James C - what you wrote was well said, I applaud you for that post, and Lungman, good post too.
A stupid person could never become a doctor, I have always said that, even the lesser of doctors is still a highly trained individual. Are they gods? Of course not, despite the best training and many years of experience, it is only fair to say that, they too, are human and not perfect.
My dr/surgeon has 26 years of hard time experience, well versed in open RP, has seen lots of stuff over the years, stays up on the current trends and thinking, and has inpecable patient skills and concerns. Perhaps I am lucky. But most surgeons I have had over the years are similar in caliber to him.
Of course patients/families want hope after going through all that. But a good and caring dr/surgeon isnt going to automatically blow smoke up someone's tush just to make them feel good. That would not be typical in my opinion. And only a fool would guaranty someone that there is no chance cancer could return, again, not typical for someone that highly trained.
David in SC
Age 56, 56 at DX, PSA 7/7 5.8, 7/8 12.3
3rd Biopsy 9/8 Positive 7 of 7 cores pos, 40-90%, Gleason 7
Open RP surgery 11/14/8, Non-nerve sparing, 4 days hospital, staples out 11/24/8, 5th cath out on 1/19/9
Post-surgery Pathlogy Report:Gleason 3+4=7, pT2c, 42 grm, tumor 20%, Contained in capsular, clear margins, clear lymph nodes
First PSA Post Surgery 2/9/9