Posted 3/8/2009 1:08 PM (GMT -6)
I agree back to you, Bob. That is why PC is such a cruel enemy. There is nothing cut and dry about it, not like with some other cancers and diseases. Sounds like the guy in the story did all the right and prudent things, and he certainly had access to some real "experts" that most wouldn't get the chance, and yet his case is still a maze of confusion. In my own personal case, and I realize right now I am so much better off than many of our brethren, is that I feel like I am not cured, and don't have a reason to feel cured at this point. Yes, I am thankful for my current condition, but now, I feel that PC will be hanging over my head like a dark cloud for the rest of my days. Sure, I could get hit by a car today, or have a heart attack out of no where, so in the end, PC might not be my doom. But already, I have fear for my 6 months psa test in May, am I expecting it to be bad, no, of course not, but could it be, yes, it could. The no certainty part about anything is what drives me, and I am sure, the rest of us here crazy at times.
David in SC
Age 56, 56 at DX, PSA 7/7 5.8, 7/8 12.3,9/8 14.5
3rd Biopsy Sept 08: Positive 7 of 7 cores, 40-90%, Gleason 7, 4+3
Open RP surgery 11/14/8, Right nerves spared, 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 .05, 6 month on 5/9