Greetings, Nell. Prostate cancer has been my first major illness - when I went to the preop and told the nurse that I had never had a broken bone, never had a stitch, never been put asleep, never a major illness - she was blown away. One thing I have had to learn is patience. It is very hard when you know you have cancer and want to get it out of there. The 6 weeks between biopsy and surgery seemed like 6 months.
The note of encouragement I would give you is that there are plenty of guys out there with similar stats who are alive and well many, many years after successful treatment. Don't be afraid to ask your doctors lots of questions and give them a little push back when you think you need to. I am grateful my doc told me right up front to ask lots of questions and never hesitate to contact him at any time. I'm sure you have a good team of medical professionals and will get excellent treatment.
Please keep us posted. We are concerned about each and every one of our brothers - and sisters - that are dealing with this disease and please know we are on your team cheering you on every step of the way. David
Diagnosed Dec 2007 during annual routine physical
PSA doubled from previous year from 1.5 to 3.2
12 biopsies - 2 positive with 2 marginal
Gleason 3 + 3 = 6
RRP 4 Feb 08
Both nerves spared
Good pathology - no margins - all encapsulated - Gleason 4 + 3 = 7
Catheter out Feb 13 - wore pad for couple of days - pad free Feb 16
PSA every 90 days - ZERO's everytime!
Great wife and family who take very good care of me