Oct 31, 2011 - 10:38 pm
AUS 800 for me? Please help me make up my mind.
I am a 20 year prostate cancer survivor. I am 85 years old. My Gleeson score is 7 (3+4). Over the years, I have undergone radical prostatectomy, radiation, and hormone therapy. Today my PSA is undetectable. I have experienced very little discomfort or pain because of the cancer. I am as physically and mentally fit as one could hope for at age 85. My wife of 62 years is loving and supportive. What’s my attitude toward having cancer? I don’t like it. Nevertheless, I’m coping with it and enjoying life.
That’s the good stuff.
I am jinxed with a significant problem. I wet my pants a lot–I mean oodles and oodles. It’s not painful. At times it is embarrassing. It is uncomfortable but not intolerably so. To sum it up, it doesn’t hurt, but it’s a dog-gone nuisance. I buy Guards and Depends at a big box store!
My urologist says she can fix it and would like to do so by installing an AUS 800. I am reluctant to take that step, primarily because of my age. As I understand it, here are some pros and cons.
First some pros:
Now some cons:
I have already obtained opinions from three doctors (two urologists and an internist). Now I would be grateful to hear from you.
Please help me decide. What do you think? Shall I do it? Or shall I not?