Feb 02, 2013 - 1:20 am
Family History is important.
My father had PCa when he was in his late 70s and had his prostate removed.
We have no medical information on his cancer except he was placed on hormone shots for some time after his surgery.
I was DX with PCa almost 4 yrs ago. PSA under 10 but gleason was a 5 + 4, stage with with bladder neck involvement. Had surgery, hormone shots and radiation. last PSA in NOV showed an increase from .001 to .1.
My only brother and only sibling was DX with PCa almost 2 yrs ago. His gleason was around 5 for a combined score- much lower than mine. He received proton treatment in Chicago. At the end of his treatment his PSA was around 0. This past week he was retested and his psa has shot up to over 10 since his last test about 3 months ago. Certainly he has something going on.
I share this just to emphasis that once someone in a family has PCa all the men coming after that person need to be very diligent to get their PSA checked starting at an earlier age than is generally recommended. That is my opinion anyway.
I am certainly concerned about my 2 sons. And 2 grandsons.
This PCa thing is war!!