I wouldn't worry too much. with a gleason 6 I doubt anything will come of the ct scans. In fact it sounds more like a defensive legal procedure than one warranted medically. Your numbers don't justify it.
As a urologist he's a surgeon and you should realize he will naturally push radical surgery on you. Ask his experience be it
open robotic or both. Also ask him what happens if you do nothing. How much time does he estimate you have? I asked this of my first urologist who did my initial biopsy. He was surprised and actually said no one had ever asked him that before. Which I found hard to believe and then he guessed 7 years. By then I knew I was headed elsewhere and later I see his answer as really being ridiculous with my numbers. Remember you are also interviewing him for possible future treatment. Ask him the ed and continent rates of his patients. A doctor will reveal how honest he is by those numbers. Then also ask him what does he consider as being continent. Some doctors judge you're continent if you're doing a pad a day. I think most men would not consider that to be although it sure is better than those poor souls using like 8+ pads daily. Also do the same about
ED. Although if you're like most guys the incontinent effect is the most feared one. Whatever you decide be sure to take your time talk to a radiologist, maybe an oncologist, and maybe another urologist recommended by someone you know or who knows of the doctors in your area. Be it from someone here or a local support group. I never joined a support group but some here do and swear by them.
Did you watch the video links I bumped up for you? They alone give you a good basee of information to draw from and will help you in this meeting by not going there as clueless as most of us were initially. Good luck.
Diagnosed 11/08/07 - Age: 58 - 3 of 12 @5%
Psa: 2.3 - 3+3=6 - Size: 34g -T-2-A
2/22/08 - 3D Mapping Saturation Biopsy - 1 of 45 @2% - Psa:2.1 - 3+3=6 - 28g after taking Avodart - Catheter for 1 day -Good Candidate for TFT(Targeted Focal Therapy) Cryosurgery(Ice Balls) - Clinical Research Study
4/22/08 - TFT performed at University of Colorado Medical Center - Catheter for 4 days - Slight soreness for 2 weeks but afterward life returns as normal
7/30/08 - Psa: .32
11/10/08 - Psa.62 -
April 2009 12 of 12 Negative Biopsy
2/16/10 12 of 12 Negative Biopsy
Post Edited (Ziggy9) : 4/8/2011 9:06:04 AM (GMT-6)