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   Posted 8/3/2007 1:12 AM (GMT -6)   
... who occasionally forgets to take the pads out of their underwear before doing laundry?

Crikes, what a mess!

Prostate cancer diagnosed: May 15, 2006 (age 40)
Gleason score: pre-surgery 3+3=6; post-surgery 3+4=7
daVinci radical prostatectomy: July 25, 2006
size of tumor: approx 1.1 inches; negative margins from surgery

- number of pads/day at 3 months after surgery: 3 to 5
- number of pads/day at 4 months after surgery: 1 to 2
- number of pads/day at 6-12 months after surgery: 0 to 1

- 1st post-surgery PSA: 0 (Nov 2006); 2nd post-surgery PSA: 0 (Feb 2007)
- 3rd post-surgery PSA: 0 (May 2007); 4th post-surgery PSA: 0 (June 2007)

The search for timber: took Viagra/Cialis approx. every other day, ErecAid once a day, injections. Peyronie's diagnosed 7/5/07. Now on Cialis, L-arginine and pentoxyfylline, ordered to be celibate for 6 weeks.

- PGE1 batting average: .364 (4 for 11)
- Bimix batting average: .200 (2 for 6)
- Trimix batting average: .500 (1 for 2)

"Lost in the valley without my horses, no one can tell me what my remorse is..."

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   Posted 8/3/2007 7:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi StricklyInc.

Hope you didn't send them through the dryer too...

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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   Posted 8/3/2007 8:17 AM (GMT -6)   
As long as we're confessing our screwups, I put a pad in backwards with the sticky side towards me !! Ouch ! yeah
Diagnosed Jan 07
PSA 5.7
Biopsy -12 samples, positive in 4, Gleason 3+3, TC1
Age 59
Surgery (robotic) June 1 2007
Final pathology - fully contained to prostate, 2% TC1, Gleason 3+3
Only occasional need for incontinence pad 4 weeks after surgery

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Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 474
   Posted 8/3/2007 8:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Grover, you just gave me a great laugh. My husband did the same thing early on. We were driving home from Austin, stopped at a hotel. Walked across the parking lot and he was all twitchy and trying to "rearrange" something. I was totally embarrassed. When we reached our room, he immediately went to the bathroom. Came out laughing - the sticky side was UP!
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 10/06, 4/07 - undetectable!
Update: 11/1/06 - perhaps bladder neck involvement; 30%-50% chance of recurrence
Future: PSA tests twice-yearly for now - Next one: 10/16/07

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   Posted 8/3/2007 12:19 PM (GMT -6)   
They do make a mess in the dryer....huh!!!!....lolo

    PSA 5.7 - Discovered during Annual Physical with Family Practice Dr.
    Gleason 7
    Biopsy - 3 of 12 positive (up to 75%) all on left side of prostate
    RRP on Oct. 17, 2006 - Nerves on right side saved.
    All Lab's clear.  No Cancer outside prostate
    Cathiter in for 3 weeks due to complications in healing. Removed Nov. 9, 2006
    First Post op PSA on Dec. 11, 2006  Undetectable 0.00
    Office visit on Jan. 19th due to continued excessive urine leakage.
    Feb.20th Cystoscope and 2nd Post Op PSA. Another 0.00.....:)
    Dr. said everything looks fine.  Continue to work Kegeal's. Leaking appears to have improved  after Cystoscope?!?!?!  Down to 3-4 pads per day!
    March 1st  Leaking has crept back up to 6 - 8 pads a day ??????? 
    March 8th Started Detrol LA to see if it helps with the leaking?
    March 29th Collagen injection into sphincter / bladder neck area to control excessive leaking.  Worked for a couple of days then back to leaking.
    April 17th (Six Months Post Op) 2nd Collagen Injection to control excessive leaking.  Leaking started back next day at work!
    May 14th Second Opinion about my leaking and Options at OU Medical Center.  After reviewing my records the Dr. feels I will probably need some surgical intervention to stop my leaking.  But did agree to try Bio-Feedback and work hard on the Kegeal's first!
    May 30th Follow up with my Dr. and 3rd Post Op PSA 0.00 agian!!!
    June 1st Start Bio-Feedback to try to control my leaking.

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   Posted 8/3/2007 9:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi StrictlyInc,
I know us cheap guys try to save money whenever we can, but laundering the pads is not the way to do it :-) :-) .
Good luck on your continuing recovery.

Age 70
PSA 7.9
Stage T1C
Open RP 28 Nov 06
Dry since early Jan 06
1st PSA result on 15 March 07 = 0
2nd PSA result on 15 June 07 = 0

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Date Joined Oct 2006
Total Posts : 411
   Posted 8/3/2007 9:23 PM (GMT -6)   
nope, totally not the only one. Although Ken is thankfully through with pads at the moment,  we have had that laundry issue before!!
sure i checked pockets, but threw the underwear in without looking! 
Thanks for the laugh thinking about it!
Age: 63
Diagnosed: 10/30/06
PSA: 3.7 (2005: 3.4, 2004: 4.0)
Biopsy: 1/10 cancerous, 5% of one core, right apex.
Gleason: 3+3=6
Da Vinci: April 10, 2007, Denver CO
Path results: 1% of prostate involved. Very small tumors on both right and left apex. Negative margins, negative seminal vessicles, lymph nodes left intact. Gleason upgraded 3+4=7.
1st PSA Results: May 11, 2007 <.01

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   Posted 8/3/2007 9:37 PM (GMT -6)   

J        A must for Pianoman’s thread

Things about The Journey That Force You To Laugh???  


StrictlyInc, Grover, Susan, Magaboo…

I’ve taken the liberty to place them there!!!  They compliment each other!

I’m still drying my eyes and holding my side. 


Been there.. Done that.. guess that's why it hit me so hard…  tongue tongue tongue

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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 365
   Posted 8/13/2007 6:37 PM (GMT -6)   
LOL Strictly!!
Grover and Green Acres -- I've been there and done that with the inside-out-thing.  Now we know what it's like for those poor gals who wax!!!

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

Post Edited (PianoMan) : 8/14/2007 9:57:07 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 8/13/2007 6:48 PM (GMT -6)   
You guys made me laugh so much, so soon after surgery, that I had to go grab a new pad!!!  redface
Well worth it the extra pad... I must say! yeah

Age: 54
PSA: 4.3
Biopsy: T1c, 3+3=6, 2 pos. samples in one node, <5% volume
Da Vinci 31 Jul 2007: saved nerve bundle on side of non-cancerous node
Final pathology: Confined to prostate, T2a, 3+3=6, <1% volume
Working to get back into good shape
Waiting to take that first post-op PSA

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