Aug 12, 2011 - 10:54 am
Tomorrow 8/13 marks my 2nd anniversary of My Davinci procedure for prostate cancer. Just thought I would mention a few things for the new posters on the forum.
I was 54 when diagnosed and when I had my surgery. My PSA was 5.3 and had a Gleason 7 (4+3) Biopsy. There was carcinoma found in 5 of the 12 cores taken at Biopsy. The right side of the prostate had a 70% involvment in the cores. There were no nodules felt on exam.
After much education and searching I chose to have the Davinci procedure at Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tn by Dr. Smith. This hospital was about 170 miles one way from where I live. I chose Dr. Smith due to his experience level with Prostate Cancer and the Davinci robot.
Following surgery the pathology showed overall Gleason pattern of 7 (3+4) with focal Pattern 5.
Post follow up testing has been PSA testing every 3 months, graduation to every 6 months and my next PSA test will be in Oct. 2011. At that point the Doctor may graduate me to once a year since my PSA has been undetectable and assuming that this next test will still be undetectable.
For anyone considering surgery or other treatments there are the factors to consider of urinary control and ED issues and other side effects. Each individual is different. I've had excellent success on both urinary control and on the ED Front.
When I was faced with decisions two years ago I had much fear and uncertainty. For the new member on the forum just remember that each case is unique, ask questions, educate yourself and make the best decision that you can. Also seek the support from others on the forum including prayer if you are a religious person. What one person decides for treatment may or may not be the best treatment for you.
Also once you are on the 'other side' and a member of the cancer survivor club remember to give support to other men and their families that will be faced with fighting prostate cancer.