Quick update on pasayten journey...

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Date Joined Mar 2007
Total Posts : 441
   Posted 7/30/2007 3:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello All...  Just a quick update...
-- Just got my first post-op (DaVinci 4/24) psa results after 12 weeks...  0.01 !!!
-- Incontinance minimal...  down to 1 small pad a day in case I forget to kegal when lifting/sneezing/laughing or tired at late evening.
-- ED has improved (today) to about 50-60% erection, with penetration and climax w/o "assistance" except for 50mg "Viagra" (I am using $2 Caverta 100mg cut in half) and KY to ease friction with less than 100% erection...
All in all, I feel I am now really on the "other side" and have beat this $@*%! PCa with God's help and blessing and the wonderful support, love and care from my wife Avis, family, and friends...  especially those of you on this forum who have given such wonderful support and words or wisdom and experiences.
I will go back thru HW "my journey" pages and create a condensed version of my journey for reposting and future updates...
Thanks and God Bless to You All!
Pasayten (Ray) 
Age 59 y/o - Last 3-4 years of annual general health checkups - PSA 5-6
3/13/2007 - 12 point biopsy - Left 0/6  Right 1/6 Gleason 3+3 Diagnosed as T1c
4/24/2007 - DaVinci performed at Virginia Mason hospital in Seattle
5/2/2007 - Catheter Out! Final pathology of Gleason 6  T2c Nx Mx,   approx 20% of prostate involved, positive margin, but only at 2 focal points.  
6/28/2007 9 weeks post-op incontinance... Overnite, went from 4-6 soaked pads a dayfrom prev 8 weeks to 2 barely wet pads a day.
7/12/2007 11 weeks post-op  Minimal leakage...  one small pad a day
7/18/2007 First Post-Op PSA...  0.01 !!! 
7/30/2007 ED has improved to point of 60% erection, penetration, climax w/o "toys", but on 50mg "Viagra" (I use $2 Caverta)

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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 400
   Posted 7/30/2007 3:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Very good news on the PSA - sounds like all other systems are going well too.  Best wishes to you and your wife.
Diagnosed Feb 2001  (Age 65)  Currently 72
PSA 4.8      Gleason 3+3=6      Stage   T2b
Completed Proton Therapy @ Loma Linda - Aug 2001
Have had no side effects.
6yr PSA - 0.19
Our responsibility now is to educate men about Pca, PSA and the importance of early detection. 

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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 1219
   Posted 7/30/2007 4:40 PM (GMT -6)   
So glad to hear of your great PSA result, Ray.
Sounds like you're a textbook case...you WILL persevere on all fronts!

Bless you & Avis for being here...we need to hear the good stuff, too!


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Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 66
   Posted 7/30/2007 4:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Going to Google "Caverta". Haven't heard of that one. Sounds like some great improvements there!
Age 52
Diagnosed 2/19/07
10 of 24 cores positive
Gleason 3+3=6 Changed to Gleason 3+4=7 after surgical pathology
DaVinci Prostatectomy May 11, 2007 at Univ. of Mich. Hospital
Stage: T2b
Pathology: May 16 - Cancer confined to prostate, Margins, Lymph & Seminal Vesicles all CLEAR!
Father and Uncle had prostate cancer
First PSA after surgery- July 5, 2007 = <0.01 !!!!!!!

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Date Joined Sep 2006
Total Posts : 741
   Posted 7/30/2007 6:40 PM (GMT -6)   

Way to go, Ray.  I'm happy for you.  What a relief!



Gleason 3+3=6, T1c, one core in twelve, another pre-cancerous.
62 years old and good health.  Married 37 years.  To same woman!
Began IGRT January 23, 2007. 

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Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 2542
   Posted 7/30/2007 6:56 PM (GMT -6)   

  tongue   Yea !  ~   Ray & Avis,


1st    PSA…   !!!~~~>>>  Woo~Hoo  <<<~~~!!! Undetectable


Cause  for   celebration!!!!!  Definitely!!!     

What a wonderful day it is ~ each and every-day….   

Enjoy it to the fullest. 

Yippeeeee!!!!!! From  Lee & Buddy

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Threads by Ray *pasayten

07-30-2007  Quick update on pasayten journey...

06-30-2007  May this Journey...

06-29-2007  Laugh for the day...

05-04-2007  Prostate Cancer nonogram calculator

04-25-2007  Pasayten journey... post-op DaVinci

03-21-2007  Start of RRP journey for pasayten


Thread by Avis *sun4pasayten

03-30-2007  Our Journey, Pasayten's Wife

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Date Joined Mar 2007
Total Posts : 237
   Posted 7/30/2007 10:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations on your PSA results! What a relief after all the waiting. I'm 6 weeks post-robotic at Virginia Mason, with first PSA scheduled for September. A bit nervous, but the surgery went well and I'm hopeful I'll do as well as you did! No pads, but working on the ED issue. Maybe 30% with 100 mg Viagra, but VMMC team tells me that only 6 weeks post-surgery is too early to make any determination of how things will turn out. They recommend I stay at current dose for another 6 weeks week. Hopefully, I'll be able to report a 60% return to normal at 3 months as you have!

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Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 1464
   Posted 7/31/2007 12:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Way to go Ray!!!

We love those zeros. And with continence under control and 60%, things are definitely looking up. Great news all around..

Age 73. Diagnosed 11/03/06. PSA 7.05. Stage T2C Gleason 3+3.
RRP 12/7/06. Nerves and nodes okay.
Pathological stage: T2C. Gleason 3+4. Cancer confined to prostate.
PSAs from  1/3/07 - 7/18/07 0.00. 
Next PSA on 10/17/07

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