Hi my name is steve 3 weeks ago l had Radical Prostate Surgery l'm recovering very well haveing a few probbs but iv'e been told they will improve over time..My tests came back and the gleeson score was a 9 but my surgon told me all the lymph nodes he took out came back clear so that was a bit of relief..Would be nice to talk to any other men that have gone through the same thing ..
I had the same operation nearly three months ago. It ain’t a heap of fun as I sure you are aware.
I hope that you haven’t had the same problems that I have had – blockages and catheters. If you haven’t and you are not having incontinence problems then you are well on the way to getting better.
Your six week blood tests will let you know how things are going. My PSA was up caused in part because of the plumbing problems that I was having and also because not all the cancer was taken. So now I wait.............
You have come to a good place – not specifically for prostate cancer -but for help in the issues that surround cancer in general. You can vent your spleen if you like and no one holds it against you. Everyone is here to help.
Hi KymG l'm sorry to hear your psa test came back up lv'e got 3 weeks to go before l have mine done..
I had heaps of probbs with catheter l was so glad when it was removed lm still having incontinence and errection probblems probbly have them for a while l was told by my doctor..
Other than those probblems l'm doing well l'm due to go back to see my specialist next month for a check up got a few unanswerd questions l want to ask him..
Gleeson 9 - that's not good news. Even if the lymph nodes are negative. Urologist I think are incurable optimists. My original one told me that I had a 95% probability of being cancer free fifteen years after diagnosis, with a Gleeson 9 tumour and PSA at diagnosis of 6.0. Well I'm still alive twelve years later but my cancer is still with me.
Did he put you on hormone therapy as well as doing the prostatectomy?
Make sure that you have regular PSA's done and also do you have enough PSA measurements over time to get an indication of your PSA doubling time? Have you been given a copy of the brown covered book : Localised Prostate Cacner, a guide for men and their families. It is all evidence based and approved by the NHMRC as a consumer guide to go along with the clnical guidelines. It has some really useful stuff at the end in terms of probabilities and what you need to look out for. You can get a copy from you cancer voucnil, or download it from www.prostatehealth.org.au.
Hi sailor no l wasen't put on hormone therapy all l know that was done was Radical Prostate Surgery..I'm due to go back to see my specialist on the 8th december i'll be asking a few questions l'm not real sure what was removed in the opperation he did tell me after l come to from anisetic but l cant really remember what he said ..I know he said the cancer was only in the right hand side of my prostate he was taking the whole prostate out plus the lymph nodes also the nerves on the right hand side..Other than that l'm not sure what else was taken out..
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