Thanks for the support. I too have been wondering about
all the surgeries that end up turning into radiation. I know the surgeons can't be expected to get microscopic cells that are outside the margin such as mine. When I brought up having second thoughts about
my surgery after the post-surgery pathology report, my urologist basically said you can't look back and second guess your decision. Almost everyone seems to make the surgery choice right away because they "want that nasty cancer out of the body". This is why I never considered radiation. But after a complicated
open surgery and the nasty side effects (incontinece and ED) I have to wonder if radiation might have been a better first choice. Drives me crazy. I guess that is why the doctor says not to look back. Of course, if the cancer had been contained in the prostate and my PSA was now zero, I would be saying "that surgery was sure the best choice". This disease really sucks.
Age 63, PSA July 2009 5.66
Diagnosed July 2009, Biopsy: 2 of 12 cores positive, Gleason 3 + 5 = 8
MRI and Bone Scan Negative.
Open Surgey October 22, 2009 (6 hours on table; 2 units blood)
Small part of incision infected (2 staples removed); finally healed at 3 month mark.
Prostate, both nerve bundles, seminal vessels, and two lymph nodes removed during surgery.
Post surgery Biopsy, Gleason 4 + 3; 2 positive margins
Returned to work after 6 weeks. First week worked only half days because of pain from sitting for long periods.
Still slightly incontinant after 12 weeks - 2 pads per day (light). Dry at night. 1-2 trips to toilet.
ED - Yes (will start Levitra possibly in January)
30 day PSA (ultra-sensitive) .07
90 dat PSA (standard) .15