Rob, welcome to HW Prostate Cancer. Please, no apologies, this is why we are here. We consider ourselves the best patient-to-patient web support group out there for prostate cancer. All of us had to make that "dreaded" first post.
You have a PC diagnosis now, and you certainly belong here and are most welcomed. We all have to start somewhere. While at 49 you are a bit on the young side for a dx, you are not the youngest by far. We have several brothers in their early to mid 40s.
The good news, is that you are a Gleason 6, with a fairly low PSA reading. It was good that it was diagnosed early, because of your other prostate problems.
You will find that you have loads of time to study your situation. You could be
open to any of the regular primary treatment methods, including
open or robotic surgeries, conventional radiation, seeding radiation, etc.
But more importantly, you may be a good candidate for Active Survelience (AS), use to be known as Watchful Waiting. Perhaps you can make a signature at the bottom of your posts, so that others can study your situation. Go to the Control Panel at the top of the screen for starters.
Feel at home here, come often , ask all the questions you want, no such thing as a stupid question. We have many fine brothers, and sisters that support their men, and others, that will make you feel at home.
Please keep us closely posted.
David in S.C.
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, 4/8 .04
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