TallBald's Journey:

Survivor: Prostate Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 4 years ago, Male, Age: 47, Progressing despite hormone therapy: No

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    • TallBald
    • Experience with Prostate Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Prostate Cancer

    Oh No

    PSA went from 2.0 to 4.1, age 46. Did a round of high dose Cipro for 30 days, PSA went to 3.8 - I thought that was a good thing. Turned out is should have dropped to under 2.0 easy. I was referred to a Urologist, still not thinking it was Cancer. Biopsy confirmed cancer. 3 of the 12 samples were positive, both lobes, Gleason was a 6. So we caught it early.

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    • TallBald
    • Experience with Prostate Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Surgery

    Decision Point

    It was a pretty easy decision for me. My dad had surgery 15 years ago and is doing fine. I refuse to let Prostate Cancer kill me.

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    over 4 years ago
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    Remission

    Celebration

    Pathology report 4 days later that 100% of the cancer was contained, no chemo, no radiation! Cancer (and prostate) Free!

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    • TallBald
    • Experience with Prostate Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Robotic assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    So surgery went pretty well. I was walking within 2 hours of coming out of Surgery. The catheter was a complete nuisance. I had it for 2 weeks and never felt good with it at all. Seems I was VERY sensitive to the thing.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • TallBald
    • Experience with Prostate Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Incontinence (cannot control urine)

    Side Effects

    You only see improvement by looking backwards. Recovery is very slow, but life is improving.

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    • TallBald
    • Experience with Prostate Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Erection problems

    Side Effects

    Optimistic. Recovery is slow, but there are glimmers of hope.

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    • TallBald
    • Experience with Prostate Cancer
    about 4 years ago
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    PAD FREE

    Celebration

    6 weeks after having the catheter removed I am pad free. That went by pretty quick.. just felt like forever.

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    • TallBald
    • Experience with Prostate Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    PSA 0.05

    Celebration

    Just got my first PSA test back, 1 month post surgery. PSA is near zero, where it should be.

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    • TallBald
    • Experience with Prostate Cancer
    over 3 years ago
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    PSA .03

    Celebration

    Just had another PSA test, very low. Dr. says he's pretty sure we have beat this.

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    • TallBald
    • Experience with Prostate Cancer
    over 2 years ago
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    Viagra!

    Celebration

    It's been almost two years since my surgery and I am finally getting a good response out of the Viagra. We have been using a vacuum pump which works and is not as uncomfortable as it sounds, but the Viagra is much more pleasant and natural. VERY GRATEFUL

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    • TallBald
    • Experience with Prostate Cancer
    over 3 years ago
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    Anniversary

    Celebration

    1 year cancer free.

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