RichardD's Journey with Prostate Cancer

Survivor: Prostate Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: almost 5 years ago, Male, Age: 74, Stage II, Progressing despite hormone therapy: Don't Know

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    • RichardD
    • Experience with Prostate Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I was actually stunned when the doctor called and said that I had prostate cancer. It is a smack in the head to realize that it CAN happen to you.

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    • RichardD
    • Experience with Prostate Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Surgery or radiation !!

    Decision Point

    Surgery was the best option for me because the cancer was fairly close to left edge of prostate. Also, I did not like the side effects of radiation treatments. I felt that the side effects of surgery were, for want of a better way of putting it, better.

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    • RichardD
    • Experience with Prostate Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Robotic assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    Was only in the hospital overnight, and I thought I had it made. The next day I went home feeling pretty good until, without warning, I could not control my bowls. Embarrassing and messy. The laxative I used really didn't agree with me and told me so with a vengeance. I was cramping and passing gas for about a week. After that, I really was not feeling all that bad. As of this writing, I still have ED and I still have to use a pad a day for the incontince. ( a few drips a day at this point) From what I've read so far, my story is fairly adverage. Not the best it can be, but (thank God) not the worst either.

    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • RichardD
    • Experience with Prostate Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Bladder problems

    Side Effects

    Down to one pad a day. I am very hopeful that I'll be able to put the pads away in the not to distant future.

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    • RichardD
    • Experience with Prostate Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Other

    Celebration

    PSA tested 0.16 No cancer detected. May this be a trend!

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