westcamp - good call, crazy but alive would always work for me, food in the asylum isn't that bad...... The point is, you were pro-active to your own cause, your body and your life. That;s the way it should be. There are men with high PSA 20+ that never get PC, and guys who's psa never gets over 2 with bad bouts of PC , PSA is a good marker, but just one marker.
mjluke - no insult found in your post, your opinion is as valid as mine or anyone else's. no harm, no foul. For starters, I am a bad judge of age, I assumed these strangers were well over 50, they were sitting in the unemployment office with me. Yes, there is a big national debate on treatment vs. overtreatment. My thinking, is a PSA is a simple blood test, a simple and fairly low cost dx. tool. I don't believe in burying my head in the sand, or the "what you don't know won't hurt you." What you don't know can certainly kill you, especially with cancers. This is at the personal level, not meant to be judgmental to anyone views, but I believe that every human life is important, as us Catholics like to say, we protect life from "the womb to the tomb". The fact that nearly 30,000 men still die terrible deaths every year just in the US from PC makes it all worth it to me. With the men I talked to, if nothing else, they will tell their sons, their wives, their son in laws, etc, and just mabe, someone can be saved from this. As far as the side effects of ED and incontinence, for many men, the side effects are fixable to some degree or the other. Yes, we have some poor brothers struggling with these issues years later. But one would have to ask the most basic of questions: Do you want to die of cancer, but have good sex with full ejaculations, or be treated, and perhaps at worse make some lifestyle changes and adjust your sex life and live. My wife and family kind of wanted me to be around some more years, so they got my vote. Every life is precious, at least to me, so if testing and "overtreating" saves lives, then so be it. Just my opinion.
57, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 7/08 12.3, 9/08 14.5, 10/08 16.33rd Biopsy
: 9/08 - 7/7 Positive, 40-90% Cancer, Gleason 4+3Open RP:
11/08, Rht nerves saved, 4 days in hospt, on catheters for 63 days, 5th one out 1/09Path Rpt
: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20%, Contained in capsule, 1 pos margin2009 PSA
: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16Latest:
7/09 met 2 rad. oncl, 7/09 cath #6 - blockage, 8/09 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 - out after 38 days
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