Hello and thanks for the help and information on this forum. I am 64 and recently diagnosed with PCa. My Gleason score is 3/4 (7) with 5 out of 12 biopsy cores showing cancer and one of those rated as a 4. PSA is 4.9 So I am a low level.
Because of the 4 rating it was recommended that I enter treatment and I am all for that since I don't want this to spread.
I am trying to decide between beam radiation treatment or prostate removal. My oncologist recommended the beam radiation treatment over surgery because of my weight and possible incontinence issues after surgery. I am 5'8" and weigh 276# but overall health is good with no other issues. Sexual activity is not an issue for me.
I believe both treatments have about the same results in mitigating the effects of the cancer but I am concerned with some of the side effects of the radiation on the bowel. Part of the procedure is an out patient surgery that places markers into the prostate and the insertion of a polymer (?) shield between the prostate and the rectum to protect the rectum from the radiation.
Any one have similar experiences?
Thanks and best wishes to all going through this and other medical issues.