Great post and great question! Like Lifeguyd above, I too am retired, so perhaps it made my decision not to hide my PCa very easy. Nevertheless, I think I still would have been very open about it regardless of my age. Disclosing any type of cancer to others is very personal, but my motivation is to warn men to get their PSA tests and monitor their PSA starting at age 40 preferably, or sooner if there is a family history. For example, I told my dentist, who is in his early 50's. He was not having PSA tests or DRE's which amazed me. I convinced him to do so and luckily he is fine. I also want to help those disagnosed with PCa in their treatment decision making process if possible. There are so many types of cancer, but PCa is very treatable if caught early before it reaches an advanced stage. It is also one of the better cancers (if you can call it that), because it is usually slow growing. Pca is so much in the news today--talking about it with others does not seem to be a much of a stigma. I think the same is also true of breast cancer. As the word gets out, the rates of cancer have been shown to go down because there is much more consciousness about being tested for cancer so that treatment can start early, hopefully curing it.
-69 years young!
-29 core biopsy 9/27/06 at age 68
-PSA 7.1, Stage T1c, Gleason 7 (3+4) [less than 20% in one area], Gleason 6 [less than 5% in two other areas], Negative DRE, bone scan and Endorectal MRI.
-Completed 39 Proton radiation treatments 2/22/07-4/18/07.
-PSA History: 7.1 pre-treatment; post treatment: 2.1 (3 mo.), 2.4 (6 mo.), 1.7 (9 mo). Radiation oncologist said the 3-mo. drop of 70% exceeded expectations and the slight 6-mo. movement upwards was not a cause for concern now.
-The following is a link to My Journey With Prostate Cancer -- Proton RadiationTherapy.
Post Edited (pcdave) : 2/25/2008 3:25:07 PM (GMT-7)