HRD2: thanks for asking about my doc's appt.
After Wed's appts with two different docs I drove home, parked my car, reclined the seat, and went to sleep. I was completely exhausted from all of the activity.
Here's the upshot: Had meetings with radiation oncologist and surgeon; the cancer is contained in prostate; bone scan was negative for cancer activity; PCa appears to be caught early (only one in 12 cores was positive for cancer). Placement and amount of cancer make me eligible for the full menu of treatment options. Now I have the hard job of figuring out which of the options is the right one for me. I have two more appts scheduled: another radiation oncologist and a surgeon that specializes in robotic method.
My urologist is not a fan of the robotic method; He is not an early adopter of the method. He believes that the robotic technique is not able to discern nuances as when the surgeon uses his hands. He says this is particularly important regarding nerve sparing.
Not surprizingly, the radiation guy likes radiation treatment; the surgeon like surgical treatment.
I havn't the slighest idea what I will do. At this point am leaning toward seeds. This technique has shorter recovery time; less interruption of sexual performance; less (in many instances) urinary problems; no catheter (unless there is problem voiding); same cure rate as surgery; there is potential for recurrence.
The only thing the doc aked me to do was decide a date by when I will make a decision. He says that men have tendency to postpone decisions and then not make a decision at all. I completely understand.
Question: what is experience of folks with seed implantation?
diagnosed with HIV 2001
PSA--ranged from 2-7
2 previous biopsies-all negative 2005 and 2007
diagnosed with prostate cancer:Sept 30, 2008
Gleason Score 3+4=7
bone scan 10-9-08--appears to be negative
trans rectal MRI 10-27-08
appts w/docs to review tests scheduled 11-12-08