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Update on husband

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

We met with the radiation oncologist yesterday and we both agreed he's the most impressive doctor we've ever met. He was very candid with us and took so much time to talk with us, answering all our questions and some we didn't even know we had.

The upshot is that the CAT scan has confirmed Dave has a small, low-risk tumor in one part of his prostate that was discovered early and can probably be completely cured with radiation. But he's not sure if he wants to do that or opt for "watchful waiting," which would entail getting a yearly biopsy and twice-yearly PSA blood test to determine if it has grown, then radiate it when it reaches a certain point. I would rather he just got rid of it now - as the doc said, there's no alarm that goes off when it's time to treat it and you could wait too long. Plus, being 65 and very healthy, the odds that something else will kill him first - which is why you usually do watchful waiting - are not that big. But he can always change his mind, and we're all set up where we can go back to this doctor whenever we're ready. So, it's a relief.

I've been extremely lazy this past week and while there's nothing wrong with that sometimes, I get nervous that I'm going to be overwhelmed by inertia. So I'm focussing on getting myself going.
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    Sounds like you found the right doctor. You got lots of information to consider and the decision is a hard one to make. It's good that you don't have to feel rushed. Wishing you both the very best while you deal with this hard time in life.
    870 days ago
    It is so good that you found a doctor that you like & have such confidence in. Maybe since the doctor visit is over it will help you get out of the slump a bit. Stress can do some not so nice things to us, can't it?
    873 days ago
    I've been wondering how he was doing. I'm with you, I would rather get rid of it right away. Glad that you were both so impressed with the doctor, and that he took the time to explain everything so well.
    873 days ago
    One of the 1st bad habits that I had to overcome was doing nothing and just "stewing".

    This whole thing with DH has emotional and fearful repercussions in you at a level that you may not be aware of. This WILL keep you from not wanting to do anything.

    It's a way of coping actually.

    So, is DH certain he is waiting or is he thinking it over?
    873 days ago
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