Good day all
I am a 58-year old who was diagnosed with prostate cancer this morning, following a prostate biopsy + cystoscopy last week.
I had initially had been sent to have a PSA test, and got the result of 7,9. This was followed by a digital rectal examination and an ultrasound check (in the doctor's room). The DRE and ultrasounds showed no bad signs, but the urologist was still concerned about the high PSA so sent me for the biopsy.
The biopsy results showed that 4 of the 14 tissue samples taken had relatively high Gleason scores. 3 samples had a Gleason score of 6, and 1 sample had 8 (4+4). "Total linear length" is 5.7mm (Not sure what this means? Anyone who knows, please explain?).
I will be having a bone scan next week, followed by a MRI in 7 weeks time to check whether the cancer has spread.
I know that I will find out the results next week after the bone scan, but I am concerned about how likely it is that the cancer has spread to other parts. My doctor did say that it seems "unlikely" given my current PSA level of 7.9 but I can't stop my concerns.
The symptoms I have been experiencing include feeling that bladder has not been fully emptied; frequent urination; and although I'm not sure if these symptoms would actually be related to the prostate - shortness of breath; pain in knees, shoulders and neck area.
Your thoughts and comments would be much appreciated, thanks!