We often find here that many GPs are not as clued up about PCa as they should be, like the one who told a member here some years ago that a PSA of 20 was “normal”. And the ones that say to men over 50 that request a PSA test: “Have you got any symptoms? No? Then you don’t need a PSA test.” And my own former GP, when I was lying on his couch in my underpants for something else and was asked to perform a digital rectal prostate examination said “We don’t do that these days”.
I find I am advising my own GP about PCa, and indeed I am taking him a copy of the PCa UK ‘Toolkit’ folder at our next consultation. I hope he will find time to scan through it, and then recommend it to his next unfortunate patients who rock up with the disease.
You will probably find that surgeons recommend surgery, and oncologists recommend their ray-gun. In my own case, both surgeon and oncologist concurred that surgery was the better option, only to find after my prostatectomy that there was limited spread outside the prostate, so I might still potentially end up at the pointy end of a ray-gun anyway.
Best of luck whichever path you choose.
Edited by member 09 Nov 2018 at 03:14
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