If you have never had surgery before the idea of surgery can be very daunting. Also the reality of surgery makes the cancer more real all of a sudden, it's not some theoretical thing that's happened to you but something causing change in your life.
Your reaction would be very common, I think you are doing the right thing by acknowledging it and preparing for your possible reaction at surgery time.
There is every reason for this surgery to go well a big plus for your recovery is your age. And we are here for you, there are many threads helping you with all the logistics of what to buy pre-surgery and you may even find the August and October threads useful references as to what to expect both pre and post surgery.
I wish you the very best,
Husband's age: 52. Sydney Australia.
Family history: Mat. grandfather died of PC at 72. Mat. uncle died of PC at 60. He has hereditary PC.
PSA: Aug07 - 2.5|Feb08 - 1.7|Oct09 - 3.67 (free PSA 27%)|Feb10 - 4.03 (free PSA 31%) |Jun10 - 2.69. DRE normal.
Biopsy 28Apr10: negative for a diagnosis of PC however 3 focal ASAPs “atypical, suspicious but not diagnostic” for PC. Review of biopsy by experienced pathologist, 1/12 core: 10% 3+3 (left transitional), 1/12 core: ASAP (left apex)
Nerve sparing RP, 20Aug10 with Dr Stricker. Post-op path: 3+4 (ISUP 2005). Neg margins, seminal vesicles, extraprostatic extension. Multifocal, with involvement in the peripheral, apex, fibro-muscular and transitional zones.
Post RP PSA, Sep10 – 0.02