My advice to all would be keep gathering information, especially from this forum, that bears on your situation.
Eleven weeks ago a urologist at Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, NY told me, based on flawed data, misintrepretation, and refusal to follow up as suggested by radiologist, that all he could offer for treatment was Lupron shots that might hold my cancer at bay for 5 years. “Anyway,” he added, “at your age we shouldn’t even have tested your PSA.”
Eleven days ago, thanks to corrected interpretation of biopsy slides at Johns Hopkins, confirmed at Memorial Sloan Kettering, plus follow-up reviews of CT and also MRIs at MSKCC, Dr. Karim Touijer removed my prostate (one of 200 he completes every year). Pathology report said no spread to lymph nodes, seminal vesicles, or bladder, and no cancer at any of the surgical margins. Two days ago the catheter came out, and thanks to 6 weeks of Kegels, I am continent.
Without the counsel offered here, plus Dr. Walsh’s book (“you only get one primary treatment so choose as well as you can”), I would not have had the courage to keep pressing for more information, filling in the unknowns.
Thanks to all.
Age 75, excellent health except PCa
7/20/17, Biopsy, 5/12 cores PCa all right side, none on left, Gleason 4+3, PNI, suspicion of EPE
MRI and CT no evidence of metastasis, no lymph nodes, no seminal vesicles, focal bulge
Laparoscopic surgery 10/31/17, left nerves spared
11/9/17 catheter out, little leakage, pathology report T3aN0, G4+3, focal EPE, no cancer at any surgical margins