Posted 1/5/2010 8:57 PM (GMT -6)
A busy day for me here on the forum, and this will be my final entry/thoughts for the day.
PCa is a weird thing. At around 50 years old, one is supposed to get the DRE during a routine physical. I did that. No bumps lumps etc. And I mentioned to Dr. about my tinkle-travails.
Next step is to test PSA. Looks a little high 6.1, so the recommendation is to get a second PSA 6.7. Get referred to the urologist who does needle biopsy. Finds a little badness.
What's interesting is after talking with urologist, you can apparently have a high PSA without actually having cancer. Something called BPH. In fact, he referred to my cancer as being more "incidental". It is also very slow growing which is good so I can make some informed decision without being to rushed.
The fact that I am 53 and have this low grade cancer raises a bunch of questions: What if I do active surveillance and if this thing changes in 15 years or so, then do something. But then I'm closing in on 70 years old, and maybe a door or two has closed as far as options go.
Or I can do radioactive seeds or beam, but there could be a chance of recurrence, plus that scares me because of family history of colon cancer. And side effects. Well, all the options have side effects of some sort.
What if (and hopefully it does) there is some break through in curing through some gene thing in the next few years, but I've undergone surgery, what ever. Hey, gimme back my prostate.
As odd as it seems, it seems that surgery might be the best option since I guess I'm young enough to make a better recovery than if I were a decade or two older. But with talk of damaged nerve bundles, ED, incontinence, constipation....hmmm
And then as a final thought, I could die of something else before the PCa got a tight grip. i.e car accident, struck by lightning, heart attack.
Sorry this is my mind at work. I know that this is not all about me, more like about us. Bear with me.
As mentioned in my signature below, I go in for a second opinion later this month. I'll keep you informed.
Over and out.