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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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      MichaelV

      The best advice I can give you is get a second and third opinion. Each case is different and each oncologist and urologist have different ideas. Listen to as much as you can and then make the decision which is best for YOU. Remember, this is a business and sometimes the people we look to for advice have built in biases that may not be helpful for our specific case.

      over 4 years ago
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      mgm48

      While my story like every other is different as will be yours. we all share the same disease and separate decisions to make. you are welcome to read my story as i have documented my chemo cycle day by day but a quick summary is that surgery gave me 7 years then hormones gave me 3 months then 5 months of wait and see then new oncologist and chemo and PSA is dropping again. As for side effects of ANY treatment you can easily look them up on the cancer.org website and others, BUT be aware that they are different for everyone. my sides for hormone therapy were mild, hot flashes for first treatment and upset stomach for week 2-4 of the first 3 treatments. Even though the treatments stopped being completely effective after 3 months I continue to get the shots. as you go thruogh this remember there are lots of us all ready and willing to share our experiences and the medical community is actively researching new and better treatments all the time.

      We are all pulling for you

      Keep it positive and smile :)

      over 4 years ago
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    Radiation (External 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

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    Procedure or Surgery (Laparoscopic radical prostatectomy): Doctor was confident surgery would be "curative"
    Difficult recovery process

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