Mat, welcome to the fraternity nobody wants to join voluntarily..... I am 56, was diagnosed this past Oct 12th with 2 positive malignant fields out of 12. I had a recent PSA of 2.3. I interviewed one doc after another, plus spoke to quite a few good people and I reached one conclusion.... for me, at this age, the best therapy is a radical prostatectomy. At first, I couldn't fathom the relationship between age, life expectancy and the therapy option. I intitially wanted the seed therapy, but was disuaded from that because of my age. The word I got was that the longer you live, the longer period of time for the cancer to return. The likelyhood that if the cancer returned, the prostate would not be operable, or at very least post-radiation prostatecftomy was not an attractive option with current technology. I countered that even if the cancer returned 20 years from now, new advances in treatment would be able to deal with the problem. But, after thinking long and hard, I concluded that my personality would not allow for me to take that chance. Conclusion: I am having my DaVinci robotic procedure a week from Tuesday. I want to be done with it.... but that's me.
I want to say this about
the doctor who poo-pooed the sexual aspect of your recovery. I beg you to not use this surgeon. I interviewed with one surgeon who failed to at least give me the impression he was interested in my future sexual health. The other surgeons, while never guaranteeing me anything, told me that they would make every effort to spare the nerve bundles and had a post-surgical plan for my recovery which they took the time to explain to me. That made me feel a whole lot better. Any surgeon who couldn't give me that little bit of assurance was disregarded immediately.
I'll have a whole new topic coming up this week where I can start a thread as I approach the surgery and the effects post-surgery.
Mat, God Bless you buddy.... we are all with you.
- 56 year old male, divorced
- Diagnosed: 10/12/06
- Two of twelve samples contained malignent cells, Gleasons: 3+3=6, 3+4=7
- Last PSA as of 11/5/06: 2.3
- Scheduled a DaVinci Robotic procedure for Feb 6th
- In control, but partially terrified about the future
- Click (or paste) this link to watch the DaVinci Procedure: http://www.or-live.com/ShawneeMission/1664/event/webcast.cfm?
Post Edited (JayMan56) : 12/2/2006 1:27:20 PM (GMT-7)