Advice, support, anything you would like to add
New to the site,
I have read some of the diagnosis that other men on the forum have had and have read how they are handling their issues.
My PSA results have been creeping higher in the last few years.
My original test in 2011 was 3.9 so during my yearly check up this year my GP was not going to do a PSA but I asked to have it done anyway.
The results indicated I needed to see a urologist and the urologist decided due to my family history that I needed a biopsy on the prostate to confirm what was going on.
After my biopsy in October, I was diagnosed with prostate cancer.
I'm 48 years old
Gleason 6 3 + 3
6/12 cores positive
5/6 on left side
1/6 on right apex
CT abdomen and pelvis negative.
Erections still happen nightly more aware of them since diagnosis,
I have had incontinence issues for years but never thought about what caused them.
The original urologist scared the hell out of me after the CT scan tellling me I needed to have a bone scan due to some issues found in my hips and on my vertebrae.
Bone scan came back negative.
Received a second opinion from our Cancer Clinic Urologist.
I was advised that I was not a candidate for active surveillance due to the high volume low risk disease.
I'm scheduled to have a Robotic RP in two weeks.
I stumbled onto this forum after looking for a place to read more about what other men are going through.
The initial reaction that I had was that I would be dead within five years but after getting better information and asking the right questions and having a better urologist my worries have eased and now have a new perspective on my diagnosis.
None of us are guaranteed a tomorrow so I'm living for today.
I'm hoping that the cancer is contained just to the prostate and I'm not looking forward to the incontinence or the ED.
I'm hopeful that at my younger age, I will be able to bounce back within a year or so.
Any suggestions on after surgery care would be greatly appreciated.
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