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Re: psa

I was 71 years old when my family doctor found a hard mass on my prostate( with his finger of course). He sent me to his favorite urologist for another exam and then biopsy. The urologist wanted me to have the prostate removed as soon as possible. I studied the situation and decided that cryosurgery would be the least invasive and reported fast recovery. I had a massive heart attack 1 year earlier. A year later , after the cryosurgery,my PSA had jumped to 7.5 and I was having pain in my groin. Tests showed a tumor next to the prostate. The Pca had spread. My family doctor then said to go to a radiation oncologist. I endured over 70 treatments and later my PSA( after 3 months) was down to 2.5. As a result of the EBRT I now have ongoing bowel and bladder problems as well as muscle aches in my hips where the radiation was shot through. I also have continuing fatigue problems and 2 months ago I thought I was strong enough to climb on a ladder to fix my antenna. I fell and fractured a bone in my back. The pain that I had was just awful. The bottom line is that I have told each and every doctor that I consider my quality of life much more important than how long I live. They look at you and and they say they understand but then they turn right around and perform some therapy( expensive by the way) that saves your life but leaves you physically in misery. I have a friend who is 80 years old. he told me that when he was about 70 years old he told the doctor that he would not allow any more prostate examinations or PSA tests. He was a engineering professor so one can't say he was stupid or misinformed. I can't begin to describe the pains that I have endured the past two years. I wish I had done like my engineering friend and said enough is enough. My final statement is : There must be a better way my fellow survivors.

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