Never at the magic age of fifty did I think I'd be checking out web sites dealing with Prostrate Cancer! I come here after a USS Independence Shipmate recommend the site.
Fifty and diagnosed with Prostrate Cancer, in no way would I have thought I'd start my golden years this way. Angry, upset, depressed, yes I've had all those emotions before. But now I'm doing my best to keep those things in check and maintaining pretty well. Besides being any of the above can't help the situation.
Here's what I know: A colonoscopy reveals a Nodular Prostrate, A biopsy eight cores right, six cores left discovers; RT: Adenocarcinoma- Gleason Score 3+4=7 in five of seven cores- involving 30 to 40%.
LF: Adenocarcinoma- Gleason Score 3+4=7 in two of eight cores- involving 5%.
Bone scan: "No abnormal foci demonstrated to suggest osteolytic or osteoblastic malignancy."
Cat Scan: Large Prostrate 4.9 x 4.0 cm (It's been enlarged for at least 2 years without any treatment. I should have pushed this issue and had treatment!)
PSA: 2.16, (In my case there were no early warning signs via the PSA!)
From what the Drs. can tell the cancer has not spread past the margin of the prostrate. Yet, I have not been given a grade, although I've been told it's intermediate.
I've been to a total of seven Doctors from the start of this "Discovery".
If anything at all it's been confusing, frustrating, and leaves me wanting answers. Radiologists want to perform radiation and hormone treatments. Urologists want to perform surgery. Not to surprising to tell anyone that outcome.
Being "Young" my primary Dr. feels surgery is the best solution, so do the urologists. I am considering this option more so than radiation. The thought of radiation bothers me greatly. Guess I've had the Radiation scare drummed into my head since watching all those B movies as a kid!
So I figured while I still have to wait to see a few more Drs. I'd check out this site and see what is being discussed.
The about me part: I'm a Navy Veteran having served eight years with Uncle Sam's Canoe Club. Served on the carrier USS Independence as a fight deck boatswain's mate (ABH). Second hitch I was assigned as Brig Staff at the Naval Brig in Newport RI. Ended my short Naval career and went into Civilian Law Enforcement, did my twenty and got out, not looking back! I'm into Training Dogs in obedience, agility and herding.
Some hobbies; Old VW's/ Bicycle's- riding off road, on road, repairs, updating and restorations/Navy History as it pertains to my old ship/PTSD issues that involve Veterans, and a few other things that I spend time on to keep from going stir crazy.
So hello to all here. Guess I have a new interest to look into!