Apr 13, 2010 - 3:07 pm
I have been reading some of the post that everybody has posted here trying to figure out my options. I have been battling with PSA levels for the last couple years, starting around 3 to 5.5 to 7.5 to 5 and now to 8.6, this over the last two years and had been treating it with antibiotics. I had a biopsy done last week and the results came back positive. Out of 14 cores, only two came back with a gleason code of 3+4=7, one at 10% in the lateral Apex and one at 20% in the mid apex. My urologist seems to think is it confined to my prostrate but gave it a 4a gleason grading saying it was "high grade" and agressive.
I am a 52 y/o very active male and the Doc is saying that I should have it removed because of my age. I'm trying to find a urogolist that works with this in South Florida and have coma across a Dr Leveille or Dr Soloway, who are supposed to be pretty good. Problem is they cannot see me until late May - June...(must be a pretty common problem here in SFL). My urologist says that this type of cancer is pretty agressive and I should have the procedure done sooner than later, (he is suggesting the next two to three weeks). Now I am wondering if I should look outside the US? I have read abou this new, (well not so new outside the US) called High Intensity Focused Ultrasound. From what I have read it sounds promising, but then I don't know.
With what the doctors have been talking about I have to consider the other issues the after effects, incontinence and erectile dysfunction, (to name two biggies). I have read several posts on here concerning the quality vs quanity of life. I can definatly say I prefer the Quality of life vs the quanity and not sure I can deal with the after effects if they are permanent. I am still young and active, both sexually and physically. I am not sure I can give that all up. Are there any options?? or am I just done with that part of my life ?
As I am sure you all can imagine I am feeling pretty low right now and trying to figure out how to beat this, as most reading this have been in this position. I don't have all the answers, or even enough information to make an informed decison on how I am going to let this effect my life.
Appreciate any and all positive comments or direction as I am trying to get through this