I was originally diagnosed in 1999 with PC. At that time to cancer was so small a Gleason Score could not be determined. I opted for Watchful Waiting (now called Active Surveillance). My oncologist has followed me via DREs and PSA test. I had several biopsies that were all negative which got me wondering if I really had PC. Due to some other recent problems (kidney disease, kidney stones, perforated ulcer, etc) I had several CT scans and x-rays done. They noticed my prostate was enlarged and also my PSA had been on the rise (last one was 7.7). My oncologist suggested another biopsy and I agreed. He said he would like to do a 12-core biopsy at the same time I was having a kidney stone removed since I would be out anyhow. Well the results came back and two of the 12 cores were positive for PC. The Gleason Score this time was a 3+4 on both cores that were positive.
I am considering continuing with my Active Surveillance.
FYI, I am 62 years old, currently employed but would like to retire soon due to health issues - mainly my kidney problems. I am married with one child (turing 40 this year but she is still my baby to me). I did serve in Vietnam from Jan 1969 to Oct 1970. I am currently at 100% for my PC.
Thanks in advance.