fasteddie's Journey with Prostate Cancer

Survivor: Prostate Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 13 years ago, Male, Age: 58, Stage III, Progressing despite hormone therapy: No

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    about 5 years ago
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    I had a complete removal of my prostate

    Decision Point

    I was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 43. My psa level at the time was 9.34. I was told to get to a Urologist ASAP after a routine physical exam. I was overwhelmed since it was the first time that I ever had a psa test. My father was diagnosed with prostate cancer at the age of 65. I was told to get checked at the age of 40. The bad part about it is that the doctors told me that they figured that my cancer was at least 5 years old. Unbelievable. We are talking age 38. I always considered it to be an "Old Mans Disease". I was wrong and have two sons that will now get checked at the age of 30.

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    about 5 years ago
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    Radiation

    Radiation was the most humiliating experience of my whole ordeal. I don't know if it has changed much but they stick this tube up your rectum and blow up a small balloon. It is very unpleasant and I swear that it seems like every nock down, gorgeous, intern is staring at your a**. They even invite friends, family, etc. and you are on display.(Just Kidding.) It just seems that way. 45 days is a long time and it seems like their equipment is always breaking down. It sucked.

    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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