When reading these posts, i symathise with all sufferers of prostate cancer. Like many of the contributors, I made it a strict ANNUAL routine to have the necessary examinations. EARLY DETECTION is the key to a satisfactory outcome.
A digital examination SUGGESTED that I may have haa potential problem. My urologist arranged for me to have a flow test, which also SUGGESTED a problem. A subsequent biopsy was inconclusive.... options included do nothing other than increase regular tests. However as other contributors have made very clear, late treatment of prostate cancer can be both painful and often is too late to avoid painful and possible death.
BUT THE GOOD NEWS IS early treatment has a high success rate. In my case I may not have needed treatment, but due to the availability of BRACHY THERAPY, I decided the attack the risk rather than wait for confirmation of full on cancer.
Brachy therapy is a realatively simply day surgery procedure. Radio active pellets (with an effective life of about 3 months) are injected into the prostate gland under mild anethesthetic. Recovery is in an arm chair and is made quite enjoyable with the support staff providing information, support and copious cups of tea. Personally I suffered no post operative pain and 10 years later there is no sign of cancer anywhere in my body.
The final plus for taking early action is that, unlike other procedures, none of the nerves external to the prostate area are dammaged, thus enabling normal lifestyle activities to continue as before the procedure. In my opinion and in my case I'd make this summation. Minimal pain, no invasive or painful surgery, no high powered radiation, very high success rate when early action is taken,
very low risk of cancer returning, no ongoing pain, and lifestyle remains normal.
Based on presonal experience, i would encourage readers to keep this potential killer under regular observation, and discuss your issues or concerns with your medical professional
Dr. Geoff PhD.