Isn't it amazing! Almost exactly a year ago, my world as I knew it started crumbling. My routine physical exam indicated a rising PSA. I won't go through my history (although some of it is in the abbreviated signature below -- I really wish they would allow more than 400 characters!).
Anyway, I then started seriously researching PC, especially after a pretty bad PCA-3 test result. I remember being nervous as he** and very scared (out of character for me). I was deeply shaken. I also remember getting a lot of responses kind of chiding me for doing so much research so early, well before my biopsy. But I knew that if I didn't, and I got a dx. of PC., I would not function well at all just when I needed a clear head. So, I studied a lot. I had my biopsy on 11/30 and got the dreaded call that nobody wants on 12/2. Those 3 wonderful words, "you have cancer," still haunt me.
Anyway, the point of my post is that I am now reading similar comments from a new group of newbies. I just want to wish you all good luck. Eventually, some degree of normalcy returns. For me, doing the early research was EXTREMELY helpful. When I got the dx., I had a definite plan in place. I was able to speak with a surgery and radiation experts and I also had questions to ask.
Again, good luck to all.
PSA-- 3/08--2.90; 8/09--4.01; 11/09--4.19 (PSAf: 24%), PCA3 =75 .
Biopsy 11/30/09. Gleason 4+3. Stage: T1C. Current Age: 64
Surgery: Dr. Menon @Ford Hospital, 1/26/10.
Pathology Report: G 4+3. Nodes: Clear. PNI: yes. SVI: No. EPE: yes. Pos. Margin: Yes-- focal-- 1 spot .5mm. 100% continent by 3/10. ED- in progress. First post-op PSA on 3/10/10-: 0.01. PSA on 6/21/10--0.02. Next PSA late Sept.