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It's going to be a while until I can go shooting at my range again,,,
I'm going in for a prostectomy on Monday morning.

During my 6-month medical check-up my Doctor saw that my PSA numbers were a bit high,,,
So he scheduled an appointment with a urologist at my medical center.

A physical exam didn't reveal any lumps but did show an enlarged prostate gland,,,
He then scheduled an MRI for me and those results were also negative,,,
But then my PSA number rose a bit he scheduled me for a biopsy.

That biopsy did show cancerous cells in my prostate,,,
So he scheduled me for a PET scan.

They injected me with some radioactive goop and did the scan,,,
The purpose of the PET scan is to determine if the cancer has spread.

Fortunately for me it had not,,,
But I didn't receive Spider Man superpowers either.

Anyways, after discussing the three options of Surgery, Radiation, or Chemotherapy,,,
I made the decision to go the surgical route to remove it completely.

If I were to do radiation first then surgery later on is not an option,,,
By doing surgery first, radiation and chemo are still options.

I decided that the route I'm most comfortable with is the surgery,,,
My operation is scheduled for 7:00 AM, Monday the 9th,,,
Just 26 days after receiving the positive diagnosis.

Gentlemen, it's entirely possible that by tomorrow afternoon,,,
I could be completely cancer free,,,
Just without a prostate.

Beam me some good Karma my friends,,,
I'm apprehensive but hopeful this will all work out well.

Total recuperation is anywhere from 4-6 weeks,,,
Yes, there will be some side effects,,,
But I can live with those.

The operative word is,,,
Live with.

Aarond

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It's going to be a while until I can go shooting at my range again,,,
I'm going in for a prostectomy on Monday morning.

During my 6-month medical check-up my Doctor saw that my PSA numbers were a bit high,,,
So he scheduled an appointment with a urologist at my medical center.

A physical exam didn't reveal any lumps but did show an enlarged prostate gland,,,
He then scheduled an MRI for me and those results were also negative,,,
But then my PSA number rose a bit he scheduled me for a biopsy.

That biopsy did show cancerous cells in my prostate,,,
So he scheduled me for a PET scan.

They injected me with some radioactive goop and did the scan,,,
The purpose of the PET scan is to determine if the cancer has spread.

Fortunately for me it had not,,,
But I didn't receive Spider Man superpowers either.

Anyways, after discussing the three options of Surgery, Radiation, or Chemotherapy,,,
I made the decision to go the surgical route to remove it completely.

If I were to do radiation first then surgery later on is not an option,,,
By doing surgery first, radiation and chemo are still options.

I decided that the route I'm most comfortable with is the surgery,,,
My operation is scheduled for 7:00 AM, Monday the 9th,,,
Just 26 days after receiving the positive diagnosis.

Gentlemen, it's entirely possible that by tomorrow afternoon,,,
I could be completely cancer free,,,
Just without a prostate.

Beam me some good Karma my friends,,,
I'm apprehensive but hopeful this will all work out well.

Total recuperation is anywhere from 4-6 weeks,,,
Yes, there will be some side effects,,,
But I can live with those.

The operative word is,,,
Live with.

Aarond

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You will do great, I was diagnosed in 2016, and chose the same path. If you want to talk I will be happy to share my experience.

Most often there will be a period after surgery with a cath, I found a homer bucket to be very useful for carting the bag around.
 

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My dad died from prostate cancer. It's supposed to be one of the most treatable cancers (supposedly, if you live long enough, the odds are extremely high that you'll get it), but his misfortune was that it happened during the 'Rona times, and all those Goddamned Rona protocols kept him from getting diagnosed early enough to catch it before metastasized into his bones.

A year or so back, I listened to a podcast with a retired USAF general, and he was talking about his battles with cancer. One of them was prostate cancer, which he'd beaten. He said they'd unsuccessfully tried radiation treatment, then had resorted to surgical treatment, and if he'd had it to do over, he would've gone the surgical route first, as doing radiation first made the surgical route much more difficult.

It sounds like they caught yours early enough and they've chosen the better route, so here's thoughts and prayers that you'll have a relatively easy route to recovery.
 

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