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Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 789
   Posted 7/20/2007 8:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone, well I have seen the Nurse manager, Anaethetist, Urologist, booked the room,my wife has started packing the bag, the doctors are very confident and helpful, all I have to do is get through the next week until the op (30th July).
I have had 3 major back operations in the past, this is different, I feel well, no pain, very strange subjecting myself to this, but know that it has to be done, and want it out of my body, wish me luck,glad I found you all :-)  
Regards Mal.

age 66 PSA 5.8 DRE slightly firm Rt
Biopsy 2nd July 07 5 out of 12 positive
Gleason 3+4=7  right side tumour adenocarcinoma stage T2a
Extraprostatic spread Not identified
Itraductal Carcinoma Not identified
RP on 30th July

Post Edited (maldugs) : 7/20/2007 7:19:58 PM (GMT-6)

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Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 2542
   Posted 7/20/2007 9:34 PM (GMT -6)   

Be part of the HealingWell ~ as our “family” group sends special thoughts!!!

 This is the best therapy “preparation” we can give someone.



    Hi ~  Maldugs & Loved One,


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


In Friendship,


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


From the 3 of us...

Lee, Buddy, & Murphy


Thread Started by Maldugs in Australia

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07-17-07  in hospital (what to wear?)

07-16-07  path results

07-16-07  grades

07-12-07  now I know, here we go!

07-02-07  First step

06-19-07  as it gets closer

06-10-07  here we go?



Regular Member

Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 365
   Posted 7/20/2007 9:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Best to ya Maldugs!  We'll wait to hear the good news regarding your surgery.

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

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Date Joined Apr 2006
Total Posts : 818
   Posted 7/20/2007 9:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mal,

I was just like you; we had done all the research, planned everything out in great detail, had all the ducks in a row, and then it's the wait till surgery day. Funny all the worry and fear just seemed to evaporate the morning of the surgery. When the nurse and anesthesiologist wheeled me into the OR I was so relaxed I could have slept without the meds. My doctor mentioned something about falling asleep, and the next recollection I had was being in the recovery room. It seemed as if only a minute had passed.

I have had several other operations and procedure since then, but the PCa surgery seemed the quickest. I'm sure you will find it will be the same for you, and I wish you a speedy uneventful recovery. Good luck to you; we'll be thinking of you, and saying a pray or two as well.

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

Tony Crispino
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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 8128
   Posted 7/21/2007 2:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mal,
Take care and do the exercises. We'll see you on the "other side". Good Luck and God Bless...


Veteran Member

Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 823
   Posted 7/21/2007 7:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Maldugs. Best of luck to you on this adventure. I too had mixed feelings about changing my life when I didn't feel any pain. But I know it was something I had to do if I was going to survive any length of time. Hang in there and we will be waiting for you on the other side.


Regular Member

Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 474
   Posted 7/21/2007 8:22 AM (GMT -6)   
You're in countdown mode, Maldugs and you'll sail through smoothly, for sure! I know in the final hours the night before surgery, we went through one last blast of "let's cancel and get out of here." Of course, it was a fleeting thought. And, just a few hours later, we were through and ready to face the next steps.

The time will pass quickly - take care of yourself in the meantime!
Husband age 66
PSA on 5/1/06: 4.2 (had doubled in 13 mos. and rising monthly)
DaVinci Surgery 8/2/06 - Austin, TX w/Dr. Randy F.A.G.I.N.
T2a (at biopsy)
At pathology - 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 - Next one: 4/17/07

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Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 1464
   Posted 7/21/2007 8:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Mal,

You are right, all is in place. Remember that the only things you get to take to the OR are your naked body and a great attitude. Be a cheer leader for you medical team. We are here to greet you on the "other side". Best of luck...

Age 73. Diagnosed 11/03/06. PSA 7.05. Stage T2B Gleason 3+3.
RRP 12/7/06. Nerves and nodes okay.
Pathological stage: T2C. 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.
PSA on 7/18/07 - 0.00 T level - 613
Nest PSA on 10/17/07
 "I have cancer but cancer does not have me."

Regular Member

Date Joined May 2007
Total Posts : 234
   Posted 7/22/2007 7:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mal........
wishing you the best of luck on your surgery. I too have had major back surgery and Let me tell you recovery from back surgery is lots harder than the prostate surgery. We will look forward to talking with you after your surgery. Remember to relax and no heavy lifting.

Best wishes
Rick & Diana
Diag: 2-14-07 Gleason 8 Stage T1c PSA 5.09
Bone Scan 3-1-07 Clear
Radical retropubic surgery 4-2-07  Post surgery Gleason 9 Stage T3a Positive margins
4-29-07 PSA 0.02
6-9-07   PSA 0.02
7-6-07   PSA 0.03

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