fusilier's Journey with Prostate Cancer

Patient: Prostate Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 5 years ago, Male, Age: 68, Stage IIB

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    • fusilier
    • Experience with Prostate Cancer
    over 5 years ago
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    Oh No

    I have plenty of family history of CA - but mostly gastric and pancreatic. Further, the diagnosis was at age 62, perhaps 10 years earlier than typical. OTOH, I never was in denial, but went straight to anger.

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    • fusilier
    • Experience with Prostate Cancer
    over 5 years ago
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    Side Effects

    I passed out. This was a side effect of the biopsy, and I was NOT cautioned that it might happen. The biopsy was in the morning, and by late afternoon I had had three successful urinations. The fourth time I suffered what is called "micturition syncope." There is a connection in the brain between the control of blood-pressure and the Vagus Nerve which, among other things, controls your urinary bladder. As I was urinating, my BP dropped so quickly that I passed out. My wife could not rouse me, and had to call 9-1-1. I vaguely recall the EMTs saying that my BP was "60 over I can't find it."

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    • fusilier
    • Experience with Prostate Cancer
    over 5 years ago
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    Laparoscopic radical prostatectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    I teach human anatomy and physiology to community-college students who want to become an RN, or radiologic tech, or surgical tech, or .... I know the upsides and downsides, and I know the absolute need to aggressively deal with this. I also have the absolute support of a strong wife who has more than stood by me. My surgery was done using one of the robotic devices (DaVinci, in my case, but there are other brands.)

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    • fusilier
    • Experience with Prostate Cancer
    over 5 years ago
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    Bladder problems

    Side Effects

    I was lucky, the mass was very distinct from the nerves. I have decent bladder control, during most of the day. I dribble a bit when I am tired. I do not wear Depends during the day, and find that a generic menstrual pad much more economical than the absorptive pads aimed at males. Do Your Kegels! ><><><><><>< Well, it's been year (late October 2012,) and I'm back to 99%+ bladder control. Sneezes and such are not a problem, and I can go 5 hours at night without waking. It's now 8 months post surgery, and my bladder control is 99+%. I have no need for any absorptive aids. I _do_ have to get up at night to urinate, but only 2-3 times per week. Most of the time I can go 6 hours without any problem - unless I'm just sitting at my desk. I guess the lack of exercise makes things noticeable.

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    • fusilier
    • Experience with Prostate Cancer
    over 5 years ago
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    Erection problems

    Side Effects

    To date, 8 weeks post surgery, I have not had a spontaneous erection. I'm not worried, it'll happen. ><><><><>< Hasn't happened after a full year. I tried Cialis and get a partial erection - but not enough for intercourse. Urologist suggested papaverin injections - has anyone used that? I admit to a bit of ick-factor.

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