Postop, I'm puzzled by your statement that, "the results of HIFU have only been studied over 3 to 4 years, ...." HIFU for prostate cancer dates back to around 1997 and results going a long way back, and there are studies reported in peer review medical journals. And, HIFU isn't just a treatment restricted to low grade cancers. From my conversations with HIFU people, and reading, if surgery is an appropriate treatment, then HIFU is an option.
I'm sorry to read that there will be no more comments from you on this. There is a lot of fog for recently diagnosed PCa folk to wade through and I believe honest,
open discussion such as we've been having here can be helpful to them to get to the facts. As my wife will be glad to attest to, I am not without my faults, and do sometimes get things wrong. On what I've said about
HIFU I have a fairly high level of confidence --- but there have been times in my life when I've been wrong about
things I was confident about
. Ger42, after a stroke and perhaps cardiac problems, deserves to have the chance to investigate all good options. It seems to me HIFU might (and I say, 'might," he is the only one who can say) be an excellent option for him to investigate. I don't want to lead him astray, but I can't find reason in your comments about
HIFU for him not to investigate this treatment as a possible, and reasonable, alternative.
One thing we can agree on is the need for the OP to get some expert MDs and get advice. Where we might differ is on how narrow a geographic lasso, if any, you and I might put around the definition of an expert MD.
Sheldon AKA Sleepless
Age 67 in Apil '09 at news of 4 of 12 cores positive T2B and Gleason 3 + 3 and 5% to 25% PSA 1.5
Re-read of slides in June said Gleason 3 + 4 same four cores 5% to 15%
June 29 daVinci prostatectomy, Dr. Eric Estey, at Royal Alexandra Hospital Edmonton one night stay
From "knock out" to wake up in recovery less than two hours. Actual surgery 70 minutes
Flew home to Winnipeg on July 3 after 5 nights in Ramada Inn --- perfect recovery spot!
Catheter out July 9
Final pathology is 3 + 4 Gleason 7, clear margins, clear nodes, T2C, sugeron says report is "excellent"
Oct 1st 09 -- dry at night, during day some stress issues.
Oct 31st padless 24/7
First post op PSA Sept 09 less than 0.02
PSA on Oct 23 test again less than 0.02
PSA on Jan 8 less than 0.02
PSA on April 9 less than 0.02