architect's sad case above should be a wake up call for anyone with a fresh PC diagnosis. With 1% cancer in 1 core only, that is about
as low grade as it could possibly be. with that being said, one would think a person would want to really take their time and wade through all the possible choices, including AS. a person shouldn't be talked into any treatment, whether it be their other half, another relative, friend, doctor, specialist, etc, because ultimately, the decision to have surgery or any treatment, will come down to the patient himself, and he will forever have to live with that decision, and its consequences if any in the future.
in my time here at hw, there have been plenty of men that raced into surgery, that probably never would need it. there have been men that wouldn't even consider any other treatment method. of course, there are men that needed surgery, and their numbers justify it as their primary treatment.
i haven't seen a single person come here, with a case so bad, that they wouldnt' be allowed the proper time to examine their situations with a clear head, and be exposed to learning about
all available treatment plans on the table, including AS.
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 - Corr Surgery #4, Caths #11 and #12 in at the same time, 2/8-Cath #11 out - 21 days