This is NOT the site that I ever anticipated joining but here we are. I’ve read through quite a lot of the Q&A’s and already feel a lot calmer reading your responses. I didn’t realise that I’d have to look up SO many abbreviations but I’m getting there :-)
I’m Chris and my husband is James. James is a fairly active 73 year old.
He has NO symptoms but he had his first PSA test in March 2020. As this was at the start of the Covid restrictions, his GP advised just getting another test in 3 months and also explained that many men have prostate cancer with no idea they have it and that many post mortems show that men have died WITH prostate cancer rather than FROM it. We were both reassured by this.
His results were
Mar 2020 PSA 7.49
Jun 2020 PSA 7.63
Oct 2020 PSA 7.02
May 2021 PSA 8.4
At this point another GP thought it best for James to have an MRI and a biopsy.
We got the results last week.
From 32 “cores” taken, 20 of them were cancerous. It is all contained within the prostate which we understand to be localised.
His Gleason score is 7 (3+4) so grade group 2 and T stage is T1 or T2.
We left the urology department with lots of literature and here is where we started to get a bit overwhelmed. I’m sure you all know what I mean by that.
His consultant phoned on Wednesday to say that “as it is intermediate” he would have to have treatment. Surgery is not an option because James is already under the care of the haematology department for a blood disorder that, although doesn’t cause any problems, means he has a low white cell count (the cells that fight infection). The consultant said his only option is to have hormone therapy and then radiotherapy 5 days a week for 6 weeks and has prescribed him Bicalutamide. He is expecting to receive an appointment with an oncologist at the hospital where he would have the radiotherapy.
Having read about all the side effects for both HT and RT (see, I told you I was learning), James is reluctant to do anything and this is why we are now asking for your help and advice. At this point, he’d like to put off any treatment and monitor it by having PSA tests every 3 months. We aren’t necessarily agreed on this point but we welcome your input.
I realise I have gone on and on, I apologise, and thank you to the people who have read this far. I am a touch typist and it has probably taken you longer to read this than it has for me to type it.
Thank you, in anticipation. Now off to enjoy/endure the football. I’m English and James is a Scot! All fun in this house.
Edited by member 05 Jul 2021 at 15:11
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