After 5 months on the waiting list I have a HIFU booked at last for next week 4th September....Yippee!
To be fare I am 75 that may earlier have been risky when the virus was prominent.
They also say that generally at this age you are more likely to die with PCa than because of it. That’s partly why I agreed to have focal only as my first and hopefully only treatment.
However, there are a few factors that may make my PCa a little more aggressive. (See below).
I mention this as I ask for any advice, be it small, of what questions I should ask my consultant next week before the HIFU.
Could I, or should I influence him into doing a bit more on the right side.ie bigger margins. I presume they go what they can see by the probe ultrasound images and not by the biopsies or MRI. In fact the MRI in November did not show anything on the right side.
The biopsies were done in January and February that did show PCa on the right side. So that’s the side they are doing although the MRI was suggestive of the left side.
The differently between the biopsies in just over one month (ie 3% to 20% Gleason 4) is small as is the core (I think Barry says a gain of sand). But if you were to extrapolate a further 6 months one wonders what you would get?
Another factor is my family’s history. My father and his brother died as a result of PCa. And my older brother,also G7, has just finished HT & RT. All in their 70’s.