I’m new. I am in my mid 50’s. I’m a very new prostate cancer survivor.
My PSA prior to surgery was around 4.3 and I had two biopsy cores that came back positive for cancer (less than 5% each).
I studied the treatment options and outcomes over 2 months. I decided to have laparoscopic surgery. I went through the surgery last week using the Da Vinci robotic system after discussing several “second” opinions with doctors and surgical nurses about
my specific case.
My decision to opt for surgery hinged on getting that cancer out of my body and having an opportunity to do a deep pathologic study on the prostate to see what I’m in for.
All I can tell you is that I’m doing very, very well. I attribute that to God and also to the wonderful procedures and doctors available today. The surgery for me was almost a “walk in the park,” although walking around the hospital ward the second day after surgery was a little slow. Your results may differ, of course.
After the post-surgery pathology of the removed prostate, all indications are that the tumor was completely confined to the prostate. So, now I go on the regiment of watching my PSA over the next months and years. I feel I have bought myself some good time.
I have several good friends who are prostate cancer survivors as well, and they chose different treatments for various reasons. We are all happy with our treatment options and outcomes.
If I can answer any questions about
pre- and post-surgery or my mental state (risky), I’d be glad to. Really… if I can be of help to someone else going through the decision-making or the post-treatment process, I would be VERY happy to do so.
For the short time I’ve been watching the discussions here, this group has already helped me.
I wish the best to all of you in your treatments and enjoying the life you have.
Biopsy: T1c, 3+3=6, 2 pos. samples in one side of prostate
Da Vinci 31 Jul 2007: saved nerve bundle on side of non-cancerous side
Final pathology: Confined to prostate, T2a, 3+3=6Working to get back into good shapeWaiting to take that first post-op PSA
My web site: http://pca-info.blogspot.com
Post Edited (IdahoSurvivor) : 8/27/2007 6:04:49 AM (GMT-6)