IOWA JOHN 02/10/2012 @ 11:52am
I have read your articeles befor and generally agree with them whole-heartaly. I am a cancer survivor from prostate cancer. I had the same ordeal that you described to a tee. Although there has been many improvements since I had mine,it seems the little evaseive forms.have a way of hideing. I had retropubic prostatectomy in 1999. I had a psa reading in the teens and on both sides of my prostate gland. I also was advised the same way you mentioned on getting two opions as I did. With my p.s.a. being as high as it was I chose to go the route I mentined above. I was out of commission for 8 weeks and then climbed on a tractor and have worked every day since. After three years my p.s.a. shot back up and I took radition for 36 consecative days continuing work each day. My radioalogist said that was the best thing I could do. I am now dealing with slight bowl blockages they say is caused by scar tissue do to radiation. I am 79 years old and as far as incontince I have managed to handle that without much trouble. Impotenece is another story. But I have been able to see my grandchildren grow up, which was my goal when I was first told I had cancer. I still work every day and feel I am very fortunate as I look around and see so many with cancer at an early age with little outlook for recovery. J.N.
Re: Re: psa regard
DANIEL LOOKER 02/10/2012 @ 12:22pm
Thanks for sharing your experience, John. I'm glad the radiation helped and that you have been able to enjoy your grandchildren. And I'm impressed that you were back on the tractor after just 8 weeks.
I haven't had any radiation since my urologist believes he caught all of the cancer early enough. But, of course, I'm still getting PSA tests to make sure he's right. I'm careful in writing about my own experience to avoid claiming to be "cured." But I'm optimistic that I, too, will have many years to watch my granddaughter (who is now over eight months old) grow. And I hope you have many more years of relatively good health.
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