Geez, the way you guys trash most doctors, I am surpised you would find anyone that would be willing to pull a splinter from your finger if needed. I think you send a terrible and paranoid message here, especially to our new guys, that you shouldn't trust your doctors, and that doctors are evil, and doctors only want your money.
Are either one of you licencesed doctors, or even a nurse? Do you have any creditation in any medical field? Your posts come across like you have some special inside medical knowledge or that you know more than the professionals.
The average every day "Joe" that comes to HW, fresh with a PC dx,is scared, unsure, uncertain what to do. Its hard enough for many just to go through the normal process of DRE, biopsies, and other tests. Then most have the same basic primary treatment paths to choose from. There are exceptions to this, or course, nothing is really every normal with PC.
I can't see introducing conspiracy theories and anti-doctor rhetoric to the mix. All that does is cause more fear and uncertanty to people who are already unglued from having cancer.
I think someone needed to say this, and if I get slammed , then so be it.
Most men just can't pick up and fly to Europe for a special test, or trash 5 doctors in a row just to find one that agrees with their thinking. There are many fine local hospitals and radiation clinics, with good caring people all across the country. There are many skilled, compassionate and dedicated doctors to choose from.
They want to get this cancer out of them, or at least under control. They want to live out their lives, with their loved ones.
For the average guy, the average couple and family, with only so much resources at hand, and logistics being considered too, the normal choices they face are legitimate and they should not be discouraged from doing so.
David in SC
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% cancer, 1 pos margin
Incontinence: 1 Month ED: Non issue at any point post surgery
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Latest: 7/9 met 2 rad. oncl, 7/9 cath #6 - blockage, 8/9 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 out 38 days, 9/9 - met 3rd rad. oncl., mapped 9/9, 10/1 - 3rd corr. surgery - SP cath/hard dialation, 10/5 - began IMRT SRT - 39 sess/72 gys ,cath #8 33 days, Cath #9 in 35 days, 12/7/9 - Cath #10 in place
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