mr bill said...
Trying to watch the game, not having much luck with that. Too many other things going through what little bit of my brain is not fried. When I visited the rad onc. Last week I asked him what if I waited for HT till PSA rose? His reply was that side effects and treatment would be overwhelmingly worse. Anybody have an idea what he meant?
I should have asked him, but I was just kind of set back from his comment.
When I first read this I wondered if you meant RT instead of HT as you were talking to a rad' oncologist.
Taking that line of thought your guy sounded exactly like the first rad' Dr I talked to. This was after 6 months of 0.0X tests, my surgeon wanted me to talk to the Dr and consider adjuvant (late) just in case.
When I asked him about
side effects and percentages he looked me straight in the eye and said "Would you rather be dead?" Needless to say I hit the door running and went back a few weeks later to talk to his partner who was much more honest and low pressure.
The gist of that long and involved story is some Dr's will use scare tactics to get patients to undergo treatments, whether for the patient's own good or to line the Dr's pockets it really doesn't matter. To me this is what your conversations with the Dr sounds like. You deserve an honest and
open conversation, if you don't get it from one guy fire him and move on.
Best of luck to you
Dave in Durango CO (not a lot of options for moving on up here)
Diagnosed 12-09 age 55
07-06 PSA 2.5
01-08 PSA 5.5 (PCP did not tell me of increase or schedule follow-up!!!!)
09-09 PSA 6.5 Sent for consult with Urologist
11-09 Consult, scheduled for biopsy, found out about
PSA from '08 (yes I was pissed)
12-09 Biopsy, initial Gleason 9 (4+5) later reduced to 8 with tertiary 5, ain't much but I'll take it.
01-10 Bone Scan, "appears negative"
in Durango CO by Dr Sejal Quale and Dr Shandra Wilson, no naked eye evidence of spread, Vesicles and lymph nodes taken for microscopic exam.
03-16-10 Removal of cath' and pathology results of samples.
Multifocal carcinoma with areas of Gleason pattern 3, 4 and 5, Overall Gleason grade 4+4 with tertiary 5, Bilateral involving 21% of left lobe, 3% of right lobe, Invasion of left Seminal vesicle, Tumor focally present at left resection margin, 9 lymph nodes removed all negative, Tumor staging pT3b NO MX
04-23-10 PSA <0.04....... 06-07-10 PSA <0.04..... 08-03-10 <0.04
05-03-10 1 week without pads