Doctor gave me every reason to believe we caught it in time. My prostate is the normal size and doctor felt nothing in the rectal exam. The PSA is the only reason doctor recommended a biopsy. My dad had his prostate removed three years ago (63) for prostate cancer. That is why I decided to check my PSA before 40. Glad I did! But now what?
I was only two years older than you. Welcome to the "this ain't right"club.
It's a good thing you were proactive with your testing.
I was told that both surgery and radiation would cure me. But given my age, almost every expert I spoke with leaned towards surgery.
You will be fine and get over this but expect a 1-3 year physical and emotional battle.
Whatever you do, select a superstar doctor if you have that option.
As for potential side effects, you need to prepare for the potential for these regardless of treatment. I am sexually active like most people here but eradicating the cancer, finding a cure, getting a full pathology, not risking potential long term side effects of radiation were my concern. And also, to a very large extent, I did not want to go through 35+ sessions. No, I wanted to go into battle and move on. My surgeon told me that given my age, fitness, sexual fitness, degree of my disease and his skill I could be assured that I would be fine. HE was right, never a single issue with incontinence and was having sex again within a month. But it's a risk for sure so pick wisely. My inclination was for surgery and experts, including well know oncologists confirmed my feeling given my age. But they all stressed that radiation would also cure me.
The only guaranteed side effect is dry orgasms. Wife prefers them, I miss the good old days in that regard.
Best of luck.
ps - would you be willing to travel to Chicago or Detroit? There are some superstars there.
Post Edited (davidg) : 7/28/2014 10:11:29 AM (GMT-6)