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Prostate Cancer and Surviving Afterwards

On December 18, 2018, I was diagnosed with low-risk prostate cancer with the Gleason at 6. At first, when I heard the word “cancer,” I was a bit worried.

Weighing the options

Then my urologist mentioned a few options to remove the cancer which was very small. One was to have radiation treatments for 5 days for the next 6-8 weeks. Another option was insert a radial marker (bead) to eliminate the cancer. The third option would be to wait a while and see what happens. But the last option was what the urologist recommended — the robotic prostatectomy. He explained about how the procedure is going to be and what the side effects were.

Decision time

I explained to family, friends, co-workers, etc. about this. It took me a few months to decide which procedure I should take along with the side effects. I wanted to narrow down whatever procedure is best for me. So by the end of February of this year, I’ve made a decision and told the urologist I want the prostatectomy.

Robotic prostatectomy

So he set the appointment for last month. I was a bit nervous but then afterwards felt confident. After the surgery, the prostate cancer was removed. Took me a few weeks to feel better between hospital stays and side effects. But right now, since after surgery, I’m taking one day at a time and thank God that I survived. In a week or two, I will have a follow-up to make sure that there everything is ok.

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Comments

  • Will Jones moderator
    6 months ago

    Thanks for sharing your story, @charlesv. Our journeys sound quite similar. I’m about a year ahead of you, having had my surgery in April 2018. You can follow my experience in the articles I’ve published on the ProstateCancer.net website. Might be helpful to you. How’s it going now, four months after your surgery? Will Jones, Moderator

  • Will Jones moderator
    6 months ago

    @charlesv: here’s a link to my article Recovery Road: https://prostatecancer.net/living/recovery-road/?r=

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