Hi Brasil, it's never fun to see a new member show up as I remember how stressed I was when I first got 'the call.' But, I agree with all the others above who say this is a great supportive spot.
My numbers (3 plus 4 in the most pessimistic read) and PSA, 1.5, are not too different from your situation, although at 67 I have a couple of years on you.
15 days ago I danced with daVinci and I couldn't be more pleased. I looked at other options and chose surgery for all the pathology reasons Barry sets out so well above. Good, or bad, I wanted to know exactly where I stood so I could deal with it. My nature isn't of the watch and wait type. My surgeon said he had two sets of patients who always wanted the surgery to get the pathology: businessmen and engineers. I'm a businessman, although with the way the economy is beating us up these days I sometimes wonder.
I chose the daVinci route because A) it had outcomes as good as
open surgery with a much easier recovery, providing the guy flying the robot is experienced. and B) I was accepted by a surgeon who had 500 laparoscopic prostatectomies plus near 200 daVinci ones under his belt before I lay down on his table. I went for surgery totally calm, and convinced I was doing the right thing, the right way, in the right place, with the right OR team. Getting to that mind set wasn't easy. Learning about
PCa wasn't what I wanted to do, and I was an emotional basket case as I worked my way through all the options. I was lucky to have a friend who is a GP doctor who helped. Not by telling me what to do but for an hour or two on the phone night after night challenging my thinking, making me ask myself the tough questions about
what I really wanted, and challenging the information I had which led me to go back, and back again, to the various practitioners of the PCa options to ask further questions, to seek further clairifications. The eight weeks were far far worse than the surgery, but well worth the mental agony.
I was discharged by my doctor 30 hours after I arrived at the hospital. He was pleased with himself as he said he didn't think I'd lost but an ounce of blood in the whole surgery. That means I wasn't anemic when I was rolled out of the OR suite and was up walking up and down the ward that afternoon. The next morning, after a shower, I went down to the hospital cafeteria for coffee with my wife.
It's not all a bed of roses. The rubber tail for 10 days (otherwise known as a catheter) wasn't great, but it wasn't a big deal either, and I was able to sleep the night through without heading to the bathroom for the first time in years! And, now that it's gone, I find the whole pad business a bit of getting used to. But, bottom line, I've had only a fraction of the pain and discomfort I expected to have and I can go out and walk a mile a couple of times a day, have dinner out with friends, which I did this evening, and hit the shopping centers, which I did the day after I was discharged.
I wish you well, and I hope this helps,
Sleepless (it's 1 a.m. CDST) AKA Sheldon
Age 67 in Apil '09 at news of 4 of 12 cores positive T2B and Gleason 3 + 3 and 5% to 25% PSA 1.5
Re-read of slides in June said Gleason 3 + 4 same four cores 5% to 15%
June 29 daVinci prostatectomy, Dr. Eric Estey, at Royal Alexandra Hospital Edmonton one night stay
Flew home to Winnipeg on July 3 after 5 nights in Ramada Inn --- perfect recovery spot!
Catheter out July 9, so far, so good