Oct 07, 2013 - 6:57 am
Sorry, haven't been very active here past few months. But I've been visiting almost daily and reading. I'll be going for Da Vinci surgery on Wednesday. My surgeon will be the same doctor who removed my kidney three years ago and he has done thousands of these Da Vinci prostate surgeries. So I feel pretty confident it will go well. I was looking into brachtherapy but was not considered a candidate because I am already experiencing urinary difficulties and they were concerned that they might get worse as a result of the radiation. I turned down external radiation so that left me with surgery or watchful waiting. Couldn't stand the idea of having this thing growing in me, not knowing when or if it would spread. My PSA has gone from time of biopsy (April 13, 2013) from 4.71 to 6.16 to 5.47. The second one was taken too soon after biopsy (it had been preordered and the lab automatically administered it when I went for something else). So that explains the big jump. But I wasn't happy with the last reading either, considering it was 3.82 less than a year earlier. Anyway, I'm mentally and emotionally prepared (I think).
Best to all,
age 66, 3+3=6, 5.47 PSA
p.s. A few days ago, I heard from the VA about my Agent Orange claim. They denied the kidney cancer claim but approved the prostate claim.