• What next...diagnosed with prostate cancer

    Asked by John on Monday, November 7, 2011

    What next...diagnosed with prostate cancer

    I have my 1st meeting with my current urologist tonight to discuss my diagnosis of prostate cancer. The doctor called last Thursday AM to tell me results of biopsy...Gleason score of 6 (3+3) and cancer in 8 of 12 biopsies. Any special questions to ask? Will I have any supprises?

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    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      John, I have not had prostate cancer, my father did, for several years. I am a three time cancer survivor, Hodgkins 2, and head and neck. I can't help you with your specific questions about the prostate cancer other than to tell you my father was diagnosed at 70 and died at 84, it finally spread to bladder and other places. I questioned the docs at the time of diagnosis about taking it out, they said at that time it spreads so slowly he will die of something else long before the prostate cancer gets him. They were wrong, he outlived the prognosis, I wish we would have gone a head and had it taken out. Just our experience, and he was 84. My best of luck to you on your journey, I'm sure someone with more direct experience with prostate will answer shortly.

      almost 9 years ago
    • MAGNUM1's Avatar

      John, welcome to What Next. I am a 7 year prostate cancer
      survivor. Diagnosed at age 53, with an initial Gleason score
      of 6. Please read my journey, for detailed information on my experiences, from diagnosis through treatment. I could repeat
      my "story" here, but it will be easier for you to read my journey.
      After doing so, it is likely that it will prompt you to ask me, some specific questions. I would be glad to assist you, in any way I can.

      almost 9 years ago
    • Indyeastside's Avatar


      Same as Magnum, diagnosed in 2008 at age 55, stage III, gleason of 7-been through it and am glad to answer you concerns.

      Make sure surgery is required-maybe second opinion it. I was lucky enough to stop the cancer-but have given up some life functions as a result. Nerve sparing surgery-not so nerve sparing.

      But happy to help if I can.

      almost 9 years ago
    • toml's Avatar

      Hi John,I just had robotic laproscopic prostate surgery on Aug 15th. My gleason score was 6 as well. I had 1 of 12 biopcy points come back as cancer. When they checked the prostae in the lab, it was 15% cancer,contained. The surgey was a piece of cake. I was out of the hospital on the 3rd day. After a week I fet like I could do anything. The bag stayed for 8 days and all the surgical spots are complety healed now. The leakage issue is something I'm still working on. The other issue is the man thing. I still doesn't do a thing. The doctor said it may be Jan.Feb to see if it comes back. He said that moving the nerves was a clean job and he got 99% of them. So I guess I have to wait and see. I requested a full body scan and got that. I was not satisfied with the explanation in the report, so I have requested a 2nd scan. I have an appointment on Dec 5th for that. All in all,I guess thing are good. I still have personal issues with the cancer, I will hae to work them out some how

      almost 9 years ago
    • dmh's Avatar

      Just finished 1 of 2 treatments of HDR (High Dose Radiation) at Moffitt in Tampa. Gleason 6 --not spread out of prostate.
      They put DURASEAL between rectum and prostate to protect it. It's been 7 days and have side effects of urges to go #2 and can't. Also little blood in urine (expected) but supposed to be best treatment for non aggressive prostate cancer, not spread outside. 2nd treatment is Mar. 9 and that's it. Lower risk of ED and incontinence and no bowel problems. Anyone famiar with this? They've been doing it for 2 years...inserting "straws" into the prostate, radiating it for 15 minutes and taking them out.

      over 8 years ago
    • erosenberg's Avatar

      john, i am a 7 year survivor with a current psa of.6...i did proton treatments at lom linda and did not have a down minute...played golf every day...if interested in this treatment let me know...it is the most non-invasive treatment with the best results

      about 8 years ago

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