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Old 04-30-2013, 08:01 AM   #1
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F&%$ !! Prostate Cancer

My PSA has been high, and had a few spikes, the last few years. Most recent biopsy came back positive, so I see MD on May 13 to decide radiation or surgery.
Immediate impact - we're cancelling our July Hawaii vacation. Other immediate impact is of course fear and depression....
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Old 04-30-2013, 08:12 AM   #2
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What is your PSA and you Gleason scores?
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Old 04-30-2013, 08:14 AM   #3
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$#@%&+*?!!!! Is right.

Sorry to hear this and will be sending good thoughts your way.
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Man... Sorry to hear this.
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Sorry to hear that. Hope the worst part turns out to be the cancelled trip. Wishing you good luck.
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Old 04-30-2013, 08:43 AM   #6
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Before starting a treatment, consider getting a second opinion. If you indeed do have cancer, this one is usually very slow in progressing. Many times, old age kills 'ya before the cancer does the deed. Please try to keep your spirits up and keep Hawaii on your vacation list for later.
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Cancer sucks (been there, done that, got the t-shirt - but ovarian, not prostate). Make sure you go to a specialist, to a really good hospital and doctor, and get a second opinion on treatment. As has been mentioned above, prostate cancer often isn't something they treat because it grows slowly. Not always. The side effects of the surgery can be pretty upsetting. I had a friend who went through this.
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Old 04-30-2013, 08:47 AM   #8
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I was diagnosed with PC in January at age 61, I am off to Alaska for two weeks in June. In your pathology report compare the volume(size) of your prostate to your PSA. If your Gleason score is 6 or less, most clinicians will tell you that you have plenty of time to make any decisions. My PC was only detected in 5% of one of 15 samples in the interior of a 23 mm core. I have lots of options one of which is active surveillance, I won't get a PSA until July and possibly another biopsy in 18 months. Start on a good healthy diet today. PM me if I can help at all.
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Sorry to hear this....please take really good care of yourself and try not to be so fearful...I know it is easier said than done, but your attitude will have a great impact on your recovery
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...so I see MD on May 13 to decide radiation or surgery.
Please be sure to look at ALL your options. Although they could be appropriate in your situation, the two you list aren't the only treatments available.
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Old 04-30-2013, 09:19 AM   #11
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Thanks all. My PSA went from 5.4 March 2012 to 9.9 March 2013. 3 areas had cancer 2mm 3+3 Gleason, 3 mm 3+3, and 19 mm (yikes, I think) 3+4. Watch and wait is not an option, in my case.
I'm also "lucky" in that I am now a two-timer. I also have an indolent form of leukemia. Consequently, I go to Sloan Kettering in NYC for both cancers. So, I'm confident with my choice of doctor.
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Sorry for the bad news. Lots of posts here on that topic.

Wishing you a quick recovery.

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Sorry to hear this. Try to keep a positive attitude and I'm sure you will get through this just fine.
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Very sorry to hear that. Hope the worst part turns out to be the delayed vacation. Hoping for the best...
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Sorry to hear about this. My brother went for the surgery @61. It's been 5 years now and he is doing well so best of luck to you.
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My PSA has been high, and had a few spikes, the last few years. Most recent biopsy came back positive, so I see MD on May 13 to decide radiation or surgery.
Immediate impact - we're cancelling our July Hawaii vacation. Other immediate impact is of course fear and depression....
I understand...a lot of questions and emotions going on...

My DH has prostate cancer

If you have any questions, please feel free to send me a PM.
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Old 04-30-2013, 12:31 PM   #17
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I'm sorry to hear of the diagnosis. A Gleason of 3+3 has excellent prognosis and the 3+4 is only very slightly worse.

The most excellent thing is that your caught it.

Going to Sloan for treatment is fantastic. My DH was diagnosed 4 years ago (PSA went from 1.2 to 2.4 in three months !) and is now great with PSA readings of 0.00.

Hang in there. I know what you're going through. Soon you will be in Hawaii !
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Sorry for that troubling diagnosis. Best of luck! You're in good hands...
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I am sorry to hear of your diagnosis .You are in great hands at Sloan .
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Sorry to hear about your situation. Sending lots of positive thoughts your way.
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