My father died from prostate cancer after 14 years of living with it so I started getting PSA tests at age 50. All went well until about four years ago when it jumped a point in a year to 3.1. We treated it with bactrum antibiotic for six months and the next test was 3.0. Then a couple years later, another jump to 4.1 more antibiotic after six months 4.9 xo sent to a urologist who tested again three months later now at 5.7 and doing biopsy. Results are cancer on left side with perineural invasion on two of the three left side cancerous samples. He recommended surgery and also a second opinion. I live close to Mayo so opted for seeing a urologist there. Bone scan was clear, no cancer. This urologist recommended surgery because of the size of the mass and the perineural invasion. I asked for a MRI and those results were not so good. It showed there was some leaking out of the capsule. I chose surgery over other treatments because of the possibility of radiation later on, the fact that when it is out the lab can examine and report on the Gleason score and borders, and when I first heard I had cancer the bible verse about cutting off or out came to mind so I took this as gods direction for me. The idea of 30 radiation treatments made me think that the first shot does not kill all the cancer so maybe it will be pissed and spread fast. I know this is not the case but it was one of my thoughts which made me comfortable with my decision. The surgeon had done over a thousand surgeries with the robot and came highly recommended by other medical people l knew. The surgery was fast tracked after the MRI was worrisome for spreading and was done on August 17th. Remember I met with the mayo urologist on august 5th for the first time. Home on the 18th to rest and wait. Pathology report some six days later and praise God looks like all contained and clear margins. 15 lymph nodes clear and seminal vesicles are cancer free. 10 days after surgery drain tube and catheter out. As of this writing on Sept 19th improving every day. I take hope from stories of others that I will be totally dry and the sex thing is not a worry for now. I am so thankful for a great wife who is understanding and great at caring for all my wounds. I do have to say there were hard days especially when I would overdo, which l still do, but the painful memories are fading. We are now waiting for two months for that all important PSA test. I will try to update later. My advice is that you need to do what is right for you. You are the boss of your treatment plan.
I went to dr. 3 months after the surgery and he suggests 20mg of cialis since 5mg daily isn't getting the results wanted. Also suggested biofeedback sessions. I went to first session and I think this will help with stopping urine spurts. My PSA; now he called undetectable and seemed very pleased. I know my wife and I were both pleased. Will update later on biofeedback and ed status.
Just had another PSA test which came back <.10 which Mayo calls undetectible. So thankful to God for providing knowledge for surgery. Erectile problems still present and some pain with shots. Urine leaks with coughing, and certain physical movements. I told my wife if I had a job in a office close to a restroom I would be dry all day, but that's not the case. These are small problems and well worth getting rid of the cancer. That's all for now.
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