I truly appreciate everyone's comments. I quickly tried to figure out how to list my stats below my post like everyone else, but I am apparently chat room challenged! Anyway, here they are.
My PCa was discovered during a routine medical exam in Feb 09. I was, and still am, considering spinal fusion. When my spine surgeon recommened surgery I thought it best to have a physical since I had not had one in over 13 years. During that 13 year interim the PSA blood test was invented and that is what indicated that my PSA was 17. Doc told me to chase this rabbit because it was life threatening; the back issue was a quality of life issue - and still is.
DRE was normal. Biopsy showed cancer in 7 quadrants, all of which were Gleason Scores of 3+3 except one was a 3+7. I got three separate opinions and each urologist recommended the robotic prostatectomy. After review (mental anguish) I opted to go with the most experienced and mature doc (2,000 procedures with Davinci).
According to him the surgery was successful with no evidence of spread. Subsequent blood tests (Aug 09; Feb 10; Jul 10) have all shown PSA as non detectable.
However, a piece of plastic was left in my bladder and subsequently migrated through my ureter and caused scar tissue. During that time I was religiously following their "penil rehabilitation" regimen and I truly believe that is what aggravated the issue and caused even more scar tissue.
Long story short - my use of prescriptions has not worked. I have little trust in the medical community because I feel as if I was an "ideal" candidate for the state of the art Davinci procedure and my nerves/blood vessels were not spared.
And, to the heart of the matter, I am feeling strongly that the doc's are quick to cut and even quicker to prescribe solutions. Medical science has vastly improved its ability to identify cancer, but what happens after that is still a crap shoot.
I say this knowing that so many have experience otherwise (personally, relatives, friends, etc.), but if I had this all to do over again, I would have opted for watchful waiting. My life has changed radically, and I often question medical technology and medical practice. I walked into a urologist's office with a PSA of 17; physically fit and only 58 years old. Did he automatically categorize me?