1 year post Davinci

lewvino
lewvino Member Posts: 1,010
edited March 2014 in Prostate Cancer #1
Yesterday marked my one year milestone post Davinci! The time has flown by.
Overall my recovery took slightly longer then I thought it might for the pain to reside.
The usage of pads for the past year was the grand total of 1 pad!
Levitra has been working great since about 3-4 months post surgery. Still getting better as I learn the optimum time to take the pill and how ofter to take it.

My last PSA was undetectable inspite of a scare from the Nurse over the phone when she read the test result wrong to me. Make sure they see the < (Less then sign)!

Next checkup will be the end of October with results some time early November.

For the newbies facing treatments hang in there and best wishes to you all as you fight and conquer.

Larry age 55
Davinci at Vanderbilt
Pre Surgery Gleason 4+3 7
Pst surgery Gleason 3+4 7
Positive margin in apex
PSA's 1st year 0

Comments

  • ob66
    ob66 Member Posts: 227 Member
    Congrats on one year success
    Very happy for you. Keep it up.
  • bdhilton
    bdhilton Member Posts: 803 Member
    Larry,I am happy that you
    Larry,

    I am happy that you continue to keep the beast at bay after a year plus all of the good work you do here on this site. I am six months out with zeros and hope they continue like you….You and I for sure have been dry from day one and I will take each and every thing as a blessing…I assume, like me they are giving you 90 day PSA test because of the positive margin (I have 1 positive margin + right SVI)…Do they plan ever to start giving you 6 months test?

    I continue with the injections for my ED treatment 2x a week and they have worked since week 3 after surgery (and for me this has been good for the ego) but I am getting tired of them plus I have been taking 5mg Cialis daily (will soon increase Cialis dosage and stop shots)..

    Best to you in your journey and keeping this beast under control

    BD 55 years old
  • HumboldtGuy
    HumboldtGuy Member Posts: 5
    1 year post...
    Larry:
    Congrats on the good news. One of the benefits of reading these posts is getting to know our histories and progress. Tomorrow I go in for my next (every three months) psa consult - we'll see what happens.
  • lewvino
    lewvino Member Posts: 1,010
    bdhilton said:

    Larry,I am happy that you
    Larry,

    I am happy that you continue to keep the beast at bay after a year plus all of the good work you do here on this site. I am six months out with zeros and hope they continue like you….You and I for sure have been dry from day one and I will take each and every thing as a blessing…I assume, like me they are giving you 90 day PSA test because of the positive margin (I have 1 positive margin + right SVI)…Do they plan ever to start giving you 6 months test?

    I continue with the injections for my ED treatment 2x a week and they have worked since week 3 after surgery (and for me this has been good for the ego) but I am getting tired of them plus I have been taking 5mg Cialis daily (will soon increase Cialis dosage and stop shots)..

    Best to you in your journey and keeping this beast under control

    BD 55 years old

    BD, I assume at some point
    BD, I assume at some point they will switch to every 6 months but haven't discussed yet with the Doc. I know part of the theory on the more frequent testing with positive margins is that if the cancer raises its ugly head then we know right away. Doc says then you have the best chance to stomp it out immediately.

    Larry
  • ejn
    ejn Member Posts: 64
    Congrats
    Larry, Im glad the year has went by quickly and everything is working for you. You give me hope for thursday when my cath comes out. Thanks for the call last night. Keep the good reports coming.
    Thanks

    ED
  • ProfWagstaff
    ProfWagstaff Member Posts: 98 Member
    Congrats, Larry
    Had my one year anniv in May so I can well imagine your joy/relief as a major milestone passes. In my case, I was lucky enough that they "graduated" me from three month PSAs to six month PSAs. Now I only have to stress out twice per year. Best wishes for your continued recovery. Continue to put distance between you and the beast.
  • havit2
    havit2 Member Posts: 21
    Congrats
    May you celebrate many more, each and every one a milestone and a reason for hope. I am truly thankful I found this site and the support offered by members like yourself.
  • 142
    142 Member Posts: 169
    anniversary
    Larry,
    You were just out of surgery when I first started "lurking" here after my abysmal PSA test. I'm happy that you've shared your reports with us along the way, and hope that you always keep that zero.
  • Kongo
    Kongo Member Posts: 1,166 Member
    Congratulations
    Larry, congratulations on the big anniversary. You've been a good friend to many newly diagnosed men in this forum and your success is a great testament about how to face this puppy down and get on with the rest of your life. Hoping that you have many, many more celebrations!
  • griff 1
    griff 1 Member Posts: 114
    lewvino said:

    BD, I assume at some point
    BD, I assume at some point they will switch to every 6 months but haven't discussed yet with the Doc. I know part of the theory on the more frequent testing with positive margins is that if the cancer raises its ugly head then we know right away. Doc says then you have the best chance to stomp it out immediately.

    Larry

    larry
    yes you have given alot of info to people in your time on this site. i had my surgery on june 23rd and now i am waiting for my 3 month test. makes ya think too much. anyway goodluck and thanks griff
  • marc1957
    marc1957 Member Posts: 79
    Larry
    Glad to hear of the

    Larry

    Glad to hear of the news/milestone.

    as an FYI, my doc went from 6month appt to 12 months........ fine with me, commented on that
    and he indicated that it will be annual after that (assuming a good report).

    hope that you will always be a perfect "0" Larry !

    -marc
  • hopeful and optimistic
    hopeful and optimistic Member Posts: 2,333 Member
    Congratualations
    I hope that you celebrate by really enjoying every day.....as you know, life is very precious.............Ira
  • NM
    NM Member Posts: 214
    Made it a year too
    First congratulations to you Larry on your great news. Making it a year is a good milestone according to my surgeon.

    I also am in the 1 year and still 0 club and grateful to be here.

    I have other reasons also as both my parents died less than 1 year apart so cancer is a big scare to me. My doctor said 1 more 6 month check then if still 0 yearly after that.

    Nick...age 53

    PS thanks to all who prayed and cared its been a help.
  • mrshisname
    mrshisname Member Posts: 186
    NM said:

    Made it a year too
    First congratulations to you Larry on your great news. Making it a year is a good milestone according to my surgeon.

    I also am in the 1 year and still 0 club and grateful to be here.

    I have other reasons also as both my parents died less than 1 year apart so cancer is a big scare to me. My doctor said 1 more 6 month check then if still 0 yearly after that.

    Nick...age 53

    PS thanks to all who prayed and cared its been a help.

    Congrats!
    Larry so glad to hear that you reach this milestone UNEVENTFULLY (well, except for the goofy office assistant - duh!)
    Thanks for being there for me and hubby when we were starting this journey. He is doing great!! Still unemployed, but we are so happy some days we feel like we will bust!
  • BRONX52
    BRONX52 Member Posts: 156
    WAY TO GO LARRY--HERE'S
    WAY TO GO LARRY--HERE'S WISHING YOU A LIFETIME OF ZERO PSA READINGS !!! I HOPE TO FOLLOW IN YOUR FOOTSTEPS. 6 MONTHS POST SURGERY AND RADIATION AND PSA IS STILL ZERO !! DAN
  • mrspjd
    mrspjd Member Posts: 694 Member
    BRONX52 said:

    WAY TO GO LARRY--HERE'S
    WAY TO GO LARRY--HERE'S WISHING YOU A LIFETIME OF ZERO PSA READINGS !!! I HOPE TO FOLLOW IN YOUR FOOTSTEPS. 6 MONTHS POST SURGERY AND RADIATION AND PSA IS STILL ZERO !! DAN

    late to the party
    Hi Larry,
    Belated Happy Anniversary! Sending out a "high-5" or perhaps a "low-0" would be more appropriate--my attempt at some humor. Wishing you continued success!