Zufus, I kind of think that what most us do here on HW, is talk to doctors and specialists, research treatment options and odds, etc. We come here to share said information. The sharing of personal experience I feel is an important part of this process. Others are very interested and take comfort in knowing that another brother has made it through a treatment or procedure. They are interested in seeing the results or failures.
It's a given that each person's body and cancer reacts in its own unique manner. With PC, there have literally been millions of cases over the years, so there is a lot of stats on results with most commonly used treatment methods.
As far as biased opinions go, I think any opinion one gets, whether it be from a top doctor or researcher, a book writer, or a guy among us, myself included, would have certain built in biases, that is human nature. Not convinced there is such a thing as a non-biased opinion about
I think from your post, that you are missing the point about
why so many men seek a place like HW, and why they find knowledge, comfort, support, and care from the folks here. It's not meant to be a cutting edge medical research center, none of us are qualified to do that, or replace a real doctor. I think most people understand that too.
Hope you have a really good new year.
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
Post SRT PSA:
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 - 11/27 IMRT SRT 39 sess/72 gys ,cath #8 33 days, Cath #9 35 days, 12/7 - Cath #10 in place
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