This weekend I met two guys with two very different prostate cancer experiences.
The first had surgery about a year after I did (his was December 2011), and I guess he didn't see a doctor after his first PSA after surgery came back "undetectable." He did finally go back to his surgeon very recently, and his PSA is now 0.09. Why he didn't do the 3-month drill I really don't know, but in any case, he's now 0.09 and due for another test in 3 months.
I heard about the other guy this morning while visiting a home as part of a "garden tour" my wife organized here in town. The wife was at the house and said her husband was having emergency surgery because of several episodes of serious bleeding. I know that all bleeding looks like a lot of blood, but in this case, she said it was all over the place. He had seeds implanted about 11 years ago and lately has developed problems with his bladder and associated tissues. It sounds as if it might be pretty serious.
Cases like this really make a guy wonder what the future holds. I'm due for another PSA test in the next few weeks, and after today I'll probably be a bit more nervous than usual.
Today was a reminder what a serious disease we're dealing with (even though one lady assured me that everything's bound to be OK because we now have such wonderful drugs to treat prostate cancer).
Dx June 2010.
PSA rose for 3 years to 6.2
Bx shows cancer in 6 of 12 cores, all left side
Gleason 7 (3 + 4)
Negative margins; negative seminal vesicles
5 brothers, ages 52-67 ; I'm only one with PCa
Continence after 7 weeks.PSA 1/3/10: <0.01; 6/12/11: <0.01, 1/26/12: <0..01; 10/12: <0.01