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lewvino
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In the morning my wife and I head up to Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tn for my appointment for the DaVinci Surgery with Dr. Smith at the controls. Tomorrow is spent with all the hospital pre-op questions, tests, forms etc. Wednesday morning at 6am I actually check into the hospital with surgery scheduled to begin at 9am. Seems like I have been waiting forever since I was diagnosed back in April. But I used the time wisely exploring my options (Explored radiation, seed implants and surgery), talking to Doc's, reading prostate cancer books and of course getting support from you on this forum and other forums.

I have one final question for you...does the Robot like Roses or chocolates since its a first date? I hope they knock me out good so I don't remember if the Doctor starts yelling "BAD ROBOT!" LOL. Also if R2D2 or C3PO shows up in the surgery suite I'm canceling the date!

At any rate, see you guys on the other side when I'm sure I'll be asking those that have gone before all the other type questions.

Thanks again for all your support. I'll post something on how it all went at some point post surgery. If all goes as planned they will discharge me Thursday with that souvenir called the catheter.

Larry
Age at Diagnosis - 54
Gleason 7 (3 samples at 4+3=7 and 2 samples at 3+4=7)
PSA At diagnosis - 4.3, one week later 4.6 and one month later 5.1
Perinerual invasion noted on biopsy

ld34
Posts: 24
Joined: Jun 2009

Good luck tomorrow.

Many people are sending their thoughts and prayers to you,including me and probably many

others that do not know either one of us..

There are angels ,you know, and one is by your side , right now! Look and you will see.

I wish you well.

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spottydog10
Posts: 73
Joined: Jul 2009

Good luck mate,
Keep hold of the chocs and give them to your missus,

Mike

4MYGUY
Posts: 12
Joined: May 2009

Larry, You've been here for others offering words of encouragement and sound advice when they are needed. I'd just like to do the same for you. I hope your surgery exceeds expectaionns and you are back here giving us a great report a.s.a.p. You're time has come, lets get this done!
All the best,
4MYGUY

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ismetals
Posts: 70
Joined: Feb 2009

Larry bring some batterries.
Good luck
Gary

NM
Posts: 214
Joined: Jul 2009

Hi Larry just wanted to say thanks and my prayers are with you today. Hope all turns out well. Remember get up and walk and laugh my turns coming soon ...peace to you and yours Nick

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shubbysr
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Joined: Jun 2009

Just keep laughing, they will think you are nuts and tell them your one of the boys!You belong to the best club ever!

Good thoughts & prayers to you,

Jim (shubbysr)

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Bill_4
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Joined: Jun 2009

Larry,
You will do well. The robot is the strong silent type. Thanks for all the support you have giving me and others. Take it a day at a time. Best wishes for a successful surgery.
Bill

ld34
Posts: 24
Joined: Jun 2009

Lewvino,

You will be in my thoughts tomorrow as you were today.

All of your ancessors will be with you tomorrow assisting with your surgery ..

Your own angel of love is with you now and will be also be there assisting...

The One we look for when we feel alone and out if control, will be there..

Be strong , we need your strength... especially now

I wish you well and look forward to hearing from you, on this site ,very soon.

wxman
Posts: 19
Joined: Jun 2009

You were in our thoughts and prayers on the 12th. We head to Vandy in 3 weeks for my husband's
surgery with Dr. Smith. Please keep all of us updated on your progress. I hope you recover
quickly.

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lewvino
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Wxman, I'm going to put up a post a little later today about the entire experience. If you or your husband would like to talk with either me or my wife (She is a labor and delivery nurse about it all) Send us an email to lewvino@yahoo.com and I'll be glad to forward you our phone number or we can just chat via email. Little tired right now so will post more later under a new thread.

Your in good hands with Dr. Smith!!

Larry (lewvino)

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brookjax
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Joined: Apr 2009

Thanks for the information and I hope you are feeling better.

Did you have a biopsy when your PSA was 5.1? I thought they waited until PSA was 10+ to biopsy. Was there a reason for this or just a preference on your part? When my PSA was 4.9, my regular doctor didn't think I needed to go to a urologist.

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lewvino
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Actualy my biopsy was done when my PSA was 4.3. My father was treated for prostate cancer at age 67 so with the family history the doc was more concerned. I did an antiboidic pill for one week to rule out infection, They retested and it was at 4.6 so I agreeded to the biopsy and that is when they found cancer in 5 of the 12 samples. Our church had a health screen about 1 month later so I paid out of pocket to have the psa done the third time and that was when it had gone to 5.1.

My mother was also treated for Breast Cancer two years ago and Vanderbilt told me there are studies out where if your dad has prostate cancer and mom has breast cancer it puts you in higher risk.

By the way my dad is doing great 12 years post treatment for his cancer and mom my is doing well two years post her breast cancer treatment.

Larry

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brookjax
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My father also had PC but at age 75. He survived for another 13 years and never had any problem with PC again. He had an aeortic aneurism later. Having known my father's history, my general doctor probably should have referred me to the urologist a year sooner.
In the end, the operation in April was a success and my PSA is minimal, less than 0.1.

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