Casper: First of all, thanks for your many years of service to our country.
I just wanted to offer a couple of thoughts. First, sorry to hear of your diagnosis. We've all been there and appreciate what a blow that can be. Second, I hope you'll read everything you can get your hands on so you get a good overview of treatment options and their various advantages and side effects. Third, I think it's helpful to start a journal. I started a Word document on the computer and added to it regularly as I went through treatment. It's amazing what we forget in the confusion of being treated. Finally, don't hesitate to ask questions. As you ask questions and see how the doctors respond, you'll form an impression of their expertise and whether or not they're the expert you want treating you.
It never hurts to have your wife there with you during the doctor visits. It's amazing what I didn't hear, but my wife did. I kept hearing the "C" word, while she was hearing the rest of what he was saying.
Good luck to you. Sorry you had to join this fraternity, but welcome aboard (oops, that's Navy talk).
Dx in June 2010.
PSA gradually rising for 3 years to 6.2
Biopsy confirmed cancer in 6 of 12 cores, all on left side
Gleason 7 (3 + 4)
Bone scan, CT scan, rib x-rays negative.
Negative margins; negative seminal vesicles
5 brothers, ages 52-67 ; I'm the only one with PCa
Continence OK after 7 weeks. ED continues.
PSA 1/3/10: 0.01