Hello everyone, ( yes i know my profile pic isn't right 😄😄 set it up on my mobile and it wasn't having it, so i gave it up for now )
Im Stuart, im 52 years old and in april this year i was diagnosed ( like many others on here ) with localised early stage prostate cancer ( although im still awaiting full confirmation, as will be explained later ) My father was diagnosed around march 2012 with metastatic prostate cancer at the age of 69 after suffering with no symptoms for years prior to his gp visit ( sudden weight loss and weak urine stream ) and he passed away just over 3 years later in july 2015.
On advice from his oncologist, ( as my father's cancer was advanced and i was mid 40's at the time) i was advised to begin yearly testing and following regular psa readings of 2, my latest test in march showed that my blood psa has risen to 5.1. I was sent to leigh infirmary for a biopsy and the consultant informed me after the procedure, that my prostate was also slightly enlarged, he didn't seem to concerned, as i also had no symptoms, with the exception of frequent daily toilet visits ( but as i drink anywhere between 4 and 6 litres of fluid daily, i wasn't concerned either )
The results, a week or so later from the oncology nurse, informed me of my diagnosis, with a gleason score of 3 + 3 = 6 and small traces of cancer on the right hand side of the gland. Following discussion, i was offered further consultation at salford royal and i was fast tracked there a week later, were my diagnosis was discussed with a consultant oncologist.
Following treatment advice, he informed me of the option of having a transrectal ultrasound guided biopsy, as he wanted to make sure of the initial biopsy accuracy ( im a bit p****d off with having to go through this so soon after my first one, but of course i have to do it ) with the option then, ( if confirmed diagnosis ) of active surveillance, rather than the option of surgery ( robotic assisted laparoscopic )
I will undergo this 2nd biopsy on Friday the 21st of June, so not long to wait now, i know these early stage diagnosis stories have been done to death on here, but i guess if others are in a similar situation and you want to comment, or ask any questions, you are more than welcome.
I guess i am lucky and rather than sounding morbid about it, ( i can't explain it any other way ) i guess that my fathers diagnosis was an ultimate sacrifice for my early testing ( at least, if my diagnosis is confirmed, i will have option choices for treatment, unlike my poor dad and many others on here )
It's funny, because after visiting various clinics during my consultations and testing, i've spoken to so many others with various levels of cancer, i have totally forgotten why i'm there sometimes, when i've been listening to others in much worse situations than me, its soul destroying and at the same time heartwarming to see and hear so many of them speaking so positive and being so, i've nothing but admiration for them, especially when no symptoms have occured before sudden testing.
Anyway, to all those who look in, many thanks for reading and as stated earlier, please feel free to comment, or share your stories and i will be happy to reply, i will also update my progress following the results of my 2nd biopsy probably at the end of this month,