I just got the news yesterday via the answering machine that my PSA was not detectable <0.05. I feel like the 700 pound Gorrila just got off my back and sat in the chair next to me. I am so very pleased with this considering the bad margin and all.
I met with the oncologist today and he was also very please with the PSA but with my expected life to run another 20 or more years, he will meet with Urologist and Radiation Oncologist to discuss the use of radiation to put the gravy on the potatoes so to speak.
I realize that this is the first PSA and after suffering from "PSA Interval Stress Syndrome" (PISS) I am displaying cautious optimism.
Hind sight speaking, I feel I should have gone to a regular Oncologist with prostate experience as soon as I was diagnosed. He seemed to provide a very different dialog in regards to course of action. He did state he would have recomended surgery in my case but since he neither does surgery or radiates he was completely unbiased. I loved this guy...
But now I have different questions...
The decision for radiation in mine. Who else has made this decision with bad margins and what were your considerations?
Should I be able to keep working full time through this?
I am greatly concerned about side effects or permenant damage to the rectum, those fine little nerves that were just spared and of course all of ours second priority, continence.
Thank you all for being there for me.