We all know it's a shock to suddenly be in this situation. I have to admit that since my diagnosis last November, prostate cancer has been a big thing in my mind. However, beating it has been larger! Officiating high school sports is a huge part of my life, and within two months after surgery, I was back at it. (I do put in a small womens pad in during my games, just in case, but haven't really needed it, so will stop that soon.) One of my biggest fears was the cathedar, and after I got into a routine, it was just a nuisance, which was out in 10 days. I started Kegal exercises right after diagnosis, and am doing them now every morning. Incontinence is not an issue! I have a whole bunch of depends and mens pads that I really never used, that I stored in the attic to use when I get in my 80's or 90's. I have lost some weight, that I should have done 10 years ago, and am walking an hour a day, together with my officiating. In other words, I am feeling FINE! I must admit, that sexual functions are not where I would like them, but my wife has stated all along, that my being here for the long run is far more important.
As far as treatment, I highly recommend the Davinci Surgery. Even though I had a worse case than the biopsy indicated, I am happy that I know the extent now, rather than wondering and worrying about my PSA's with another treatment. (As my surgeon said, "The best thing is that your prostate is now in a jar of formaldehide somewhere!") I have been on Zoladex for about three weeks and will start adjuvant radiation therapy the end of August - all because of my positive margins. I still feel great, and worked a doubleheader baseball game last night, working the plate for the nightcap which went into extra innings. If your husband has surgery, you could find out that it's all contained, and he'll be good to go! Keep positive thoughts, do plenty of research & reading, and things will work out.
PSA 4.7 (up from 3.2 one year ago)
Biopsy November 8, 2006
1 of 10 cores positive 5% LEFT Side
2 others questionable (small gland proliferation)
Robotic surgery January 19, 2007
Post Surgery Pathology
Stage T3a, Gleason 3+4, positive margins and
capsular penetration RIGHT Side
Post Surgery PSA: March 5: 0.01
5 month PSA, June 13, 2007: 0.08
Adjuvant therapy began June 26 with Zoladex injection
Radiation to commence in late August