Dec 09, 2009 - 9:15 pm
Surprise! Surprise! Surprise!
Never been sick a day in my life except for the common cold. My Dr. monitors my cholesterol, blood pressure and because I said that my maternal grandfather had prostrate cancer treatment at 81 he decided to have a PSA test done. Good thing; probably would have been inoperable at 50!
The day before Thanksgiving I received the pathology of the prostrate biopsy! Diagnosis, Prostrate Cancer! Feel like I have been kicked in the gut, but and head all at the same time!
My prostrate is a normal size and I have no urinary symptoms associated with BPH. My ER is attributed to an auto accident in 93 due to internal disk rupture of L2 & L3 and or high cholesterol and borderline high BP.
What is a man of 48 to do? The doctor said that the cancer could have been detected three or four years ago but normally prostrate cancer screening does not take place until one is 50 years old? I was 47 at the time of the biopsy and the results of the PSA 8.0 and the TNM, T1c made my 48th birthday a real great day. The Gleason Scores of specimen D: 3+4=7, G: 3+3=6 and H: 3+3=6 with high grade PIN in G made it sound like there was little hope of a false positive.
My wife and I have no children and are afraid that this will impact us on many levels. 1st I am worried that the health insurance company will find some way to drop us or price us out coverage “purging”. 2nd quality of life after treatment, intimacy, being able to continue earning wages as usual, self employed plumber, and 3rd what is the best treatment option?
I have been on the internet all most every waking moment trying to find the best option. I have ruled out watchful waiting, wanting to get this behind me ASAP and freezing or cooking the prostrate since there are not enough significant positive results for some one in my position. Protons may be a way to go but that seems like that is better for older men?
Presently I am torn between radioactive seeds followed by targeted radiation therapy and robotic prostrate removal. I have been to see the seed doctor and not looking forward to seeing the surgeon having read about both and having watched a prostrate removal on the internet including nerve sparing.
I have read many of the blogs on the site and am still looking for objective answers. Seems like every clinic and doctor out there has the best answer and wants to do the procedure ASAP.
My wife and I want to put this behind us ASAP!
Your thoughts and suggestions are welcome!
James In Atlanta