Dr. Porter was my surgeon. My wife and I were very impressed with our initial meeting with him, and kept his drawing on the table paper showing some details on where things lie. My initial biopsy showed a small amount, and he was surprised when the pathology report showed more. Since I had the positive margins, I am now undergoing the adjuvant radiation and HT therapy right now. (6 down, 24 to go!) As far as the surgery and post surgery, I was up walking the same evening and released the next day. I immediately started stretching out my walking, especially after the cathedar removal. I did my Kegals prior to surgery and after the cathedar was removed and continue today. (He should be doing them now!) It didn't take me long at all to be continent - he sewed everything up just fine! There are times I have to be careful and get a drip, but no big deal.
Get the date set and relax. You're doing what you can to conquer this disease so your dad can live a wonderful and long life.
PSA 4.7 (up from 3.2 one year ago)
Biopsy November 8, 2006 1 of 10 cores positive 5% LEFT Side Gleason 3+3
Robotic surgery January 19, 2007
Post Surgery Pathology
Stage T3a, Gleason 3+4, positive margins and
capsular penetration RIGHT Side
Post Surgery PSA: March 5: 0.01
5 month PSA, June 13, 2007: 0.08
Adjuvant therapy began June 26 with Zoladex injection
Radiation to commence in late August