Artistic One Mark and M.E. live in Washington, USA. He was 59 when he was diagnosed in June, 2016. His initial PSA was 3.50 ng/ml, his Gleason Score was 9, and he was staged T2c. His choice of treatment was External Beam Radiation+ADT (Intensity Modulated with ADT). Here is his story.
I started experiencing urinary issues in 2015 and they steadily got worse. This was the first sign that something wasn't right. I had my annual check up in March 2016 and the doctor said he felt something "unusual" during the DRE. With my urinary symptoms and the abnormal DRE he referred me to a Urologist but stated that my PSA was within normal range (under 4.0). I saw the urologist who also felt what he thought was a nodule and gave me another PSA test along with a fPSA% test and a urine test. My PSA came back at 3.42 but my fPSA% was 7.6. Biopsy was done and I was determined to have 8-12 cores involved 4-G7 (4+3)...4- G9 (4+5)...2 -G9(5+4). I eventually ended up choosing IMRT+ADT because I was not eligible for RP and because of my urinary issues. I am now in the middle of my HT treatments as of this writing. I will be on ADT until April 2018. I will continue to update as things progress. Mark
Artistic One's e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org