Les, I catch your drift now better, wasn't trying to hammer you. I have always been a very compliant patient with all my maladies over the years, but, I am a very informed patient. I have "fired" specialists before - didn't like their attitudes or approaches. Being married to a nurse gives me an edge I think with a lot of medical advice I have been given over the years. Some people (patients) are too non-compliant, and they end up messing themselves up in my opinion. There is a reason why it takes so long to become a dr or nurse, and I am certainly not qualfied to second guess everything.
The prostate cancer is a different breed of trouble, as we all know here, no set rules, no "normal", no way to really know how you will react to treatment, or the side affects of treatment. That makes it much, much harder to know what is the right thing to do. I think, overall, there is no absolute right or wrong here. We do have to be educated the best we can, and go for the best treatment possible with whatever resources one is blessed to have or not have.
While I have been through a lot of other "stuff" prior to PC, they were mostly predictable ailments in how they were treated and the followup.
I think we do the right thing here at HW, compare stories, experiences, sucesses, failures, etc - all together so that we can glean from each other, and of course, support each other.
I hate the whole PC thing, despite my treatment and reasonbly good results so far, but I never feel like it is over with, and it may or may not be, like a sword over my head for months or years to come. And more importantly, other than being on guard and informed better than I was at the start, I really don't have any real control over it, and I think that is what bothers me, and perhaps a lot of the other men here.
Thanks for your imput, as usual.
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