you do bring up a good point that all of us have to struggle with. Now some men, have had prostate troubles (non cancerous) for years and years before they ever had prostate cancer. others, such as myself, never had a single issue. felt fine done there, nothing but negative DRE's for years, no infections, no swelling, ability to hold urinating for as many hours as needed, never having to get up at night to pee, etc. If it wasn't for having regular PSA tests since age 50, I still probably wouldn't know that I have cancer. Its scary too, thinking of that, that despite my surgery, corrective surgeries, lingering issues associated to my prostate cancer, I would still probably not even know I had it, let alone know that was raging war deep inside my body.
so yes, directly before my diagnosis, I was feeling great, no major health issues at all. and yes, it was a bit hard to come to the decision to agree to a very complex surgery with well know side effects and quality of life issues.
I don't remember your age, Tim, but I was only 56 at dx, and got a wonderful wife and family to think of, so that was all the motivation I needed to push on ahead once I knew I had cancer.
We are all guilty at times playing the "rewind" button in our minds, and the "what if" a thousand times, afraid that part is human nature.
My real choice, of course, would never to have had prostate cancer.
Glad you are still working through your cancer, treatment options, and thoughts on the subject in general. Keep us posted, and ask as many questions as you wish, or if you need to vent, or bounce something off the wall, we are here for you brother.
david in sc
57, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 7/08 12.3, 9/08 14.5, 10/08 16.33rd Biopsy
: 9/08 - 7/7 Positive, 40-90% Cancer, Gleason 4+3Open RP:
11/08, Rht nerves saved, 4 days in hospt, on catheters for 63 days, 5th one out 1/09Path Rpt
: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos margin
Incontinence: 1 Month ED: Non issue at any point post surgery
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA:
Latest: 7/9 met 2 rad. oncl, 7/9 cath #6 - blockage, 8/9 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 out 38 days, 9/9 - met 3rd rad. oncl., mapped 9/9, 10/1 - 3rd corr. surgery - SP cath/hard dialation, 10/5 - 11/27 IMRT SRT 39 sess/72 gys ,cath #8 33 days, Cath #9 35 days, 12/7 - Cath #10 in place