JHK's Journey with Prostate Cancer

Patient: Prostate Cancer

Patient Info: Living with cancer as a chronic illness (undergoing adjuvant therapy), Diagnosed: over 5 years ago, Male, Age: 68, Stage IV

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    • JHK
    • Experience with Prostate Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Laparoscopic radical prostatectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    Doctor was confident surgery would be "curative" Difficult recovery process

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Experience with Prostate Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    PSA did not decline after surgery, though scan could not locate the cancer; radiation to the pelvic area was recommended and presented as a "50-50" chance of being effective; PSA doubled to 7 after radiation

    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • JHK
    • Experience with Prostate Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Decision Point

    An annual physical exam May 2011 indicated abnormality; subsequent biopsy confirmed prostate cancer (aggessive) with a high Gleason score of 9; PSA just over 3; PSA still over 3 - 6 weeks after surgery;radiation to pelvic area recommended and completed - PSA rose to 7- 6 weeks after radiation; my current Urologist suggests hormone therapy if PSA goes to 10 or 15; I have numerous questions and concerns about all this - when to begin hormone treatments (if at all), side effects, % success probability, etc. Also, probability of spread to the bones and consequences if I do nothing. I do have another PSA test scheduled for early July. Any input would be appreciated.

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