Dear Grant and Susan,
I’m so sorry to hear about Grant’s prostate and hope that the treatment will be super successful.
I count myself fortunate that although I, too, have prostate cancer, (so far) it’s not aggressive and, following a significant prostate reduction
, my PSA has fallen down to safe levels. Now for 6-monthly monitoring.
The reason I’m
sharing this with you
– and through you, lots of other oldies like me – is to point out another test that older men might like to have done, and that’s an ultrasound of the bladder.
My urologist was staggered when he saw the size of my bladder which had enlarged to accommodate the 2x increase (into the bladder) of my prostate, and his over-riding concern was not that my PSA was what it was but that left untreated my bladder was at risk of collapsing.
A bladder collapse would have meant that I would have to insert a catheter whenever I wanted to pee – not a pleasant thought. And so I had my prostate reduced by 2/3rds down to its original size.
I had had no idea that my bladder had enlarged and it was only because my brother had to admit himself to hospital in Florida a couple of years ago because he couldn’t pee – because of his enlarged bladder – that I had my bladder measured. Fortunately.
So, Grant, chin up, good luck, and I hope you’re back on your feet pdq and that your QOL is not impaired.
And to all you other men over 40/50 have a bladder ultrasound as well
Now I’ll read the e-zine.