It is hard enough coming to terms with the diagnosis, treatment, and post surgery cancer issues, let alone living with the possibility (more for some, less for others) of recurrence. Sometimes the whole cancer thing seems surreal to me. Cancer was always something that affected someone else, not me. I don’t know if I’ll ever come to terms that it struck me, and it seems so strange now to check that “cancer box” when filling out medical and insurance forms. However, I firmly believe that the cancer experience has made us all stronger, wiser and given us a greater appreciation of life.
I agree with Walt, we're all WINNERS!
Diagnosed: March 25, 2007
Biopsy: Gleason 6, 5 out of 12 core samples positive for cancer with <5% on all 5.
DaVinci Surgery: May 21, 2007 at Florida Hospital, Orlando. Surgery took 1 hour and 45 minutes. According to my surgeon, prostate peeled away nicely and everything went text book. Nerves spared.
Pathology Report: Upgraded to Gleason 7 (3+4), Negative margins, seminal vesicles negative, lymph nodes left intact, 15% of prostate involved by cancer.
1st Post-op PSA: <0.01
2nd Post-op PSA: Scheduled September 27, 2007.
Continence: Out of pads 5 weeks post-op. Still have some minor stress incontinence from time to time but it's not an issue.
Erections: Yes! With the assistance of Cialis.
Family History: Father diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1997 at age 67. Prostate removed and has had a <0.1 PSA ever since.