3/2006 diagnosed at age 54 with 7 of 10 cores Gleason 3+4 stage T2C after PSA trajectory of 1.2 > 2.4 > 5.8 over about three years.
5/2006 non-robotic radical prostatectomy (RP) - Gleason 4+3, no PCa found outside the prostate
o PSA went undetectable within a month and stayed undetectable for about a year
8/2007 PSA went to 0.12
11/2007 PSA went to 0.20, had 37 rounds of IMRT
o PSA went undetectable for 7.5 years
5/2015 PSA went to 0.02; 3 more readings since at 0.02 from the same lab, sandwiched around one reading of 0.08 from a different lab.
I'm following up with PSA tests every 6 months now; I've not at any point yet taken drugs for PCa.
Treatment benefits have been well worth my minimal side effects.
Advantages of Radical Prostatectomy that hardly anyone ever talks about
PSA is a fairly reliable indicator after RP, very high sensitivity on progression, and almost 100% specificity
no BPH and no problems urinating - for life
no more "factory" for normal prostate cells to mutate into PCa
no more semen (maybe some people consider this a disadvantage)
no more biopsies
In addition to being a survivor, I have been working in the medical device industry and actively networking with healthcare professionals for since 2006.