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Yes, so far this has been a long and tedious journey for all of us and our families, both on and off forum. I agree, you would think that after many years of education the doctors might agree on one thing. I did have one of the best medical oncologist in the area, from the Cleveland Clinic, tell me he thought we should hold off on HT until we saw a rise in PSA. The Radiation and Surgical Oncologist at the Clinic agreed. The clinic surgical oncologist then recommended RT. After the Radiation Onc. in Erie recommended HT I contacted surgical onc. In Cleveland who said no HT. I guess I feel like a pawn in the game of PC.
There is a lot of competition for our business here in NW Penna. With Cleveland Clinic 100 miles to the West, Roswell Park 100 miles to the East, the Regional Cancer center, which is run by UPMC, 100 miles to the South. The Rad. Onc. here in Erie even told my wife and I they have two branches in Ireland, which he is in charge of. Now for the real kicker concerning competitive marketing. When you go to Cleveland Clinic most folks take I-90. Right at the intersection of I-79 and I-90 (which is a major east - west highway) is a large billboard, visible to the west bound lane, which reads “If you have Prostate Cancer you should go to Roswell Park.” Keep in mind this is the way most folks travel to Cleveland, and one has to go in the opposite direction to get to Roswell.
I found the paper that Carlos mentioned most informative. It certainly laid the facts out in black and white.
Maybe it is because I have been folded, bent, spindled and mutilated over the past several months. I really do not know how much more I can take. I really just want them to heave me on the table and turn the “machine” on. This Prostascint seems like just one more delay.