I was diagnosed with prostate cancer on August 7th, 2010 after going through a prostate biopsy. I'm 59, with recent biopsy results showing 1 of 12 positive, with 8% of the core tissue involved; Gleason of 3+3=6, previous PSA was 2.9 in Dec 2009, last PSA was 4.1 in June 2010, nothing on DRE, no family history with PC, Stage is T1c. General health is good, other than having to take Pravachol for cholesterol.
I have already met with an open surgery advocate (my urologist), a robotic surgery advocate (another urologist within the same practice); I am meeting with a specialist in (ProstRcision) brachytherapy (Radioactive iodine [I-125] prostate seed implant) along with IMRT radiation. I am also scheduled to meet with the Director, Uro-Oncology from major medical center here in Metro Atlanta to get another opinion on treatment options. So as you can see I am in the early stage of learning, understanding and exploring my treatment options. I want to ensure what ever is done is right for me, not just because it worked effectively on someone else or just because the numbers indicate a specific treatment option. I'm beginning to see that there is a lot to be considered, I've already spoken to several friends who had prostate cancer, were treated and doing fine but their cases were very different from mine, in fact much more severe situations. There are opinions, facts, suggestions, papers, clinical studies and more to read and understand when it comes to treating prostate cancer. A wealth of information to the point it can be more than you can effectively comprehend, I would just like to be able to sort it out for me. If anyone can provide any advice or suggestions let me know, especially if you were previously diagnosed in your 50's as I am, how are you doing today, what was the most effective treatment for you. I also understand that treatment therapies have changed and evolved too over the last 10 - 15 years and new ones are on the horizon. Being located in Metro Atlanta I have access to numerous medical resources, I am just trying to ensure I make the best and most effective medical decision with the help of my doctor that will work for me.