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Al Fell and Elaine live in Pennsylvania, USA. He was 60 when he was diagnosed in March, 2007. His initial PSA was 2.70 ng/ml, his Gleason Score was 7, and he was staged T2a. His choice of treatment was Surgery (Retropubic Prostatectomy). Here is his story.

I will be having Open Radical Prostatectomy surgery on June 21, 2007. I have spent the last 2+ months researching treatments and options.

I took a trip to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Zion, Illinois for a second opinion.

I ruled out HDR (High Dosage Radiation) due to position of tumor and am comfortable with the surgery decision.

Will let you know how things turn out post-op.

UPDATED

April 2008

It has been over nine months since surgery - all ZEROS on PSA blood draws!

I had very little pain, only discomfort was the catheter for nineteen days.

I am experiencing no incontinence problems. I used 1 to 2 pads a day initially, none after 3 months.

Erections are getting stronger, Viagra helps a lot.

I am extremely happy that I went with the Open surgery, but that was my decision, not necessarily the right choice for someone else.

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April 2011

Still getting blood work every 6 months, and thank God I am well.

Had a stroke in August, and am almost fully recovered from that mishap. Wish everyone the best!

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June 2011

Very well, no PSA problems, stroke is 98% cured.

Very pleased with my situation. Take care, and stay well!

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June 2013

After 6 years still cancer free!

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July 2014

Just passed the 7 year mark, thank God I am free of the cancer. I attribute my success to annual physical, and taking advantage of the preventive test & treatments. My best to all!

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September 2015

It's been over 8 years since my operation, and Thank God am cancer free. Had a stroke 5 years ago, and am walking 1 to 2 miles a day. Life is good! Stay well!!

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October 2016

So blessed & happy to say doing well over 9 years after surgery. Make sure to get that annual physical, along with a digital & PSA test. This cancer does not have to be a death sentence. Saty well!

Al's e-mail address is: traderal23 AT hotmail.com (replace "AT" with "@")


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