Now, after all of those treatments, I am on my way back to 1st round chemo real soon. Regrets? Only 1, and that would be not dumping the less-than-qualified urologist that missed it twice before I dumped his sorry ***** and went to a real doctor who found it - 12 out of 12 cores....2 years later...
There is no sense in putting yourself through the shredder for water under the bridge you can do nothing about.
Like Trailguy, my greatest regret was trusting the wrong doctor. My regular urologist whom I had seen for years kept telling me my prostate was normal. He never even mentioned the word cancer. When he retired his partner did an MRI that found my PCa, which by then had advanced to very high risk. He used a broad cut removing most of the nerves. My wife and I had emphasized that getting rid of the cancer was more important than tissue preservation.
The surgery left me with negative margins and negative nodes, but also an incontinent eunuch. That doesn't bother me as much as resentment over the lost years when this could have been treated much easier with less damage. My doctors all did excellent work but every step of the way has left me with some troubling side effects. I wish I could stop obsessing over everything that went wrong. That's probably doing more damage emotionally than the actual physical fallout.
So would I do anything differently? I would have found another doctor much sooner,
Trailguy, good luck with your chemo. That's a tough break after six years and I hope that I never find myself in that situation. Sounds like your head is on straight and that's half the battle.
2014-15: PSA's 9,12,20,25, Neg DRE's, false neg TRUS biopsy
6/16: MRI Fusion biopsy, 6 pos Rt Base, 2x40%+2x100% G8(4+4)
8/16: DaVinci RP, 3 foci EPE, PNI, 11 LN-, 53g 25%, BL SVI, pT3b
1/17: 18 months Lupron, PSA's ~.03
5/17: AMS800 implant, revised 6/17
8/17: 39 tx RapidArc IMRT (70 Gy)
1/18, 4/18, 7/18: PSA's 0.0, T=9
4/18 Dx Radiation Colitis (PRD)
10/18 Tx Sclerosing Mesenteritis