Sorry your here but glad you came. This is most likely the best site to learn and share experiences in your situation. I am 54 as well. My advise to you is to take a breath and educate yourself. There are a lot of treatment options out there. I saw three surgeons before deciding on my plans and would have done it differently knowing what I know now. I would see at least one or two surgeons (urologists), a regular oncologist and a radiation oncologist.
No matter what treatment option you choose you need to be happy with it. Remember the Doc you choose is an artist. His experience is what makes the difference. In my case I choose a Doc that had done at least 400 (700 actually). Explore all your options even though you and or your family are leaning to "lets just get it out". This way when you do decide you will have no treatment remorse.
All the best,
Diagnosed 01-08-08 @ 53 years old
DRE normal - High PSA for 5 or more years
2004 Biospy negative - 2008 Biopsy positive (01-08-08)
10 cores, 1 positive and at 1% of that one core
Current PSA 6 - Bone and Ct scans negative
clinicalg Staged at T1C - Gleason 3+3 = 6
Robotic Da Vinci performed March 27th, 2008
University of Chicago,5 hour surgery , 3 hour recovery
Unexpected Cardiac issues appear and disappear?
Hospital stay 30 hours - Catheter out in 7 days normaly expected leakage - Erectile funtion back on line 9 days
Post Pathology T2C, Gleason 7, 10 % of both portions of prostate, Seminal vessels clear, fat tissue clear,Tumor on top of prostate distal from apex. 1 positve margin at urethra and bladder.
Six week PSA < 0.05 Ya Ba Da Ba Dooooooooooo. Put a steak on the grill Wilma!!!!
Oncologist to discuss case with Urologist and Radiation Oncologist to consider radiation.