I am so very happy to find this forum. Another prostate cancer bulletin board in which I lurked a lot & posted in a few times referred me to this site. What a find - so active & full of information.
Today I am feeling overwhelmed (maybe it's just this wintery gloomy weather here in Chicago) & feel the need to share our situation & ask for support.
Here's the story:
My husband, age 52, went for a long overdue physical last fall. We expected to hear that he needed to loose some weight & that maybe his cholesterol & blood pressure were high. He felt fine & looked fine so we were absolutely shocked when his PSA level came back 35. And further shocked with the results of his biopsy - Gleason 9 with the diagnosis of an aggressive cancer. We both thought that his Dr had the wrong patient file!
We were right about the blood pressure - it had to be lowered before his surgery. In the meantime he had all the scans. His bones were clean but some lymph nodes looked suspicious. His Dr recommended the radical which was done on Feb 8 of this year. His prostate was removed along with 2 lymph nodes & the seminal vesicles. His recovery went well, but now I am shocked with his post surgical PSA level - a 9.
He has started hormone therapy - the 6 month shot & a daily Casodex pill. He also is recieving monthly Zolodex treatments to strengthen his bones - he's only had one so far. And next week he starts a 7 week course of radiation.
He's returned to work but is very tired in the evening - a side effect of the hormones & probably of the situation, too. His spirits are very good, very positive, much better than mine though I am keeping them to myself. To add to dealing with the cancer, I also was laid off from my job last Nov but started a new one last month - very stressful though I should be thankful I found a job that has benefits. And we have teenagers - need I say more?!?!
So, my question is - has anyone been down a similiar path? With the higher PSA level & the aggressive form of the cancer? What was/is your treatment? What was your outcome? I just keep hearing his surgeon saying his goal was "to save my husband's life" & when I ran into the anestheolgist (sp?) after the surgery he commented that my husband was a great guy & was too young & that he wished us all the best, all the time looking very concerned. I know I should talk to his Dr about this & ask some very direct questions about longevity, but......
So thanks for listening to me. From reading back posts, you are all very informed & caring. I am so glad I found you.