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A bit of advice - for what it’s worth
It’s over 7 years since I had the fright of my life when the biopsy I had came back as Gleason 3:3 following an elevated PSA – 5.7 and then 7 in the previous 2 months.
But I was only 49 years old and knew nothing about Prostate Cancer and immediately thought I was going to die within a year!!! So I was advised to have either Brachytherapy or have it removed despite the very serious side-effects that would result.
So I did some research and having done so it immediately became quite clear that many, many men opt for these procedures when they could and should have remained on Active Surveillance. It still makes me angry now thinking about the appointments I had with Doctors saying that the Multi-Disciplinary Team meeting advised to have the condition treated. It really is nothing short of a scandal how many have treatment when they either don't need it or don't need it yet.
There are numerous studies out there to show that the risk of dying from Prostate Cancer – especially someone my age are just the same whether you have radical treatment or not. Obviously this isn’t the same for everyone and people have different circumstances. As a mental health nurse I can quite easily cognitively deal with the fact I have cancer, but of course this isn’t the case for some who just “want it out”.
My PSA last month was 2.2 and hasn’t been above 3 for over 3 years.
So if you’re in a position that is similar to mine – don’t rush into it – there must be so many men out there who have had radical surgery who really didn’t need to, and I can’t imagine how some of them feel.
Yes there must be many instances when this does need to happen, but bear in mind there’s many instances that it doesn’t.
Best of luck everyone
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