These guys said it all but as with each of us, we know the feelings and anxiety that you are facing. It starts in Chapter 1:PSA readings of concern, followed by Chapter 2: Biopsy, which we probably all resisted in our minds and questioned "why?" Chapter 3 is the waiting period leading to the results and the meeting with the doc to discuss them. It is a period of moderate stress and lots of hope. Hopefully your journey will end there. If not however, if you do get news that there were positive readings, Chapter 4 is where the highest anxiety was for many of us. Here's why: we are in denial and we don't know anything about this subject at all. The anxiety of knowing that you are afflicted with something "that only happens to others" and you don't know who to turn to is intense. After the shock which will take days or weeks to sink in, you must do research on your own regarding the nature of the diagnosis, choices about who, where and what typ of treatment to get. Chapter 4 was the worst part for me. Once I decided what and where and who, I could relax somewhat and Chapter 5 began...waiting for the procedure. Sure there were times when I crawled in my cave but having decided, I was ready to get it over with. That's enough for now but I recall all of my friends reminding me that PCa is very treatable and the treatments have a high success rate. Take that consolation for now.
Hoping you get good results,
Age 55, two teens, very fit cyclist (avg 2000+ miles per year) and weight, diet, etc. consistent with good habits. Stressful job as attorney; very supporting wife who is helping me through every stage of this war.
2006 PSA - 1.5
2007 PSA - 2.3
2008 PSA - 5.3 (18 mos.)
2009 Jan. 20 - Biopsy 12 samples
Feb 3 Dx 2/12 samples positive, low volume (5% and 7-10%)
Gleason 3+4, later downgraded by second opinion at Johns-Hopkins to 3+3, but "it's still PCa" as my Doc said.
Laproscopic surgery April 9, University of KY Medical Center, Lexington, 3 days in hospital, catheter removal April 21.
Pathology: clear margins, no cancer in prostate: told that this is very rare and Doc has only seen it in 3 out of over 1400 cases; I rearched the concept of "vanishing cancer" and found a tumor classification of tP0 and asked Doc if it applied to me. He said that it was unlikely because if a pathologist had done a much more detailed analysis of the tissue, he would likely find more foci somewhere, and biopsy found "needle in the haystack as opposed to the tip of the iceberg"; Nevertheless, it is a blessing;
Regardless of the science, my family says "miracle."
Now working w/ post-surgery issues....