While I encourage true freedom of speech and opinion without censorship, I felt your post above to be a bit on the cold and unfriendly side. HW is not meant to replace sound medical advice and medical opinions we all get from our personal medical communities. Plus, the internet has hundreds, if not thousands, of straight medical talk and technical discussion. What HW Prostate Cancer has been known for is being the best patient to patient site out there. And I agree strongly that it is.
If I were looking for technical talk, and wanted specific answers to my medical woes, I would bring it up with my doctors in a heart beat. I can only speak for myself, but I enjoy the interaction we have here, from man to man, women too, about our PC journeys. HW Prostate Cancer is a place to find hope, to find courage, to encourage one another to keep fighting the fight.
No one has it easy here. We have each earned our way into HW Prostate Cancer by the nature of having a fight with the beast PC. All of us are different in every possible way. Each of us have a different level of understanding these complex journeys, different ways of handling the pain (for some), the fear (for most), and looking to the great unknown ahead (all of us).
Together, we do have a strong brotherhood. Real friendships are and have been made here. Many of us "vets" stick around because everytime you turn your back, a whole new group of brothers enters our doors, fresh with a PC dx, scared to death, not sure what to do, or where to turn. So we stay to help, and by helping others, we help ourselves.
If I wanted an encyclopedia answer to the fine points of PC, I wouldn't come here. Plenty of doctors and medical pros I can talk to, and plenty of online sources for straight facts and data.
I believe in the united brotherhood here at HW Prostate Cancer, because I am one of them. Nothing more, nothing less, just another "joe" on an extended journey into the world of Prostate Cancer.
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
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 - Corr Surgery #4, Caths #11 and #12 in at the same time, 2/8-Cath #11 out - 21 days