I've been reading quite a few of your posts for the past year and thought i'd add my two cents as it were. I have to say that i admire all of the posters here and in turn hope that each and every one of you are healing well and looking forward to a bright future. and for the guys that have yet to go through this journey, stay strong, do your homework about what YOUR specific treatment will be, choose your doctor wisely and then place yourselves in his and GOD's hands.
my journey began last september when after a routine physical my doctor sent me to a uorologist for a biopsy because a DRE and a PSA count of 5.7 revealed that there "Could" be a problem. You could've knocked me over with a feather after the call from the urologist came saying that they had found cancer in my prostate and he wanted me and my wife to come in for a meeting. well after almost three months of soul searching and trying to decide whether to have surgery, radiation, freeze the bugger or what, i went into the Aurora Medical center on december 8th and had my prostate removed via Divinci. after two weeks that dang Cathater came out as well. then i was was faced with "what next". things have progessed slowly, i'm still slightly incontinent (1 to 2 pads a day). but now i'm going to a physical therapist and that actually seems to be helping (maybe some of you guys still facing this demon might consider this?) and my latest PSA number is still nicely remaining in the 0.1 range. i just wanted to write and thank you all that had already been through this thing and let the others know that this diagnoses, though shocking, is not all it's cracked up to be, there is light at the end of this tunnel and it's not another freight train on the same tracks headed your way. like i said before stay strong, chose what's right for you and Let the people that care the most for you, take care of you for a while, then carry on.
A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU.
Age: 59, 58 dx, PSA: 9/12 5.7.
7 of 12 cores Positive, 10-70%, Gleason 4+3
RP: 12/08, on catheters for 14 days
Cancer was located more within the left side so surgeon took erectile nerves on that side as well
Incont & ED: Still working on those
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .01, 5/09 .01, 8/09 .01, 11/09 .01