My annual physical was 12/18/2014 and my PSA was 2.23
I was concerned when my doctor performed the usual DRE that it hurt.
My doctor decided to send me to a urologist for further investigation.
A new PSA was done 2.22 no change but he felt a hard area of my prostate so a biopsy was scheduled.
I had biopsy done on 2/27/2015 and the procedure wasn't a big deal it didn't really hurt.
March 6 on my way to meet one of my bowling teammates for dinner before bowling I got the call from my urologist "Prostate Cancer". I did not bowl well that night and I just got SUV with BlueTooth this was my first call.
My wife and I met with my urologist who went thru everything all the core findings. A decision on what would be the best procedure I remembered one of the bowlers in my league had a Robotic Laparosopic Protatectomy almost two years ago so I chose that procedure. So the surgery was scheduled for May 5.
While waiting for that day to come I started gathering information on various web sites about the procedure etc. I decided to see if there was a support group and that's how I found this site. I started reading the journeys of many men and I started reading Chris Delaney journey so I contacted him to see if he would mentor me through. He said he would be honored to help.
Chris was a great help he guided me through what I would experience and answered any questions on what I should do. I found we are not alone there is always someone who will help and guide you.
My surgery was Tuesday May 5 and everything went well. I was in contact with Chris on how you sit after surgery etc. His biggest saying on Kegel exercise was "squeeze, squeeze and squeeze some more.
Today May 15 I had my catheter removed and pathology report was good and the findings were exactly the same as Chris's.
In four weeks I will have PSA test to see where I'm at but if I have a question Chris will be there to help. I will update in four weeks when I get PSA results. I am squeezing.
Pathology report I am pT3a and Gleason score 7.
My first PSA after four weeks since Robotic surgery 0.04, I am not incontinent but do have ed. I have started taking Cialis to begin sexual rehabilitation and will have another PSA in six weeks. The soreness from surgery is finally going away and urination is a breeze. Kegel exercises contributing to being not incontinent. I went back to work on June 1st.
I had my second PSA blood test since my robotic prostate removal and it came back undetectable. I have ED on 5mg Cialis daily no change but it is only been 2 1/2 months. I am still doing my Kegel exercise and no incontinence.
I would be happy to help anyone who has questions and share my experiences from Robotic Prostatectomy. My mentor guided me through what my journey will be and I thank Chris.
I had my six month blood test and it was undetectable. My next blood test will be in six months and that will be my first year since surgery.
Today it is one year since my surgery and my PSA is still undetectable. I still have continence and only ED. It has been challenging when your mind tells your body to do something but only to find out you can't do it. Time heals everything live your life to the fullest.
Today, the 5th I have reached my second year since surgery. My ED is still the same but I had changes in my PSA readings. I was undetectable the first year and after 18 months my PSA went up to .02 so my urologist said to have it checked again in three months. Three months later it went up to .03 and now is .04. The readings going up are low but still going up. The decision is to start radiation treatments has been decided so I will begin having them soon.
May 17th I met with my oncologist to discuss my PSA that was slowly increasing and it was decided to start radiation therapy. May 26th I had my pre-radiation session to determine how to treat it and would be contacted when treatment will start. I was contacted and told I would have 37 radiation sessions which will be starting on June 19th and completed on August 9th. I will wait eight weeks and have my PSA checked so after eight weeks I had my PSA checked and it was .05ng/ml which increased from .04ng/ml. I would wait another eight weeks again and have it checked so I had my PSA checked and it dropped to .02ng/ml. I will have another blood test in three months.
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