Brand new to the board, been lurking around and appreciate the information and positive support, I hope that I can be one of those success stories one day to inspire and cheer on others.
A little background... I am 49 years old (way too young for this crap), and still pretty scared (I went through the anger stage, and mostly over that). Gleason 8 (4+4) in two cores, PSA 3.9. I also have bladder cancer (but that is another story altogether) My father is 11 years post prostectomy. Mother died of lymphoma at 62.
I have a loving wife of 27 years who is being my strength through all this, and three kids who are all concerned, and it absolutely broke my heart when I found my 12 year old son crying (the only biological one of the three) not only for me, but he asked the question that we all dread, "Grandpa had this, now you, does that mean..." he didnt have to finish, I knew what he meant before he finished. I gave him the best positive answer I could, "You're at risk, but now you know that you have to look for it early, and that is an advantage".
I've met with 3 surgeons and a radiation oncologist, all of whom agreed that radiation is not an option, and that I should have a radical prostatectomy. After talking to them and doing my own research I've decided on the robotic surgery and picked a surgeon.
November 10 is the surgery date.
No question here, but just wanted to know that I appreciate all the support that this group offers.
Rich (from New Jersey)