I was 10 years out from brachytherapy when my prostate cancer returned; however, during those 10 years, for the first 5 years I had no side effects; erection or ejaculate. Everything was normal. Around year 5 there was a change in the consistency of my semen. It became more of a gel and the orgasm was somewhat of an ooze. Around year 6, I noticed that my erections were not as hard as in the past. When asking my doctor about these symptons, he more or less related those issues to age. I was 52 or 53 at the time.
Am I saying that these issues are related to the brachytherapy? No. Am I saying that these issues are related to my re-occurance of prostate cancer? No. Am I sayin that these issues are related to my age? No. I'm just saying....
I find your story rather interesting. I try to keep track of Pca trends for two of my friends who had brachytherapy at the same time I had surgery. They were both G6 and considerably older than you (late 60s). While I have struggled with ED, they have had few problems these first four years. They both ask me what the future might hold for them..and me. If I understand all the initials and stuff in your profile, it appears that you were diagnosed very young, had brachy and then 10 years of few problems. After 10 years you had a major reoccurence that required surgery with additional surgery to repair continence and erectile failures. Is that right so far? What I am trying to discover, and the studies don't seem to help, is how common is that 10 year reoccurence issue?? How common are the other issues (ed & incontinence) you have needed to take care of?? Thanks for sharing.
PSA July 2006 4.7 , Nodule found
biopsy 10/06 very agressive gleason4+4=8 identified
DaVinci surgery, January 2007
Post Ob confirms, gleason 4+4=8 with no extension or invasion
no long term continence problems
post surgery PSA continues to be undetectable at 4 years
ED problems continue, using bimix