I am a 78-year-old man who survived 30 years of substandard medical care in prison only to be diagnosed with prostate cancer within a year of my release.
To say I was devastated would be an understatement. My conception of this disease was 30 years out of date.
When I went to prison, prostate cancer meant you either died or wore a diaper with no sex for what was left of your shortened life span.
Prostate cancer diagnosis
I have a Gleason score of 3+3= 6 and 15% of 1 biopsy sample out of 12.
So I have a small slow-growing tumor and the Doctor and I have decided on Active Surveillance for the moment.
This seems the best option for me as I live alone in a campervan that I built myself after releasing from prison and I want to delay the side effects of radiation or surgery as long as possible.
Question for the community
My question to the group or forum as the case may be is: How many of you chose Active Surveillance as an option and later regretted it?
Have you made personal connections through your journey with prostate cancer?