Just thought I'd introduce myself. My name is Pete and I am 67, retired, and living in Warrington with my wife Mary. I have 2 grown up daughters and 2 grandkids.
My PCa background starts with my Dad who died aged 57 from prostate cancer in 1971. It continues with my older brother being diagnosed in 2013 and now me, diagnosed just last month.
My brother is 6 years older than me. He had a PSA of 14 and, after biopsy, a Gleason score of 9. Luckily, although aggressive, his cancer was contained within the gland. He has had HDR temporary brachytherapy with a boost of 15 external beam radiotherapy sessions and 20 months on the anti androgen drug bicalutamide. He was on this for 20 months finishing in April last year. He is doing well and the cancer is in remission.
My PSA was 7.2. An MRI scan was clear but the 12 core biopsy revealed a Gleason score of 7 (4+3). I was deemed suitable for surgery, external beam radiotherapy or HDR temporary brachytherapy (this would include 6 months on bicalutamide and a top up of 15 external beam radiotherapy sessions.
I chose the brachytherapy largely because my brother had had it and has done well. He will be my guide and mentor! This Wednesday I am going to see the oncologist and, I gather, this is when my hormone therapy will start.
The diagnosis came as a blow but absolutely no surprise given my family history. I have to say, though, I am virtually asymptomatic. Yes I go a bit more often but have never had a weak stream or having to get up in the night. I am really glad I went for the PSA test (I had had one 4 years previously but that was normal).
My treatment is being done by the team at Clatterbridge Cancer Centre on Merseyside.