Goodlife, many and many men feel exactly the same way you just expressed. With my previous cancer bouts, and with that ultra rare type, there is no such thing as AS, there is no such thing as Chemo, and at the time adjunct radiation was just speculation on the part of radiation doctors in hopes it would help (mostly to the extreme low number of cases in the world). I have been clear of it for 10 full years now, the safety level my medical oncologist at the time felt comfortable telling me. I did surgery and I did that horrible neck/throat radiation, it looks like it may have worked. Based on what they knew at the time, it would have killed me in 5 years or less if I had chosen to sit it out. I was 47 at the time and still had kids at home, so never an option to me.
For most regular guys, there is nothing chicken or wimpy about
wanting to be rid of a cancer, paritcually PC, we talk on one side about
how slow it is, for many, but for others, its an agressive monster that still takes 30,000 lives a year in this country alone. So I respect each man's choice on how they want to deal with it.
The AS option is a good option for many, but its only as good as the committment from the men that follow it to the letter. There are many men that would do good on it, no doubt. Like you, I never even closely met the criteria, so its a mute point.
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 43 days,
1/19/10 - Corrective Surgery #4, and Caths #11 and #12 in at the same time