That's beautiful. Take it as a wake-up call, and enjoy the fruits of life to their fullest!
One of the things you probably learned about
being an advocate is that it's not merely "catching" the disease early which is important—it's such a ubiquitous disease that actually having a detectable form of prostate cancer is not really such a big deal for most men—the big deal you can help men with is having their head together to make smart, informed decisions about
what one does after
he discovers that he has PC.
As an advocate helping others learn about
the disease, here's a phrase I've used repeatedly in one-on-one conversations: prostate cancer is one of the most common, and least lethal, of all cancers
. This clear, concise, factual statement helps others get a much needed sense of perspective.
Back to your case...a solid AS plan will essentially always start with a second, confirmatory biopsy within about
a year. You accurately noted from the conference that biopsies are becoming less common/frequent in AS programs, but that 2nd confirmation by either biopsy or mp-MRI (or both) is absolutely key to getting off on the right foot. Once one confirms (2nd confirmation) favorable risk PC, risks of AS are dramatically reduced. (What is becoming less common is the frequency of biopsies after
the 2nd confirmatory biopsy as other imaging techniques have become more effectively used in conjunction.)
Looking forward to your update after meeting with your uro in a couple weeks.
Post Edited (NKinney) : 9/11/2017 9:57:52 AM (GMT-6)