I don't see a place for new arrivals to say hello, so I'll open a new thread to do so. If I've missed where this should be, I apologize.
First, I want to say that I've been lurking around here since early April when I got biopsy results and I want to thank all of you. It has been a great comfort to read your posts and know others are, and have, faced the same devils I face and have slayed the dragon (not to mix metaphors too much!) Thank you all.
On June 29 in Edmonton Canada Dr. Eric Estey, flying the daVinci at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, claimed my prostate for medical science, which suited me fine as at 67 I was glad to be rid of the cancerous old thing. I am now chewing my finger nails to the quick awaiting "the call" with the pathology news. Every time the phone rings, I jump.
Last November when I went for my annual check up my PSA was 1.5, it had been 1.44 two years ago, then dipped, then back up, and my prostate was, as it has been for several years, "a bit enlarged on one side." Because my father had had prostate cancer my family doctor suggested I see a urologist, who when he saw me and looked at my PSA said, "what are you doing here?" But, after examining me he said because of my father he'd do a biopsy, but he wasn't worried, and I shouldn't be. When he did the biopsy on March 9 he showed me the ultrasound screen and said my prostate looked totally clear. Again, he wasn't concerned. Well, a few weeks later he called to say four of the 12 cores had cancer with a Gleason pattern score of 3 plus 3. A cousin urologist who also flys the daVinci said I should get the slides reread. The first time they'd been read by a very experienced prostate tissue pathologist and the second time by an equally qualified doctor. The second pathologist put me at a Gleason 7 with 3 plus 4 on the same four cores.
After much agony about HIFU or surgery, I elected the surgery. If the second pathology had been 3 plus 3 I'd likely have gone to Toronto where Dr. Orovan, head of surgery at McMaster University, one of Canada's top rated medical schools, has done more than 400 HIFU cases with what seems to be considerable success. However, with a Gleason 7, while I was still a candidate for the HIFU, I felt I'd always worry not having pathology afterward and knowing for sure where I stood. So, here I am, just where I wanted to be: pathology coming but still worried. (Terrified?)
On the plus side, yesterday Brenda, who has been, in her words, yanking catheters for 34 years, removed mine and I'm not missing it one bit.
So, hello to everyone here and a huge thank you for all of the honest, open and candid comments and experiences posted. They have given me strength and confidence.
P.S. I don't have a signature to append. I'll try to figure that out.