Reachout, Yes to answer you question.. If you have any thoughts of wanting children in the future. By all means make a deposit for future use. People do it all the time.
That is a great questions and hope this answer helps.
Hi everyone - here's my story, slowly unfolding
50 yrs old just received a 12.76 PSA with DRE results smooth and firm - I've been referred to a urologist Feb 23rd.
I did a LOT of reading and well...I'm pretty much completely terrified but with a first-time 12.76 PSA who wouldn't be. I'm having trouble emotionally dealing with this avalanche.
Younger patients (me) apparently tend (quite often?) to have more aggressive PC. My doctor ordered a second PSA and also a fPSA (1st PSA & 2nd PSA are about 2 weeks apart).
The whole ordeal unfolds kind of slow with a HMO - Clearly the urologist will do another DRE and order a biopsy. I'll get a Gleason score, all the data will be run through the Partin table and then sometime after that my Prostate will be in a jar (if I'm lucky enough to be a candidate for surgery).
Like a most guys I'm willing to live with the likely (almost certain) unfortunate side effects - my concern is purely longevity.
Baring divine intervention (a possibility I never discount) this is my likely future.
So my questions are:
I'm still trying to sort out the efficacy of radiation/chemo options and whether they should/could be done before or after the prostate is removed? I read one article saying efficacy of radiation/chemo after removal was suboptimal but isn't that what salvage treatment is?
I read another article stating that is was statistically beneficial to have the prostate removed even if the PC is locally (locally confined means outside but near the prostate?) but I don't know - it was one study.
The higher higher the PCA (assuming PC) the more aggressive the cancer?