Don't beat yourself up about
your decision. We get as much info as we have and then we go with what we can afford to do. Some of us don't have enough money to go flying around the country to get the best robotic surgeon there is. I know I couldn't. Nobody did them in my town nearly 3 years ago, so I found the guy with the most experience within driving distance so I could do follow up, catheter removal, repeat psa's, follow up visits. He had done over 300 robotic prostatectomies so I had to settle for that. Almost 3 years later psa is still 0, no incontinence, BUT still have to use trimix for sex. Probably always will. Am I disappointed? yes, could I have done anything different? no, you make your decisons and move on, don't look back.......
my age=52 when all this happened,
PSA went from 1.9 to 2.85 in one year, urologist ordered biopsy,
First biopsy on 03/08, "suspicious for cancer but not diagnostic"
Second biopsy on 08/14/08, 2/12 cores positive on R side, 1 core=5% Ca, other core = 25% Ca, Gleason Score= 6 both cores,
Clinical Stage T1C
Bilateral nerve sparing Robotic Surgery on 09/11/08, pathological stage T2A at surgery
No signs of spread, organ contained,
5 0's in a row now, 18 months out
Incontinence gone in early December '08,
ED still a problem, normal erections with manual effort but wife is now ill, not interested in sex anymore