Hello one and all.......
I am a new member of this forum. I have been reading posts on and off for the past week and a half since being told that I diagnosed with Prostate Cancer on October 18th. As I am sure you all know this was a total shock to my system. The past week and a half has been a roller coasterride.
- I am a 56 year old, healthy, active man living in Florida. I am divorced for the past 9 years and have two wonderful sons.
- My biopsy report indicates I have two malignancies. The first, on the left, has a Gleason of 3+3. The other, on the right, has a Gleason of 3+4.
- My most recent PSA taken in July was 2.1, and has never been higher than 4.0 in the past.
about 2.5 years ago I went to my primary physician complaining of symptoms of an enlarged prostate. I was getting up as many as 4 times a night to urinate and it was destroying any chance I had of a normal night's sleep. Plus, I was having ED problems as well. It was at that time the doctor told me get a biopsy done. I had my frist biopsy in April of 2004. While the biopsy showed no malignancy there was a passaage written into the pathology report that indiacted some "suspicious" areas. Actually, I was kind of pissed the report was inconclusive. I wanted to know one way or the other if there was a problem. In any case, it was recommended I go back for a repeat biopsy in 3 months. A repeat of that procedure agian???? Hell, I had a low PSA, the report found nothing... no way was I going back for another test again. "Maybe next year" was my theme. It wasn't that the biopsy itself was that bad (it was for me), it was the after-effects that really gave me the creeps (blood in the semen). I found every excuse in the world to avoid it if I could.
Fast forward to today. I had the honor and pleasure of speaking to another prostate cancer survivor who had a robotic laporascopic procedure done in late September, with great results. he was the one who told me about this forum and I can't thank him enough for it.
The worst part of this whole ordeal is my beating myself up for waiting 2.5 years again for the next biopsy. In retrospect, I feel like an idiot, but I am getting over it quickly. The last 12 days have been a steep learning curve. The first week I was reacting in total fear of the disease. Since then, I have been responding to the data given me by prostate cancer survivors, doctors, friends, and family. One resource that has been VERY helpful is this forum. I just wanted to say thanks to each and every one of your who posts their experience onto this board.
The way things stand now, I am going to remove the prostate. Every doctor I've spoken to says that as a 56 year-old man I should get the prostatectomy. I believe I am going to elect to have the procedure done laporascopically. I promise to let everyone know how it goes. It's decision making time and the surgeons who perform this procedure have a lineup of people waiting in line to get it done. I don't want to be out there much more than 2 - 3 months before undergoing treatment.
Anyway, I want to introduce myself to you all and look forward to any responses you may have.