I was late coming home from work - do I get a paper or rush for the train. Decided to go for the train and picked up a paper from a train seat ( different paper from the one I would have bought, read an article about prostate cancer and decide to take the PSA test ( I had no symptons )
PSA came back about 4 so we left it for another year when it was now
Several visits to consultants ( by this time I could describe most makes of surgical gloves by the noise they made as the doctor/consultant put them on !!. )
The first internal examination I had was by my ( female ) local GP - we 'debated' whether or not she really needed to do said examination - I lost !!
One examination involved an injection with some sort of dye in a body hugging scanner of some sort which strict instructions to keep still - but of course I then get the worlds worst itchy nose !!
My tests also involved the taking of 24 biopsies of the prostate by the insertion of mechanism into my rectum. 'We' took a break after 12 samples - I then asked the surgeon if he could write a letter to my wife stating that despite what she may think my head wasn't up there !!.
As I said the conclusion was that yes, I had cancer, the big C word.
The treatment I chose was brachytherapy - the insertion of radioactive seeds around the prostate. This involved an overnight stay I in hospital. Out the next day, no catheter or whatever.
I then saw the surgeon, a Professor [Drs name removed by moderator] ( Guildford Hospital ) every 6 months for the first couple of years and the drop in my PSA each time was EXACTLY as he predicted. 10 years on my PSA is a steady 0.1 ( well its' less than that but it cannot be measured !! ).
I have some minor problems with incontinence ( manageable )
Potentially a difficult subject area for any male to discuss with I) his female GP and/or ii) an other 'stranger' albeit said stranger is part of the medical profession BUT GET OVER IT and GO GET THE TEST done.
Edited by moderator 17 Jul 2019 at 10:46
| Reason: Removed Doctors name