Best regards to each of you posting. I am new to this site and have been encouraged from reading your information. I named this ReStart because I am restarting the dread of concentrating my efforts on beating this thing.
My Bio; I am 54 and dx w/PCa at 53, Mar 07. Followed PSA for 8 years at annual physicals, hovered at .6 - 1.4. DRE was suspicious, lumpy on left side all along. Biopsy 2001=negative, Biopsy 2004=negative. Feb 2007, my PSA rose to 2.5, this meant another biopsy. BOOM. 4of4 samples left side positive. Right side negative.
Gleason 4+4=8. Wife and I agreed Surgery was the only option for us. Researched and learned about Robotic Surgery and called and was scheduled with Dr Menon for 6 weeks post biopsy as soonest opportunity.
June 18 2007, RP complete, walked out of hospital 25 hours after the procedure. Cath for 11 days. Continent after about 6 weeks. Kegals are the key. Sexual function was showing good signs as soon as 1 month out and started to get good at 2 months. It then levelled off as unsatisfactory and I went for injection therapy and Cialis. This was good until I had a near bad experience with a priaprism that lasted 3 hours and I sat on frozen peas for an hour to resolve it. No more injections but that was ok because things were on their own by that point. An occasional Cialis and WaLa! Now 15 months later I am good to go.
The time bomb. Along with all this good newa the PSA has been checked every 3 months.
.008/ .028/ .062/ .074/ .16/ .2-now. Here we go, the threshold of "detectable". Friday is my appointment with the Dr to discuss plans and options. I expect a recommendation for HT and maybe a recommendation of RT sooner or down the road. It seems that many of those posting had begun the adjunctive treaments before now. So I begin the journey down this road with you and will be hoping you can offer some experiences and questions that we can share. Be in touch