First, welcome to HW Prostate Cancer. This was a great place to come to, now that you have a PCa diagnosis.
My first thought, is that you were only diagnosed 5 days ago. And you have already made up your mind about
your primary treatment? That sure isn't give you much time to think about
options and choices. With a Gleason 7, I agree that it needs to be treated, but have you thought through all of your choices? Not questioning your decision, as much as the shortness of time. Robotic Surgery is a common and well used treatment here, but like any surgery, it can come with a big price as far as side effects and quality of life issues.
Some here would reccomend getting a second opinion on your diagnosis.
open surgery with an agressive and fast acting Gleason 7 myself. If you go for surgery, we can help you with any phase of your surgery, pre-surgery and post surgery, dealing with incontinence issues, and ED issues.
My "specialty" from experience only is in the areas of catheter use and care, and a good understanding of pain managament. Be happy to help answer any questions you have.
We will support any decision a man makes here for treatment, but just wanted to make sure that your weren't rushing into surgery before you had a chance to slow down and think about
what that really means. Whether it be robotic or
open, PC surgery is a very complex and invasive, life changing surgery. So its important that one newly diagnosed knows what he is getting into, and what the risks and rewards can be.
No such thing as a dumb question here. The brothers and our dear sisters here, will more than eager to help you and support you along the way.
Please keep us well posted.
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, no problem post SRT
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12
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 43 days, 1/19 - Corr Surgery #4, Caths #11 and #12 same time, 2/8-Cath #11 out - 21 days, 3/2- Cath #12 out - 41 days, 3/2- Corr Surgery #5, 3/6 Cath #13 out - 4 days, Cath #14 out - 27 days, Cath #15 - 3/29