Being a boss most of my life I think cancer patients do get treated differently, MUCH BETTER THAN REGULAR EMPLOYEES. Years ago we had a guy with PC, his supervisor went out of the way without being asked to assign him to jobs near a restroom because of his urgency. Others always got paid time off to go to doctors appointments, worked at home or received less strenous assignments.
Most people are very compassionate and will do little things to help out a co worker.
Being around cancer is also uncomfortable for some people as in this politically correct enviornment they don't know what to say in fear of offending the person.
People get critized for job performance all the time, the wise people take it for what is is and take corrective action. Others rationalize it and any disability becomes a good excuse.
Sam, you have to decide what type your are. You can continue to blame your condition for everything bad that happens in your life or you can excell regardless of your adversity.
I know what I'm talking about
because I've been on both sides of the equation. I was severyly disabled when I was 24 in Viet Nam and rose to the highest position in a Fortune 500 company dispite of it. If you percieve yourself as less because of your condition so will others.
64 years old.
I had an initial PSA test in 1999 of 4.4. PSA increased every 6 months reaching 40 in 5-08. PSA free ranged from 16% to 10%. Over this time period I had a total of 13 biopsies and an endorectal MRIS all negative and have seen doctors at Long Beach, UCLA, UCSF and UCI. DX has always been BPH and continue to get biopsies every year.
In 10-08 I had a 25 core biopsy that showed 2 cores positive, gleason 6 at less than 5%. Surgery was recommended and I was in the process of interviewing surgeons when my wife's oncologist recommended I get a 2nd opinion from a prostate oncologist.
I saw Dr Sholtz, in Marina Del Rey, and he said that the path reports indicated no tumor, but indolant cancer clusters that didn't need any treatment. He was concerned that my PSA history indicated that I had a large amount of PC somewhere that had yet to be uncovered and put me through several more tests.
A color doppler targeted biopsy in 11-08 found a large tumor in the transition zone, gleason 6 and 7. Because of my high PSA Dr. suspected lymph node involvement, 30% chance, and sent me to Holland for a Combidex MRI, even though bone and CT scans were clear.
Combidex MRI showed clear lymph nodes and a 2,5 cm tumor in the anterior. I was his 1st patient to come up clear on the Combidex which has a 96% accuracy,
I've been on a no meat and dairy diet since 12-08 and PSA reduce to 30 while I awaited the Combidex MRI.
The location of the tumor in the anterior apex next to the urethea makes a good surgical margin very unlikely. Currently on Casodex and Proscar for 8 weeks to shrink my 60 mm prostate. Treatment will be seeds followed by 5 weeks of IMRT while continuing on Casodex and Proscar. So far no side affects from the Casodex.