This past year has been a challenging one that has given me strength and focus that I didn’t know I possessed.
I was diagnosed with prostate cancer 5 months ago. Like many, it was a shock and I didn’t know what to do when I received the diagnosis. The urologist who conducted the biopsy recommended that I have the prostate removed right away.
I sought the advice from another urologist who looked at the biopsy report and recommended that I go on active surveillance. Active surveillance can be defined in three ways:
1.) Checking the PSA (prostate specific antigen) level every 3 to 4 months
2.) DRE (digital rectal exam)
3.) A possible annual biopsy
Through this process I turned to several sites so that I could inform myself and come to my own decision process.
The Zero-The End of Prostate Cancer website was the best by far. It was loaded with information that I couldn’t find elsewhere, the videos were amazing informative, and it allowed me to come to the conclusion that the first two diagnoses I received were not fully accurate. Furthermore, I was able to educate myself about how to change my diet to help slow the cancer.
I knew the urologists that I had seen were not doing their best to inform me of the choices available. After gathering information on ZeroCancer.Org, I decided to seek another urologist’s opinion.
I found urologist Dr. Howard Tay, MD, FACS, in Phoenix, Arizona. He recommended all the steps that I had read about at Zero. These steps involved an MRI, followed by an examination of my core samples from the original biopsy and having a genomic test done called ONCOTYPE DX, and lastly doing another PSA test.
The MRI came back with no cancer around the prostate, the Oncotype DX test came back in the 86 percentile of very low risk cancer progression, and my PSA had gone from 4.7 to 3.7.
I owe both Dr. Tay and Zero a huge thank you. I now have a huge passion to be involved in the fight to end prostate cancer.
Spoke N Wheelz is proud to donate a portion of the proceeds from your purchase to the non-profit organization, Zero-The End of Prostate Cancer. They are helping lead the movement to END prostate cancer, as well as EDUCATE and SUPPORT men and their families about prostate cancer.
I look forward to hearing your comments and personal stories about how you may have been impacted by prostate cancer. Thank you for your support!