tomget's Journey with Prostate Cancer

Patient: Prostate Cancer

Patient Info: Currently in active treatment (initial surgery, receiving chemo rounds/radiation), Diagnosed: almost 5 years ago, Male, Age: 71, Stage IIA, Progressing despite hormone therapy: No

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    • tomget
    • Experience with Prostate Cancer
    almost 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    About 9 months ago I had a physical..first one in maybe 4 years or so..I've never much had any health issues--still got my tonsils:), but living in sunny Calif and all..I've had my share of skin damaged cells removed(frozen) from my face and such. My GP chose to include a PSA test which he's ordered in years past as a matter of routine, but now its up to 4.1 from 3.2? where it had been for many years. So he refers me to a urologist for more analysis. The urologist immediately wanted to do a biopsy, but I wanted to hold off and see what's what. At my age 66 PSA numbers can vary and its not always a big thing. And so every 2? or 3 months I got a PSA test and it was climbing fast..Three weeks ago it was 5.1 and I agreed to the biopsy. It went well..different of course..and I had no significant ill effects..a little discoloration in urine...very bloody semen ugh!--i guess that can last a month or so. Anyway I met with urologist last week and he gave me copy of pathology report and I have some adenocarcinoma cells in the prostrate and a Gleason score of 6(3+3). And from my studies I guess that means I have Stage2A prostrate cancer. The urologist who is trained and experienced in robotic(daVinci i guess) surgery wants to go that route. He spent a lot of time telling me about all the treatment options and such, and he offered to refer me to others etc. I've thought about it now, and studied a bit here and there-each persons situation and specifics can be different regarding treatment, and I'm planning at this time to schedule the removal of the prostrate/robotically in December. I need to wait a little to let any inflammation etc from the biopsy heal. I'm feeling OK about it..i guess.. I mean what can I say ...I'm a guy..mostly I'm not actually "connected to my feelings" haha.. Maybe its a good thing some times. But its nice to see that lots of these treatments have been done and many have had pretty good success. Its not like I'm the first. That makes me feel better. Glad I found this site. Appreciate all the help.

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    • tomget
    • Experience with Prostate Cancer
    almost 4 years ago
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    erectile dysfuncton

    Side Effects

    Its been 10 months since my robotic prostetectomy and I'm finally able to get a substantial erection. For a period of maybe 3 months or so which began about a month after the procedure I was taking 5mg cialis which had a modest benefit. But with some heart burn and similar side effects and no "real" results/or results seemed same with out without Cialis I just quit taking it. But last week, now at 10 months after surgery, and with 100mg Viagra tablet I'm having a successful erection of about a 9 on the 10 point scale that lasts that works well and in a normal manner. Don't know if it will continue like this? But I hope so.

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    • tomget
    • Experience with Prostate Cancer
    almost 5 years ago
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    Robotic assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    Had the DaVinci robotic prostrate removal procedure Thursday morning. It went well. I was up walking about the hospital maybe six or seven hours later. Not too far of course but walking the halls with my nurse and catheter. I was discharged Friday around 3pm..and I "think" it could have been sooner. Hard to rest in those busy hospitals..wanted to come home. Seems there's a lot of admin to get "in" and "out" of the hospital..no time to be in a rush. Its Sunday morning now and I'm at home, and expect to have the doctor remove the catheter tomorrow or soon. I have a smaller one strapped to my leg for walking about and a larger one I use at night when sleeping. There was really no pain during or after the surgery. Just a little muscle soreness when getting up or similarly moving etc..hardly noticeable, but it was there. And some fatigue of course. It went very well. As a followup..its a week later now and realized that i was required to keep the catheter in until today. Seven days later. That catheter was very annoying. I was just at home laying about and such..but if would tug/push .. something..Was sooo happy to get it out. So far getting it removed has been the best part of the whole experience! Not counting the super gorgeous young Ukranian nurse who helped me in the Post Op experience.

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