Oct 25, 2011 - 7:47 am
Following rising PSAs topping out at 5.6, I had my 1st biopsy, which revealed 2 ot of 12 cores containing 4+4=8 GS cancers at 20%--30% respectively. The two cancerous cores are side-by-side.
I will be 70 yrs old on Thanksgiving day 2011 and in incredibly good health, otherwise.
When I had my biopsy, I had hoped the results would show no cancer, and if it had to be cancer, that the GS would be a 6. My hope was that I could watchful wait, because of my age and die from something else and take the PCa to my grave. However, with a GS 8, that doesn't seem like a cool thing to concider.
So here I am, in need of love and encouragement, and mostly feedback from this great community of people faced with or who have gone through all of this before me. I have/am reading EVERYTHING almost every waking moment.
There are no easy answers or treatments; they all rip a man at the heart of who he is. I swing between hope to despare. I know I have to decide, but don't want to.
I have an appointment with a radiation oncologist in a couple weeks. My thinking is that because I will be 70 yrs old very soon, that external radiation and brachytherapy with some ADT might be the optimum approach. Am I on the right track here?
I desire all your help, all your feedback, and all your experience. I feel very needy right now.