Todays words from 'The Primer on PCa' (facts) on PCa for newbies and all of us:
(Per Dr. Strum): 'It is estimated that 50% of men over 50 and 70% of men over 70 have some form of prostate cancer. Some of these cancers are life threating, but the majority will grow so slowly as to never be a threat to life, so more men will die "with" prostate cancer than "of" it.' (( Now in my words-of course that does not sooth us high risk folks and non-cured types, but atleast we know how the disease is in general ))
'Be aware that some medical specialists will steer you in the direction of their specialty and often will understate the risks involved with their treatment of choice'.
(Salvage Therapies)- 'In general, if an unfavorable outcome regarding cancer is encountered with local therapy such as RP or RT, there is usually some restorative treatment option or salvage therapy available. For example, following an RP, radiation treatment to the prostate bed can be used 'if local recurrence is documented to the be restricted to this area only'. Similarly, following local RT failure, salvage RP or slavage cryo may be employed if the recurrence is confirmed to be local rather than systemic. Androgen deprivation therapy is another option for either local or systemic disease activity detected after any local therapy'.
'The goal of PC treatment, it is often said, is to be sure that the patient lives long enough to die of something else'.
'If you are uncomfortable with your doctor, change doctors until you find one you trust, one who will take the time to examine you properly, answer your questions, and address all of your concerns, both physical and emotional. Perhaps write down your questions in advance of your next appointment(s)'.
((Now my own words- some of this was real basic and intended for the newbies or the ones starting on this journey of PCa, always need to start with the basics))
Hopefully the following coming Snipets might be useful to someone.
Post Edited (zufus) : 12/2/2009 7:12:56 PM (GMT-7)