I was diagnosed in 2005 with a PSA of 4.5 and a Gleason score of 7. My oncologist at the time was Dr. Peter Grimm, an innovator in brachy therapy, who advised five weeks of spot radiation followed by the brachy surgery. All went well until 2013 when my PSA began to rise and Dr. Grimm advised cryotherapy because he believed the cancer still remained in the prostate (following MRI, bone scans et. al). This brought my PSA down until late in 2015. Since that time I have had another another biopsy, this one taking 12 samples, and the usual tests to determine if the cancer has spread. The biopsy was negative. Unfortunately, the devoted Dr. Grimm died last year. The doctor who performed the cryo and the extra biopsy retired. (He had wanted to perform a "saturation" biopsy to find out if any cancerous cells remained inside the organ.) I was urged by him to seek treatment from Dr. Daniel Lin, head of Urology/Oncology at University of Washington Medical Center. We had a first meeting three months ago. My PSA then had risen to 5. We meet again in two weeks after my next PSA. He indicated that hormone therapy was the next stage. Needless to say, this will be a challenge, given what I know about the side effects. I have found support from the local chapter of Ustoo and I plan to attend the monthly meetings. Does this sound like a "normal" course of diagnosis and treatment?
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