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Dodger lives in Indiana, USA. He was 75 when he was diagnosed in April, 2016. His initial PSA was 5.83 ng/ml, his Gleason Score was 7b, and he was staged T1c. His choice of treatment was External Beam Radiation (Other). Here is his story.

I was diagnosed with PCa in April of this year. My PSA was 5.83 prior to my biopsy. My Gleason score was 4+3=7. % positive cores 16% (2/12). I am currently on Active Surveillance. I chose AS because my biopsy remains were sent to Prolaris (Myriad Laboratories) for genetic testing. The results came back some what favorable in the non-aggressive range.

Living with cancer has elevated my anxiety level, and I must admit some depression. I am 76 now, and I know one cannot live forever, but the anxiety is there, and it just adds to the fact my body has PCa.

I just has a PSA reading, I will get the results December 1 at a re-evaluation with my urologist. I would like to continue with AS, but if my PSA has elevated, I will undergo treatment.

I would very much like some comments or suggestions from the community.

Thanks!

UPDATED

December 2016

I visited my Urolgist today 12-1-2016 for a re evaluation. I had a PSA test done prior to the visit, and my PSA had increased from 5.83 to 6.87. I was disappointed to say the least of the increase.The last PSA was taken 7 months ago. So that's an increase of 1.04. (not Good)

I discussed my options going forward and I have agreed to have a MRI-guided prostate biopsy After January 1 2017. My TRUSS biopsy as I indicated in my previous story, and the results were.. 2 cores 4-3=7 and 3 +3 =6

I will meet with my Urologist again after the results of the MRI- guided biopsy and discuss my treatment. Whether or not I stay on AS or go for treatment. We did discuss another PSA test after 3 months, but I declined on that plan, My opinion, The MRI would give me a better indication of my PCa, and let me make a sensible decision. My age if not know, is 76, and healthy (at least I think so...)

I would like some opinions from the group, I would be very appreciative!

Thanks, Roger

UPDATED

January 2017

A MRI Guided biopsy was performed on January,6 2017.m The results showed no significant changes In my previous Biiopsy (TRUS)

Scheduled a visit with a different urologist, for a second opinion. I met with him on January 13,2016. The visit resulted with an appointment visit with an oncologist, on January 23,2017 to discuss treatment for my PCa. Have decided to leave AS, and go for treatment.

Roger Philpot

UPDATED

February 2017

Just finished 18 EBRT treatments, 25 more to go. No Hormone thearpy. The type of radiation is called RapidArc radiation therapy. Volumetric Arc Therapy (VMAT) or RapidArc® Radiotherapy Technology is an advanced form of IMRT that delivers a precisely-sculpted 3D dose distribution with a 360-degree rotation of the gantry in a single or multi-arc treatment.

I am taking AZO tabs, generic for Pyridium. Frequency of urinating is still a bothersome to me.

Roger

UPDATED

April 2017

I just finished 43 treatments of EBRT, side effects were manageable, thanks to my oncologist. Some at times, were not very pleasant. It goes with the territory, and you just deal with them.

Now comes 6 weeks of healing, along with more side effects, my Oncologist tells me. I am a 76 year old that could perform "ON Demand" Now I have ED. Well, oncologist (she) "says more to life than losing one's erections." I agree, I am alive, and supposedly cancer free. I will get my PSA test in middle of May.

Oncologist says ED is probably permanent. Any help or suggestions on ED after EBRT, I welcome any input that could give some hope, that I might regain my erections. lol I want to thank all of you for the support and guidance, this forum is great!

Kind Regards,

Roger

Dodger's e-mail address is: rphilpot AT sbcglobal.net (replace "AT" with "@")


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