The PSA test is one of a few tools Docs use to determine if you have PC or not. While it can be a good indicator, it is far from an all “inclusive” tool.
We have our fingers crossed for you and hope the biopsy test comes back clean.
Surgeon - Keith A. Waguespack, M.D.
Las Colinas and Plano Offices
Welcome to the forum, Olee! You've got a good doctor to begin testing at age 40. Many prostate cancer experts now recommend testing for all males to begin at age 40 to establish a baseline.
With 18-core biopsies they should be able to detect cancer if it's present (I hope it's not cancer). If it's not cancer, you can continue regular PSA monitoring. If it is, you have many treatment options available, including some of the new procedures.
Hope you'll stick around and let us know how things are going.
Sorry to hear that you got the news that so many people on this forum have received. Believe me, we understand your feelings.
It is terrible news but the silver lining is that it was caught early and that prognosis for a cure is excellent.
There are many options you should consider, as you will undoubtedly hear from others and read in other threads on this forum. May I recommend an excellent book to start, "Dr. Patrick Walsh's Guide to Surviving Prostate Cancer". There are plenty of others but this is a very good primer and place to start.
It is great that you are getting other opinions. My recommendation is to look at ALL of the options so that you will have some peace of mind with your final decision. It's confusing between open surgery, da vinci, external radiation, seeds, HIFU, etc. but knowing what is available is due diligence for all of us. At the very least you should talk with an experienced (250+ procedures) da vinci surgeon and an experienced radiation oncologist to make sure you have explored the basic options.
Good luck and let us know how things progress.