I was diagnosed yesterday October 15th with the dreaded PC. I had a gleason score of 6 and TC1 stage. I have been getting PSA test run for years but last month my first one came back with a 4.5 and after a month of CIPRO it fell to 3.9. I went for a biopsy which came back yesterday with the news.
It appears to me that most of you know more about you pathology report than I do. My Urologist only told me the above information. He did not say how many of the twelve samples came back cancerous or what regions they were located in. I guess I was just in too much shock of hearing the report to think to ask. Now that I am reading how each of you know more about your cancer than I, It appears that I should call him back and get more information.
I turned 55 last week, (nice birthday present) and I have already lost a father age 61 to lung cancer (smoker), a mother to Gall Bladder cancer age 67 (never smoked) a brother age 52 to oral cancer (smoker) a sister to breast cancer age 48 (smoker) and another sister age 61 to cancer (non smoker) no details because husband refused autopsy. I have another sister that has had one breast removed because of cancer but is a survivor and is now age 69. I guess you can say I really really do hate the C word.
I have never smoked and up to a few years ago considered myself in pretty good shape. (Black
Belt in Tae Kwon Do, high school football player and usually pretty athletic. I had a heart attack immediately following a martial arts tournament where a kick to the chest loosened some plaque and had to have a single by pass as a result of it. This open heart surgery slowed me down somewhat and I have gained a little to much weight. It seems I could vent forever so I will just shut up.
Because of my past family history I just want the cancer out of my body as fast as possible (as we all do I am sure) which is the most frustrating to me as doing it fast is not in the doctor's vocabulary.
I am thinking Robotic surgery from what I am reading here on this forum. Seeds or radiation and leaving it in my body with cancer is not an option with me. I Live close to Vanderbilt University and there is a Doctor Harrell I have been refered to at this time. I know he does laprascopic but I am not sure it is Robotic. I am calling today to be sure. If anyone has heard of this doctor or the success at this university I would appreciate hearing from you.
Sorry to by so long.