I know there was a thread started recently asking the "why" question about the post surgery DRE. Specifically, the question was why the need when the Prostate had been removed.
At my 3 month checkup, I had a DRE and asked the Doc what the purpose was for the exam. He said it is simply to make sure nothing was growing in the place where the prostate was located. Feel nothing= perfect test; if he senses something there, could be a problem.
Hope that clears the question for others.
My best to all
Will have my first PSA results Wed-Thurs
PSA: 4.1 (first test) 4.2 (second test)
Gleason: 6, cancer found in both sections of prostate
Surgery: Open RP on 5/1/07
Pathology: All contined with the gland, no spread
Catheter out: 5/15/07
Incontinence: at 10 weeks to one pad per day
ED: slowly getting better
First Post-Surgery PSA: set for 8/6/07
Spread the word to men you know or meet: See your doctor. Have a PSA test early.