I just found out yesterday that I have prostate cancer. On various sites I have encountered many pros and cons between surgery and radiation and am looking for more advice, opinions, success stories etc. I want to learn as much as possible to make the most informed decision and any help will be appreciated. I'm 54 years old, in excellent health and feel great. I exercise at least 3 days per week. I had my annual physical in May and my PSA came back a 5.3. Unfortunately, my primary care physician had not checked my PSA for several years so I have no idea of whether the raised PSA occurred suddenly or over several years. My last test was in 2007 and was 2.1. My Father was diagnosed with prostate cancer in his mid 60's in the mid 1980's. I have no recollection of his PSA but he had radiation treatments that seemed to kill the cancer but had other detrimental side effects. When he was in his late 80's (2006 or so) it came back and had moved to his bones. It eventually caused his death. Due to my age and family history I had a biopsy done and one of the 12 core samples was cancerous - "right lateral base - adenocarcinoma with gleason score of 3+4 - involved 60% of the biopsy". I will be meeting with two Doctors in 2 weeks - one regarding radiation therapy and the other regarding removal of the prostate via the DaVinci robot. Due to my family history, age and biopy results, my Urologist's recommendation is to remove the prostate. I'm obviously in the initial stages of my research but will welcome any input. Thank you!View Thread
Thank you Bill. As you did, I've decided that urinary incontinence is a much more acceptable risk. My father suffered with a number of problems due to radiation, one being bowel incontinence and although the process is much more sophisticated today, it seems the risk remains high. Another positive I've discovered is that post recovery, the PSA test becomes an absolute marker for cancer so any recurrence will be discovered in the early stages. No matter the choices I make, its a bitter pill to swallow as I've been healthy all my life and I'm still struggling to come to terms with the diagnosis. I 'm happy that your experience was a successful one and hope that you regain your health completely with no recurrence. I appreciate you taking the time to share your story, observations and knowledge.View Thread
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