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Date Joined Oct 2007
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   Posted 10/18/2007 1:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you so much for the warm welcome :-) I would if I may like to ask some questions. What are some of the things I should purchase pre surgery? Some one suggested that I purchase a jock strap for the catheter. Also I purchased a mattress pad for incontience. Am I jumping the gun here on these items? What about gas relief meds and stool softner? Should I be better safe and prepared than sorry I didn't purchase them? Some of the things the surgeon suggested was that he begin veggies and light foods a couple of days before the surgery? Am I being over protected here? 
truly blessed in New Jersey

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Date Joined May 2006
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   Posted 10/18/2007 2:47 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey ~ Really glad to see you posting and to see your new personal thread

Recently diagnosed and scheduled for surgery 

You are definitely not jumping the gun.  Get as much done before hand!!  We all have different experiences so ~ hopefully as time permits you will have time to follow the links in your Welcome Letter and it will guide you to a lot of really good information. 


Yes ~ stool softeners, light foods before surgery, bladder spasm meds… etc.  As time permits… “Our Journey” will give you a view of our experience and hopefully you can pull something from us to help you in your journey.  Also ~ checking out the links will guide you to other journeys and lots more information…


Take each day and know you are moving forward and we are all right here to help shore up any wobbly stepping-stones.  Just keep reaching out!!!!

Keeping you close in thoughts and prayers.

In Friendship ~ Lee & Buddy

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 :)

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Date Joined Apr 2006
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   Posted 10/18/2007 2:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Truly Blessed,

Being prepared is a good idea. I don't think a jock strap will help at all with the catheter. You won't want anything pressing/touching/pulling on that tube.

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. margins
DaVinci surgery on 02/23/06
Last PSA 08/26/07 @ 18 months "0"

truly blessed
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Date Joined Oct 2007
Total Posts : 6
   Posted 10/18/2007 3:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello all:

Thanks bluebird for the helpful links. Thanks to all that replied. I kinda new at forums and such and am so grateful that my surgeon stuck this info in my packet when we left his office. Nov 7th can't come soon enough ut as the saying goes "One day at a time" That's all I ask of him.
truly blessed in New Jersey

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   Posted 10/18/2007 3:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Truly Blessed,

I found this forum the same way, through an info packet that my urologist gave us when I was diagnosed.

Welcome to a great site with lots of helpful, caring people. We can all get well together...

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 - 10/17/07 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 1/15/08
"Patience is essential, attitude is everything."

Tony Crispino
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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 8128
   Posted 10/18/2007 3:45 PM (GMT -6)   
What Jim said,
We are here for each other. Welcome.

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.

Regular Member

Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 120
   Posted 10/18/2007 4:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi and welcome to the spot no one wants to be a member of. Now that you are here the best thing is stay positive and get info and more info. Stool softeners are a must if you are going the surgery route. You can buy the 25 size of Ducalax liquid gels for around $9 or the generic for $4.50. I recommend you go to a drug store and get the sponge rubber donut for the trip home. I got one for $9.89 with removable washable cover. I took it with me on a 3000 mile coach tour and and it was very comfortable. I first bought a rubber inflatable one but it was not very comfortable at any inflation amount. The hospital gave me velcro straps for taking care of the small bag. I suggest you go to the place I first came on and read some of the things that I encountered as I got ready for the surgery and even after. In all my journey has not been too harsh and not nearly as rocky as some. My first trip here is under prostate cancer surgery and signed as usual Uncle Dan. What are your scores and other things you could tell us to help us know were you are going. Good Luck and God Bless, 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

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