Hi everyone ,
My name is Rick , I am 68 (69 in May) married with two grown up Daughters (47 and 49) and two grandchildren (25 and 29)
I retired from quite an active job at Christmas 2016
On Monday I was diagnosed with prostate cancer , I was not showing any symptoms ,my doctor did a blood test for something completely unrelated in December 2016 and was concerned that my PSA was 5.5 . Following this saw the urologist had a biopsy done and got the results on 6th March.
Of 12 biopsy samples taken 5 were contained cancer cells.Max tumour length 5mm
Gleason score 3 + 4 =7. Nothing was detected on the MRI scan
Prostate volume 40 PSA density 0.13
The Urology nurse who gave me my results ,told there was a good chance it was curable as the cancer was contained within the organ.
I have been offered Robotic assisted Prostatectomy or Hormone treatment and external beam radiotherapy.
I have an appointment on Tues with the Urologist to discuss surgery and another appointment on Weds to speak with the consultant oncologist. I cannot thank the hospital staff enough , all have been very sensitive and respectful of my feelings.
I have read a lot of info. regards both procedures , a lot on this excellent site plus I have met with a two local men who have had both procedures and told me of their experiences.
I am currently leaning heavily to go with the robotic procedure I am aware of the side effects but will feel happier to get it removed completely.
I should add I am reasonably fit for an old boy ,for the last 6 years have gone to weekly Pilates classes, so know all about Pelvic Floor exercises (I'm doing them 3 times a day now).
I am very positive about things and feel grateful it's been found .This doesn't mean I'm looking forward to the treatment ! .
I realise if it had been left and found later things might not look as bright.
I will update things after my next appointments and in the meantime thank you all for posting some very useful and ,sometimes funny, and very informative posts