Glad2BAlive's Journey with Small Cell Carcinoma, Prostate Cancer

Survivor: Prostate Cancer > Small Cell Carcinoma

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 7 years ago, Male, Age: 58

  1. 1
    about 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I found out I had cancer from a free PSA screening at the local grocery store pharmacy. I had the results confirmed with my family doctor and he recommended a urologist. I had a biopsy on and found I was in stage 2. I was healthy, young and my doctor said I had 3 options: wait and see, radiation or surgery. He could not recommend any of these since I was eligible for all three. He set-up a panel of doctors for me to consult with - a radiologist, a urologist and an oncologist. After talking to all three and doing my own research I came to grips that I had a time bomb ticking inside me that could one day kill me. The wait and see option didn't make sense - wait and see if I will die? Radiation was ruled out after I learned that even though it would kill the current cancer, the prostrate was still there and I could get cancer there again in the future and my choices might be very limited at that time. The choice became clear when I considered this thing inside of me will one day kill me - "get it out of me!" It was worth the risks of impotence and incontinence. I don't gamble, but I felt like I would sacrifice this for my life.

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  2. 2
    about 5 years ago
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    Laparoscopic radical prostatectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    With the technology of the DaVinci robotic surgery, the operation was minimally invasive. I spent 3 days in the hospital and 2 weeks at home before i went back to work doing desk work. I travel for a living and I was back on the road 45 days after my surgery. I had to use a catheter for a week after the surgery and this was inconvenient and I experienced a little incontinence for 3 months after the surgery. With strong Kegal exercises before the surgery and resumed 30 days later, I was able to be more in control. I still do an "insure pee" before long trips in the car or airplane, but I probably would be doing this anyway. After the surgery, the urologist determined after a post surgical biopsy that the cancer was contained to the prostrate and the lymph nodes were in good shape. He did not recommend follow-up radiation.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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  3. 3
    about 5 years ago
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    Incontinence (cannot control urine)

    Side Effects

    As I shared before, I had some side effects - incontinence for 3 months after the surgery, but with Kegal exercises before and 30 days after, I was able to control this. I did get 2 bladder infections in the first 30 days. My urologist said this was not uncommon. I was not experiencing any erection problems before the surgery and my doctor said I probabl would not loose any of this afterward. Since my surgery, I am not experiencing any problems with sexual function. Only dry ejaculations, with is a result of not having a prostrate. My Urologist says I'm a poster child for this type of surgery.

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  4. 4
    about 5 years ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    Since my surgery I have had 3 PSA screenings and each have been undetectable. Yea!! I don't have any ongoing issues and I thank god each day that my grocery store was offering free PSA screenings in their pharmacy that day. I have 5 scars across my abdomen as a result of the surgery. I wear these scars proudly and I'm not afraid to wear my swim suit.

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