Just joined. Found out on 7/16/07 I had Prostate cancer. Age 57. My Gleason score was 4+4 on the left side and PSA was 4.8. Went the robotic route and got operated on 8/9/07. Had a rough few days in the hospital because the bleeding would not stop but the operation was a success. The LAB results were negative and the cancer was contained to the prostate.
I am writing this letter to for those with high Gleason scores to hang in there with prayers and get a lot of support. I have to admit I was really scared but thanks to my prayer and support group I made it through it. I know it is scary for everyone but you have to fight it.
Also, make sure you get a second opinion. The first Urologist that found the issue (I was referred to him by my general physician) read me a statistic chart saying I had a 2/3rd chance of survival. Needless to say I was in shock. I went to another one and he was much more positive because I was in shape, not showing symptoms and my prostate was small compared to others. The second doctor's positive outlook vs. the first helped give me a better attitude. And, fortunately I had a successful operation.
This site is very helpful for post operations question.
My only issue is I feel like it was run over by a truck but I am not wearing any pads during the day. Only at night. This was one of my biggest fears since my father also had prostate cancer surgery 12 years ago and this was his biggest problem.
I just feel so thankful to everyone because I am doing so much better then I every have expected.
Take care and I hope you can find the same results I did.