Treated for Prostate Cancer Today
Dear Blog Visitors:
I want to take this opportunity to thank my primary doctor, urologist, oncologist, anesthesiologist, nurses and staff of Highland Hospital in Rochester for the excellent care I received throughout the period of diagnostic tests and treatment of my prostate cancer.
I was very fortunate to have my prostate cancer diagnosed early, whereby the stage and grade were low. I was not surprised by the diagnosis, since my father and his two brothers also had prostate cancer, which means I carried the genetic marker for the disease.
Having weighed all the options for treatment, I ultimately chose brachytherapy, which is the surgical implantation of radioactive seeds into the prostate. Latest research indicates that I stand up to a 90% chance of becoming cancer free after the radioactive seeds have run their course. I won’t know for several months if I am cancer free. However, I feel positive about the prognosis given to me by my doctors.
I urge all men to have regular prostate exams, especially if there is a family history of cancer. The exam is relatively easy, inclusive of a PSA test and rectal exam. If anything looks suspicious, a urologist may recommend a biopsy, which will tell whether or not cancer is present. As indicated above, if prostate cancer is detected early, it is highly treatable, and the possibility of becoming cancer-free is highly possible.
I am having my catheter removed tomorrow, whereby my routine activities will be allowed to continue.
My thanks again to all who were involved in my treatment.
I want to take this opportunity to thank all who have wished me well following my prostate cancer procedure. I am back to my normal activities, with the exception of running with Star (Alaskan Husky). That will continue on Thursday. In the meantime, Brenda is taking care of the dog runs.
I felt fine after mowing the lawn this morning, so I went ahead and took Star for a run. I seem to be mending well. My thanks again for all the wonderful medical care I received from all involved at Highland Hospital.
Peace to all,