My followers will no doubt have noticed that I haven't been posting on my blog for months until just a couple of days ago. The reason is that I was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer. As you might guess, my mind has been elsewhere of late. I think I now may qualify for a Ph. D. on the subject.
I won't go into details, but one of the things I learned is that prostate cancer can be very difficult to diagnose. PSA tests are not reliable indicators. Biopsies are the only foolproof way to confirm the disease, and most biopsies are based on random samples that can easily miss cancerous lesions. I had several biopsies, all of them negative. Finally, my urologist sent me to the University of California San Franciso (UCSF). They perfomed a procedure called an "MRI fusion biopsy" which did find cancer. This procedure is performed in very few places, mostly medical research institutions.
I now have four new doctors including a urologist/oncologist and three radiation/oncologists that specialize in prostate cancer. They all tell me that it does not appear that the cancer has metasticised, and they expect a full cure. The treatment process will take nearly 5 months. Not good news, but I suppose the alternative is much worse.
I want to thank everyone that has been following my blog. Treatment permitting, I hope to resume my old posting schedule