My journey started after watching a live Fishing Q&A on YouTube. The anglers answering the questions where asked to promote PC awareness by an angler who was diagnosed. So I ordered a PSA test via the charity mentioned, took the test on 23rd March. Received my results and my PSA was 34 ng/ml and the letter strongly advised me to see my GP. Appointment duly made, further PSA test (39 ng/ml) and DRE. GP referred me to Urologist under the 2 week wait criterion.
Went to the appointment and urologist was concerned so arranged Bone scan and Chest/abdomen scans.
Follow up consultation with urologist, bone and chest scans clear but two red flags shown on abdomen scan. First red flag was that two lymph nodes lager than should be, second red flag was an aneurysm.
Appointment made for MRI scan followed by biopsy and also an appointment with a vascular surgeon regarding the aneurysm. The aneurysm not big enough (2.5 cm)to warrant surgery so will be monitored with annual scans.
Went for the MRI scan and then 5 days later the biopsy.
At the biopsy the Dr informed me that the MRI scan had show a lesion on my prostate so he would take additional samples from this area.
Had my follow up biopsy results by telephone consultation on 16th June.
Locally Advanced PC
Gleason Score 9 (4+5)
Grade group 5
Staging T3a N1 M0
Hormone treatment started 18th June, Bicalutamide tablets. First injection of Prostap 22nd June.
Surgery or radiotherapy.
Now waiting for further consultations with Surgeon and Radiotherapy Consultant.
So everything moved rather quickly, but my head has been in a spin since the diagnosis.