If you had told me when I was 25 that I would live to be 66, and worried about
prostate cancer, I am sure I would have laughed you out of the room.
And to add a bit of humor (black) to the discussion we still have the choice of decreasing our chances of dying of prostate cancer by increasing other morbidity factors. Let's take up riding motorcycles or hang gliding, take up smoking again, eat a lot of rich food and gain weight, give up our exercise programs, etc.
I can remember sitting around the campfire as kids in our late teens and early 20's, half in the bag, bragging and lying to each other...One guy said he read someplace we all could expect to live to be 65....We all laughed..We will be lucky to make it to 40 somebody said, the way we live.. Half my high school class is already gone...
So at 68, every day I can get out of bed and make my own coffee is a BONUS day, happy to have it and I try to make good use out of it..I can't do much about my PSA number anymore, it's a wait and see game now, so why spend what's left of your life worrying about it??
Age 66, PC diagnosed 7/2009 at age 65
Stage: T2c, Gleason: 9 (4 + 5), 6 of 6 cores positive
Bone, CAT and MIR scans negative
Treatment: brachytherapy (103 palladium), 100 gy, 11/2009 + IMRT on Novalis, 45 gy, 3/2010 + ADT3 (Lupron + Casodex+Avodart)
PSA: 7/2009, At time of diagnosis -- 11.9
10/2009 -- 5.0 ; 12/2009 -- 0.56 ; 5/2010 -- 0.15
8/9/2010 -- 0.06 ; 11/2010 -- 0.013; 3/25/2011-- 0.005