May 23, 2009 - 5:52 pm
Well I knew I would face this at some point in my life just not at 54. My dad was diagnosed with Prostate cancer at age 67 back in 1997 (still with us). A routine physical, elevated PSA 4.2 followed by another one 1 week later at 4.6. Dr. recommended biopsys to rule out cancer, not to rule it in. 5 of the 12 samples came back with Cancer all Gleason 7's with the majority being 4+3. Also signs of pernirual invasion. Yuck.
So now I have been exploring my options for the past month. Looked at my dads treatment which was Proton Treatment at Loma Linda California. So far I have been Greatly dissapointed in the way they are dealing with me.
Visited a Seed Implant/Radiation Dr. in atlanta that does some procedure called Prostercision.
Next on June 8th I visit a Dr. Joseph Smith at Vanderbilt in Nasvhille to discuss Robotic surgery and then will make up my mind.
Does any one have experience with either Dr. Smith or with the Robot?
I'm not scared of death but very afraid of the sexual impotence issue I read so much about. I've been going through highs and some very low lows of depresion the last one lasted 3 days. I talk to my spouse but dos she really understand all of these 'weird thoughts' and feelings?