Posted 7/30/2008 4:26 PM (GMT -7)
It is interesting that the medical community stresses testing for a variety of cancers, protate and colon being examples, at age 50. I know that demographics indicate that incidence rates for many, if not most, cancers increase with age. A factor often overlooked, however, is that cancer that occurs in younger men is often more aggressive. As we age, many of our biological functions slow down, but younger men, in their early forties perhaps, might have even more to gain from earlier detection. And as we all know, the earlier cancer is detected, the better.
first biopsy was in 1997. Neg. Dx BPH PSA 5.4
second biopsy in 2001 neg again PSA 9.8
passed blood Feb 08 3rd biopsy positive PSA 14.6 Gleason (3+3)=6
Pre op Xrays, CT scans, bone scans all neg
Da Vinci surgery 3/3/08 no complications, nodes clear
Significant post op discomfort for approx one week
Daily improvement 2nd week, near nornal mobility, etc 4th week
Filled pads every 2 hours for first month, gradually improved to not wearing pads after 2 months. Whoopee!
Occasional small leak when sneezing or farting, haha
Total loss of erectile function so far, some loss of rectal muscle function also.
Currently back to 100% physically, working out, etc.
Some lingering attitude issues over lack of function. Anger sometimes, moderate depression sometimes. Feel good physically but lingering changes in emotions. Joi da vie not the same. Feel lucky overall, but emotionally flat. A vague sense of loss, diminished pleasure in life. Hope to rebound as time goes by. Survived melanoma in 2000, pacemaker in 2002. Three time winner? Doesn't feel that way.