Diagnosed in March, 2011, this site was a wonderful complement to my individual study as to which course to take. Much appreciation to Kongo, Swingshiftworker, Silverfox and others who have consolidated their data and efforts in helping to make a complex decision slightly less difficult.
I am 62, Gleason 6, 2/12 cores positive, 10% volume, PSA 14.2. PSA has been 6 -8 since 1996 when 2 biopsies were negative. Kaiser/Colorado Doctors thought that PSA of 6 was my norm so they were not alarmed. When it spiked to 11, 13 and then 14 in 8 months, another biopsy was suggested with the aforementioned results.
DaVinci surgery was not recommended by the urologist because of my being on coumadin for thrombophlebitis since 1993. Radiologists favored external beam but I did not like the potential side effects and number of trips for treatment. CK was discouraged by Kaiser due to lack of data plus it was not covered.
Outside urologists & radiologists consulted for independent thought which eventually led me to Cyberknife. 3 CK machines in Denver area with costs ranging from $20K- $27K. I found one that offered me a substantial self pay discount. Their radiologist is first rate and has worked with Dr. Fuller. Very possible that PCa has been present since 1996 but was missed in the biopsies. Perhaps I've been doing active surveillance unintentionally.
Fiducials were placed by a local urologist 3 days ago who was doing it for the first time but the CK radiologist was in attendance. It hurt a lot even with local anesthetic! MRI / CT in 2 weeks due to my travel schedule and then CK during mid June. Thanks to Kongo, I will get treatment every other day. Will post again in June.