Hello Architect --- I am sorry to read of your dad's death, and your diagnosis so soon afterwards, and at such a young age. That's a lot to deal with. I know how upset/frightened/scared I was when I learned I had PCa and it must be far worse for you, and your wife.
Others here are far better informed than I to help you as you set out to conquer this cancer --- and you have lots going for you in the conquer department. Your Gleason 6 is a great place to start from. As you know six is 3 + 3 and if the cells were abnormal but 2 + 2 it wouldn't be called cancer.
The good news is that you appear to have caught your cancer early. And I think it reasonable to look forward to a cure --- meaning you'll die at a ripe old age from something else. The bad news is after losing your dad so recently this has to be terrifying and you have ahead of you decisions that are difficult IF you want to get involved. I say "if" because you may be totally comfortable going with your urologist's recommendation. I don't think anyone here would object to you doing so ---- although almost by definition this forum tends to attract people such as myself who want to be involved. I dug into PCa and talked to a number of different doctors before deciding what to do (da Vinci robotic surgery.) I was, and am, very comfortable with my decision, but I have to admit had I just gone along with my urologist's first recommendation (
open surgery) and not bothered learning about
all the other possible treatments I'd probably be just as well off today.
One thing I'd urge you to do is to get your slides read by a second pathologist who has lots of experience reading prostate tissue. Pathology is both an art and a science and this is a place where a second opinion is good to have.
Again, I am sorry you have to face this news, especially at your age. My mother had cancer, and surgery, when she was about
your age and we're headed out to dinner with her tonight ---- she's 97 now and just "did" Easter dinner for 30 family at her house last Sunday. I expect you too will be raking the yard when you're 97.
Please do keep posting and reporting to us on your journey.
Sheldon AKA Sleepless
Age 67 in Apil '09 at news of 4 of 12 cores positive T2B and Gleason 3 + 3 and 5% to 25% PSA 1.5
Re-read of slides in June said Gleason 3 + 4 same four cores 5% to 15%
June 29 daVinci prostatectomy, Dr. Eric Estey, at Royal Alexandra Hospital Edmonton one night stay
From "knock out" to wake up in recovery less than two hours. Actual surgery 70 minutes
Flew home to Winnipeg on July 3 after 5 nights in Ramada Inn --- perfect recovery spot!
Catheter out July 9
Final pathology is 3 + 4 Gleason 7, clear margins, clear nodes, T2C, sugeron says report is "excellent"
Oct 1st 09 -- dry at night, during day some stress issues.
Oct 31st padless 24/7
First post op PSA Sept 09 less than 0.02
PSA on Oct 23, 2009 less than 0.02
PSA on Jan 8, 2010 less than 0.02
PSA on April 9, 2010 less than 0.02
PSA on July 9, 2010 (one year) less than 0.02