open vs. Robotic is not even an important decision.
Finding the best surgeon is. Experience counts here. I did a lot of research and chose the surgeon first. He happened to be a robotic surgeon. If his methodology was open surgery, that would have been fine, too.
If money/insurance is not an issue, are you near MD Anderson?
That makes a lot of sense Mel, thx. I am about
3 hours away from MDA and am going to look in to them before I finalize my plan.
Thanks rcroller and Vette.
As you explore your options, might I point out that you should still get that colonoscopy under your belt before too long?
I agree and plan to, thx.
Jazzman- Thanks for the input and glad you are doing good. I am considering the RP rather than the radiation for another reason also (not definate yet) and that is this darn enlarged prostate has caused me major probs almost all of my life. Frankly, I am tired of not being able to pee freely at will, painful urination and ejaculation, the constant incontinence, lower back pain, getting up in the middle of the nite and so on. Hang tough, what is done is done. Dont look back, just keep steaming forward.
(JStars here ... having 'Star' in a name is always a good thing).
Yes sir! I agree with everything in your post and am leaning heavily on going that direction. Yeah, the one doctor who wanted to do robotic said they may have to give me hormones to shrink it first. The whole time I was thinking "FAT CHANCE!". I dont want to delay this and I darn sure dont want to deal with the side effects of hormones unnecessarily.
John T said...
At this time I would be concerned about the high psa. Your prostate size accounts for about 7 points and the pc they discovered about 4 points. This leaves about 36 points of psa that is unexplained. I would see a medical oncologist specializing in PC and get his opinion before you decide on anything. I would also highly recommend a PAP test and also a circulating tumor test as your high psa is indicative that the PC may already have escaped the capsul and surgery would not be effective.
Good luck and learn all you can about your particular situation and your individual stats as most individuals that had surgery did not have a psa of 47 and their experience has little bearing on your situation.
Good point, none of the DRs tried to explain the high psa. They both said best guess on capsule breach and that it could only be determined during surgery. Is that not correct? Either way, I am still leaning towards surgery because that would be less cancer to fight and looking forward to the ease of urinating again.
LOL Worried Guy! Thanks for the welcome and yeah...laughter is the best medicine. There's no clouds in my coffee!!!
Gotcha Mel and DaSlink! Thanks
coxjajb-I bet your talking about
Dr Kella, right? I think he only does robotic and I am leaning towards
open. Thanks and glad to see you are doing well.
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