It's been two years since I was wheeled into the O.R. on a gurney for robotic surgery. I was 44 at the time but had been fighting a rising PSA for five years prior. My father was diagnosed (and cured) of prostate cancer at age 52, I decided to start the PSA testing early. At only 39, my PSA was already at 2.23.
Fortunately, the pathology revealed that the cancer was caught at a very early stage. Was I "overtreated"? I think not, but sometimes wish I was so that I wouldn't have so much PSA test anxiety. I have posted before about the "ultrasensitive" test, and I ultimately decided that switching to the "standard" variety would be reduce my anxiety without risking my future health, given that I am in a "low risk" group. My latest PSA came back as "<0.1".
I have been truly blessed with my fast and complete recovery of urinary and erectile functions. Other than an obvious lack of semen and a few small scars, I have no evidence of my new "plumbing". It's as if my prostate was abducted by aliens. I do still take a 5mg Cialis every 3-4 days, but I am better than I was before surgery and sometimes feel like a teenager again. I am considering stopping the Cialis since I probably don't need it, however it sure is nice to have this "treat", considering what I have been through.
Although my experience with robotic surgery is a personal journey, I can say that it sure seems like it was the right choice for me. I am also a firm believer in getting the PSA test, at least a baseline, at an early age, say 40.