Feb 01, 2011 - 2:58 pm
As a bit of background, I'm a guy who got annual physicals.
After my physical in '08 my doc said, "Hey your PSA is up slightly (2.9) lets do it agian in 6 mos."
I waited 6 mos between PSA tests and I was at 4.8. "Get a biopsy" the Doc told me. Hmm, I thought, well it's a slow growing type of cancer and I have a bunch of stuff going on at work, I'll get a biopsy after things settle down in a couple of months.
9 weeks later I did the biopsy (AKA BB gun butt attack) and 8 weeks after the biopsy I was in Surgery (daVinci RP)
Well, too late. Although my PSA was only 6.7 at time of biopsy my Gleason was 9 (5+4) and the cancer had already made its way through the prostate and the capsule to the bladder neck. The doc took all they could find, but once the barn door is open...
So why this story? I keep reading posts where patients are told "take your time", and I'm here to suggest that you make an informed decision but don't "take your time" about it.
In my case 6 mos between PSA tests was too long.
Nine weeks to biopsy was too long.
Eight weeks to surgery was too long.
All-in-all I let 10 months go by before taking direct action (surgery). Had I simply shortened all of those steps I might be cancer free today. Instead I've been through surgery, hormone therapy (6 mos Lupron), radiation therapy (38x IMRT) and chemo (6x Taxotare). And yep, I've still got a rising PSA.
So please, be afraid, get on it. Today.