I had posted a thread earlier in the week about my next door neighbor getting a PC dx recently. Only this afternoon did I get a chance to talk to him at length.
I am not saying this as a put down to the guy, hes a good neighbor and highly educated in general.
He does not know his PSA score that got his GP to send him to a urologist. Does not have a copy of his biopsy report. Does not know the Gleason score, doesn't know staging, only knew he had 4 of 8 positive cores.
I asked him to get a copy of his biopsy report for starters, and we could sit down and go through it together. He's suppose to meet with his urologist in a week, and I said I will give him a list of basic questions to ask, as he warned me that his doctor is one of these that doesn't like to talk.
Told him once he had some more info, we could spend some time going over it all, and I could give him a lay patient's opinion. Like me, he has had past major surgeries and past radiation from other cancers, and a lot of scar damage. His uro seems to think that surgery might not be a good solution.
He said his wife was acting angry at him for getting cancer again. Geez, poor guy.
Will report back, when he's had a chance to get some of his data. We got to keep educating men, that's the key to the whole thing.
David in SC