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    Celebration (<.01 cancer detection)

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    Procedure or Surgery: one year plus after surgery. psa test have been >.01. life has changed
    some but life is always changing. Thankful for a great family and a great doctor!!!

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    Oh No (Misdiagnosed): At time of operation a gleason score of 7 (4+5)
    after operation biopsy showed a gleason sore of 9(4+5) . Cancer outside of postrate but was told all has been removed. Could need treatment later on is possible .

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    Procedure or Surgery (Robotic assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy)

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    Oh No (Misdiagnosed): From a Gleason score of 6 to a Gleason score of 7 (3+4)

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    ME-TOO asked a questionProstate Cancer

    operation at age 70 ?

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      Ross

      At almost 70 when my urologist said I should have a radical prostatectomy, I scheduled it as soon as possible. The incontinence was taken care of within 2 months of surgery. Because of radiation and hormones following(if your cancer is contained you may not need these) ED became a fact. Now 4 1/2 years after, I am active, play tennis, exercise and feel good. I also have friend that had his surgery at 78 and is doing well. A survivor, Ross

      over 5 years ago
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      Bobskis

      #1. Please go to a National Cancer Institute (NCI) designated hospital for an opinion and/or treatment. These are are the forefront of cancer research and will apply all the latest techniques. Since my robotic surgery 5 years ago at UCSF, I can see several new diagnostic tools added (I have referred 4 friends there, about 1 per year so you have lots of company). The tools help determine tumor progression and aggressiveness, then help suggest the best course of action: active surveillance, surgery or brachytherapy. These centers have tons of funding for research and many are teaching universities. Go to the best, why not?
      #2. If surgery is recommended, go for DaVinci Robotic Surgery. All 4 people I have referred are doing well, with good continence and potency, a great result. I have a friend scheduled for surgery soon, he just turned 70 and like you is a very young/active guy. Do your part, exercise and eat well, then you can move forward knowing this has been taken care of.
      #3. Get educated. I have people read Dr. Peter Scardino's Prostate Cancer book, you can order it on Amazon. He's from Memorial Sloan Kettering (an NCI hospital) and his book is very up to date, it important since robotic surgery results are what you want to review. You are the project manager of this project now, put those skills to good use, you will do well.

      over 5 years ago
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      martian

      I would need to know more about the evidenced-based "clinical" stage of your prostate cancer. i.e. Such as 1. What is your gleason score? 2. Did you obtain a biopsy? If you did, how many cores \tissue specimans did they take? 3. Have you been following this for a long time - from a medical history point of view? 4. What has been our diet? 5. It"s possible you have too many omega 6 imbalances in your diet. ( a big factor from some studies) 6. Did the DRE reveal any lesions on the prostate? 7. Did you have an MRI (imaging such as the parametric technology) to determine if it has spread. 8. Radiation is also an option or maybe even focal therapy. 9. What are you insurance options. (You have medicare and they will cover many of the choices with regards to you deciding on one option) 10. Check with a simple data check with the Brady cancer institute, which I believe is part of Johns Hopkins, which is a premiere medical facility. . You could plug in your information and they will provide you with some percentages and risk factors. 11. If you have minimal risk factors,(a stage 1) I would recommend watchful waiting. I have read many books and have done lots of research on the matter - I took one year to make up my mind - I chose radiotherapy and ADT. Check with all of your medical professionals. Even call the PCRI hot line in California; they will not give you advice; but, they will clarify your situation so that you can make a better informed decision. Two books I like: "Invasion of the Prostate Snatchers" by Ralph Blum and Mark Scholz. (verey interesting discussion between a person who went through and fascinating journey for 20 years with prostate cancer and an Oncologist who partnered to write this very informative book for men. The second one is called "Winning the Battle Against Prostate Cancer" by Gerald Chodak. This is a verey comprehensive and informative collection of studies of all of the possible treatments with plenty of tables and percentages. Whatever you do, don't make a decision based on "fear". Many men have been scared into making the wrong decision which is clearly shown in the "Invasion of the Prostate Snatchers." Make an informed decision, but make it based on the decision-making process which works best for you. Best wishes, Martian

      over 5 years ago