How I Got Up and Walked 3 Hours After da Vinci Robotic Surgery

How I Got Up and Walked 3 Hours After da Vinci Robotic Surgery

I had read about how da Vinci robotic surgery was supposed to be “minimally invasive.” What exactly does that mean? I guess it means less cutting, less blood loss, less trauma to the body and faster recovery time. Was the advertising legit? Stay tuned, and I’ll tell you how my surgery went. The doctor removed my prostate gland (prostatectomy) with the assistance of a da Vinci robotic... Read More
Is da Vinci Robotic Surgery Painful?

Is da Vinci Robotic Surgery Painful?

I had prostate cancer and chose to have it treated with surgery using the da Vinci® robotic surgical system. Did it hurt?   Stay tuned, and I’ll tell you all about it. I am an average guy without an agenda, so I’ll give you the straight info. Before I answer the question, first a little background.  Let me walk you through the couple of days before and the couple of days after the surgery, so... Read More
No One Told Me I Would Pee Like a Racehorse After Prostate Surgery

No One Told Me I Would Pee Like a Racehorse After Prostate Surgery

I had prostate cancer – it runs in my family going back at least 4 generations that I know of.  So for quite a long time, I had been more than casually interested in developments and scientific advances in the testing, diagnosing, and treatment of the disease.  Any story in a magazine or newspaper having to do with prostate cancer caught my eye – I consumed a lot of information over the years. ... Read More
Active Surveillance – FUGGEDABOUT IT  – Why I Chose To Treat My Prostate Cancer

Active Surveillance – FUGGEDABOUT IT – Why I Chose To Treat My Prostate Cancer

  You’ve probably heard the buzz about how prostate cancer is being over-diagnosed and over-treated.  The strategy, as I – a non-medical person – understand it, is that many cases of prostate cancer are the so-called slow growing kind. So rather than seeking aggressive treatment now (which can lead to urinary, sexual and bowel problems), you “MONITOR” your situation by taking... Read More
I Ate Tomatoes and Drank Green Tea and Still Got Prostate Cancer

I Ate Tomatoes and Drank Green Tea and Still Got Prostate Cancer

I don’t know about you, but my ears perk up when I hear about the things you’re supposed to do to prevent cancer – like “get your antioxidants,” drink green tea, eat tomatoes (lycopene) – to name just a few. Well I did eat (and drink) all that stuff and still got prostate cancer.   So forgive me if I sound a tad skeptical. Warning: this rant is not based on science. I am not a... Read More
10 Great Things that Happened to Me After Prostate Surgery – The Urological Decafecta

10 Great Things that Happened to Me After Prostate Surgery – The Urological Decafecta

I chose prostate surgery to treat my case of prostate cancer. You and your doctor may choose a different method. This is not medical advice. When they wheeled me into the operating room, I had no idea that I would be receiving some “unadvertised” benefits.  Yes, prostate cancer was my diagnosis, and that is not a good thing, but I have to admit that I was more than pleasantly... Read More
The Startling Story of Steve Jobs’ Pancreatic Cancer

The Startling Story of Steve Jobs’ Pancreatic Cancer

I was reading the book, Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson, and came across what is nothing less than a startling series of events that eventually led to Steve Jobs’ untimely and way-too-early death at the age of 56 in 2011. The story goes that in 2003, Steve was having a bout with kidney stones – a fairly common ailment that affects many people at one time or another. In treating the kidney... Read More