Here is my little story.
At 56, I didn't have a clue what Pa was or what it's all about
. On my Dr. suggestion, I had a PSA test done (cost me $25 here in Canada). It came back as 3.8. My Dr. told me that is was a bit high, but within "normal" range (at that time 4.0 was the upper limit for my age). In my blissful ignorance, I left his office quite content.
13 years later (2006), because of some urinary difficulties, I had a PSA test and a follow up biopsy. You have cancer! Perhaps ignorance can be bliss or deadly. I think that I was very lucky. After all, I had 13 years of a normal life. Had cancer been found when I was 56, I would probably have pursued it actively. Just hope my luck holds out a bit longer.
The rest of my story is in my signature.
A belated thanks to all the folks here in providing lots of good info, compassion and companion ship throughout my ordeal. I really don't know how I could have coped with this cancer without all of your help. Thank you one and all.
All the best to everyone.
PSA 7.9, Gleason Score 3+4=7, 2 of 8 positive
open RP Nov 06, T3a, Gleasons 3+4=7, Seminal vesicles and lymph nodes clear
Catheter out 15 Dec 06, Dry since 11 Feb 07
All PSA tests in 2007 (4) <.04
PSA tests in 2008: Mar.=.04; Jun.=.05; Sept.=.08; at SRT Start=0.1,
Salvage RT completed (33 days-66Gy) 19 Dec 08
PSA: in Jan 09 =.05, all 6 monthly tests to date (June 13) <.04
Post Edited (Magaboo) : 8/12/2013 5:00:33 PM (GMT-6)