Doting Daughter said...
You have the PCa genes coming from both sides of the family huh!? My family also has a history of Pca. Good for you for staying on top of your PSA and getting checked early. I hope your biopsy comes back negative and wish you and the rest of your family good health.
Thanks for the praise but this was all quite accidental.
I had not had a physical in 6 years and decided, out of the blue for some reason, that June was the time to have one. The last physical I had was before Dad was diagnosed so no PSA was taken.
I'm happy that I decided to check and that my doctor was good enough to do the test and put me on the right path.
I'm thinking the "Big Guy" had something to do with this. I have 2 girls age 10 and 12 and I REALLY want to be around for a long time. Something told me to get a physical to get baseline readings before I turned 50. Serendipity or not I'm happy to deal with this at age 47.
I am age 47 - Father, Paternal Uncle and Maternal Grandfather had/have Prostate Cancer.
Father 74 years old, PSA = 10.6 Gleason = 5 + 5 = 10 (very aggressive) and high involvement in all cores. Seed therapy is the only option. Father died cancer free.
6/4/08 - At physical DRE normal, PSA test returns 4.4
6/20/08 - First Urologist visit. DRE and ultrasound finds nothing conclusive. Doctor says biopsy is the only safe way to go. Prostate volume is 40 grams.
7/08 - deciding if I want Stereotactic Transpareneal Prostate Biopsy or rectal
7/11/08 - PSA test returns 4.1. Scheduled the Stereotactic Transpareneal Prostate Biopsy for 7/23