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Cancer: Prostate board


Hello

I had open radical prostatectomy on 1/26/07 am now almost 6 weeks post op. I have several posts on this site detailing my experiences with all this, so if you have some time you can look them up.

I am 52 and in pretty decent shape, and I didn't find the surgery horrible at all. The hospital kept the pain under control, and it wasn't even too bad when I got home. The Rx they gave me for pain did the trick. I understand that since the surgeon does not really cut through muscle (the abdominal muscle runs vertically...they spread it rather than cut it) is the reason it's not very painful.

I spend 3 nights in the hospital, and had the catheter in for 18 days! Slosurfer was right, the worst part of the whole ordeal was the catheter. And that too is not horrible, it's annoying, it feels like it's poking you from the inside, and in my case, it leaked constantly. You do have to keep it clean, and be very careful not to tug on it.

So far my continence is pretty good. I'm totally dry overnight, and leak a little bit when walking or standing for a long time, and when I'm tired, or when I sneeze, cough, or bend down. I use woman's "ultra thin maxi pad" stuffed into my briefs to catch the drips, and I use just one per day.

Potency is an issue though. So far, not much is happening in that department even with Cialis. But I'm told it's a matter of time. Both nerves that control erection were spared in my surgery, so theoritally I should become potent again, but of course with no ejaculate.

In my case, my cancer was more involved. Lymph nodes, seminal vesicles and bladder were not involved, but the margins were positive and there was some involvement with striated skeletal muscle, so I'm facing radiation therapy in the near future.

The book, "Surviving Prostate Cancer" by Dr. Patrick Walsh is a good one to buy and read. It will explain in detail the procedure he developed, which is now considered the "gold standard" in this type of surgery. I opted for traditional open surgery because I trust a person more than a robot controlled by a person. And for sure, radiation can be done after surgery, but surgery cannot be done after radiation, generally speaking.

All in all...it was not horrible, and I feel that getting rid of the cancerous organ is better than trying to kill the cancer inside it.

Good luck...keep us posted. And look for my other postings....they may be of some help.

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Dan