How do men handle prostate cancer
I can tell you how I handled it. After the biopsy and discovery that I did, indeed, have prostate cancer, I immediately planned to have my prostate removed. I didn't even discuss radiation seeding, etc. The key to prostate cancer, in my opinion, is catching it early and removing the organ. It's an organ one does not have to have to live one's life. My surgery was on May 10, 2011 and my recovery was uneventful. I can provide more details if you are interested.
My father was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1996. He/we looked into radiation seeding and other options but chose to come to Mayo Clinic for removal of his prostate. He is still cancer-free 15 years later. Thank you to the wonderful doctors and nurses who cared for him.
I'm writing from the female partner point of view. My husband was diagnosed with prostate cancer 13 years ago and was treated at Mayo with surgery. He is cancer free to this day. However he suffered from impotence - erectile dysfunction. For a while this was devastating to him and of course affected me as well. With the help of Mayo we learned to refrain and regain our ability to be intimate. We have written a book about our experience but would be happy to share more if anyone is interested.
My husband is 51 years old and has been diagonsed with aggressive prostrate cancer with a rare form involving the seminal tubes. We were scheduled for surgery Aug 8, but now the specialist from Duke has said that it is too advanced from the tests and wants to go directly to radiation therapy. Has anyone experience this or knows of anyone who has?
I had my annual PSA test in April, 2011. It came back 6.94. My Urologist diagnosed it as prostaties (sp?) and prescribed an antibiotic for 30 days and to see him in a year. A year later my PSA test again was slightly over 7 so he did a biopsy - result - agressive cancer - gleason score of 9. I have had 2 CT skans, a bone scan, and an X-ray which has shown a probable spread of the cancer to my rib. I have a biopsy scheduled for tomorrow AM. I started on hormone therapy (Lupron) but they are not recommending radiation. Am I getting bad advive? I am disapointed that my urologist did not have a biopsy a year ago. Was his action standard treatment?
My husband was just told he has stage 2 prostate cancer, Gleason 7 tsa2 , I think his urologist is a small town surgeon who is giving him no option but removal! Bone scan was negative and it is localized to his prostate. He has not had any urination or ejaculation problems or erectile distinctions.A discomfort in his testicals led him to a Psa test, results were 140!!!??? We have our appointment with Dr.Swanson at AZ Mayo 6/21/12. He is going to turn 38 6/23/12. I am fully aware of the possible side effects of surgery and seed, etc.. I just need some support and "real information" from men who have gone through this. I love him and would like some honest advice on the impotence and incontinence. I am prepared to hold his hand for the rest of our lives but need to know how I can help and comfort his personal insecurities with all of the upcoming worst case scenarios.
There are 6 things i used to pull me through a MIRACULOUS recovery from Stage IV prostate cancer. I had a PSA of over 25,000 and was (according to my Dr. within a week of total hepatic and renal failure). That was August of 2011. I am now in great health (a bit overweight) with an undetectable PSA and clear scans.
1. Strong Faith
2. A Grateful / Thankful Heart
3. Wise Counselors - Great Dr's and others
4. A Tenacious Spirit
5. A Vision for the Future
6. A Strong Support Network - Family, Friends, Prayer Warriors, etc.
I can give you the gory details if you are interested. But I am living proof that no matter how bad things appear they can get better.