I am 51 years old. I learned a couple weeks ago I had stage II prostate cancer. Of my biopsies 2 came back a 6 and one a 7. I have spoken to my urologist and a radiologist concerning my treatment options. I thought about Brachy Therapy because the procedure takes less than 2 hours and targets my cancer with radiation, but it would make me radioactive for at least 6 months. The External Radiation would be 44 treatments done over 8 1/2 weeks, 5 days a week. My concern is that if the cancer should come back later, that i wouldn't be able to have prostate surgery and that it could come back stronger. The other option is having the prostate surgery and getting rid of the cancer once and for all. I wasn't leaning towards this option, but I was considering being part of a study group that either got radiation, or radiation and hormone therapy. I have had concerns about the side effects from each option, and the quality of life issues, but more so I would consider the robotic surgery if it got rid of my cancer and there was no chance for it to come back and spread to other parts of my body. Radiation on the other hand not only kills the bad cells but the good one's too. I am in a quandary as to what to do, but the more I think about I think about having the surgery. I went to a prostate cancer support group meeting and got many of my questions answered by peole who have already gone through what I may be going through, but many are older than me in their late 50's or 60's or 70's and I am young compared to the people who have gotten prostate cancer at an older age.View Thread
One year ago I had a Psa score of 1.6. Today it came back at 12.6. They put me on ciprofloxach for 20 days. I just completed radiation of the brain, can this effect Psa.
I feel something going on in the prostate area. Infection or enlargement. I also have a low grade fever. Should I see a uroligist? I am supposed to get another Psa test in 90 days with my general practice doctor. Will I be above 20 Psa in one year?
Doctor says to not worry about PSA until 6 and would do biopsy at 10. PSA was 2.7 a year ago and has...
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Doctor says to not worry about PSA until 6 and would do biopsy at 10. PSA was 2.7 a year ago and has continued to rise. Was 4.11 9-13 and 5.23 on 2-11-14. He recommends checking in one year. What I read says to be checked further. Husband is sticking with the doctor. What are your thoughts.View Thread
My great Urologist who I have been under the care of for 16 years retired last month partly because running the business was getting too complicated. Since my PSA was 24 he was getting near advising hormone therapy. But since he was retiring he suggested that I transfer under the care of an Oncologist and recommended one who has practiced her profession for around 30 years. My Urologist said he would use her and would also recommend her to family and friends.
I had my first appointment with the Oncologist last month and was really happy and somewhat surprised that she spent about an hour with me. When discussing hormone therapy she said that there really is no magic number when a patient should begin the therapy. She suggested that the therapy need is driven more by symptoms and test results beyond the PSA. She ordered some blood tests and also a bone and C-Scan. My last bone , C-Scan and MRI were done two years ago. The results of current tests as was the case of the previous one indicated no metastasis disease was detected. I also had a PSA which went down from 24 to 19. Based on that and that I have no pain or symptoms to indicate the prostate cancer has advanced beyond local advanced we are just going to carefully watch and decided when to do hormone therapy, which makes me happy since I really wasn't looking to lower quality of life unless really necessary.
My background is I had a 4.2 PSA 16 years ago. Over the course of 6 years the PSA gradually went up and during that time I had 4 biopsies, two of which were negative and two positive showing a small foci of cancer in one area, the lower left apex. The first biopsy was positive but questioned, the second and third were negative, and finally the fourth was again positive in the same area and with the near same reading as the first. My PSA was 9.5 and Gleason was 3+4=7. I selected IMRT and received 40 doses. My PSA went down to 1.5and over the years has slowly gone up to the present reading. It has now been 9 years since I received the IMRT.
I am providing this information to possibly help others to understand one man's journey with prostate cancer. I had no adverse reaction to IMRT except for the normal sexual drive affect. I have never had any pain and am able to exercise 30-40 minutes a day on treadmill and with long walks.
Any comments and/or questions are welcomed. And, good luck to all in their personal journey with PC. View Thread
I HAD A LARGE RETROPERITONEAL LIPOSARCOMA REMOVED IN 2/2012 WITH FOLLOW UP EXTERNAL BEAM RADIATION. QUARTERLY CT SCANS CLEAR. I HAVE DEVELOPED A LARGE ABDOMINAL HERNIA WITH RECTUS DIASTASIS. MY SURGEON ADVISES AGAINST REPAIR DUE TO POTENTIAL COMPLICATIONS AND THE RISK OF MAKING POSSIBLE SUBSEQUENT SURGERY FOR TUMOR RECURRENCE MORE DIFFICULT. SHOULD I SEEK A SECOND OPINION?View Thread
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