In order to even begin to start researching your cancer, you need to gather some basic information about your situation. More often than not, they give you much information, which is why you need to take a friend/family with you to take notes. Most of our generation want both data and background information.
You need to know:
- The Medical Name of Your Cancer; Prostate Cancer
- The Stage of Your Cancer; Stage II
- The Grade of Your Cancer; (Different cancer types have different grades.) Gleason grade 8
- Other Prognostic Factors
|Post-surgery catheter equipment.|
We made of list of things we need to get.
The bags are provided.
Antiseptic wipes, vinegar for cleaning, and
adult incontinence products.
(1.) Hubby's prostate cancer is (2.) Stage II prostate cancer, with a predicted 50% Complete Response (CR) rate. This means the surgery isn't guaranteed to remove all of the cancer, since the previous tests may not have shown where it has spread.
Prostate Cancer Facts - Stats
(3.) The cancer grade, for prostate cancer, depends upon a Gleason Score. His is high (8), with a lot of cancerous cells. This is why they have put him into surgery quite quickly. Several older friends have had cancer, but it has spread to their bladders, before it was diagnosed and treated. This makes life much more difficult.
(4.) Hubby's physical condition bodes well for surgery. He exercises faithfully and watched his food intake. He has not had any bad reactions to anesthetic, for example. He doesn't have any other health issues that would complicate surgery.
Before surgery to remove the primary tumor, the staging is only a guesstimate. This is true despite hubby's Biopsy, MRI, CT Scan, and Bone Scan, test results which were interpreted with the surgeon. The exact degree of spread is often impossible to determine until the pathologist examines the surgical specimen. The actual degree of lymph node involvement is often not known until after surgery. For some cancers, such as breast cancer, surgical procedures are done just to determine whether the nodes are involved.
da Vinci Prostatectomy has been practiced by many surgeons all over the world. The experiences and results of these surgeons have been widely published in peer ...
|This is where the surgeon sits!|
It is state-of-the-art robotic surgery, with a quicker healing rate than the traditional surgery. There will be 6 small incisions, rather than a large incision. [When I had my hysterectomy (about 1995), I had laparoscopic surgery and it was really quick healing from it. Two wee 1" incisions.]
I must admit, I DID Google our surgeon. He has an impressive biography!
|Dr. Ilias Cagiannos|