Since Hopeful203 asked for help in another thread, his post is being moved here for his own thread. He has already had a couple responses there and maybe this will get more people involved.
I am 57 and was told two days ago that my biopsy came back with 2 of 12 cores show cancer. Of the two cores, one was 3+4 and the other was 4+4. In each core they were around 14%. I've read articles, forums, talked to docs, and I'm just not sure what to do. It seems that for me, the more information I get the more confused I become. I simply am phobic about general anesthesia so most of my confusion is probably me trying to convince myself that there is a better way. I was pretty much settled on IMRT but my docs haven't said anything to my about hormones. The original urologist, who is a surgeon, recommended surgery because of my age. The only thing I've read so far that has me really concerned is what options - other than hormonal therapy - do I have should my psa go up in a few years? It sounds like there isn't anything I can do due to the scares caused by the radiation. Am I missing anything here? Is there something that could be done IF the cancer came back in 10 years? Also, is the hormonal treatments palative or can they also cure the cancer?
Between Cyberknife, Proton, DaVinci, HIFU, Radical, IMRT, IBRT, Brachia(sp), Hormones, I feel a little overwhelmed.
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