Cancer is cancer, once its in your body, thinking good thoughts or bad toughts isn't going to change the physical nature of it. Of course it's better to have a positive attitude in life, but I think a person is only fooling themeslves if they think their attitude is going to change it.
My radiation oncologist had a talk with me about why people take supplements and so forth, and it came down to that most people, men in particular, with cancers, don't like feeling like that they are not in control of it. So they do things, and invent things, to make them think they have some control over their cancers. Her attitude was that if it made them feel good about their situation, then its not going to hurt ,but if they really thought it would control or lessen their cancer, they were only fooling themselves.
As a nurse, my wife works a lot with the long-term elderly and the re-hab elderly, and she would testify, they lose good patients all the time that had wonderful faith, family, and positive attitudes, and they die off quickly of whatever ails them, just as she has patients that are in terrible health situations with hateful attitutudes, negative about everything in life, no support from family, yet they live on year after year after year.
The point to me, is that any cancer is a real disease, and each person's body reacts differently to it, look how much we see of that here among just us here at HW. Once the cow is out of the barn, or cancer in this case, all the wishful thinking and after the fact lifestyle changes arent going to change the dynamics of having cancer. It will still be a person by person battle and journey. Just my take.
Faith helps, certainly doesn't hurt, and a true miracle can sometimes happen to a person, but it kind of like banking on the Powerball to get rid of your debts, it might happen, but probably won't. So it leaves us learning about our disease/cancer, and trying to make the right decisions in treating and living with it, and after finding good doctors if you are fortunate, being compliant to their care.
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, no problem post SRT
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 same time, 2/8-Cath #11 out - 21 days, 3/2- Cath #12 out - 41 days, 3/2- Corr Surgery #5, 3/6 Cath #13 out - 4 days, Cath #14 out - 27 days, Cath #15 - 3/29