Prostate cancer
posted by hughie
12 July 2021

Prostate Cancer Choices

Last reply: 19 days ago

Hi, I have recently been diagnosed with Prostate Cancer. It's not aggressive but serious enough to need to be removed. I now need to choose between surgery and radiation. I have read about both options and would be grateful for experiences for others who have been through one or the other and the long term effects, such as incontinence.



commented by gm
14 July 2021

1 year ago

Hey Hughie. I was here looking for help regarding my fathers side effects after radiation. His was 10 years ago, so maybe radiation has improved. Get the top urologist going. Look at the US, they are using cyro - freezing the prostate, with less damage to the body. My father has a fistula that he may likely die from because the radiation ruined his cells- pretty common it seems. Do lots of research, talk to others, leave no stone unturned. I wish you well, keep strong and say no to apathetic doctors! Best, G

commented by Cancer Nurse
16 July 2021

1 year ago

Hi Hughie,

Thank you for posting on the online community.

I am sorry to read about your diagnosis of prostate cancer. It is very helpful to learn more about other peoples experience of the different treatment options for prostate cancer. The Irish Cancer Society run a peer to peer support programme for newly diagnosed patients. Our trained volunteers give support and practical information. We could put you in contact with both someone who has had surgery for prostate cancer and someone who had radiotherapy for prostate cancer. I have attached a link for our information page on the peer to peer service here.

If you think that you would find this service helpful please contact one of our nurses on the Support Line, Freephone 1800 200 700, Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm.

Kind regards,

Cancer Nurse

commented by Donal
21 September 2021

1 year ago

Hello Hughie
I was diagnosed 2 years ago and had surgery .The most difficult part was not having someone to chat to My biggest mistake was not telling people except for those closest to me .When I returned to work and told people why I was out I found so many men who had been on the journey. If you have any questions ask away ..I went in blind as this was the best option for me .

commented by Dublinman
04 November 2022

26 days ago

Hi Donal Thanks for sharing. How do you do after surgery? Is there any side effects due to prostectomy? Did your psa level reduce?

commented by JL
12 November 2022

19 days ago

Hi Donal

I have had similar diagnosis and found it difficult to get support about different choices, mainly because both radiation and surgery seem to be good choices and the difference is very nuanced. In the end it seems to come down to personal preference rather than one being medically superior. I think this makes it really difficult.

You are kind of left with a difficult paradox, on the one hand I want a choice but on the other side I don't want to make it.

I the end I have decided to go with Da Vinci surgery as it seems to give me better options should cancer return.

Surgery is scheduled for December 9th.

I have come to terms with fact that both choices carry risks and it will be just one of those things if it does not workout as well as I would like.

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