Hi Margret, Sorry to hear Scott has had a blockage. For some that seems to happen at some point.
With a 12.5 PSA and a Gleason 8 there is no doubt, at least in my mind, that the prostate cancer has to be treated. The treatment could range all the way from drugs to surgery. There is no doubt that deciding on a treatment is a tough time. I was a basket case. Total basket. I knew I wasn't functioning well and yet during this time of stress I had to make critical treatment decisions based on medical advice and tests I was, even when fully functioning, totally unsuited by nature, or training, to deal with. This made me even more anxious. Spinning like the water in the toilet and barely hanging onto the rim of the bowl to keep from being swept down the drain.
Thank God I have a supportive wife, a former OR nurse, who knew the medical talk and what questions to ask. And I have a good friend who is a doctor who helped guide me. Being Canadian I didn't have to worry about
medical costs which was a huge issue that wasn't an issue. Still, I was a basket case.
Then a miracle happened. I made a decision on treatment, where I was going to go, what doctor I was going to have do the surgery and off I went, happy as a clam and calm as hot summer's eve.
So, what Scott is going through emotionally is not unusual. At least, not by my experience. Unfortunately you two have some decisions to make --- and I say "unfortunately' because I'm sorry he has this disease and decisions have to be made --- but the good news is you have options. Find a doctor you like and trust if you don't already have one, then learn what options Scott has. When you have a trusted advisor and know something about
your options it is far easier to make a decision, get treated, and get on with life.
I hope you'll post again and let us know how Scott is doing.
Sheldon AKA Sleepless
Age 67 in Apil '09 at news of 4 of 12 cores positive T2B and Gleason 3 + 3 and 5% to 25% PSA 1.5
Re-read of slides in June said Gleason 3 + 4 same four cores 5% to 15%
June 29 daVinci prostatectomy, Dr. Eric Estey, at Royal Alexandra Hospital Edmonton one night stay
From "knock out" to wake up in recovery less than two hours. Actual surgery 70 minutes
Flew home to Winnipeg on July 3 after 5 nights in Ramada Inn --- perfect recovery spot!
Catheter out July 9
Final pathology is 3 + 4 Gleason 7, clear margins, clear nodes, T2C, sugeron says report is "excellent"
First post op PSA Sept 09 less than 0.02
PSA on Oct 23 test again less than 0.02
PSA on Jan 8 less than 0.02
Oct 1st 09 -- dry at night, during day some stress issues.
Oct 31st padless 24/7
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