Bob, in defense of your post above, I would agree that any newbie to the world of PC would want only facts to deal with, as 100% accurate and factual as possible at all times. They don't need anyone sugar coating the reality of treatment options and after effects of those treatments, and they sure don't need anyone (doctors including) in blowing the proverbial smoke up their a**. While there are some people that are just natural denialists by choice, most people, facing something as serious as cancer, PC in this case, will adapt to that reality a whole let better and faster when they know they have all their options and facts in front of them.
Just my take.
David in SC
PS. I my many years in the biz world, some of the greatest ideas I ever heard came from the bottom tier and not from the experts and the wise. So we should keep our eyes and ears open at all times, never know when you are going to learn something new and interesting concerning our cancers.
Age 56, 56 at DX
PSA 7/7 5.8, 7/8 12.3, 9/8 14.9, 10/8 16.4
3rd Biopsy 9-2008 Positive 7 of 7 cores positive, ranging from 40 - 90%, G 4+3 & 3+4
Open RP surgery November 14, 2008 at St. Francis Hospital, Greenville, SC, Dr. Ronald Smith - Surgeon, Non-nerve sparing, 4 days in hospital, staples removed 11/24/8, Catheter out on 12/15/8 on day 32. Day 33, urine stopped flowing, new catheter put in 12/16/08, Catheter out 12/29/08. After 7 hours, complete stoppage again, emergency room put in Catheter #3 early evening of day 45, still 12/29/08. 1/5/9 - Cath #3 out, dr. did cycloscope, saw potential blockage, put in Catheter #4, 1/9/9 - pre-op, 1/13/9 - corrective operation scheduled at St. Francis
Post-surgery Pathlogy Report:
Gleason 3+4=7, pT2c pN0 pMx, Prostate 42 grams, tumor 20% cancer
Contained in capsular, neg. margins apex, bladder neck, right lobe, neg. in seminal vessels and lymph nodes.
First PSA Post Surgery Scheduled now for 2/9/9