Jul 07, 2009 - 3:24 am
Wow, could I use some advice and words of wisdom.
I'm 70, diagnosed two weeks ago with prostate cancer. The basic stats are PSA 7.8, Gleason 3+4=7, stage T2a, with (ouch!) perineural invasion. So it looks like the cancer probably has gotten outside the prostate. I'm in good health and very active. Probably good for another 10 or 15 years if not for the cancer.
My doc recommends radiation -- maybe because I'm a bit old to have to endure recovery from surgery, or maybe because a prostatectomy most likely won't get the entire cancer. So I'm interviewing a couple of urology surgeons and a couple of radiation oncologists to get their take on the thing.
But you know, I don't think I'm especially worried about dying or about being incontinent or impotent. I think what I'm really afraid of is living a life full of ongoing small and big pain, discomfort, not sleeping because of getting up to pee all the time, of being in pain when I have a bowel movement, of all the little and big insults that can come from treatment. That's where this forum is helping me the most, because I'm seeing how a good and active life can suddenly be so compromised. And I want to know what this is like, how it feels, so I can be ready to deal with it and accept it and yet continue a satisfying life that doesn't dwell on my disease.
I'd especially like to hear from someone my age, to hear how they're doing and what prostate cancer has meant in their life. Thank you so much.