• is prostate removal the only solution- to many side effects

    Asked by Teleplayer on Friday, July 15, 2016

    is prostate removal the only solution- to many side effects

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    • Boris12's Avatar
      Boris12

      Surgery is not an option for me as the PCa had spread to other areas by the time I was diagnosed. I am stage 4 with mets to pelvis. I immediately started with Lupron and Zometa. It seemed to keep things under control for a year now. I am currently undergoing radiation as there is a new met on my sacrum. Have lab work next week and time for a PSA test again. There are always options, depending on the stage of the PCa. Wishing you success.

      over 4 years ago
    • Surnp's Avatar
      Surnp

      As others have stated, surgery is not the only choice. I choose surgery as both prostate cancer was on both sides of my family. My mom's dad succumbed to it back in the late 1950s. Back then, there were not a lot of options. When I was diagnosed, I decided since it was already 20% cancerous, to have it removed. There are side effects to any procedure so weigh everything you've learned and feel good about the decision you make for you. It's your body so your decision is what counts.

      Also having a good doctor / surgeon will go a long way to helping you feel good about the decision you make. You will spend a lot of time with this person in follow up (at least 5 years after care) so it is important to have a good doctor. My first doctor I felt a little apprehensive with. Luckily for me he decided to retire and recommended a younger doctor he has been in surgery with. I feel really good about my doctor now and can talk to him about anything and feel he really has my best interest about my care.

      over 4 years ago
    • brendan's Avatar
      brendan

      Its what best for you, mine had not spread, and was confined to the prostate. I chose it because of that and because I wanted it out of my body altogether. I had a top Urologist/Surgeon and I had no incontinence at all, and the ED situation returned to normality after a year, it will never be quite perfect again but nothing that medication, a good partner, and a robust sense of humor cannot overcome. All in all I am delighted to be where I am after 5 healthy years.
      Brendan

      over 4 years ago

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