If you choose the surgical method, then the Da Vinci robotic surgery is the way to go. I have had two urologists tell me that if one elects radiation, then the surgery option is gone forever. So, there is "no" removal later. Something to keep in mind.View Thread
I am not in my 40s, but it is sometimes reassuring to hear from someone who has been there.....and recently. It isn't often that men in their 40s have prostate cancer. I am 63 and in excellent health....walk 6 or 7 miles a day at the wildlife refuge with my black lab.
I too was shocked and scared. I decided to go with the Radical Prostatectomy. It seemed to me to be the best solution. If you elect a different method, then you can't decide to have this surgery later. You're done. I had the surgery and home the next day. Fishing in Canada 6 weeks later. Recovering nicely. Only drawback after only 4 months is I haven't had an erection, but taking inhibitors. Many of my friends have had the surgery and are back doing everything they were prior to surgery. So they tell me. My neighbor had this surgery 20 months ago, started taking Cialis a couple of weeks ago with success. My doctor says to give it time.
Tim- I had a Gleason score of 7 on each side of my prostate. My PSA was .95. Stage II. Yes, that was .95
I had a Radical Prostatectomy 4 months ago and now have a PSA of less than 0.01 (checked twice since surgery). Post-op biopsy showed that the cancer was completely encapsulated. Surgeon also removed the lymp nodes.
Good news is your dad's Gleason score really isn't that high and the bone scan is negative. I highly recommend the robotic surgery. After 6 weeks I was in Canada fishing.
Fortunately, I had insurance but with the bone scan, CAT, MRI, surgery, hospital, lab tests, lab results, etc. the total billed amount was approximately $63,000. As noted in one of the replys, you can negotiate with the hospital.
Good luck. I think that your dad will be fine.View Thread
I went to my Urologist in April and my PSA was .95. Yes, less than one. But he said that he felt something and my prostatitis symptoms were not going away with Cipro. He said it's biopsy time and I had stage 2 prostate cancer. I also had the Radical Prostatectomy. The point here is that one can not go by a PSA only. Have the EXAM....!!!!View Thread