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beachbum50
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   Posted 10/6/2007 1:24 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm still set for Tuesday Morning, but we got moved up from 12:30 to 0730. first show of the day! This works out better as I'm not to eat after breakfast on Monday morning anyway! Thanks to everyone on this forum for great advice and sharing your own experiences. We have two days approced by Anthem, but as we are HMO expect the drive by surgery to let us out in 24 hours!
 
Beachbum50
 
Age 52
PSA 10
Gleason 3+3=6
T2b

James C.
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   Posted 10/6/2007 1:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Luck to you, will remember you in prayer Tuesday morning.  See ya on the other side.................

JCL
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   Posted 10/6/2007 1:28 PM (GMT -7)   
The earlier the better, beachbum. I was the first surgery of the day too. Another advantage to being first is that your surgery won't be delayed due to complications that might develop in a surgery before yours. Good luck. I'm with you in spirit!
Age: 49
Diagnosed: March 25, 2007
PSA: 3.0
Biopsy: Gleason 6. Five of twelve core samples positive with <5% each. No perineural invasion seen.
DaVinci Surgery: May 21, 2007 at Florida Hospital, Orlando, Florida. Surgery took one hour and 45 minutes. According to my surgeon, everything went textbook and the prostate peeled away nicely.
Post-op Pathology Report: Upgraded to Gleason 7 (3+4), negative margins, negative capsular penetration, negative seminal vesicles, lymph nodes left intact, multifocal perinural invasion, 15% of prosate involving cancer in both lobes.
Continence: Out of the pads at five weeks. Still have some very minor stress incontinence at times but it's not an issue. Still Kegel every day and will continue to do so.
Erections: Yes! With the assistance of Cialis.
1st Post-op PSA: <0.1
2nd Post-op PSA: <0.1
Family history: My Father had his prostate removed at age 67 in 1997 and has had a <0.1 PSA for the past 10 years. I was diagnosed at a much earlier age and had a more agressive cancer than my father. Go figure.
 
 
 


Mike A
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Total Posts : 213
   Posted 10/6/2007 1:37 PM (GMT -7)   
BB50,
Will have you in my thoughts on Tuesday. First operation of the day is best! As far as length of stay - I was in the hospital a grand total of 24 hours and 10 minutes...See you on the "other side!"
Best,
Mike
June 2005 - Age 53 PSA 4.8 at regular physical
October 2005 - After several rounds of anti-biotics, PSA 5.2 at Urlogist
November 2005 - Biopsy negative
July 2006 - PSA 5.9 at regular Physical
October 2006 - After several more rounds of anti-biotics PSA 8.1
November 2006 - Second biopsy - Positive
December 2006 - Gleason (3+4=7), Tumor T1c, CT Scan and Bone Scan Negative
January 2, 2007 Robotic Prostatectomy, University of Rochester Medical Center - Tumor confined but larger than thought, only one nerve able to be spared. Margins clear.
February 2007 - Three to four pads a day, no erection with viagara.
March 2007 - Down to two pads a day, had first intercourse with Erecaid pump and bands, otherwise still flat tire.
April 2007 - First Post-Surgical PSA 0.02 and a great relief! Down to one pad a day. Still unable to achive erection without pump.
May, 2007 - Still one pad a day, even try a smaller pad on occasion. Slight improvement on the ED.
July, 2007 - Six Month Post-op: PSA 0.04 still Non-Detectable. One small pad/day for a few drops only! No change in ED.
"If patience is a virtue, I feel like the most virtuous guy on the planet!"


bluebird
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   Posted 10/6/2007 4:49 PM (GMT -7)   

   tongue   Hi ~  Beachbum & Loved Ones,

 

Thinking of you and sending special thoughts your way as you move toward surgery day…  Once you get settled in at home ~ touch base!! 

 

Buddy & I invite you to visit our personal thread… “Our Journey” located in our signature below.  We hope it helps to guide you over at least one stepping-stone on your path. 

Keeping you close… in thoughts and prayers. 

 

“Our hands will be on your shoulders”

special words borrowed from hamala

 

In Friendship,

 

~~*~~*~~*~~~)*&^%  Group Hug %^&*(~~~*~~*~~*~~

 

From the 3 of us...

Lee, Buddy, & Murphy


mama bluebird - Lee & Buddy… from North Carolina

 

v          We invite you to visit our personal thread:  Click Here:  “Our Journey” ~ Sharing is Caring 

April 3, 2006  53 on surgery day

RRP / Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy

PSA 4.6   Gleason  3+3=6    T2a   Confined to Prostate

3rd PSA 08-07-2007 Less than 0.1 Non-Detectable :)


mvesr
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   Posted 10/6/2007 6:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi beachbum. The sooner the better. I was moved up a week with my Dr. First batter in the box. Think positive and everything will be ok. Let us know how you do when you get to the other side. Thinking and praying for your speedy recovery.

Mika

Tamu
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   Posted 10/7/2007 7:05 AM (GMT -7)   
BB,

Being the first one of the day is good as it gets you into a room early and out the next day. My surgery was originally scheduled for 11:00 AM being the second one of the day. I got a call at 3:00 PM the day before telling me that the 8:00 AM guy had cardiac issues and his surgery was cancelled and I was being moved up. I had to drive about 2 hours to the hospital and was told to check in at 7:00 AM so it was a long day.

Good luck!

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


uncledan
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Total Posts : 120
   Posted 10/8/2007 8:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Lucky to get the first one of the day. I was scheduled for 1PM and got out around 6PM. Five hours of surgery, so I was not in my room till around 7 PM. Needless to say it was a long day and night before due to no food. Then jello for all three meals the next 2 days. I was glad to leave and get home to something decent to eat. All in all it wasn't as bad as I would like to tell it. Keep the faith and stay positive. Uncle Dan
Age 67
No symptoms, DRE negative
10 - 06 PSA 5.44, 01 - 07 PSA 6.47
5 - 07 CT and Bone scans negative
05 - 07 Biopsies, 2 of 6 positive
Gleason Score (3+4) 7 Stage T1c
08 - 14 Dr. Dasari - Baptist Hospital, Nashville
da Vinci RAP, five hours surgery
Some right nerve and all left nerve removed,
Hospital discharged 8 - 16
Pathology report Negative margins
Encapsulated, 50% left side
Lymph nodes 2 R & 1 L - Negative
R & L seminal vesicles - Negative
Gleason changed (4+3) 7 closer to 8 than 6
9 - 26 Great PSA 0.000
9 - 27 Starting on meds for ED
9 - 30 Dry, 2nd day without pad
Viagra no help yet


bluebird
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   Posted 10/10/2007 7:20 PM (GMT -7)   
BUMP... Waiting to hear from beachbum....

mama bluebird - Lee & Buddy… from North Carolina

 

v          We invite you to visit our personal thread:  Click Here:  “Our Journey” ~ Sharing is Caring 

April 3, 2006  53 on surgery day

RRP / Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy

PSA 4.6   Gleason  3+3=6    T2a   Confined to Prostate

3rd PSA 08-07-2007 Less than 0.1 Non-Detectable :)


beachbum50
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Total Posts : 292
   Posted 10/11/2007 6:56 PM (GMT -7)   

Other side! Well they told me I would feel like i had done 10,000 crunches, they were right! I was in the room for four hours, prostate was 30 grams, looked good. I am 6"2 290, and they said i really was swolen after 4 hours at a 45 degree angle. Got home yesterday, trying to do everything they told me. mr hang is tolorable, but have a very slight fever tonight (100.7) have not had pain meds for 12 hours, may take some to help sleep. I will write more when I can set at this desktop more comfotably. Thanks to everyone for keeping me in your prayers.

ps, i got six holes from di vinci


IdahoSurvivor
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   Posted 10/11/2007 7:20 PM (GMT -7)   

Beachbum!  Congratulations!

Welcome to the "other side!"  'So glad you made it!

I hope your home feels like your castle ~

        p                  p         p

       /\     p      p    /\        /\

      /__\   /\_____/\   /__\      /__\

      |. |_=_|. . . .|_=_=_=_=_=_=_|. |

      |. |. .|  ___  |. . . . . . .|. |

      |. |   | |   | |  beachbum   |. |

    __|__|___|_|___|_|_____________|__|__

   /          /   /                      \

Take it gradual and keep Healing Well!  We’re looking forward to hearing more about your progress!
Stay close and we’ll be here for you.

Kind regards,

Idaho


"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

My web site: http://pca-info.blogspot.com


Mike A
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Total Posts : 213
   Posted 10/12/2007 8:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey B B !
Welcome to the other side!! Glad everything went well, and you're not in too much pain. You'll get more used to Mr. Hang in a few days, but will be glad to get rid of him when the time comes! I took a vicodin to help me sleep, but all it did was provide me with nighttime entertainment via some really weird (but not scary) dreams. Take it real easy, even if you feel like you can do more. I overdid a bit and paid the price. Keep a pillow on your lap handy in case you cough or sneeze!
Keep us posted on you progress!
Best,
Mike
June 2005 - Age 53 PSA 4.8 at regular physical
October 2005 - After several rounds of anti-biotics, PSA 5.2 at Urlogist
November 2005 - Biopsy negative
July 2006 - PSA 5.9 at regular Physical
October 2006 - After several more rounds of anti-biotics PSA 8.1
November 2006 - Second biopsy - Positive
December 2006 - Gleason (3+4=7), Tumor T1c, CT Scan and Bone Scan Negative
January 2, 2007 Robotic Prostatectomy, University of Rochester Medical Center - Tumor confined but larger than thought, only one nerve able to be spared. Margins clear.
February 2007 - Three to four pads a day, no erection with viagara.
March 2007 - Down to two pads a day, had first intercourse with Erecaid pump and bands, otherwise still flat tire.
April 2007 - First Post-Surgical PSA 0.02 and a great relief! Down to one pad a day. Still unable to achive erection without pump.
May, 2007 - Still one pad a day, even try a smaller pad on occasion. Slight improvement on the ED.
July, 2007 - Six Month Post-op: PSA 0.04 still Non-Detectable. One small pad/day for a few drops only! No change in ED.
October, 2007 - Nine Month Post-op: PSA back down to 0.02 Non-Detectable...Yay! Almost totally dry! Only slight improvement in ED - Will try injections if not improved by next appointment.
"If patience is a virtue, I feel like the most virtuous guy on the planet!"


beachbum50
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Total Posts : 292
   Posted 10/12/2007 2:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello everyone. Today has gone much smoother, I was able to climb upstairs again to shave and have my first shower, and had a look in the mirror! Oh My, I'll never be a Sports Ilistrated model. I have stretch marks that are unbelieveable, and a bruise around the navel incision the size of a deseart plate! Walked outside to enjoy our first fall weather, but trying just to take it slow. My desire to eat is very low, but I just have not wanted to really eat much yet. Fever has gone! Alma said my color is back to normal, so I guess we are moving very well in a new direction. Mr. Hank comes out next Tuesday..maybe I should save a pain pill for it? To add to this weeks excitment, our Golden Retreiver will be having pups sometime this weekend! tongue yeah BeachBum
 
PSA June 10
3+3=6
Gleeson 6
Di Vinci performed on 10/06/07
4 hours in surgery
3 hours in recovery
checked out 33 hours after check-in (HMO drive by surgery!)

Swimom
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   Posted 10/12/2007 3:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Ya don't need a pain pill to DC a Foley, Beach. A few seconds and it's out....

Welcome home. Glad to see ya doin so well.

swim
 


puget
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Date Joined Mar 2007
Total Posts : 237
   Posted 10/12/2007 4:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Glad to hear things went well! My only advice is to take it easy. Even though I felt really good and tried to jump back into my normal routine, I found that I was really exhausted for the first 3+ weeks. Take it slow and treat the next few weeks like a well-deserved vacation!

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 = <.01 (Hooray!!)


bluebird
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   Posted 10/12/2007 4:51 PM (GMT -7)   
tongue   Yea! Beachbum & Alma,

Welcome home!!!! It truly is good to hear from you!  Take one day at a time and "listen to your body"... it will tell you so much if you just listen.. Glad the fever is gone...and you're moving around nicely.  Take the proper time to heal/recover... and you will do just fine on the rest of your journey...  Thanks for staying close.

Keeping you close in thoughts and prayers as you move forward. 

In Friendship ~ Lee, Buddy, & Murphy

 

P.S.

Give mamadog a kiss and each puppy will be getting one too!!! on their whiskers… from Murphy! (& Lee)


mama bluebird - Lee & Buddy… from North Carolina

 

v          We invite you to visit our personal thread:  Click Here:  “Our Journey” ~ Sharing is Caring 

April 3, 2006  53 on surgery day

RRP / Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy

PSA 4.6   Gleason  3+3=6    T2a   Confined to Prostate

3rd PSA 08-07-2007 Less than 0.1 Non-Detectable :)


mvesr
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   Posted 10/12/2007 5:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Beach bum. Glad you are doing well. Just take it easy you deserve a good rest. Soon Mr hang will be a distant memory, but it is necessary for the healing to take place. After he is gone get up and walk some but don't overdo it. Let us know how you are doing.

Take care

Mika
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