sagamoreboy's Journey with Prostate Cancer

Survivor: Prostate Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 5 years ago, Male, Age: 68, Stage I, Progressing despite hormone therapy: Yes

  1. 1
    almost 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I had family history of Prostate Cancer so I always had regular PSA Blood Tests.

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  2. 2
    almost 5 years ago
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    What type of treatment regimen to follow?

    Decision Point

    I was considering many different options; watchful waiting, radiation treatment or surgery to remove the Prostate. My doctor was suggesting surgery because of the cancer being contained within the gland and my current age & health. Mutual decision by myself, my wife and doctor. Too much uncertainty of any radiation treatments.

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  3. 3
    almost 5 years ago
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    Laparoscopic radical prostatectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    My expected overnight stay in the hospital lasted 5 days due to issues with an Ilieus forming in my intestines. Miserable times in hospital due to the condition being overlooked or unexpected by the medical staff.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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  4. 4
    almost 5 years ago
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    As soon as I was cleared for travel my wife and I took a restful vacation.

    Celebration

    I was happy to hear that my doctor was confident the cancer was contained and the entire Prostate Gland was removed intact. No need for any follow-up radiation or chemo treatments.

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  5. 5
    almost 5 years ago
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    Incontinence (cannot control urine)

    Side Effects

    Due to the type of surgery, the incontinence and erectile dysfunction is currently present and will take a little time to overcome. I opted for the nerve sparing type of surgery so hopefully these normal body functions will return. I just do not know when.

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