First of all, a HUGE thanks to everyone who has replied! My wife and I just went through the entire thread with great interest and we are both just blown away how great you guys are. I haven't been able to check the forum for a few days because I came down with a flu (sneezing, cough, aches, fever, etc. . ).
This flu has knocked the Nov. 16th date out of the picture.
Sorry, the dates in my initial Oct 21 post got mis-understood by some - I said that I had been 'diagnosed' 2 weeks before. So, the biopsy would have been 3 weeks before the post, on Sept 29. So, surgery on Nov 16th would have been a little over 6 weeks. And 6 weeks is the minimum from my doc.
So, yes, I'm going to heed the advice of many and take more time. Going to see a radiation oncologist on Friday. Now that the flu has subsided, I can continue with my research.
My insurance deductible has already been met for this year, because of a car accident in January (some kid ran a red light and hit us - wife is still doing physical therapy). So, financially, it seems best to do it this year if another spot came open. My wife and I do not have kids or grandkids, and there are no relatives flying in for the holidays.
Just the idea that my PSA doubled since March of 2008, just doesn't sit well with me. Nobody knows what that curve really is and at what rate the cancer is really growing - right now everything indicates it being contained in the capsule, but there is no way to tell how long that will be.
But, now that I'm feeling better, I will get down to business and learn and research everything that I can, and educate myself as you have all recommended.
Thanks so much, again!!!!
52 yrs old
PSA: 5.1 in Sept, 2009, last PSA was 2.6 over a year ago
Biopsy: Gleason 6 (3+3) in 1 of 12 cores, the Right Lateral Apex. 4 PINs, 1 Atypical
Doctor does not see anything on ultrasound, nor feel any lumps, etc.