Living with Prostate Cancer: Meet others & introduce yourself
Welcome to the Prostate Cancer group on Mayo Clinic Connect.
This is a welcoming, safe place where you can meet others living with prostate cancer or caring for someone with prostate cancer. Let’s learn from each other and share stories about living well with cancer, coping with the challenges and offering tips.
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Let’s start with introductions. When were you diagnosed with prostate cancer? What treatments did you have? Tips to share?
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Is anyone on the hormone drug Firmagon? If so what are the side effects to expect? The nurse mentioned hot flashes but there must be more.
Thanks to all.
My Urologist requested a specific doctor to read my Prostate MRI. When I asked him why, he basically indicated that the number of doctors skilled enough to accurately read the image was limited. That only served to confirm the choice of having the Decipher test as a back up …for everything…like a second opinion.
I hear the industry is trying to use artificial intelligence to improve these type of imaging diagnostic readings but obviously its not there yet.
I think my RO is great, with skill, experience, a comforting personality, and she answered all my questions including a couple with” I don’t know”. Many RO’s seem to subtlety avoid answering a question with “I don't know “ and there are, as a layman, many grey areas unfortunately, that do not have clear answers. It’s hard to know, when to know, that your answers to questions will no longer yield further insightful information that may help you make a better decision. I had to sort of minimize the grey areas the best I could and at some point accept some of the unknowns and make the best decision I could as a collaborative patient.
Thanks for the great replies and posts. How typical is it to have one MRI Doctor diagnosed at PI-RADS 3 with 1 lesion and the other come back with 5 lesions graded PI-RAD 3-5? They did an MRI prostate contouring without me knowing, and I found the result in records online. I am not sure what any of this means. Not sure if anyone can comment, but is it possible to have glute/hip dull aches (occasional) and not have stage 3 or 4 cancer? I have PSA 3.9, a jump from 2.26 3 months earlier. Any thoughts are appreciated
Thanks for the reply. I just saw an MRI Prostate Conturing report which is completely different from the original MRI reading. The first one was 2.8 CM lesion and PI-RADS 3, and now it says I have 5 lesions 2-PI-RAD 5, @ PI-RAD 4, and 1 PI-RAD 3. Is this something normal or have you heard of it? No one from the doctor's office told me anything about this. And does dull hip aches and feeling of something lower abs means the cancer has spread?
windy4me: Trying not to make this a "solution" comment but in turn, and I hope, it may provide some support for you as it did for me. If you have your biopsy tested using the Decipher test, you will have a better feel for the aggressiveness level of what you have and whether multi-modal treatment is required. For me, it was comforting to statistically have an idea (6,708 patients) what my 10-year risk of metastasis with patients of similar clinical features at the time of biopsy was. My brother also has prostate cancer and it has metastasized. He takes hormone therapy and is weak and tired at times and he took the test as well to give he and his doctor additional guidance. Your right…its very scary and not always clear what to do or expect. Comfort for me came from family, friends and as you recognize, from people on this Mayo site but I found it also can additionally come from independent testing without any connection to a particular doctor or institution.
I agree with rockinat59. The biopsy will indicate whether you have PC. If your Gleason score is 6, you will go on Active Surveillance and be regularly tested. PC is slow growing so there is no real need for urgency.
thanks for that, just wondering as it does seem like a very good preventive measure
The gel will absorb. I never fealt it so no idea how long it took to disappear.
Thank you, I’ll check into what you said!
It lasts about 6 months and is absorbed by the body