I already posted one comment dealing with the wonders of prostate biopsies. I've had five total, with a grand total of 92 needle pokes. 44 in the last one. Of the 44, one came up with "adneocarcinoma in the right mid". Gleason of 3 + 3 = 6. Confined to the prostate.
My PSA has been creeping slowly upwards (around 7.2--7.6 most recently) for the past four years, hence the biopsies.
I had hoped to get into the HIFU study my urologist is participating in. But, the HIFU pathologists said my Gleason was 7, not 6. Consequently, I didn't qualify. Studies like this work best if you eliminate the patients who might get a bad result.
Discussing the remaining alternatives, I was somewhat surprised when my urologist suggested seed implant rather than prostatectomy. I wasn't really enthralled with the surgery to begin with, and I had already decided on the seed implant route. I figured if it doesn't get the job done, I can still get the prostatectomy.
At age 59, I have a few additional issues including hypertension and diabetes, both are well controlled.
Frankly, I'm not really suffering any major anxiety about the disease. The treatments are what I dislike and get anxious about. At the present time, 10:05 a.m. on June 8, I still do my job everyday and continue with my normal activities.
Anyway, the procedure is scheduled for next Tuesday.
I suspect I'll have some time on my hands after that so I'll be back to relate my experience.