Posted 1/2/2017 9:02 AM (GMT -6)
Hi, Larry. Glad to meet you, but sorry it has to be here. I know you didn't ask to join this "club" but now that you're here, we can help.
As halbert mentioned, we Gleason 3+4=7 patients have the luxury of time. We have a variety of prostate cancer that is very slow-growing, especially compared to other types of cancer. I was also diagnosed as G 3+4=7, receiving "the call" in early July. I was easily able to take almost 4 months to learn, discern and decide upon my treatment. I then started radiation in mid-November and finished just before Thanksgiving. The experts tell me I could have taken even longer with no impact on long-term survival. The moral of this story is that you don't have to rush.
Since you haven't told us much about yourself, I'll ask that you do that. Look at some of the other auto-signatures at the bottoms of various posts and try to tell us those same facts about yourself. You can add a signature via editing your profile on the maintenance page.
Once you've told us a bit more, you will probably start getting a lot of other suggestions and questions.
One question I will ask is "Have you considered options other than surgery?" This is a leading question, as it is early for you and you may not have had the chance. We always recommend that newly diagnosed men read the sticky thread "For the Newly Diagnosed" before they make any permanent choices. Once you've read and absorbed that thread, you will realize that there may be several treatment options that have similar success rates (I know there were for me, and I was a 3+43=7 guy). Each and every treatment has side effects. For many low and favorable intermediate risk patients, several treatments may have the same success rates but have different side effect profiles. Personally, I ended up making my choice based more upon the side effect profiles than efficacy, as there were 4 or 5 choices all having similar success rates.
Above all, give yourself time. As long as you are not diagnosed with one of the aggressive varieties of prostate cancer (and with G3+4=7, you're not), you can take months to decide without adding risk. I still (and will always) remember the shock of my diagnosis. It took me some time to regain rational thought, and I am forever grateful to the folks here for slowing me down enough that I could make a sound decision and move forward.
P.S. I believe that some of the best radiation oncologists for PCa in the whole country are out your way. Perhaps Tall Allen will see this and help with some names to consider.