Nov 01, 2011 - 10:26 am
I only found out on October 13th that I have prostate cancer. My PSA tests were 91 & 110. My Gleason score is 7 (4+3). The bone scan came back clean as did the CAT Scan. I am keeping very positive on an successful treatment plan and have a very strong support network.
I am going through the "hurry up & wait" phase of various doctor appointments as we decide on a treatment plan. My urologist is recommeding surgery with the Da Vinci robot by Dr Vip Patel (Celebration Fl), but is not being pushy at all about this. He simply stated that most urologists would recommend removal since I am 47 years old.
I spoke briefly with Space Coast Cancer Center, and they would not give me a recommendation on treatment. Said possibly may need a combo of surgery & radiation. I am visiting Moffitt Cancer Center this Thursday (11/3) to discuss options with Dr Heysek, and meet with Dr Patel about robotic surgery on 11/9. Of course, my preference is to start something sooner than later (ie before the end of the year). I guess I should be glad that the doctors I am meeting have not pushed for one treatment over the other yet. However, it sure would be nice to get a head nod or two that I am selecting the best option for my case.
I am trying to learn as much as possible so that I am able to make an educated decision. I have read some white papers on Prostate Cancer from Hopkins, and I have a pretty good book "Winning the Battle Against Prostate Cancer" by Dr Gerald Chodak.
I was hoping that anyone that has been done this path already might share with me some questions that I should be asking my doctors prior to making a decision. I have also met with numerous men that have gone through various treatments.
Anyone have a recommendation on the "Triple Prong Approach" (seeds, external radiation and hormone therapy)? My wife and I are remaining very open minded n possible solutions, and really want to take a path that provides the best chances of non-recurrence (anyone have a magic crystal ball :~) ).
Appreciate any advice