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Q & A - Prostate Cancer

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1.  I am 43 years old with Gleason 3+4 and Gleason 3+3 low-volume (5%) prostate cancer diagnosed during a workup for urinary difficulties. My PSA was 2.5. I am about to see a surgeon for an open nerve-sparing prostatectomy. Is robotic-assisted surgery a better procedure, and what are my chances to be cured?
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2.  I am 72 years old and underwent a radical prostatectomy 20 years ago with salvage radiation therapy for a rising PSA 12 years ago. My PSA has now risen to 5.8. I feel in good health. At my age should I continue to monitor my PSA every year? I hate to think about hormone therapy.
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3.  I am 64 years old and was treated with external beam radiation therapy and Zoladex for a Gleason 3+3 = 6 prostate cancer with a PSA of 25. My PSA decreased to 0.46, but three months later it increased to 0.81 off hormonal treatment. I feel perfectly healthy. Is the PSA rise something to worry about?
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