Mar 21, 2010 - 10:54 am
Everybody is so helpful here! I read Dr. Walsh's book and it was so facinating, I read it in like 2 days (and it's a big book).
I know that for me, surgery is my best and only option. I am 51 and have a long way to go in this world...
I am now contemplating the other choices over which I have control - my Dr., the Open vs, Robotic and then timing.
Dr. Walsh talks about not rushing because one has to give the prostate time to heal from the biopsy. He (and my doc) recommends 6-8 weeks minmally. I had a "saturation" biopsy - one where they took 41 samples because the first biopsy came back clear after 12 samples. So, I am sure my little prostate gland is pretty pissed off and needs time to heal.
My brother had a similar experience after the multiple biopsies it took to find his cancer. By the time they removed his prostate, it was "a bloody pulp" according to his doc.
So, since my 41 samples came back with only 2 positives (both in the same area) and a Gleason score of 3+3=6 and my PSA is around 4-5, I am thinking that I might have a little more breathing room. Who knows, right?
Has anyone out there any opinions on timing? I have to believe that most of us feel the "get it the hell out of me" feeling if surgery is our choice.
Three weeks and counting,