Rich's Journey with Prostate Cancer

Survivor: Prostate Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: about 6 years ago, Male, Age: 64, Stage IIA

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    • Rich
    • Experience with Prostate Cancer
    over 5 years ago
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    Radical perineal prostatectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    Surgery recovery was about a month and I am in decent shape to that seemed like a long time. Urinary recovery continues after 5 months but is getting progressively better. Erection recovery isn't going well and my doctor and I are moving on to phase 2 of options to improve the situation.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    over 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I was expecting something totally different than cancer when I went into my doctors office for the results of my biopsy. When he said cancer I almost fell over

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    over 5 years ago
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    Bladder problems

    Side Effects

    It has taken 5 months to get urinary leakage down to almost but not quite zero. Still it is better than cancer!

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    over 5 years ago
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    Erection problems

    Side Effects

    58 y/o and virtually no erections post surgery. Low dose Cialis (5mg) per day didn't help. Supplementing that with 10 mg tabs didn't help. Now we are on to medication injections.

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    over 5 years ago
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    Decision Point

    I went to see a urologist first. He said to do the surgery. Then I went to a Radiation Ongologist. He also said to do the surgery in my particular situation which was fairly early cancer probably contained in my prostate. Plus and this was the big thing that I had long term difficulty urinating. He said radiation would make my urinary problems worse for potentially a year or more.

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    over 5 years ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    After recovery from the actual surgery and the first 0 PSA my wife and I took a trip around the western U.S. It helped me a lot because I saw that there could be life after cancer

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