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Date Joined Jun 2007
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   Posted 8/9/2007 8:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone, here I am 10 days post surgery, have a bit of bowel problem, which I am fixing with stool softener, post op Pathology, upgraded my tumour from T2a to T3a, but the capsular penetration is microscopic, the Uro reassured me I am ok, and just got it in time, now for the PSA test.
The catheter really irritates me, but I am coping with it, counting the days to "free Willy" am driving my car, (not far) and almost feel normal, be glad to be free and just take clothes off for shower, instead of checking out bag ties, putting waterfroof over catheter connection, and cleaning and washing "Mr Hang"......still all this is better than dying from something you did not know was there, I still thank God I found out in time.
All the best to all of you and thanks for your help, and thoughts/prayers.
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
RP on 30th July,
Post op Pathology, tumour stage T3a 4+3=7, microcsopic evidence of capsular penetration, seminal vessels, bladder neck, free of tumour, lymph nodes clear, no evidence of metastatic malignancy, tumour does not extend to the apical margins.

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Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 474
   Posted 8/9/2007 9:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Maldugs - you're in great spirits and the time is flying by, isn't it? It's so tiresome - that catheter - but it'll be gone so soon (waving goodbye). In all the research and discussions, I see so many path reports that get upgraded once they have an actual look at it (ours certainly did and with that microscopic escape possibility).

It's so nice to also have that positive note from the uro. Now, we can all wait "patiently" for your first PSA!
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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Date Joined Jan 2007
Total Posts : 762
   Posted 8/10/2007 2:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mal & Anna,

Good news about your recovery so far, and glad you have had some good news from your specialist. Healing time now - so take care & get lots of rest. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during your recovery.
All the best, Lana & CJ.
Lana posting for husband CJ (49 years). First PSA 3.5 (Nov 06). Open Radical Prostatectomy on Tuesday 17th April 2007. Gleeson 3 + 4 = 7. Confined to prostate. PSA 0.01 (June 07).

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Date Joined May 2006
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   Posted 8/10/2007 2:47 AM (GMT -6)   

tongue  Hi ~ Mal & Anna,

It's good to hear you're doing well...  Thank you for staying close ~ that's important for "all of us"...   Can you believe it's been 10 days!!!!!  I remember your thread...

3 days to go   yeah   and now we're on your 10th day on the recover/healing stepping-stone!


Our thoughts and prayers remain with you each and every-day…. (even in the early morning too!!!  It’s 3:42 a.m. and I’m wide awake!!)

Know we care….  In Friendship ~ Lee & Buddy


Helping to keep "Your Journey" together for Newbies!!! and us  smurf  


Threads started by:  maldugs in Australia

08-09-07  so far so good

08-04-07  Ya gotta laugh

08-03-07  back from the Hospital

07-26-07  3 days to go

07-24-07  true or false

07-23-07  ED

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?

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