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I was also 69 when my bladder cancer was detected and my prostrate was enlarged. I elected to have both removed after 4 months of chemo. It was a time of great joy when my surgeon declared me “CANCER FREE”.
Like you I had serious doubts about not continuing with the medical solution. I decided that it was just the challenge I needed. Beat cancer was my battle cry.
The medical folks can take care of that area. It will be up to you to maintain a positive frame of mind. There are wonderful support people here who can offer advise. Our experiences can be helpful for you.
Life begins at 70.
I'm 70, retired heat/air contractor. After 4 months of keymo ileal conduit (IC) surgery removed bladder & prostate May 2010
I had bladder and prostate, both cancerous, removed 9/11/10 after BCG and Chemo and have been cancer free to this day. But one never knows I had a close friend and she had bladder cancer and after her BCG\'s she has been cancer free for 10 years.Hang in there and know thre are folks who will share with you along your journey and many suggestions given to me sincerely helped which included adjustment issue. Take Care, Herb
Age 72 had radical 9/11/10 have conduit everything is fine, grateful to be a cancer survivor. Lost Dad and Brother to Cancer both in their 50's.