I just returned from a PCa support group session at the Baltimore Washington Medical Center in Glen Burnie, Md., and wanted to recommend finding local support groups. They can be very helpful, especially if chaired by a urologist or some other knowledgeable person as this one is. In fact, the urologist is himself a prostate cancer survivor - prostatectomy at age 48, 7 or 8 years ago.
If there isn't one near you, you might consider starting one up with the support of a local urologist to answer questions and get the ball rolling.
The group I meet with has one hour sessions the second Monday of each month. The moderator told us that, beginning Jan 2010, we will be having guest speakers. The goal is to be the best support group in the area.
Just a thought and another tool for dealing with the bumps and ruts in the road.
Gene in Md
Hopeful in MD
Dx Dec 07. PSA 8.4. DRE confirmed tumor. Three of six biopsies positive. Gleason: 6 (3+3).
Seed implants Iodine 125 Jan 08.
PSA's 3.9, 1.7 after implants.
Rising PSA's: 2.3, 3.4, 3.9, indicating seed therapy not working.
April 09 began hormone injection therapy with Lupron 30 MG ea. 4 mos. Side effects - hot flashes, about 1 an hour, initial severe fatigue. Gone as of mid-July.
Jun 09 - Oncologist DRE negative for nodules - hooray!!!
Aug 09 - PSA 0.5!!! Lupron is working!
Began seeing psychologist Jun 09 for anxiety and depression. Anxiety from serious IBS (irritable bowel) probs. Doctor using hypno-therapy for the IBS - talk therapy for anxiety. Recommend anyone having difficulty coping with PC or other chronic conditions etc. get professional help.