Do you really think all the Anti-FDA bashing does a lot of good? Have you ever studied the development and history of the FDA, while hardly perfect, and sure - they have made some bad calls over the years, they have still done a lot of good in protecting American citizens from harms way. To deny that, would be to deny a whole lot of facts and stats on the subject. Combine that with all the doctor bashing and test bashing, its a wonder there's any reasonable good advice left to give. Each man still has to work his own journey with his cancer, along with his family and loved ones of course, and there are precious few of us that aren't limited in dx/treatment choices by our personal finances or lack of them, along with the confines of health insurance, if you are fortunate enough to even have any.
Fairwind - I agree with you. If one is terminally ill, and there are unconventional approaches, trials, drugs and meds that could even give a glimmer of hope to someone terminal, then it should be their choice, as long as its not something that is openly illegal, in my opinion. It's kind of like those that get concerned how much morphine someone is getting is hospice. They are already dying, they are going to die, so at least let them die without the struggles of pain and fear associated with pain.
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 cath #6 - 41 days, 8/9 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 - 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, Cath #17 - 39 days, 7/2 - Corr Surgery #6, 7/2 - Caths #18 & #19