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Posted 05 May 2015 at 15:14

Hi,  I am starting AS today, but i have to go and see the consultant surgeon next week. 

As my PSA is low and I have a low Gleason 6  (3+3).  I am hopefully going to be on AS for a long time. 

I have been told i will need surgery at some point! Has anyone got any experience of how long it takes to recover from surgery ie Time of work, side effects etc.

Posted 05 May 2015 at 18:51

Hello Sully and welcome.
Just as a matter of interest, what do you consider low PSA.

My husband was on AS for a year before he had to make a decision about treatment. There are other treatments available apart from surgery. My husband, for instance, opted for seed implant Brachytherapy.
This is a one off treatment which will, hopefully, treat his cancer completely.

You say you were told you would need surgery at some point. Were any other treatments mentioned to you?

You could help yourself by getting hold of the Toolkit from this site. Go back to the Home page, click on Prostate Information, then Our Publications and go from there.

Good luck and Best Wishes

We can't control the winds - but we can adjust our sails
Posted 05 May 2015 at 19:07

Hi Sully,
you have said on your profile that your PSA is 0.9 - is that correct? If so, I am really curious about what led to you being diagnosed???

"Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards." Soren Kierkegaard

Posted 05 May 2015 at 21:01
I was diagnosed due to family history my dad & brother have prostate cancer my brother aged 55 and it had spread to his lymph nodes, i also have water work symptoms, i have been fantastically advised at the hospital and given all the information aboout treatments. The cancer was found after a biopsy.
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