Unfortunately, I am a new member to this group. I feel extremely blessed to have found this resource for my insuing battle. I will start with my stats.
Father and Grandfather diagnosed and treated with RP successfully. Dad is 10 years clear!!
PSA: 4/06/10 3.8 and negative DRE, placed on antibiotics for 2 weeks
Biopsy: 7/26/10 12 cores, 1 with high grade PIN
PSA: 1/31/11 5.1
MR Spectroscopy @ MD Anderson: Nothing to mention
PSA: 3/25/11 10.8
Biopsy: 4/18/11 24 cores, 1 positive w/ 1.0 mm focus Gleason 6 (3+3)
Bone Scan and CT: 5/03/11 both negative (did see large kidney stone, but I can deal with that)
My urologist referred me to a surgeon in his practice that I met with yesterday. I had been having a pretty hard week to that point. After meeting with him, my mind has been put to some ease. I had been feeling like I would need to make a decision rather quickly and schedule treatment within the next couple of months. I came out feeling like I can breathe for the first time in a few weeks. He also encouraged me to look into all treatments and that whatever I choose would be the right one for me. I am extremely torn as to what treatment to take. Of course my wife keeps saying, "Do what will keep you here for our family the longest!" I honestly feel that way, but can't help to think of the possible side effects. At 36, I have a long life to live and want to ensure the best quality of life during that period. I have to add that my wife has been so wonderful. She typically worries (as most women do) more than I do and has had a hard time since all of this began last year. She has come on strong as of late and I can say that our relationship is stronger than ever before.
The main point of my post is that we all have been faced with challenges and some have had more difficulties through the process than others. I believe that a positive mind set, is imperative to beating this. I have come to this board for education, first hand experiences, encouragement, and support. It has certainly exceeded all of my expectations. I am looking forward to reading and sharing with many of you for years to come.
Lastly, I reside in Austin, TX and would like any suggestions for any doctors specializing in treatment of all forms in the area or in Texas. The surgeon I spoke to yesterday worked under Dr. F.A.G.I.N who has recently retired from medicine and has limited experience (less than 175 procedures) in RALRP. He also has experience with HIFU.
For those of you have posted previously, thank you for your time and insight. For those of you with positive outcomes to date, Congratulations! For those with many challenges or reoccurences, my heavy heart and prayers go out to you and your family.