I've also been reading the posts looking for something similiar to what my husband & I are going through. (it's like it's happening to me too)
My 62 years young husband fainted at work & was sent to the hospital as a precaution; a visit to the family doctor was suggested. The family doctor prescribed water pills, baby aspirin & a complete physical. My husband had no symptoms & felt great after his 2nd hip replacement of Jun 07. He is a pipefiter by trade.
My husband went for the physical late Nov 07, PSA came back 54, gleason score 8.
He went for an ultrasound, endoscopy, biopsy, colonoscopy, catscan, & a nuclear bone scan. The results of these scans were compromised by his 2 artificial hips.
He had a radical prostatectomy & pelvic lymphadectomy surgery on Feb 11 08.
He has been resting at home since Feb 15, staples & drainage tube are out, but has one more week with the catheter. The surgeon said his cancer was ready to EXPLODE & is pretty sure he got it all. Gleason score should have been 9. Doctor appointments will be weekly for a couple of months. Then radiation/hormone treatments.
He is still in a lot of pain, says he feels like he has been kicked by a horse. We asked the doctor about sex & were told he's trying to save his life & that if in 1 -2 years he can get an erection - "good for you".
I am hoping & praying I will get my husband back, healthy & continent. The doctor is so postive about everything & it cheers him up for a couple of days, but I cannot find anything positive at all about prostate cancer treatment on the internet or anywhere.
It seems as if every doctor has his own ideas on the treatment of prostate cancer. Is this disease as individual as the people it infects or just too many treatment options? Is there not a "tried & true" treatment for recovery? Our doctor said a lot of doctors wouldn't even operate on a PSA 54 Gleason 8 person.
This is an awful way to enter retirement age. This is a wonderful place to vent. And to know there are so many others sharing the same experience.
j mae in Toronto