I know everyone who gets prostate cancer immediately finds himself (along with caregiver, family and friends) on a huge emotional roller coaster. My roller coaster took me on another lunge yesterday.
After having Retrobubic Radical Prostatectomy on 9-15, I have done remarkably well. I was back at work three weeks, am 95% continent, and had what I thought was a good pathology (siganture below).
I discovered each of my great physicians has a little different interpretation. That's why it is important to have a team (urlogist, oncologist and radiologist). I am so fortunate to have the best doctors in my area.
After doing so well during and after surgery, convincing myself that "they got it all" and my first PSA was <0.1, my radiologist forced me to accept the fact that the disputed positive distal margin and perineral invasion are too risky to leave to chance (watch and wait). He pointed out that since I had hormone treatments, the first post op PSA is irrelevant. Bummer.
So, on December 1, I start a seven week regiment of EBRT as adjuvant radiation therapy. Side effects may undo soime of the great progress I have made since surgery.
I am very aware that many of my fellow HW travelers would gladly trade places with me. My outlook is very positive.
So please, kick me in the rear and tell me to get over it! Just had to get it off my chest. I am working at staying positive. I can only imagine what the roller coaster is like for those with a more advance diagnosis than mine must be going through.
Bill in San Diego