I just wanted Oncas to know that until something happens, like his pending operation, he is free to re-think if he needs to, it is such an important decision to make, and I think we all agree here, that once you do it, then don't look backwards. It might just be pre-surgery jitters, and any of us can understand that. My PC surgery was at least my 5 or 6th major surgery in my life, and it still made me nervous and unsettled. I wasn't ever afraid of having surgery, I was more afraid of making the wrong choice. In the end, I honestly didn't feel I had any other viable option, factoring in family considerations, finances, insurance, hopsital and doctor choices, and of course, my personal stats from the biopsy. Even knowing all that, plus the research I did ahead of time, it still wasn't easy to do it. Tud, you took the path less traveled, and I have always respected you for that choice. As you know, I was strongly considering it for myself, but my dr and my former oncologist (from my previous cancers) didn't think it would give me good long term results.
And to you, Brother Oncas, once you get it set in your mind and heart, it will all come together for you, and for what its worth department, we really are here for you, no matter what you choose to do or not to do. All the best thoughts going your way.
David in SC
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