1. How did you find out you had PC?
Rising PSA over three months prompted biopsy.
2. If you had to guess, why do you think you got PC?
No idea. My guess is that stress may have had something to do with it.
3. How old were you when you were diagnosed?
4. Did you have any symptoms?
5. How many biopsies did you have and were they blind biopsies or ultrasound guided?
Just one and it was ultrasound guided with 5 samples from each half.
6. What other tests did you have related to PC and when (before/after treatment)?
None other then PSA’s
7. How soon after diagnosis did you have treatment?
Approximately four months
8. What treatment(s) did you have?
Da Vinci surgery
9. Was the treatment(s) successful?
Yes, post op path report very good
10. Has PC changed your life in any way? If yes, how?
Yes, the most obvious is sexual function. I still have ED and using injections. Spiritually I feel more connected to God then anytime before. Mentally, I just do not let the small things bother me and as they say they are all small things.
11. What helped you the most with the struggle of PC?
No doubt, the interaction with other men (and wives) that were dealing with PC. The practical knowledge provided by these wonderful people took the mystery out of PC and settled my nerves. Second behind that was the comforting relationship with my urologist and his staff.
12. Anything you would have done different if you could go back in time?
If I could go back 10 years then I would learn more about PC and what you can do preventatively to help avoid it.
13. What advice would you give someone that was recently diagnosed?
Research and learn. Get a second opinion on treatment. Connect with others that have traveled the same path or currently on that path.
14. Any books, websites, etc. you find particularly helpful?
Walsh’s book was helpful but I found that this forum and www.yananow.net provided the best information.
Diagnosed 7/6/06, 1 of 10 core samples, 40%,Stage T1c, Gleason 3+3
Da Vinci on 11/01/06, Catheter out on 11/13/06
56 Years Old
Post Op Path, Gleason 3+3, Approx. 5% of prostate involved
Prostate Confined, margins clear
Undetectable PSA on 12/18/06
No more pads as of 1/13/07
Began injections in April '07