my reply was directly and specifically directed to mel's post, not a general statement of fact. i say again, unless the man has any second thoughts about
his primary treatment method, which is surgery in this case with a top notch surgeon in a top notch hospital (and if he did have doubts or second thoughts or if something was known now that wasn't known before, then he should put a stop on things until resolved), then any other information or opinions is mute.
you don't need to take 3 different PSA tests by 3 different labs every time you need a psa test. i know that is a bit absurd, but the point is still the same. at what point, do you trust a test result, or a slides results, etc.
at some point, you still have to make decisions and act upon them. if you are going to distrust every doctor you meet, then you might as well treat yourself, and disregard sound medical advice that is based on a lot of experience and practice.
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: 1/10 .12
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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