Hi All - I was diagnosed with PC last Oct, 2018 at the age of 52.
Symptoms were too many night pees and some discomfort on the RH side of my abdomen and general fatigue. I had one of my regular, 6 monthly PSAs (I insisted on 6 monthly with my GP, as I had had a great mate who was diagnosed at 52 with advanced PC 3 years before...he didn't make it.)
PSA was followed by consultant/registrar appointments and then MRI, which revealed "something we're a bit concerned about". MRI led to biopsies, not particularly pleasant, but necessary and certainly a new experience!
Diagnosis followed a few weeks later, after the All Cases team at Wycombe Hospital had concluded grade ad Gleeson score of the cancer. Options were explained (2 types of radio therapy and surgery). I chose surgery for ease (I actually quite like medical stuff....I know, I'm a bit weird!) and speed, but in the full knowledge that I may have ED and obviously became a 'jaffa' overnight!
Just as I was being diagnosed, my Dad was taken into hospital with an urgent bladder issue. Long story short, he was then diagnosed with advanced PC and later confirmed that this was metastatic (in many bones), but I am happy to share that he is doing well, maintaining the condition on hormone injections and his PSA has been brought down from 93 to 2.4....lower than my original test! He feels a little more mortal of course, but is 86 and still looking forward to whatever time he has left...could be a few years, could be less, like all of us really.
So, not only do I consider myself lucky to have it discovered early, but as a relatively young man, 'radical' (taking out the gland) surgery, is the easiest and quickest way to be 'cured'.
Surgery followed a few weeks after that at end of Nov 18 and was home in 2 days, all stapled up and well briefed on how to change my catheter/pee bags and inject myself with ant-coagulant for the next few weeks.
Surgery/anaesthetic probably took me a bit longer to get over than I expected (took 6 weeks off work, but my work also involved a lot of international travel). After effects include some incontinence, but I quickly got used to the TENA pads and of course am still getting used to the ED (still to be sorted) and the loss of other man functions!
Very happy to try to help anyone who is at any stage, by speaking or discussing matters on here.