revnormh's Journey with Prostate Cancer

Patient: Prostate Cancer

Patient Info: Newly diagnosed (has not begun treatment), Diagnosed: about 5 years ago, Male, Age: 74

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    • revnormh
    • Experience with Prostate Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    Oh No

    When newly diagnosed, I found myself remaining fairly calm and rational as my mind processed this revelation. As a somewhat logical person, thoughts of future steps began developing and chief among these was that of ensuring a positive Christian witness for family, friends and others. We shall see how this plays out.

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    • revnormh
    • Experience with Prostate Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    Laparoscopic radical prostatectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

     Upwardly creeping PSA #s over a year (2010-11) – Elected to increase frequency of blood tests.  Diagnosed early March 2012 (3/5 – biopsy, 3/12 – advised by Dr M. Camuzzi).  CT scan and bone scan confirmed limits of cancer to prostate.  Due diligence – Consulted with two urologists (Dr. M. Camuzzi, Dr. C. Barkley) - research on internet - 100 Questions & Answers about Prostate Cancer – discussions with experienced friends.  Considered radiation and surgery, but opted for surgery: although invasive & debilitating, best option at my early stage.  Robotic Laparoscopic Radical Prostatectomy performed by Dr. C. Barkley: May 3, 2012 – 1-1/2 days in hospital.  Home convalescence w/JP drain & Foley catheter, pain & antibiotic meds,, home care nurse - JP drain removed May 8 - Catheter & 21 metal staples removed May 10 – Good prognosis so far  Praise God for current status

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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