mjluke said: I am wary of any advice from a doctor who calls himself "snuffy".
I agree...unusual nickname. While I have no connection to him, nor have I ever met him, I did find this short bio on his website:
Who is Dr. Snuffy Myers?
Medical oncologist and prostate cancer survivor, Dr. Charles "Snuffy" Myers was a key player in creating AZT, Suramin, and Phenylacetate while working at the National Institute of Health. With over 250 research papers published, Myers is one of the leading developers of today's prostate cancer canon on both the research and treatment side of the test tube.
Here's more (plus, it's a pretty interesting PCa website): http://www.prostateforum.com/about-dr-myers.html
Age: 60, 59 at DX
PSA: 1/20/00 7.9, 7/22/00 3.3, 10/25/01 4.9, 10/19/04 5.1, 9/26/07 5.98, 8/28/08 7.68, 9/23/08 7.36, 10/23/08 8.64, 12/18/08 6.39
Prostate size: 96 gm (est.), post-surgical: 112 gm
Biopsy: 11/7/08 Positive 2 of 15 cores, both in rt apex, composite tumor quantity 5% prostate involved, Gleason 7 (3+4), Gleason pattern 4 accounts for 15% of tumor
DaVinci robotic surgery: 3/9/09, Dr. M. Hugh Solomon at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor, MI
Nerves: Spared left nerve bundle and partial sparing of right nerve bundle
Cath removed: 3/19/09
Pathology results: Gleason: 3+3=6, Tumor Quality: 3% of prostatic tissue; max. linear extent 4 mm,
location: bilateral (apices), no extracapsular extension, no seminal vesicle invasion, no perineural invasion and no angiolymphatic invasion. Margins: Focal involvement (1mm) of left apical margin
Pathologic stage: pT2c N0 Mx
Left inguinal hernia 3 months post-surgery (repaired via open surgery), also had right inguinal hernia 2 years pre-surgery (repaired laparoscopically)
PSA's post surgical: 2 mo.= .06, 4 mo.=.02, 7 mo.=.02, 10 mo.=.01