Nov 18, 2013 - 8:53 pm
PSA is 18, (doubling time around 2 yrs) bone scan negative, no symptoms. Diagnosed July 2011, 2 of 10 cores cancerous one 30%, one 40%, Gleason 3+4=7. I'm 57, fit and treating with active surveillance, diet exercise. Vegetarian for over a decade. Father had prostate cancer and lived until 83. Not sure if cancer was a factor at all.
I can't see treating with surgery or radiation from where I'm at with no symptoms. Been blessed with a good long life and not afraid of what is after life. At 57, still not in a hurry to get there, though.
Don't like the chances of impotency, urinary problems that accompany surgery and radiation.
I'm a Veteran and get primary care with VAMC. They are federal and do not recognize Oregon's Death with Dignity laws, so I will pursue that elsewhere as I am not a fan of pain and/or lingering. I'm an animal lover and always thought we should get to rest when we're done like our best friends (critters).
I feel good today! Vital and positive and just wanted to share my experience so far.