Thanks from all of you for the words of comfort and reason. I know you are right, but like the rest of the men here, we all have to fight our own fears and demons as we deal with PC. I have total faith in my doctor(s), the surgeons ahead and the hospital itself. My wife of 34 years is a well qualified nurse and I know she will take good home care of me when needed.
The other positive factors are that I have never experienced ED in my entire life, honest, not bragging. I seem to have a remarkable immune system, I don't think I have even had a simple cold in over 5 years, a flu in more then 10. I also am oblivious to seasonal allergies, not even a sniffle.
So I am hoping all of the above will give me an edge in what lies ahead. Most of the time I try to stay positive, but I am but flesh too. And this is my 4th bout of cancer since age 45, so I am starting to feel like a cancer magnet.
Sorry for rambling, but I do appreciate the comments, and can feel the care from all of you, and your spouses, in the Great Brotherhood of Prostate Cancer. Best wishes to all.
David in SC
Age 56, 56 at DX
PSA 2007 5.8
PSA 7-2008 12.3
PSA 9-2008 14.9
Biopsy 2007 Negative
Biopsy 8-2008 Neg, some PIN, 4 "Suspicious Areas"
Biopsy 9-2008 Positive
7 of 7 cores positive, ranging from 40 - 90%
2 tumours noted, Gleason 4+3 and 3+4
Periunual Invasion noted
Additonal PIN noted
Open RP surgery scheduled for Friday, November 14, 2008 at
St. Francis Hospital, Greenville, SC