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    Newly diagnosed
    romel2020 posted:
    Hi all, I was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer and am overwhelmed with my new reality. I am 50 years old and am to young for the treatment side effects.
    jdangler responded:
    I was 50 when diagnosed also. I had radical prostatectomy, & breezed through it pretty much. I did have erectile dysfunction for a year, then function returned to about 80-90% normal; I never had any real problem with incontinence--and I believe all these kinds of issues are even less common now with robotic surgery (so I hear). But, I've also heard I did exceptionally well (lucky for me)! So much depends on what YOU want to do. What is your doc recommending? I assume it is a biopsy-proven diagnosis, right? What was your PSA level? I can't speak to radiation therapy or cryo or any other;
    romel2020 replied to jdangler's response:
    First of all let me thank you for responding to my post. Initially I felt like I was on an Island with out any comparative support. Your response allows me to feel a sense of kinship and support. I guess it's natural to think the worst once you receive news of this kind. After reading your post I am filled with a sense of hope for success and a sense of normalcy. My PSA was 12.3 in August and 17.1 in November and my biopsy was performed in December and was positive with a score of 3 3 in both samples. My Doctor recommends surgery or radiation a.s.a.p. I am without health insurance so I am blessed to be working with the county health system. For better of worse. I go back on February 1st to let the Dr. know which procedure I decide on.
    billh99 replied to romel2020's response:
    A Gleason score of 3 3 is fairly low risk, but the high and rappidly increase PSA is of convern.

    Like jdangler I has surgery and very minimal problems. If you click on my name in the response you will get a list of post I have made. Several of them I have given more details.

    And look at the post for the last few months. You will find others that have had sucess with radiation.
    romel2020 replied to billh99's response:
    Thank you BillH99 for your input and insight. I will look at the information you suggest and move forward accordingly. Again, just the fact that I am able to dialogue with someone takes much of the drama, and a lot of the fear out of the situation.

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