raypaul, done is done. Now's the time to focus on going forward. PC serves as a "wake-up call" for many men to get "other aspects" of their overall health together, so the positive steps forward that you've already started to take are going to be favorable for the long term. You were never at risk for PC-specific death, but you should know that heart-disease (not PC) is the #1 killer of men with advanced PC
. 10X more men die of heart disease than of PC, even though PC is the leading cancer
killer of men—just a little big-picture perspective—so anything
you do to improve your heart disease risk can be impactful. Keep up the good work!
("undeniable"...Lol. There's probably several things that are undeniable since surgery, PSA is hopefully not one of them.)
bbqdude, one of the things you'll learn as your "PC education" grows and expands is that generally the presence of 3+4 is not a big deal. In many men on AS with initial 3+3, it's not even a trigger for moving to treatment unless the volume cancer is also significant (the decision is, or should be, based on multiple key datapoints). Furthermore, newly diagnosed men with 3+4 and low volume and moderate PSA (under 10 ng/mL) are still eligible for entering
most/many AS programs. And one final note...getting an "upgrade" from 3+3 while on AS to 3+4 post-prostatectomy is the most common outcome (and therefore the generally expected result); nonetheless, it's not uncommon that you'll see uninformed comments like "I pulled the trigger just in time because my post-RP pathology was 3+4"...many of those are (would have been) still eligible for AS and not in harms-way even with their post-RP pathology results known from a prostate biopsy."
Post Edited (Blackjack) : 3/15/2019 2:48:57 PM (GMT-6)