I had my prostate removed last week at MD Anderson. Recall that I was diagnosed with oligometastatic prostate cancer (3 mets or fewer beyond the prostate). In my case I have had only 1 met at diagnosis - in the T8 vertebra. Diagnosed 3 years ago at age 53. Had radiation to the T8, early chemo, and been on Lupron since diagnosis. PSA was 227 at diagnosis, Gleason 4+4=8. PSA went to undetectable for about a year, then climbing to about 2 by year end 2017. Started Zytiga in December and PSA remains undetectable.
While certainly not pleasant, after 1-week, recovery from my prostatectomy has been ok. Some pain, but certainly manageable. Planning to have my catheter removed this Friday - then fly home from Houston to Atlanta.
I’ll post what recovery feels like as I progress, in case others are wondering what this experience is like. Certainly hope this procedure can help me maintain being in remission. And perhaps getting a holiday from ADT at some point.
Best wishes to my fellow PCa warriors and our loving caregivers!