I hope you stay. How else do we know what works and what doesn't? I think we all feel passionate about offering our best advice to the newly diagnosed, who really need our help. We all have other things to do with our lives (other than staying up all night posting to these forums!), especially now that most of us are past it and are moving on.
I think we post here because we all want to help others make the decision that is right for them.
It's a tortuous decision, compounded by fear, urgency, and any number of well-oiled machines pushing their particular treatment options. It's big bucks for urologists, surgeons, oncologists, equipment providers. Our bad luck is someone else's great fortune. That's OK as long as we're not talked into driving a Hummer when all we wanted (and needed) was a Honda Civic.
The information available is endless, conflicting, and the "professional" advice we receive is not always in OUR best interest. A forum like this allows the newly diagnosed to
1. Understand that he will probably be OK - there IS life after PC;
2. Encourage him to inform himself in depth about the various treatment options;
3. Find the treatment option that is right for him, and THEN find the brightest, motivated, and most competent treatment provider for whichever option he chooses.
As someone pointed out yesterday, everyone is different, each cancer is unique, needs and expectations vary tremendously, and NO one option is right for everyone. Couple this with an everchanging PC landscape, and our newly diagnosed brother needs every bit of help he can get!
You didn't say anything about continence and erectile function after the Cryo. I know that we are all interested. One leg of the HIFU trialing last year was to demonstrate to the FDA that HIFU is superior to Cryo. Were you in one of those trials? It sounds like you had a great experience -and saved a pile of money.
I'm beginning to think that it is very much about the quality of the provider, whatever option you choose. Any thoughts here?