Rod and I made it to the other side!!!!

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mariateresa
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Date Joined Jun 2007
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   Posted 9/26/2007 4:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I just finished reading all of your wonderful posts and I went over to Rod and told him about all of you and your posts and I became overwhelmed with emotions of gratitude!!! Thank you to all of you!!! Please believe me that we could not have done this without all of you!

We are on the other side!!! I've never seen so many nurses and doctors come to see a patient before surgery. They were all immensely careful that the same complication did not occur again. They also treated it as a possible latex allergy so they made sure the O.R. was free from all latex. They also injected several meds into his IV such as Benadryl and Hydrocortisone. I did get a bit of a scare half an hour after they took him to O.R. and I thought for sure something must have happened, but it was a nurse from the operating room calling me to let me know that the surgery had begun. Rod's demeanor in pre-op was much different than it was two weeks ago. He was self-assured and calm.

about 2 1/2 hours later, Dr. Menon came out to speak to me and my husband's brother. Everything went extremely well. Dr. Menon said, "Let's go down to the Chapel and say a prayer and then I'll take you to the third floor." I couldn't believe that this world-renowned surgeon could be so gentle, soft-spoken, and humble. Dr. Menon even thanked us for having faith in them. Just amazing! Dr. Menon took me and my brother-in-law to the third floor where we waited about 2 1/2 hours for Rod to be brought to his room. They wanted to take it slow with him in post-op because of his lungs. On the third floor we were treated like royalty. They gave me a complimentary chair massage! And they tended to our every need. Oh yeah, in the surgical lounge, an employee came around with a tray of snack food and they offered free specialty coffees.

I thought when I saw Rod he would look "not so good", but he actually looked very good!!! We stayed for a little while and then my brother-in-law and I left for the evening. So we spent a little over 10 hours at the hospital.

This morning my sister-in-law and I went back to the hospital because they were having a class on the catheter, wound care, and discharge instructions, but since there were only two patients they decided to do it individually. Oh yeah my husband was also given a private room. I think I heard that all of Dr. Menon's patients receive a private room. My husband also agreed to be part of a study to help benefit other men with prostate cancer. So anyways, the patient-teaching was very thorough. I also thought it was fascinating to learn that the drain that was attached to my husband's side actually had a very long tube attached to it that ran across the inside of his abdomen. It was totally fascinating to see the nurse pull this long tube out of Rod's abdomen! Rod said it felt weird. When we were leaving, one of the housekeepers gave Rod a beautiful carnation with a wishful message attached for his healing. She said she also had a bag of something for him, but we left before that.

And I already tried to reign Rod in because he just grabs his clothes, goes into the bathroom, drains his leg bag and gets dressed without even asking for help!!! I didn't like that he did that. Then he's walking up and down the hall looking for the nurse so that he can leave! And I was really surprised that the nurse asked him if he wanted a wheelchair and Rod said no because he needs to walk anyways. I always thought that they absolutely made sure you were in a wheelchair upon discharge. So we traveled back home and I went to the pharmacy while my sister-in-law stayed with Rod. When I came home he was sitting at the kitchen table which I thought wasn't such a good idea. But after awhile he said he needed to lay down. He doesn't like that I am fussing so much over him.

The discharge instruction sheet and other hand-outs have contained a lot of good information. I am also feeling much better about dealing with the catheter. I had to buy Astroglide from the pharmacy for the tubing and hoped that no one saw me buying this product! :-)

We go back next Tuesday to have a cystogram to see if the anastamosis has healed enough to remove the catheter. We have to stay around for a few hours to make sure that Rod can urinate. They will also go over the pathology report with us. I think the lymph nodes were removed because the discharge instruction sheet read, "pelvic lymphadenectomy". Rod also had to do an enema the morning before surgery in addition to the Dulcolax the night before because there have been patients in the past where the cancer had attached to the intestinal wall and as a precaution they wanted to make sure this area was clean in case they had to do additional surgery in this area.

My husband was told that he was the first patient from Michigan this week. All the others have been from out of state or country.

Okay I was just in the bathroom with Rod helping him change from the leg bag to the big bag. That was awkward, but Rod said we'll be better at it tomorrow. He's also feeling a bit cranky from the pain so I gave him the pain medication they prescribed.

If you lovely people would still keep praying a little longer that we get good news about the pathology report, I'd really appreciate it!

Hugs and Kisses,

"MT" (whoever started that, I can't remember, but I like it!)

PS- Thank you also for all your wonderful words of wisdom, insight, and advice!
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 - Cancelled due to anesthesia complications
Robotic Surgery Rescheduled for September 25, 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."


War-eagle
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   Posted 9/26/2007 5:01 PM (GMT -7)   

MT,

What great news. I can "hear" your joy. Rod said the removal of the drain felt weird? I almost hit my nurse!

The prayers will keep coming. Get some rest and take care of that man. Welcome to the other side.

Praying for you, Rod, and Zero's in the near future.

War Eagle, baby.

Walt


Age: 54
PSA 43 7/2005
Biopsy 12/14 Gleason 7 & 9
Divinci 9/2005 - spread to bladder
HT - 10/2005 (Eligard every 6 months)
RT - 10/2005 (38 treatments)
PSA 0.12 to 1.9 2/2007
Bone Scan and CT 4/2007
Casodex 4/2007
Spread to Spine (L4 & T5), rib, and pelvis
Zometa infusions 4/2007
PSA 4.9 8/2007
PSA 4.9 9/2007


jetguy
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   Posted 9/26/2007 5:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Dear Maria and Rod,

This is just wonderful news - congratulations. I am thrilled for both of you. Many zeros to come, I expect.

Regards,

Bill
August of 2006, PSA up to 4.2 from 2.7 one year ago. 
October free and total PSA 12% free and 5.0 total.
A month, or so later, 4.7.
Late in the year decide on Image Guided IMRT.
Begin 43 treatments on January 23, 2007 and finish on March 23.
Four month post treatment PSA is 1.9.  (This is a very good result.)
No side, or after effects.  None.
I have aged a year and am now 63.  How did that happen?


PianoMan
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   Posted 9/26/2007 5:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Maria:  Congratulations!  It is so wonderrful to hear how well things went for you and Rod!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Your story sounds so much like the story my wife related to me about my time pre- during- and after-surgery.
It sounds like you were surrounded by wonderful people, as I was at City of Hope.  And it sounds like your surgeon has a brain and a soul, like my surgeon, Dr. Kawachi.
I feel so happy for you guys.
And I will be sending a shout to the higher power for the good news on the post-op pathology.
In fact, I will pray to St. Peter because, like him, YOU, my lady, are "The ROCK!!!!"
Tom
 


D.O.B - 8/9/52

PSA: First ever was 9.8 in late Oct. ‘06, two weeks later, 10.1

DRE: Negative

Biopsy results 11/22/06.  Both lobes involved.  Six out of eight cores positive - from 100 percent to 90, to 60, to 50, two 20s and two zeros.

Gleason 3+3 = 6

Da Vinci Robotic RP surgery, City of Hope, Jan 12, 2007

Post surgery pathology – Organ confined, Gleason still 6, margins clear.  Volume of tumor much less than biopsy suggested.  12 percent overall.

First post-surgery PSA -- Undetectable, 2/20/07

Second post-surgery PSA -- Undetectable, 9/11/07

Post Edited (PianoMan) : 9/26/2007 6:36:37 PM (GMT-6)


Tony Crispino
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   Posted 9/26/2007 5:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Maria Teresa,
I forgot that darn drain tube. I remember it coming out and yup, wierd is the best way to describe it. I also second Tom's input about CoH. I too had a private room and fantastic care. Only difference was that my surgeon was Wilson. But what a fantastic group of people there and since at NCI I have been travelling this road I have learned about a new group of people who just plain care. But nothing made me feel better today than your news. I was thinking about you guys all day. Welcome to the other side.

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!


gtmriviera
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   Posted 9/26/2007 5:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for sharing, we are all there with you, but we will wait here while you GO FUSS OVER HIM!

lawink
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   Posted 9/26/2007 5:29 PM (GMT -7)   
So glad to hear from you MT . . . I can't even begin to count the times today (and later yesterday) that I checked this site for an update from you.

You are now on the other side with only good things to come. Yes we will continue to pray for you and Rod . . .longer than just awhile longer . . .you are now part of this group and we are all in each others prayers.

;o) Linda & Bob
Bob (61) - Laproscopic Prostate Removal Sept 27, 2006.
2 of 12 malignant biopsy samples - gleason 3 + 3 = 6.
 
Pathology - cancer completely contained, even a second more aggressive, previously undetected cancer)
PSA UNDETECTABLE Nov 2006, Feb and May,2007.

Bob also has two secondary conditions -- Polycythemia (elevated red & white cells & platelets) and . . Myelofibrosis) -- If anyone has experience with or information on these, please email us.


mariateresa
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   Posted 9/26/2007 5:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I am crying tears of joy because all of you are the most big-hearted, sweetest people!!!

Kisses and Hugs!!!!!!!

xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

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 - Cancelled due to anesthesia complications
Robotic Surgery Rescheduled for September 25, 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."


mvesr
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   Posted 9/26/2007 5:46 PM (GMT -7)   
HI MT and Rod. We all knew things would go well for you guys. By the grace of God and the skill of your surgeon and his team his surgery went well. Now, tell him to take it easy and not to overdo it. It is easy to do because he will feel so good. It happened to me!! Take care and lets us know how his recovery is going.

Take care

Mika

biker90
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   Posted 9/26/2007 6:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey MT,

Whew!!!! We all have been holding our breath waiting to hear from you . And the news is the best possible. Congratulations to you and to Rod for carrying a fantastic attitude into your ordeal. Rod's calm demenour just before surgery was the indication that he was READY. That is so improtant. So hold him down so he can heal and enjoy the moment...

Jim
Age 73. Diagnosed 11/03/06. PSA 7.05. Stage T2C Gleason 3+3.
RRP 12/7/06. Nerves and nodes okay.
Pathological stage: T2C. Gleason 3+4. Cancer confined to prostate.
PSAs from  1/3/07 - 7/18/07 0.00. 
T level on 4/2/07 - 48     On 7/16/07 - 613
Started Tri-Mix on 8/7/07.  .02 ml and 50 mg Viagra.  It works!!!
Next PSA and T tests on 10/17/07
 
"Patience is essential, attitude is everything."
 


myman
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   Posted 9/26/2007 6:17 PM (GMT -7)   
MT,

Like so many others I've checked on here countless times today and just was rewarded with your fantastic news! Good deal - back at home, safe and sound with the days leading up to surgery now just a memory.

Of course, now that Rod is on the road to recovery he'll be "FUSSING OVER YOU" before long! :-)

Continued peace and happiness to you both,
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 LRP Surgery: 11.8, 12.9, 13.9 Bone scan, CT scan, Endorectal MRI, Chest XR - neg.
09/06/06: 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
09/05/07: PSA 0.1


Doting Daughter
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   Posted 9/26/2007 6:35 PM (GMT -7)   

MT-

Great! Great news!!!  I think we were all holding our breath for your response!  I am so thrilled that the surgery went well and will continue to pray for a good path report and speedy recovery.  I had to laugh because my dad chased down the nurse when he was ready to check out too.  My mom and I were giggling in the hospital and knew that he must be feeling pretty good!  I am just so happy for you both and wish you the best over these next weeks.  One thing I will say....from our experience...don't get too alarmed if the urine turns a little red the 2-4days after being home.  We were a little worried, but the nurse said that the IV keeps them so well hydrated and then when they come home, it's a little harder to stay as well hydrated.  My dad's was a little red in the beginning and then cleared right back up after a few days of lots of water!  (It's funny how life changes and all of a sudden staring at my dad's urine is routine and no big deal) 

Anyways....lots of love to you and yours!!!!!  We will all sleep good tonight!!!

 

Chayna


Father's Information
DX July 15, 2007
Age 62 (now 63)
PSA 5.5
Original Gleason 3+4=7 
Post Surgery Gleason- 4+3=7
DaVinci Surgery Aug 31, 2007
Positive Right Margin
One positive node
Bone Scan/CT Negative (Sept. 10, 2007)
T3a N1 M0
In process of determining follow up therapy
 
 


mariateresa
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Total Posts : 95
   Posted 9/26/2007 6:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Chayna!

Your post made me giggle, too! :)

And thank you for the heads up on the urine turning red, you might have just prevented an anxiety attack!

Love,

MT
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 - Cancelled due to anesthesia complications
Robotic Surgery Rescheduled for September 25, 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."


lawink
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   Posted 9/26/2007 7:18 PM (GMT -7)   
More advice . . .as Rod starts to feel stronger . . . .NO LIFTING . . . . nothing more than 5lbs for at least 6 weeks or until the doctor says it's okay. HUGS TO YOU BOTH!
;o) Linda & Bob


mariateresa
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   Posted 9/26/2007 7:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Linda & Bob,

Okay, I just told him. Thank you!

MT

PS - He seems to listen to all of you better than he does me! :)
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 - Cancelled due to anesthesia complications
Robotic Surgery Rescheduled for September 25, 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."


maldugs
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   Posted 9/26/2007 7:25 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi MT, congrats to you and Rod!! everything will be on the upside from now on, tell Rod to do everything the Doc says, and have plenty rest.

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.


Tamu
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   Posted 9/26/2007 7:28 PM (GMT -7)   
MT,

Fantastic!! I knew that your faith and God's awesome power would bring you through. The drain removal for me was te first pain that I had after surgery. The nurse that pulled it said that I tightened up is why it hurt. You do feel a lot better then you expect and that gives you a boost in energy but I found that after a day or two I was pushing it too much so Rod needs to be conservative in what he does in the next week but walking is very good and is needed to make sure no blood clots form. I will do as you ask and include the two of you in my prayers for a good post op path report.

By the way, make sure that you get some rest now.

Tamu
Diagnosed 7/6/06, 1 of 10 core samples, 40%,Stage T1c, Gleason 3+3
Da Vinci on 11/01/06, Catheter out on 11/13/06
56 Years Old
Post Op Path, Gleason 3+3, Approx. 5% of prostate involved
Prostate Confined, margins clear
Undetectable PSA on 12/18/06
No more pads as of 1/13/07
Began injections in April '07
Undetectable PSA on 6/25/07


IdahoSurvivor
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   Posted 9/26/2007 8:28 PM (GMT -7)   
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  CONGRATS MT & ROD!!!    
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Welcome to the "other side!"  We are so joyful that you have crossed safely over to your first big step to healing!
 
It is so thrilling to hear of the care Rod is being given following surgery.  We know you are in good hands.  Yes, and our thoughts and prayers will continue to go out to you!
 
I'm jumping for joy!  Your good news made my day.

"Idaho" ~ Barry

 

Da Vinci Surgery July 31, 2007… 54 on surgery day
PSA 4.3  Gleason 3+3=6  T2a  Confined to Prostate

1st PSA 0.04 (undetectable) 9/11/2007


puget
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   Posted 9/26/2007 8:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Great News!! It's really amazing how most of us come through this surgery. Sounds like Rod is well on his way to a complete recovery. I felt great within a day or so after the surgery, but learned that I got tired very easily and had to nap during the day and then go to bed pretty early. So go ahead an fuss and make sure Rod gets enough rest. It's wonderful that you've got this major step behind you now! Congratulations and best to both of you.

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


anniea
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   Posted 9/26/2007 9:30 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi MT & Rod

I am so very happy for you and Rod. You have both been thru so much, 1st the delay and then the waiting to get re-scheduled. Its behind you now hopefully you can BOTH relax and he will be healed soon. Like someone else said no lifting over 5lbs for at least 6 weeks and you might also keep him on a stool softener so he dosen't get constipitated. We will keep you both in our prayers for a full recovery and lots of 0 PSA's.

Best Wishes

Rick


Rick & Diana
6-30-06  PSA 2.54
1-22-07  PSA 4.98
1-26-07  PSA 5.09
Diag: 2-14-07 Gleason 8 Stage T1c PSA 5.09
Bone Scan 3-1-07 Clear
Radical retropubic surgery 4-2-07  Post surgery Gleason 9 Stage T3a Positive margins
4-29-07 PSA 0.02
6-9-07   PSA 0.02
7-6-07   PSA 0.03
8-1-07   CT Scan & Chest X-Ray   Clean
 


Swimom
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   Posted 9/26/2007 9:35 PM (GMT -7)   
MT,

Glad to see Rod is doing so well this early. He's gonna do great! Perhaps now, you both can get a good night's sleep!

Thoughts and Prayers,

Swim
 


norskie
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   Posted 9/27/2007 7:14 AM (GMT -7)   
MT

Great news and welcome to the other side and it sounds like Rod is doing really well and I hope and pray you get great reports when you return in a week. Just make sure he doesn't try and get too fresky as I too felt really a well a couple days after the surgery and did too much activity and walking the one day and then didn't feel too good for next two or three.

Good Luck Norskie
norskie
Age 49, PSA 6.22 on 9-26-06
Biopsy 11-01-06, 2 of 13 cores 10% cancer, 2 other cores abnormal Up-dated 20% prostate cancerous
Gleason score 3+3=6 After Pathology report 3+4=7 some agressive 5 cells found
Da Vinci surgery 01-09-07 UW Madison
Pathology Report- cancer 100 % capsual contained 1-18-07
Catheter removed 1-18-07 suffered bladder spasms Catheter reattached 1-18-07
Catheter removed 2nd time 1-24-07
1st Post PSA Blood Test 3-22-07 <.1 Undetectable
2nd Post PSA Blood Test 7/5/07 <.1 Undetectable
3nd Post PSA Blood Test Scheduled for 11/12/07
Incontenence-Pad free since end of May 07 4 1/2 months post surgery 
ED back to 95% prior to surgery - no medication required.


JCL
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   Posted 9/27/2007 8:11 AM (GMT -7)   
MT,

Grand news indeed! Welcome to the other side, and remember the two P's - Patience and Perseverance!
Age: 49
Diagnosed: March 25, 2007
PSA: 3.0
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.


James C.
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   Posted 9/27/2007 8:21 AM (GMT -7)   

War Eagle said:

What great news. I can "hear" your joy. Rod said the removal of the drain felt weird? I almost hit my nurse!

 

My doc took care to warn me that it might be painful.  I was eating supper, and he went to do something else til I finished.  He said I might not have an appetite removal.  He made me breathe in breathe out fully and slowly 3 times, the 3rd time he smoothly pulled it out on the breathe out.  Itwasn't painful, just a wierd sensation, maybe like someone was pulling at my gut.  I was surprised at the size of the white 10 inch adsorbtion fabric at the end of it.  Had't expected that..lol


James C.
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   Posted 9/27/2007 8:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Glad to hear Rod made it thru fine.  The bloody urine is normal.  I have been drinking so much water I am emptying a 2000cc bag every 3 or 4 hours.  I can get it crystal clear in the tube, but when I get up for my hourly walk it turns a rusty color, until I sit for a while.  Just normal healing and bloody urine and clots are to be expected.  Again, glad the hard part is over, I know I sure am...   Oh, expect some clear to pink drainage out of any incisions about the 3rd. day after, this is also normal healing.  And a low grade fever.  I've had one on and off since I got home, another part of healing, if he doesn't go over 101.5  Mine runs around 99.2 or so..

James C. 
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Age 60 
4/19/07  PSA 7.6 , referred to Urologist
4/26/07  Urologist prescribes 3 weeks of antibiotics/anti-inflam. due to past history of Prostatis.  DRE-     nothing detected but 'gross enlargement"
6/5/07    Recheck of PSA: 6.7, biopsy scheduled.
7/11/07   Biopsy- 16 core samples, ultrasound size of gland around 76 cc.
7/17/07   Pathlogy report:  3 of 16 cancerous/ 5% involved, left lobe top, center, bottom, Gleason 3/3:6. 
8/3/07     Decision made for conventional RP surgery, scheduled for Sept. 24.
9/24/07  Conventional  open surgery performed, awaiting Pathology report. and 10 days for cathater removal
 
 

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