Tony, I still think what path you took was perfectly right for you and your stats. That was a tough call to make, and taking the agressive pro-active path speaks well of dealing head on with cancer.
I still say, and have no one in mind by name, that there are very educated men here, that in reality, are still in some sopshisicted form of denial in their "watching" programs. Inside, they are either fearful of major surgery, or devestated by the thoughts of incontinence and ED problems, or perhaps fearful of their mortatlity. I think some, experience a little of each category.
This is a natural reacation, very human for many people. But wrapping one self up in a complex world of conflicting data, stats, percentages, odds even to convince yourself that you are really ok when you might not be, is a potentially dangerous place to have your minds set.
Cancer does no favors, gives no breaks, doesn't care if you are 39 years old, have a beautiful wife, and 3 lovely kids. It respects no one at no time. If you have proven PC in your body, you can argue all you want for it being low grade or indolent or non agressive, but it is still PC, and it will grow, and it will move.
The longer you let it lie, sure, you can fool yourself and think you are ok, but the cancer is still there, growing by the day. Are you sure enough of your research that you know when it will cross the line and is no longer contained to the prostate? Are you that big of a gambler? Are you that educated to know the difference?
I just have strong views on this subject. It doesn't mean its not safe to wait a few months once dx with a really low grade dose of PC, so that you can weigh out your treatment options and get plans in place. That is still ok in my opinion.
I don't want to see another advanced case in here, or anywhere else. I don't want to hear about another brother who didn't make it. I do not believe we are living in an age of "overtreatment" as I have seen argued on this board.
It's PSA screenings, and earlier ones, that are bringing what seems to be more and more cases of PC to the surface. But you know what, with or without testing, the cancer would still be there, eating away at the health of some poor man. Something to think about.
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