Jan 04, 2013 - 3:38 pm
I am posting this on behalf of my father who is not computer savvy. My dad is 70 years old and has enjoyed fairly good health. My dad has always been very good about getting yearly checkups and PSA's. My dad's prostate exam was normal and his PSA was 6.38. Since this was a slight elevation from last year, he ordered a biopsy, thankfully. Today we went for the results and my father was diagnosed with prostate cancer. His stage is T1C with a Gleason of 7 (3+4) on both sides of gland. One positive core on left side and 4 of 9 positive on right. Perineural invasion not identified. High grade prostatic intaepithelial neoplasia on both sides as well as focal acute and chronic inflammation on right side.
His urologist recommended two options. One is hormonal therapy followed by radiation, the second one being a prostaectomy. My dad is 70 years old and has enjoyed fairly good health. My friend is an oncologist and agrees with either recommendation.
Our questions/ concerns are what are the pros and cons of both options? We have talked to several people who say that their main gripe with the removal of the prostate is what it did to their sex lives. My dad says that is the least of his worries. He has also heard from one friend that he will have to wear a diaper for the rest of his life.
We would love to hear the opinions of many of you that have chosen the different options. Would you do things differently? Did you expect your end result or did anything (risk or recovery wise) surprise you, etc?
Thanks so much and best wishes in your recoveries as well.