You are all right, this place is a site for information and perhaps more, comfort. I told my Doc about it and he suggested that the web forums are where those with higher grade issues dwell. Though we have brothers of all consequences here, I believe that it is a very healthy place where you can know that you are not alone in the raw world of medical science and maladies. Though I "may" be in good shape relative to others, I have been permanently affected by the process and journey that we all share. So has my family, as has yours. So I will continue to drop in and share some thoughts where helpful or perhaps insightful to the brotherhood and perhaps to lend a shoulder or a yuk.
Thanks to all of you for feeling the same way.
Age 55, two teens, very fit cyclist (avg 2000+ miles per year) and weight, diet, etc. consistent with good habits. Stressful job as attorney; very supporting wife who is helping me through every stage of this war.
2006 PSA - 1.5
2007 PSA - 2.3
2008 PSA - 5.3 (18 mos.)
2009 Jan. 20 - Biopsy 12 samples
Feb 3 Dx 2/12 samples positive, low volume (5% and 7-10%)
Gleason 3+4, later downgraded by second opinion at Johns-Hopkins to 3+3, but "it's still PCa" as my Doc said.
Laproscopic surgery April 9, University of KY Medical Center, Lexington, 3 days in hospital, catheter removal April 21.
Pathology: clear margins, no cancer in prostate: told that this is very rare and Doc has only seen it in 3 out of over 1400 cases; I rearched the concept of "vanishing cancer" and found a tumor classification of tP0 and asked Doc if it applied to me. He said that it was unlikely because if a pathologist had done a much more detailed analysis of the tissue, he would likely find more foci somewhere, and biopsy found "needle in the haystack as opposed to the tip of the iceberg"; Nevertheless, it is a blessing;
Regardless of the science, my family says "miracle."
Now working w/ post-surgery issues....