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Posted 24 Sep 2014 at 14:09

“Hello!

I am 67 and retired.


Diagnosed August 2011 with low risk cancer, Gleason 6. Been on Active Surveillance since then. PSA ranged up and down from 5.4 to 9.5, DRE always the same with one side of the prostate being a "bit hard". In 3 biopsies only 1 sample proved cancerous.

Because MRI became available I had my first scan in July 2014, following which I am advised by Chesterfield Hospital to have treatment. They say I am T2 C with bits of cancer throughout the prostate. Thankfully it is still local. So now I have to choose between Surgery, Radiotherapy etc and most importantly to choose a specialist/hospital to do it. I still have no idea on how the disease is progressing, but because of the MRI I am strongly advised to take action.

I look forward to becoming an avid reader of this Community. Any advice is welcome. It's therapeutic just to write this down.

Best wishes to all

Jim

Derbyshire”

User
Posted 24 Sep 2014 at 14:09

“Hello!

I am 67 and retired.


Diagnosed August 2011 with low risk cancer, Gleason 6. Been on Active Surveillance since then. PSA ranged up and down from 5.4 to 9.5, DRE always the same with one side of the prostate being a "bit hard". In 3 biopsies only 1 sample proved cancerous.

Because MRI became available I had my first scan in July 2014, following which I am advised by Chesterfield Hospital to have treatment. They say I am T2 C with bits of cancer throughout the prostate. Thankfully it is still local. So now I have to choose between Surgery, Radiotherapy etc and most importantly to choose a specialist/hospital to do it. I still have no idea on how the disease is progressing, but because of the MRI I am strongly advised to take action.

I look forward to becoming an avid reader of this Community. Any advice is welcome. It's therapeutic just to write this down.

Best wishes to all

Jim

Derbyshire”

User
Posted 11 Oct 2014 at 02:27

If you have small cancers throughout the prostate, you need to find out whether radiotherapy will kill them all, and whether the beam might need to focused in such a way that it will cause more than the usual amount of collateral damage. 

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Posted 24 Sep 2014 at 14:40

Hello Jim,

Sorry to see you here, but welcome.

Have you applied for The Tool Kit from PCUK yet, it has a wealth of information to help you decide, as it is only you, with your medics advice and suggestions, that can make a decision with regard to you treatment plan, as regards where, as you are in Derby, Manchester isn't to far away (Ch......s). Have you discussed this with your family ?

I find that it helps to have a family member with you at appointments as it is easy to miss something said when alone.

Best wishes,

Chris.

PS. There are a lot of knowledgeable folk on here, so watch this space!

User
Posted 24 Sep 2014 at 19:37

Thanks Chris

I've started reading the Toolkit and my wife accompanies me to appointments. When I know a bit more, I'll tell other family and friends.

I'll ask my GP to help arrange visits to Sheffield and Manchester Hospitals to get their opinions.

I see you have lived with this for many years. Your message was most helpful and appreciated.

Jim

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Posted 11 Oct 2014 at 02:27

If you have small cancers throughout the prostate, you need to find out whether radiotherapy will kill them all, and whether the beam might need to focused in such a way that it will cause more than the usual amount of collateral damage. 

 
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