I was originally schedule for mid oct and got the call with a week's notice for Sept 17. It was just as well to be on the road to recovery than still reading and agonizing over the decision and second guessing myself every day.
I wish you all the best getting through your surgery and being on the road to recovery. Whenever I'm feeling down, I reread my pathology report and remind myself why I chose surgery.
We're all here wishing you well. Keep in touch with everyone and let us know how you are doing.
Gleason scores from 4 pathologies of the same biopsy with 2 of 12 cores positive for cancer (if this isn't confusing to the patient...):
1) both cores 3+4 (Weiss Memorial)
2) one 3+4 and one 3+3 (Univ. of Chicago Hosp.)
3) both cores 3+3 (Mass General Hosp.)
4) both cores 3+4 (Northwestern Memorial Hosp.)
9/17/07 - Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy Surgery at Northwestern Memorial in Chicago by Dr. William Catalona.
and the winner is...post op Gleason score of 3+4.
Good pathology report with negative margins, no seminal vesicale involvement, no lymphatic or vascular invasion, bladder and urethral free and tumor volume was 5% of 27.3g. Amazing how something so small can cause such problems!
9/27/07 - Catheter removal...let the games begin...