I don't get into the medical conspiracy theories or concepts at all, I have a much higher opinion of our general medical care in our country then perhaps some folks think. They are entitled to their opinion too, based on their own experiences.
My doctors have been honest and straight shooting with me from the start. When I had to resign myself to SRT, I was told, that due to my pre-surgery PSA velocity issues, and the fact the recurrance was confirmed barely 9 months after surgery, that SRT for me, at best, was about
20-30% like to be sucessful long term. After weighing it all out, despite my reservations about
how badly I dealt with radiation before, I went for it. Why? Not because of any nanogram or stats or percentages, because I have a wife and family that love me, and because I am only 57, and aside from being a cancer magnet, I am in good health. I did not fully exptect to be in my current miserable position for so long, but unfortunately for me, the radiation did a lot more damage to me then even my doctors had predicted. My own gut feeling has been far more accurate, but again, without the SRT, I would have zero chance of outliving the cancer. So I gambled on the long shot, because we are still talking about
my life. Not afraid to die, we will all have to do that one day, just not ready to for the early check out line yet.
That's why I don't pay attention to all these endless graphs, studies, nanograms, etc, the only stats that count for me, are my own, and my body reacts in its own way to treatment. And my side effects are unique to me in many ways. I share them here, because I think its important for people to understand that things can go wrong, very wrong, and even a good doctor doesn't always know how a patient will react to a particular treatment.
Doesn't make him/her a bad doctor, its how that doctor is willing to work with his patient after the problems happen that seperate a good doctor from a poor doctor in my opinion.
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, 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 cath #6 - 41 days, 8/9 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 out 38 days, mapped 9/9, 10/1 - 3rd corr. surgery - SP cath, 10/5 - 11/27 IMRT SRT 39 sess/72 gys ,cath #8 33 days, Cath #9 35 days, Cath #10 43 days, 1/19 - Corr Surgery #4, Caths #11 and #12 ,Cath #11 - 21 days, Cath #12 - 41 days, 3/2- Corr Surgery #5, Cath #13 - 4 days, Cath #14- 27 days, Cath #15 - 26 days, Cath #16 - 31 days, 5/24 put in Cath #17
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