good posting. when i have talked to my GP, Uro, Surgeons, and the Radiation Oncologists about dietary changes, supplement usage, etc, they all agreed on one topic, that the number one health change that a person can do that will directly impact the rest of their life is to quit smoking. They agreed also, that there was no point worrying about dietary changes if a person were to continue to smoke.
In my immediate family, I lost my father, my mother in law, and my father in law, all to smoking related disease. My mother is still with me, at 82, but she has COPD really bad, and continues to smoke regardless of her doctors.
After I got my PC dx last year and it really sunk in hard, I made my own decision. I quit a pack and a half a day habit cold turkey literally the night before my open surgery. Figured it would be an easy way to quit with the recovery of a major operation in play. And it worked, I haven't had even a single drag on a smoke since. Does that make me better than anyone else, of course not. I just knew I had enough on my plate without adding smoking related complications to the mix.
My wife and both sons still smoke, my wife has tried to quit several times since I did ,but so far, no sucess. My boys, they know better, but when you are their age, you think you are immortal, just like I did back then.
I don't view smoking as a judgemental type of thing, its just a bad, expensive, and smelly habit. Nicotine is among the most habit forming drugs in existence, so quitting is not always easy.
Each man must make his own decision there too, but I would love to know that all our brothers here were non-smokers, we all might last a bit longer.
You brought up a good subject, thanks.
David in SC
Age: 57, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 7/08 12.3, 9/08 14.5, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 - 7/7 Positive, 40-90% Cancer, Gleason 4+3
Open RP: 11/08, Rht nerves saved, 4 days in hospt, on catheters for 63 days, 5th one out 1/09
Path 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