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
Edited by member 13 Mar 2017 at 09:52
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