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   Posted 12/21/2007 6:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi kids,
Well we got the catheter out today.  DB was all clenched up and ready for pain, and the doc already had it removed.  I smiled.  All the path report was good news for DB and me too.  So now we are peeing all over the place cause the penis won't stay in the middle of the darn pad!!!  I told DB we are going to tape it in place tonight but he says no to that.  I got him a bunch of different types and brands, but since wearing  the Serenity, he isn't going to like the others.  Tomorrow will be his side of the family Christmas gathering and so we will be hoping it goes smoothly. We see the doc in 3 months for follow up PSA test. 
Best wishes for a Merry Christmas to you all.
Les and DB
Les and DB from KC(Les is a member of UC and Ostomy forum also)
DB diagnosed 11-01-07
psa high for several years from 4 to 10, but last one before surgery was 8.6
Gleason 3+3
Da Vinci on 12-14-07

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Date Joined Aug 2007
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   Posted 12/21/2007 8:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Hooray! Great news! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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
Focally Positive Right Margin
One positive node
Bone Scan/CT Negative (Sept. 10, 2007)
T3a N1 M0
Oct. 17 PSA 0.07
Nov. 13 PSA 0.05
Casodex adm. Nov 07
Lupon beg. Dec 03, 2007 2 yr
Radiation soon to follow

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Date Joined Dec 2007
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   Posted 12/21/2007 8:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Les and DB,
Congrats!!!! Getting the catheter out is a great feeling!!!

Don't worry about overnight. For some magic reason, there is no leakage when sleeping. And also don't push yourself. Take time to heal.
PSA 8/2007 3.5
PSA 9/2007 4.6
Biospy 10/2007 - 1/8 %5 Cancer Gleason 6
RP 11/28/2007 Mt. Sinai Hospital, NY, NY
Gleason 6, Negative Margins

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Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 242
   Posted 12/21/2007 10:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like good news so far. Congratulations! Take it easy and let us know of your progress.
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.

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Date Joined Feb 2007
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   Posted 12/22/2007 2:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Les and DB -- you'll get through this. The pads are a PIB (pain in the butt) but this too shall pass.
Hang in there.

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

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Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 474
   Posted 12/22/2007 9:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Such good news, Hopeso! You should be proud of yourselves for getting through and now look where you are. The catheter's already out and you're on your way. And just in time to now enjoy the holidays. Remind DB to check often, when out in public. Those leaks can escape in a hurry if you forget it's happening.

Merry Christmas!
Husband age 66
PSA on 5/1/06: 4.2 (had doubled in 13 mos. and rising monthly)
DaVinci Surgery 8/2/06 - Austin, TX w/Dr. Randy F.A.G.I.N.
T2a (at biopsy)
At pathology - cancer cell leakage into fatty tissue
Post-Surgical PSA on 10/06, 4/07 - undetectable!
11/1/06 - perhaps bladder neck involvement; 30%-50% chance of recurrence
PSA test "Un-zero-detectable" on 10/16/07.
9% chance recurrence w/in next 7 years (down from 50% as we understand it)
Future: PSA tests twice-yearly for now.

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Date Joined Oct 2007
Total Posts : 29
   Posted 12/22/2007 10:52 AM (GMT -6)   

Glad to hear that the catheter is gone!  Believe me, I know the anticipation of that pain & the relief when it was all over.  I think I left indentions on the exam table in anticipation of the removal.  Alas, it was almost a non event. 

Don't forget Kegel away now!

Best wishes


Diagnosed 9/07
Gleason 6  3+3
First PSA 4.1
2nd PSA 3.6
stage T1C
age 46
daVinci performed 11/28/07
@ Univ of Ala Bham (UAB)
Catheter removed 12/12
Final pathology Gleason 6
Surgical margins free of tumor

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Date Joined Dec 2007
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   Posted 12/22/2007 12:26 PM (GMT -6)   
When I had my catheter taken out, I was told to wait two days until I started my kegels.
PSA 8/2007 3.5
PSA 9/2007 4.6
Biospy 10/2007 - 1/8 %5 Cancer Gleason 6
RP 11/28/2007 Mt. Sinai Hospital, NY, NY
Gleason 6, Negative Margins

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