For all those that are new or fairly new, this is not a pro-surgery site, reagardless of what some may say. You will find more about
surgery or surgical aftermath or surgical related side effects, because surgery, whether it be
open or robotic, is the number one treatment in the U.S. for treating PCa. That is just a statistical fact, not a statement on reasons or philosophies. Convential radiation is number two in number, also a fact.
I personally feel that Bro. Tudpock's "Seed" treatment has been well received here, and he is very much supported and appreciated. It is not the most common path of treatment, but one that well suits certain people with certain stats.
Most people here are
open minded, whether they are our new friends, or some of the "ole timers", those with low grade diagnosis all the way to those with extreme advance cases.
I do grow weary of hearing the allegedged bais here towards surgery, again, it is the most chosen path for treatment, and has for decades.
Most of us are interested in new treatments, even those not yet approved by our FDA, new drugs, new clinical trials, etc, as none of know if we might need to be the next to try something unapproved or way outside the box.
This is a good place, hardly a place where one treatment method is set in stone.
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