My husband did have pain. It started last summer and his PSA was 2.6. The doctor treated it as an infection and it never totally went away. Then in October, it flaired up again, even worse. He was out of town for a few weeks, so his doc called in an antibiotic and made Kurt promise to come in for PSA when he got home. (I just found this part out last week!) He didn't go in and come December, the doc's office was calling 2-3 times a week trying to get Kurt to come in. We went on vacation after Christmas and came home the first week of Jan. He was still, constantly feeling pain. He finally went in for PSA and it had gone up to 4.1. The doc said biopsy and Kurt said infection. As the biospy neared, Kurt's pain increased to the point where he was actually ready for the biopsy, but still believed that after words they would tell him he had an infection and put him on meds. Unfortunatly, we are here, so you know the results. He had constant pain between the diagnosis and the surgery (One and 1/2 months).
Kurts original diagnosis was gleason 6 on both sides, stage T2c with nothing coming up on the bone scan and some enlarged lymph nodes, but nowhere near the prostate. His post surgery path report was the same, however, his cancer had reached the capsule, it just had not penetrated yet. Who knows what would have happened if we waited a week, or a month. We most likely would be facing a different outcome. We owe HUGE thanks to everyone here for continue to encourage us to push forward and expecially to become our own advocates!
As you will see here, pain is not the norm, but it can happen. Good luck to your friend. Courtney
Kurt & Courtney
47 year old
Great Health prior to dx
Dx on 1/29/07
Gleason 3+3=6, both lobes
Stage T2c, I believe
Tumor involves 20% of cores, both lobes
Live in OK
Da Vinci scheduled 3-14-07 in Austin
Post-Op Gleason 6, Stage t2c nx mx YAAAAA HOOOOOO!