No probs mate. I waited for over 5 months, between the time I was diagnosed and the time I had surgery. I would have been happy to wait even longer but it was the spike in my PSA that decided things for me. The reason I was happy to wait is because I realised that I probably already had the cancer for a couple of years before I was actually diagnosed, my PSA was only rising gradually, and I had absolutely no symptoms. But, just maybe, if I did get my prostate removed as soon as I was diagnosed, then I wouldn't have the recurrence now. We will never know. I don't regret my choices however. It is a very personal choice when to decide to go ahead with surgery, about the only other thing I can suggest is to do as much research as you can, to get your head around it. In a way it is similar for me, as I previously said I might be looking at hormone treatment in the months ahead and I have become so familiar with the different 'families' of drugs available, which work in different ways, that I even have a preferred strategy and medication in mind...and I haven't even discussed it with my oncologist yet! At least when I do have that discussion with him, I will feel confident that I can make an informed decision straight away.
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I did test PSA ever year, all were with in the range (3.5-4.5) Did 2 MRIs both came negative.All of a sudden my PSA level went up to 11.My Specialist said that a biopsy is needed .They did a biopsy (TRUS) and results came out with positive. They diagnosed prostate cancer Grade 1 ( Gleason score 3+3=6) My doctor says that at this stage close watch is the only thing they do ( doing PSA tests, MRIs and Biopsies) I was very upset and devastated with the news however I am trying to get on with my life.I just want to ask anyone out there if anyone has gone through the same kind of thing I am experiencing , and how dangerous and bad this is etc What other options I have etc. I thank you for reading my message and please give me some suggestions, advice, if you can My heartfelt gratitude Sus
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