Jun 14, 2012 - 11:19 am
Hi again - Am quite new to the board and have only posted once before. I was diagnosed about a week and a half ago and was stunned at the appointment - I didn't process a lot of the info provided and consequently provided some incorrect info here. Here is my situation. 55 years old - relatively healthy - 10 cores sampled - one w/cancer present (11%) - Gleason score 7 (3+4) PSA 7 - stage 2 (as well as I can determine from info online). Have VA insurance so treatment options limited to open RP, robotic ROP, radiation, seeds or hormone therapy. Dr says watchful waiting is option - but w/my family history (father died at 64 from PC) she believes it is the least attractive option.
Discussed open and robotic RP w/surgeon - he was only recently certified for robotic and VA does not have own equipment - uses robot at Roswell Park Cancer Center ONLY 1 day per month. It is booked until January 2013. I'm a big guy (not side show big) and do have some belly fat. Surgeon said it does not happen often, but occasionally once surgery has begun is determined can't safely remove surgically because of restricted access so they stop and patient has option of radiation after he heals) If this happened would there be a chance that the cancer would spread more quickly if it has been exposed to air?
I am interested in knowing how well people have recovered from open RP - particularly w/ re-occurance, incontenance and erectile disfunction. I do not want to do radiation or hormone therapy and both Docs I have spoken to said they don't think either of those options is the best for me.
Thank you all in advance - i am alone in this decision and would REALLY appreciate the input.