Hi everyone, I'll be honest and admit I have been lurking on this site for many weeks now. The info I have gathered has given me a sense of power when speaking to doctors. I am the wife of a man recently diagnosed with prostate cancer. I have not posted prior because the terms and numbers are mostly petrifying and unfamiliar to me. However, I do have these facts to share.
my husband is 63
PSA is 5.3
Gleason scale 3 + 4
7 of 9 cores positive
Urologist believes, after doing a DRE, prostate ' shell' is cracked
scheduled for prostate removal surgery Oct.19 by Dr. David Bell, Halifax, N.S.
Dr. says radiation will be necessary after surgery
I believe knowledge is power however, the more I read, the more anxious I become. I have a terrible fear of the blood loss during surgery. People who know are being kind but seem not to realize it is not helpful to share with us stories of friends/loved ones who have not survived PC.
I need to know from those of you who have been through the journey and are still going through the journey, what I , as a spouse, can/should do to support my husband now and after surgery. I shelter him from the bad stuff I read and wonder if this is proper? Is this journey one we will be taking for the rest of our lives? I'm scared.