I've bee reading the posts on this forum for the past few weeks. Am I wrong in thinking that most of the men taking part here are younger, say from 40 to 65, and everyone seems to be having surgery - daVinci or whatever. All the problems of post-op deal with surgery.
I'm just wondering if there are older guys on this forum. I turned 72 last March. My PSA went up to 5.7, free PSA at 9% early in May. I had a biopsy on May 16 (under complete anasthesia - I wasn't offered any alternative, and had an easy time of it) and 2 of 14 sections showed cancer and 2 were pre-cancerous. I live in Florida and spent July and August traveling with my wife, visiting friends and relatives up North. Came back in September and treatment started in October.
Urologist said I was on the cusp, age-wise, where they do not recommend surgery. I opted for radiation. This is not "seeds", but image guided radiation therapy. I had 2 minor surgical procedures called "high dose radiation with boost" which were not very pleasant, but not the worst. The plan is then for 25 sessions of radiation. This involves my driving to the Oncology clinic, getting on the table under the "Trilogy" machine (a real Star Wars contraption) and getting the image guided radiation for less than 10 minutes. Then I drive off. Today I had my 15th treatment. Ten more to go. I see the Oncologist every Monday, and the Urologist every few weeks during the treatment. The only problem with this method is that, although the Oncologist said the odds were overwhelmingly in my favor, they really won't know the real results for 6 months to a year after I'm finished.
Is anyone else out there using this method of PC treatment? Looking to share experiences, and help others along if I can. I'm certainly not an expert on radiation, but I have learned a few things. Love to hear from you.