more about you're diagnosis? Just refer to the signature lines on many of the posts and you'll see what I mean. You've found a great group of people here, Surf, feel free to ask anything you need to.

Wishing you all the best,
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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   Posted 6/27/2007 6:50 PM (GMT -6)   

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