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doting wife
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   Posted 10/19/2007 11:13 AM (GMT -6)   
  Just returned from Dr. Office and got a good post pathology report!!  Mike's cancer was confined to the prostate, and margins were clear.  This was such a big relief, and am so thankful.  But I can't help it, I am already focusing on the first psa report.  He did not get his catheder out today because he had to leave the side drain in a couple of extra days.  Also he continues to have leakage around the catheder.  The Dr. said said because of the size of his prostate and the extra work he had to do he should have put in a couple of extra stitches around the catheder.  He apoligized and said he should have done what his gut told him to do at the time.  We did appreciate his candor.  He said a few extra days to make sure the plumbing is healed and all should be well.  I hope so!!! Just so you all know Mike was a gleason 3+3, psa 2.9, and T1c.  I will continue to read your posts, as I have in the past week, I feel as if I know some of you personally by reading your experiences.  I will continue to draw from your wealth of knowledge and take comfort in you wisdom.  Again thank you for this wonderful forum, as Mike is not much of a talker.    pam

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James C.
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   Posted 10/19/2007 11:17 AM (GMT -6)   

Great news, glad things are turning better on this side.    Keep up the resting, and he will bounce back quickly

James C.


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   Posted 10/19/2007 1:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I will add a title ~ but would like to give Pam a chance to do it.... 
Sign-in, click pencil icon on 1st posting above, add title and SUBMIT...

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   Posted 10/19/2007 3:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Pam,
This is excellent news for you and your husband! It is so hard waiting through this long process for the "all clear" so your focus now on the first PSA is perfectly normal! Wishing him a speedy, safe recovery now. His numbers are great and great path report is wonderful. So happy for you and your family. Make sure you get some rest if you can - that's important. Good luck & take care. Lana
Creed_three (Lana & CJ)
Parents of 7 yr old son, and share 2 adult kids (30 and 22 yrs)
Married 7 years.
Husband CJ aged 49 yrs. 
First PSA 3.5 (Nov 06). 1 x (5%) core of 12 positive at biopsy. 11 cores negative. Open Radical Prostatectomy with nerve sparing, on Tuesday 17th April 2007 (Sydney, Australia). Gleeson 3 + 4 = 7.  Cancer confined to prostate. Margins all clear, including bladder neck and seminal vessicles. 2 x small cancerous lesions near R. Apex identified (Gleeson 7 - intermediate). Size of larger lesion was approx 1/5th of a sugar cube. Smaller lesion was smaller than that.
In good health 6 months post-op. No continence issues to 6 months.
1st PSA 0.01 - undetectable (June 07)
2nd PSA 0.02 - undetectable (Oct 07)
Very thankful to many friends on this "healing well" prostate cancer forum!

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   Posted 10/19/2007 6:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Great news Pam. We are so happy for that report. Take care and we all know his first PSA will be goose eggs.


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   Posted 10/19/2007 6:34 PM (GMT -6)   

  tongue Hey ~ Pam & Mike,


Great News!!! yeah Now ~ you are on the healing/recovery stepping-stone. 

Stop and take a nice deep breath.  

Leave the worry on the last stone (easy to say but it’s true)…no matter how much energy you put into “thinking about” the next psa report… It is only going to drain you of the energy and strength that you both need to “heal” and “recover”.  Take this time!!! It’s very important.


Continue to reach out when you start getting the “stress buildup” and we will help to ease you back… That’s what friends are for!!  Mike isn’t much of a talker  … Reach over to your man and give him a hug from the 3 of us!!!  Hugs say so much… a silent message of strength!!! And when he hugs you back… that hugs for you. 


You’ve traveled this path well Pam… and we all continue to reach back with Helping Hands. 

Stay close and know we care about the 2 of you.


In Friendship ~ Lee & Buddy & Murphy! too…


Threads started by: Pam *Doting Wife


Catheter: Urge to urinate? Leakage around cathetar?

perineural invasion

recovery from da Vinci prostatectomy


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 :)

Mike A
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   Posted 10/19/2007 8:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Super News Pam!
Sounds like Mike is well on his way to recovery! Hope you are too! I'm sure it will be a great relief when that *&^% catheter comes out! This "other side" can have some bumps and potholes, but the road is much more downhill, and we are all here to give you a little push if you need it! You're doing a great job, and believe me Mike needs that support! Good Luck!
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!"

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   Posted 10/19/2007 9:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Wife, I had my cathiter in for 23 days. It also leaked the entire time. I could get it to stop sometimes if I kept it pulled tight and taped to my thigh.
Just hang in there.
    PSA 5.7 - Discovered during Annual Physical with Family Practice Dr.
        Biopsy Sept. 27, 2006 - Diagnosis Sept. 29 - 3 of 12 positive (up to 75%) all on left side of prostate, Gleason 7
        RRP on Oct. 17, - Nerves on right side saved.
    All Lab's clear.  No Cancer outside prostate
    Cathiter in for 28 days due to complications in healing. Removed Nov. 9, 2006
    First Post op PSA on Dec. 11, 2006  Undetectable 0.00
    Office visit on Jan. 19th due to continued excessive urine leakage.
    Feb.20th Cystoscope and 2nd Post Op PSA. Another 0.00.....:)
    Dr. said everything looks fine.  Continue to work Kegeal's. Leaking appears to have improved  after Cystoscope?!?!?!  Down to 3-4 pads per day!
    March 1st  Leaking has crept back up to 6 - 8 pads a day ??????? 
    March 8th Started Detrol LA to see if it helps with the leaking?
    March 29th Collagen injection into sphincter / bladder neck area to control excessive leaking.  Worked for a couple of days then back to leaking.
    April 17th (Six Months Post Op) 2nd Collagen Injection to control excessive leaking.  Leaking started back next day at work!
    May 14th Second Opinion about my leaking and Options at OU Medical Center.  After reviewing my records the Dr. feels I will probably need some surgical intervention to stop my leaking.  But did agree to try Bio-Feedback and work hard on the Kegeal's first!
    May 30th Follow up with my Dr. and 3rd Post Op PSA 0.00 agian!!!
    June 1st Start Bio-Feedback to try to control my leaking.
    Oct 17, 2007 1 year Post Op - Still fighting moderate / severe incontenance.  Erections usable!

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   Posted 10/19/2007 10:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Great news on your husband's post path report...that's the results you want! Of course, you worry but try not to do too much of it...it does no good and will weigh you down.
Right now, it's one day at a time.

You both need to recuperate and take care of yourselves.

All the best,
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

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   Posted 10/19/2007 11:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Good news Pam!

Now perhaps rest will come easier for both of you. We all worried about that first PSA. It gets a little easier after the first good one or two. Don't think we ever do much more than put them more to the back of our minds as time passes. All indications from Mike's pathology, Gleason and PSA says he's well on his way to better days! Hang in there. The drain and cath will be history soon as well. Take care and stay close.


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