What a rude and ignorant GP!
She obviously has no idea about prostate cancer, like most of them, whose knowledge of it probably extends to a week’s course segment when they were at medical college ten years ago!
Anyway, your Gleason 3+3=6 score is the least worst grade you can get, and if you had critical illness insurance with many insurance companies, they wouldn’t pay out on your diagnosis, as it’s not classed as ‘life-threatening’.
Anyway, more positively, order the fully comprehensive ‘Tool Kit’ information folder from the publications section of this website, and also talk to an oncologist about the possibility of radiotherapy or nuclear medicine therapies.
You might also choose to do nothing for a year or two or around seven years if your GP was as useless as mine (which it seems she is), and refused me test(s) as the outcome is likely to be the same.
Most prostate cancers are slow-growing, so you have plenty of time to decide what treatment (if any) to embark upon. Many men once they hear the words ‘The Big C’ want to have it excised immediately. This should not be in your case.
If I were you, I would chill (if you can, after your diagnosis - which is not a death sentence) for a few months, and have a few more quarterly PSA tests to see if there is any rise, and get second opinions from another urologist and one from an oncologist, and keep in touch with us here if you have any more questions.
Best of luck.
Edited by member 07 Nov 2020 at 21:34
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