DanmanBob, Magaboo, P&me, Tony, Bluebird, Hawkfan, Livinadream, Jwb and Doting Daugher thanks for all your words of support and encouragement. One of the reasons I am so optimistic is from following the journey's that many of you have already completed and are doing so well give me great hope. I just hope that I can do the same for others to know that all is not lost becasue of this hurdle placed in front of us in the journey of life.
Hawkfan and JBL I did inquire about
Hormone Therapy at two different centers. I did this from following both of your journey's and many others as well, there is that help that this site offers. First I met with the Radiation and Oncology specalists at the cancer center at UW Hospital and clinics and they felt I did not need to be subjected to Hormone Therapy and radiation alone would be just as effective. They then recomended another center closer to my home for me to have my 36 treatments. Again I asked the radition and oncology doctor about
Hormone Therapy and he too said based on my pathology report he didn't see any advantage and radiation gave me as good a chance of a cure. It appears they feel odds are it is localized and as the last doctor told if it is there and he hit's it and my PSA returns to 0 he has had only had one patient have his PSA return and he has been treating for 28 years. I feel they are both good cancer centers and it does get confusing as what one doctor or center recomends over another but I felt when both concured that it must be the right decision at this time, but it does make me wonder why there is so much differenance of opinion. I guess I have put my faith in thier hands and they both agreed, time will tell and I hope and pray they and I have not made a mistake.
Again thanks to you all and I will begin documenting this next phase of treatments for all to follow and gain hope and information. Rest assured if I run into some side affects you will be hearing from me, I can't express enough my appreciation for your offering to help and talk. The same goes for any of you if I can help in any way.
Age 49, PSA 6.22 on 9-26-06
Biopsy 11-01-06, 2 of 13 cores 10% cancer, 2 other cores abnormal Up-dated 20% prostate cancerous
Gleason score 3+3=6 After Surgery Pathology report 4+3=7 a couple agressive Grade 5 cells found
Da Vinci surgery 01-09-07 UW Madison
Pathology Report- cancer 100 % capsual contained 1-18-07
1st & 2nd Post PSA Blood Test .1 and less - Undetectable
3nd Post PSA Blood Test 01-17-07 .3
March 27th PSA .4 Begin Salvage Radiation April, 14 2008
Incontenence-Pad free since end of May 07 4 1/2 months post surgery
ED back to 95% prior to surgery - no medication required.