I am now 66 years old but in 2016 when I was 65, my wife suggested I was peeing rather often. After a PSA test - 9.35 - MRI and biopsy I was diagnosed with prostate cancer in August 2016. I was not altogether surprised but from what I was told by the excellent hospital in Derby I thought it was caught early. Bone scan was clear and I was offered RP with DaVinci surgery or HT + EBRT.
Some weeks went by trying to make the decision with info from the PCUK website, the urology specialist nurses and friends who'd been though it. It was a 50:50 choice but in the end I went for HT + EBRT for no better reason than I didn't fancy surgery. I was told both were "gold standard" treatment.
I was advised it would be either 37 or 20 sessions of RT but after the planning session I was glad that it was 20. So for 4 weeks I took two busses to the hospital on my bus pass each morning. I had to do the micro-enema thing and then 3 cups of water 30 mins before being zapped. I did suggest wine went through quicker to my bladder but told not to be silly!
I was fortunate that the hospital had new Trubeam machines. About 2 weeks in to the treatment I was suffering from pain in my rectum and frequent peeing but about 2 weeks after the treatment had finished these symptoms faded. At halfway the PSA was 1.07.
Last week I had my 4 month review after blood tests and PSA was 0.07! I was feeling great, full of life and looking forward to another 20 years of life.
My paternal heritage is not great with heart attacks and Leukaemia but the maternal side is strong, dying at 90 and 95 years old so I hope I have inherited the female line!!
My HT continues for another 18 months with the downside of the sweats but on the plus side I only shave every other day! The lack of libido and ED are not an issue as our relationship has not been based on that sort of thing. After 44 years of marriage hugs and kisses are just fine.
So, I believe I have beaten the evil disease - hope this helps someone. It seems many men have such different symptoms and treatments that my story is as unique as anyone else. Via a Facebook friend in Ecuador I was put in touch with a friend of a friend in Scotland who was suffering from lack of info from his hospital and I think I helped him.