Rod's Surgery is Scheduled for September 11

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mariateresa
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Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 95
   Posted 8/30/2007 12:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everyone,

Rod's robotic surgery with Dr. Menon is scheduled for September 11. I know that you will keep Rod in your prayers (thank you!). Dr. Menon is a very nice man. The people at the Vattikuti Urology Institute (Henry Ford Health System) are so professional and so nice and so attentive and so informative. We are definitely impressed! I will keep you posted regarding our experience as we progress.

Maria Teresa
Husband Age 55 Maria Teresa age 44

Total PSA 8 on 05/21/07

DRE: prostate bumpy

Biopsy on 07/16/07: 5 out of 8 cores positive, Gleason Score 8 (3+4+5)**

CT of the abd/pelvis; Bone Scan; Xrays done on 08/13/07: Normal

Robotic Surgery Scheduled for September 11, 2007


**"Report to the Nation on Prostate Cancer" published by the Prostate Cancer Foundation, page 11: "In some cases, the pathologist might identify a third pattern, which is less common but that has a higher grade than either of the first two patterns that comprised the Gleason score. The presence of this third pattern might indicate that the tumor is more aggressive than the Gleason score would otherwise imply. For example, if a Gleason 4+3 tumor also has some grade 5 cells, the cancer would be considered as being of higher grade disease overall."


myman
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   Posted 8/30/2007 3:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Maria Theresa,

It's good to see you have a handle on things so quickly...it does ease your mind to move ahead and make the decision on what the treatment will be.
As you know, you've chosen one of the best in Dr. Menon and the responses and encouragement you've seen here show you that. You've done your homework (very good job!) and now it's the "get ready" time. Rod can catch up on your list of things he needs to get done before he can't lift anything over 10 pounds, right Rod???
And on Bluebird's Helpful Hints post there are suggestions for items to have on hand and easier ways of doing simple things post surgery you might not think of. It all helps.

In all sincerity I'll be thinking of you both and will be sending hope your way. You will do great.

God Speed,
Susan
Husband Diagnosed 11/17/05 Age: 63 No Symptoms
PSA: 7.96, Positive DRE
Biopsy Right: 6 of 6 Cores Positive Biopsy Left: 1 of 6 Cores Positive
Gleason: 4+3 = 7 Stage: T2B N0 MX
3 mo. PSA Post Surgery: 11.8, 12.9, 13.9 Bone scan, CT scan, Endorectal MRI, Chest XR - neg.
9/06/06: 6 mo. PSA: 18.8 Distant lymph node involvement Start HT Lupron 3 mo. shots
12/06/06: PSA 0.8
03/07/07: PSA 0.3
06/06/07: PSA 0.1
Next PSA 9/05


Tony Crispino
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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 8128
   Posted 8/30/2007 4:45 PM (GMT -6)   
You have one of the poneers on your side. You have done your homework. You are ready! Good luck and our prayers are with you.

Tony
Age 45 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8
Surgery on Feb 16, 2007
Post-Op Pathology was poor: Gleason 4+3=7, 4 positive margins, Stage pT3b (Stage III)
HT began in May, '07 with Lupron and Casodex 50mg
IMRT radiation for 38 Treatments ending August 3, '07
 
My PSA did drop out after surgery to undetectable.  It has not returned and I will continue HT until January '08.
 
My Life is supported very well by family and friends like you all.
 
STAY POSITIVE!


IdahoSurvivor
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   Posted 8/30/2007 5:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Maria Teresa,  Congratulations on setting the date!  Everything is coming together for you and your husband to take that first, important step for healing.  Take a deep breath and enjoy the time together in the next couple of weeks.  We'll be looking forward to a good report about his post-op recovery and we will be sending our prayers your way!
 
Kind regards,
 
Barry (Idaho)

Age: 54
PSA: 4.3
Biopsy: T1c, 3+3=6, 2 pos. samples in one side of prostate
Da Vinci 31 Jul 2007: saved nerve bundle on side of non-cancerous side
Final pathology: Confined to prostate, T2a, 3+3=6
Working to get back into good shape
Waiting to take that first post-op PSA
My awareness web site: http://pca-info.blogspot.com


maldugs
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   Posted 8/30/2007 6:25 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Mariateresa, I am happy the date has been set, there are lots of ppl on this site that can guide you both through the pre, and post surgery, I wish you both all the best.

 

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.


spinbiscuit
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Date Joined Apr 2006
Total Posts : 818
   Posted 8/30/2007 7:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Maria Teresa,

We will all be thinking of your husband on Sept. 11th, and he'll be in our prayers. He is indeed fortunate to have Dr. Menon as his surgeon. Rest assured there is no finer surgeon; his reputation is recognized world wide. Please keep us posted when ever you can.

God bless both of you.

Glen
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
 


mariateresa
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Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 95
   Posted 8/30/2007 8:04 PM (GMT -6)   
All of you are so wonderful! I wish I could just give you all a big hug and kiss! I am feeling so much better now that I know Rod is in good hands and I feel confident knowing that all of you are here as well(everyone here has taught me so much). And thank you so much for all your positive reinforcement and kindness and blessings and prayers. I had been on a roller coaster of fear and all sorts of emotions, it's nice to finally feel some peace. I see the light at the end of the tunnel!

Love,

Maria Teresa

PS - Thanks Susan for letting me know about Bluebird's Helpful Hints!
Husband Age 55 Maria Teresa age 44

Total PSA 8 on 05/21/07

DRE: prostate bumpy

Biopsy on 07/16/07: 5 out of 8 cores positive, Gleason Score 8 (3+4+5)**

CT of the abd/pelvis; Bone Scan; Xrays done on 08/13/07: Normal

Robotic Surgery Scheduled for September 11, 2007


**"Report to the Nation on Prostate Cancer" published by the Prostate Cancer Foundation, page 11: "In some cases, the pathologist might identify a third pattern, which is less common but that has a higher grade than either of the first two patterns that comprised the Gleason score. The presence of this third pattern might indicate that the tumor is more aggressive than the Gleason score would otherwise imply. For example, if a Gleason 4+3 tumor also has some grade 5 cells, the cancer would be considered as being of higher grade disease overall."


bluebird
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Total Posts : 2542
   Posted 8/30/2007 9:27 PM (GMT -6)   

  tongue   Maria Teresa & Rod,

We feel your warmth… we feel your strength  continue moving forward in this positive light we share with you….

 

*This is your very own Rainbow and it’s sprinkled with Sunshine*

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that help make our clouds disappear,

They help us feel precious and cared for,

and fill us with comfort and cheer (optimism).


puget
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Date Joined Mar 2007
Total Posts : 237
   Posted 8/30/2007 9:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Just look how you got everything together so you could move forward! You're in such good hands -- now you can relax a bit and let the experts take over. Rest up. I'm know Rod's going to come through with flying colors!!

puget
Puget
60 years old
Dx March 2007
Pre-Surgery Gleason 3+3 = 6
Clinical Stage: T1c
Biopsy: 1 in 10 positive
Da Vinci: June 7, 2007 
Post-Surgery Gleason 3+3 = 6
   Clear at margins
First Post-PSA Sept 07


mvesr
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Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 823
   Posted 8/31/2007 6:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Mariateresa

Setting a date for treatment is one of the milestones in your journey with PC. I am sure it was quite a relief to do that. It was for me. Now get your things together for the surgery and post surgery. Everything will be OK. Don't let Rod overdo it after he gets home, he doesn't want to go backward. We will all be here for you and Rod, so let us know how things go.

Mika-mvesr
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