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7 years 6 months ago #41809 by upnorth
He's on a roll!! :laugh:

I would talk to the doctor about options in case nerves are damaged. That way if anything goes wrong during the surgery, the doctor will know exactly what you would want done.

Oh, and by the way. If they come up with any way to make it better we are all ears! :woohoo:

Age 55
Diagnosed BC 12/20/2011 Ta No Mo 0a Non-Invasive At age 48
"Please don't cry because it is over..... Smile because it happened!" {Dr. Seuss} :)

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7 years 6 months ago #41808 by CatherineH
Thanks Mike. I guess I didn't really think about the cancer INSIDE the prostate issue and how invasive they might have to be to get at it. My world seems to be filtered through BC glasses.

Great point you made. I hope things go well for him, at least as well as possible.

Best wishes... Catherine
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TURBT 1/21/10 at age 55
Dx: T2aN0M0 Primary Bladder Adenocarcinoma
Partial Cystectomy 2/25/10
Vanderbilt Medical Center
Nashville, TN

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7 years 6 months ago #41807 by mmc
OK you two! Get a room!
LOL

Age 54
10/31/06 dx CIS (TisG3) non-invasive (at 47)
9/19/08 TURB/TUIP dx Invasive T2G3
10/8/08 RC neobladder(at 49)
2/15/13 T4G3N3M1 distant metastases(at 53)
9/2013 finished chemo -cancer free again
1/2014 ct scan results....distant mets
2/2014 ct result...spread to liver, kidneys, and lymph...

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7 years 6 months ago #41806 by mmc
One of the big differences with getting prostate surgery for prostate cancer instead of bladder cancer is that there is a higher probability that they can't do nerve sparing. Kind of like not knowing if they can do a neobladder until they are in there.

If one makes the assumption that they can do nerve sparing, the return to normal function can be anywhere from a couple of months to a few years. There are a number of things that can be done in the interim that have varying degrees of success. Pills (Viagra, Cialis) and injections. Most guys will freak out about the idea of sticking a needle in their penis but then again after a while it doesn't seem so scary and it is a pretty tiny little needle and one then feels silly for not trying it sooner. Well that was my experience anyway.

There are also solutions if erectile function just never does return (pumps, implants of different sorts, etc.).

For some reason there just seems to be TONS of research and alternatives. Can't figure out why that is! ;)

Mike

Age 54
10/31/06 dx CIS (TisG3) non-invasive (at 47)
9/19/08 TURB/TUIP dx Invasive T2G3
10/8/08 RC neobladder(at 49)
2/15/13 T4G3N3M1 distant metastases(at 53)
9/2013 finished chemo -cancer free again
1/2014 ct scan results....distant mets
2/2014 ct result...spread to liver, kidneys, and lymph...

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7 years 6 months ago #41805 by CatherineH
OK George... you're forgiven, and that was pretty funny! Appreciate your perspective on a very touchy subject! :ohmy:

Best wishes... Catherine
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TURBT 1/21/10 at age 55
Dx: T2aN0M0 Primary Bladder Adenocarcinoma
Partial Cystectomy 2/25/10
Vanderbilt Medical Center
Nashville, TN

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7 years 6 months ago - 7 years 6 months ago #41802 by GKLINE
Man. This is a hard one. :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: (Lord I apologize! But that is funny! I don't care who you are) But since that is the goal, let's talk nerve sparing.
In short.... It does work. I know the surgeon must be skilled in nerve sparing. It does add time in the operating room and the patient must be in good health to stay under that long.

If I am any kind of source of information, I'll try to give you my perspective. Before Surgery I was Never at a loss for erectile function. But after surgery,(nerve sparing) I was heavily DIS functional for a few months. With the use of Viagra I was slowly able to recover a sense of confidence. I must admit it took some time and patience to get back.
It has now been 3 1/2 years since surgery and after the 3 year mark, I can finally say with confidence "I'm Back!" without Viagra.

I am sure there are other guys with stories of "Great Comebacks" But I am pleased with my comeback. I was worth the trip.But the skill of the surgeon determines the outcome indeed.

George

Light a man a fire and he is warm for an evening.
Light a man ON fire and he's warm forever.

08/08/08...RC neo bladder
09/09/09...New Hip
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