Trying to find accurate information concerning prostate cancer is harder than finding a particular zebra in a herd of zebras. The difficulty is compounded by the myriad of articles written by self proclaimed experts. Some experts advocate an herbal treatment for prevention. Some recommend a change in the diet. I have seen articles that claim an active sex life can lead to cancer and other articles that say an active sex life can prevent cancer. The literature is confusing, contradictory, and copious. This is an article by someone with no axe to grind who has been there, done that, and almost bought the tee shirt.
When my father died from prostate cancer I became concerned that I could also get the disease. Once I reached the age of 50 I had an annual physical examination; part of which included a prostate specific antigen (PSA) test. I learned that a low score is good, a score of ten or higher is bad.
During my physical in 2008 my PSA score was a good 2.8, but in 2009 it was 4.8. While 4.8 is not a “bad” score, the fact that it doubled in one year was a cause of concern for me and my doctor. He recommended a biopsy. The biopsy, a little uncomfotable but not painful, revealed cancer.
A few weeks later my wife and I went to a meeting of several neurologists and a nurse social worker to discuss possible treatment alternatives. These included diet and exercise, radiation, pills, chemotherapy, and prostatectomy (surgical removal of the prostate). The herb and exercise solution to me was not any type of solution. I had been taking selenium and saw palmetto daily. After two years they hadn’t helped me. Radiation therapy and chemotherapy were not good enough. My wife and I agreed on the surgery. Post surgery PSA results one month and six months later were 0.0, the cancer was gone.
The surgery consisted of the doctor making six small incisions into various parts of my abdomen, He placed a catheter in me and a tube in my left side to catch blood and urine. I went home after two nights in the hospital, catheter and tube intact. Vicadin taken one pill three times a day relieved any pain I felt. In a few days the catheter and tube were removed.
Two side effects of the surgery include impotence and incontinence. Initially I had to wear a few Depends daily because of incontinence. Before long I was using one small pad daily to catch any leaks. A week or two later I stopped using a pad. Physical therapy is teaching me how to prevent leaks. Still working on overcoming impotence. The upside is I am still alive and still able to be with my wife. She still has a husband.
Nine months later we are still happy that I selected the surgery. My hair didn’t fall out. I wasn’t sick every day. I was’t trying to stick to a diet. I wasn’t experiencing side effects of medication. My chance of prostate cancer recurring is zero.
Every man must make up his own mind but this treatment has worked for me.