This is an honest question looking for an honest answer, but hopefully an answer thats more than about the "money" aspect:
Why are most of the doctor's I have talked to locally, been either out right negative to HT, or real cold at best. I am talking about my Uro, Surgeon, 2 of 3 radiation oncologist, my original medical oncologist from 10 years back, and even my GP of 13 years plus.
Besides the obvious more visible side effect issues, i.e. gaining weight, hot flashes, etc, could it be because of more serious long term issues like Sonny's clip indicated? I know that it has helped several of you guys in particular, and I am one that never wants to argue with success.
The doctors I have talked to seem to be up to date on technology and breakthroughs in general. Just trying to figure out their collective coolness with HT in general.
This is kind of a part 2, meant to include also, when HT drops the PSA, in some case dramatically, is it just masking what is really going on, or is it really lowering the PSA to the new lower levels? If it is masking, then is that a good or bad thing other than buying time for the patient?
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, 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, 4/8 .04, next one: July
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- 27 days, Cath #15 - 26 days, Cath #16 - 4/23 put in