This disease is very beatable and you have to throw away the cynicism. It will be of no use living with cancer. I too was stricken young, 44 but it had it there be quite some time, like many others here. After surgery it was confirmed that I am late stage III. But I won't let it get me down. I can't. I am very glad that I chose surgery because my fear of radiation was that it would leave unanswered questions about
how bad I had the disease. It proved correct that the clinical staging and the surgical staging were quite different. Radiation would have killed the prostate, and likely the cancer in it, but I would have had to wait until recurrance to see what my stage was. And that answer could only be stage IV if it recurred. I am able now to apply my own control on what treatments happen next. And I didn't have to wait for recurrance. I am glad the prostate is gone, and I am glad that my PSA went undetectable after the surgery. And I am also strangely glad that I know I have pT3b cancer and can do something about
it before it gets worse. I am not by any means knocking proton or IMRT as I believe both have value in treating me into the future. In fact I have had surgery, hormone treatment, and I am currently undergoing my 23rd IMRT treatment at 7:00am tomorrow. I heavily agree with your friends. At our age and Gleason, recurrance likely won't be prevented with proton treatment alone. I will complete 38 "hits" at the prostate bed where the surgery detected positive margins and local metastasis.
my story. You are welcome here at any time. You are our friend and comrad. But you need to shake the fear and be positive. There is a thread here about
"Positive Thoughts" by veteran1. Vet raises hope for all. Once you are done with the initial shock, get tough about
it and apply the same skills you used to find this site, and find what treatment you trust. There is no simple answer, but there is peace of mind. Good luck and hang in here. You'll find some excellent advice. And by the way, I was fully continent in just days after surgery, and viagra is helping. Not bad after the above treatments all in the last 5 months. My surgeon was Dr. W.i.l.s.o.n at City of Hope, not far from Loma Linda. 1,500 and counting just on robotic procedures alone. He directs the PC program their at CoH and one of his surgeons, is also one of the best, Dr. K.a.w.a.c.h.i.
In remission at pT3b, pre-op PSA 19.8, Gleason 4+3=7, 4 positive margins.
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