I have prostate cancer.
A few months ago my family doctor felt the need to give me a prostate exam and despite my protests she did her exam and announced my prostate was enlarged. She took some blood to run a PSA test. The test came back slightly elevated and she sent me to a Urologist. He also did a prostate exam and said that the way it is enlarged pointed towards cancer. He scheduled me for a biopsy. This was done last Wednesday and I was to hear the results on Tuesday of this week. My phone never rang on Tuesday so I called his office on Wednesday morning. They told me he had the results but had not called me yet. Duh! He called me about an hour and half later to tell me the biopsy confirmed the fact that I have a malignant form of prostate cancer.
The next step is to have both a bone scan and a CAT scan to find out if the cancer has grown into any other organ. After these tests I’ll meet with the Urologist again to go over my options and see where we go from here.
My attitude has been to take things as they come. I’m not upset. If any thing I’m surprised that I’m not just riddled with cancer. I was a kid in the 60’s and grew up in the 70’s. I grew up drinking soda, watching TV and riding in cars that used leaded gasoline. Better Living Through Chemistry. I am the long term study of all that was new and improved in my life. So I am taking things as they come. One step at a time.
I asked the Doctor if it is possible to cut out the offensive tissue or to remove the entire organ to which he responded that in cases like mine it is SOP to remove the organ. There are still many questions to be answered but I just have to be patient and get these tests done then I get to sit down with the Urologist and find out where we go from here.