Rip S and C live in Texas, USA. He was 75 when he was diagnosed in September, 2015. His initial PSA was 4.20 ng/ml, his Gleason Score was 7, and he was staged Unknown. His choice of treatment was External Beam Radiation+ADT (Intensity Modulated with ADT). Here is his story.
Yearly rise in PSA was 2.1, 3.1, 4.2 prior to diagnosis. At that time, my personal physician said I "could" have my prostate checked by a urologist if I wanted. My father died of prostate cancer, so I opted to have it checked. The urologist said I "could" have a biopsy done if I wanted, or I could wait another year. I opted to have it done now. The result was I did have cancer with a Gleason of 7. I don't remember the staging, but it was average. I am soooo glad I had the biopsy done. I had the CAT scans done then to make sure the cancer had not spread beyond the prostate. Nothing was found. I chose external beam radiation (45 treatments) with Lupron shots for a year rather than surgery. My urologist said at the age of 75 either way to go was an equally good choice. I decided I wanted to keep some sexual ability after the treatment was over and the odds were in my favor with radiation. Except for being "feminized" for a year... actually more like 16 months, the radiation was a piece of cake. ...a little tiring maybe toward the end. I enjoyed my afternoon naps. Now, except for a more frequent urge to urinate, a change in nerve sensations on orgasm, less volume and thinner discharge, my life hasn't changed any. My PSA is 0.1 presently and my urologist said it would rise to a point lower than 1 and stabilize. I should worry not "if" but "WHEN" it begins to rise above that. Hopefully I will be dead by then.
Rip's e-mail address is: email@example.com