Dale I am with you and walk with you side by side (all roads in fighting PCa can lead to Rome-cure or long term survival), I won't go spiritual herein I don't wish to alienate or cause a stir, myself I see mans works and they aren't all peaches and cream. Our fellow brothern herein whom went through surgery last year at age 75-now and dealing with total incontinence, etc.(saw his post) Not to offend you my friend in PCa, you could have done drug therapy protocols and done well, just like Lyodd Ney and tons of other with PCa, I hope your doc explained it all to you.....I doubt he did, this should not happen. Majority of men with PCa at that age should not even go down that road or if they do be completely informed of possible choices. Now you have to deal with what lays before you and those variables, parameters etc. You can still do well or beat PCa perhaps and that is all good, I question the treatment and choices given to you and were you informed off many possible choices, scenarios and side effects??????????????
I definitively wish you well in what ever courses of action are taken, you deserve total fairness and healing.
Many ways to fight the dragon, there are some I don't know about
even, and I've been looking.
David I am sure you can make me look dumb on surgery issues, I know some but missed alot on it too and I know it. It is obvious that no protocol fits all patients in tailored fashion, although we could all try them on. The experts disagree and fight about how to assess, diagnose and treatments on patients,.....and they supposedly know it all.....so how much do they know??? If so that leaves us with you can either get envolved and be part of a possible solution by advocacy, empowerment, maybe being a genea pig (I will consider it and looks like I have already done some towards that end) or other various methods of envovlement or go with the flow and hope it all goes well...which can work well for some people. Probably just being herein is a way we are fighting to be a solution, as our discussions, outcomes, shared experiences does benefit the newbie and the experienced, newbies whom just landed in the jungle called PCa and they are unarmed, you need a map or native like Friday (we can be Friday). We don't have to tell them what to do and probably should not...we can tell them all the options, side effects, choices, problems, costs, variables, how to spot huge bias and agenda etc. That could be priceless...I was looking for it when I started.
Dx-2002 total urinary blockage(emergency room), ADT3-combo drugs prior(5-6 months) to radiations-unique Neutron/Photon protocol, ADT3 cont'd, 2yrs., quit (ADT3 showed minute signs of failure 8 rises but only in the .5.-.7.-.8 ranges), hated ADT3 side effect too, DES 1-mg taken for 1.5 yrs. with excellent results, lowered psa level almost immediately, immediately stopped Luprons side effects(still in me), stabilized psa level around .4-.5 range for about 2 yrs., went off it to see what happens...took 2 yrs. for psa to move, recently got to 1.4 range, restarted DES in Nov. 2008 dropped to .46 within 1 month, will cont. and monitor psa, will consider other concepts to fight if and when I see fit, I do have a good Onco-doc whom went to school with Dr.Labrie another pioneer in PCa therapies, you would be amazed at his frankness on PCa!!!