My first PSA test I ever had was at 49 years old, it was 4.0. My doc didn't choose to refer me, didn't even mention it. My second was 2 years later and it was 7.8. Doc referred me, but I blew it off.
NOTE: 49 is way too young for that high of a PSA.
My third was another 2 years later and it was 20.6. Wow, things got serious. Went to the Uro, he stuck the wand of pain up my backside and told me later that I had prostate cancer and my Gleason was 8.
So, At this point I'm not all that worried because it's just prostate cancer. You know the good cancer. What the heck did I know, time is a cruel teacher sometimes.
Anyway I had my shot of Firmagon, then had my Robotic RP. Dang, I'm a Gleason 9 now, it's invaded every portion of my prostate and 75% or more and even escaped it. Everything positive.
But my Uro says he's still thinking cure, I'm hopeful. Anyway, I go on Lupron for 2 years, feeling like the woman I ain't.
Post-op 18 months(June 2015) I had radiation to the pelvic region including lymph nodes. My RadOnc tells me, "You know if this don't get it, it's incurable."
But that was then, I had my last Lupron shot in Feb 2016 and I'm still undetectable in November 2016. I'm feeling pretty good, my marriage is better than ever, I have a great job. Just living for the day, appreciating everyone and everything.
What have I learned. EVERY guy is different. Do your homework, ask questions, make your own decisions about treatment and don't let the beast scare you, live life and love everyone even those you don't like. Oh, and don't take any BS from anyone, life is short live it to the fullest!!
Aleph's e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org