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HJ
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Joined: Oct 2009

I was online today searching for information concerning dripping and functioning with Prostate Cancer. I am a recently retired from the Armed Services. I am in my early 40s and was told by my primary care doctor that my PSA level was a level 5, this concerned my wife and I because for the past three years our branch of service did nothing to help us… As I transition from the service, my new primary care doctor gave me referred me to a specialist after we voiced concerns about high PSA level in the pass. I was sent to a specialist and he confirmed in July that I had Prostate Cancer. The procedure was schedule for Aug; however my blood work cause some concerns for my surgeons and therefore we reschedule for Sep. I am one month after surgery and I am going back to work next week… What kind of advice could you all give me concerning how to handle myself… My wife of 20+ years has been great and very supportive… I thank God for her love and support daily… One of my additional questions how long does the wetness last… Just this week I have been dry at night… I think this is a good sign; however I understand I have a long way to go….

Thanks for your Help
HJ

saoco
Posts: 43
Joined: Aug 2009

HJ,just hang inthere it will take a couple of months and it will be geting better.
I was 46 when pc hit me and my surgery was five years ago my psa is 0.04 thanks God it is ok.
some times the road get very hard you just need to take it ease and pry to God it always work.
with you ed you need to be creative and your wife need to understand.if I can be of any help to you let me know and I will give you my e-mail.

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WHW
Posts: 189
Joined: Jul 2009

HJ,

First, welcome to the site. You will find this site to be very supportive and knowledgeable.

About the continence, you are already ahead of the curve. You will find that no matter how many guys you talk to, every single one of us has different timetables on the incontinence issue. My surgery was September 17, just 5 weeks ago yesterday. I have been dry since the catheter was removed 6 days following surgery. I had one slip one night. It was after a very active and tiring day and taking a sleeping aid that evening. I was just in too deep a sleep to feel the urge and wake up in time.

You didn't mention the other side effect, ED. But that too differs by individual. Personally, I have begun to see partial improving signs in that area. Some here have responded to drugs like Cialis, Levitra, others. Some have not. Some here have seen activity that allowed them to continue active sex lives in as little as 1-2 months after surgery and some are 10-12 months out and still working on it.

Your doc should have you on a rehab program. Remember that it is a muscle just like the others in your body. You need to keep the blood flowing and exercise it. Atrophy can set in just like the rest.

As you can see, anything and everything is open to discussion here. Frankness and honesty allow us to truly search for answers and allow us to provide support for our fellow PCa Brothers that follow as they begin their own journeys.

Again, welcome to the club that hates to have new members, and nobody really wants to join,

Sonny

61 years old
PSA 11/07 3.0
PSA 5/09 6.4
Diagnosis confirmed July 9, 2009
12 Needle Biopsy = 9 clear , 3 postive
<5%, 90%, 40%
Gleason Score (3+4) 7 in all positive cores
CT Organ Scan - negative
Nuclear Bone Scan - Negative

da Vinci 9/17/09 Dr. Mani Menon Henry Ford Medical Institute

Post Surgery Pathology:
Gleason: Changed to (4+3) = 7
Stage: T3a
Tumor Volume 12.5%
ALL NERVES SPARED
Margins: focally positive right posterior mid level
Perineural Invasion: present
Seminal Invasion: absent
Venous Invasion: absent
Angiolymphatic Invasion: absent
Left Internal iliac lymph node: reveals zero
Right Internal lymph node: reveals zero

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