I can only speak from my perspective as the daughter of the patient, but I can tell you that I also felt this sense of urgency as did my father. I mean afterall, hearing the word Cancer brings out a sense of powerlessness. If you take that with reading about
the side effects of different treatments that are not the best side effects to hear about
, incontinence either bladder or bowel, ED, etc, it is all very overwhelming and understandably so. My attitude was you can't control the fact that you have cancer, but you can control how you treat it and how much information you can obtain. i felt power in information, that is personally how i think most of my family dealt with it. I think also it is typical to want an instant decision to almost calm yourself, to feel like you are taking power against cancer, and that is that. But again after you take some time, and I feel with a Gleason 6, you don't need a decision next week, you will find that even though you just want a decision to get start treating this beast, you will soon find that since there are possible side effects you need to acknowledge, you will want to explore all options. Dont feel intimidated by doctors. This is your body and your decision. The local dr that diagnosed by father met up a week later to discuss options etc. My advice is take power by purchasing 1 or 2 books that have been recommended and start reading. In the meantime while reading, set up a few appointments with some major doctors in your area. See if you can find one that does robotic (at least 300 or 400), the doctor my dad chose did over 1500. Then see if you can find one that does
open radical and make appts now as you may wait a few weeks. Also find one radilogist and get an opinion there too. In terms of 2nd biopsy opinion we had one done right out of Columbia, where the doctor was that was doing the surgery. What city are you in or near? It may help others give you some Dr recs.
Post Edited (formypops) : 3/17/2011 7:47:47 PM (GMT-6)