Aug 03, 2013 - 11:48 am
For those of you that have recently started down the prostate cancer journey, here is my update. I was diagnosed in September, 2009. My PSA was a little over 4, which by itself is not alarming. But I didn't have regular check-ups so my doctor didn't have a baseline to compare it to. He was concerned because the digital exam didn't feel right. The needle biopsy showed cancer in 3 of 10 needles, with Gleason scores of 3/4, 3/4 and 4/3. Surgery was recommended by two doctors and I had robotic surgery on October 26, 2009. I was out of the hospital the next day, had a catheter in for 10 days (maybe 2 weeks) and was out of work for a month. I have had my PSA checked every 6 months since surgery and it has been undetectable. So the biggest issues have been incontinance and impotence, neither is a big deal. I leak a little - very little and not very often. It is not really enough to be a concern. Sex is not a problem either. I have used both Viagra and Cialis, and both have worked well. The biggest drawback to Viagra is that you need to take it an hour before sex, so there is no spontaneity. I get both from a pharmacy in Canada (Polar Meds). The cost is about $4/pill for Viagra and $1/pill for 5 mg Cialis. They are both generic. If you want to ask any questions, respond to this post and I will answer. If the question is "Am I happy with the treatment that I chose?", the answer is yes.