Purg casts cold water on threads such as this one because he comes at the Healing Well forum from a different angle than some of the rest of us do.
His vision - and the vision of many others - is of a forum where one can get and give emotional support to fellow prostate cancer patients (past or present). There is absolutely nothing wrong with that vision. Obviously, however, it is ultimately incompatible with a lively discussion of papers, abstracts, and statistics pertaining to prostate cancer and its treatments.
In contrast, some of us come here in an attempt to follow the developing science - a halting, uneven, fragile development, to be sure, but one in which we have more than a passing interest. This is doubly true if - like me - you are advising newly diagnosed men who contact you.
Obviously, this is not necessarily an either-or situation; some come here for both reasons. But for those who come here solely for one or the other reason, perhaps the best option is to simply participate in the threads that interest you and leave the others alone. Telling us the limitations of statistics isn't all that helpful; we already know their limitations. Conversely, impatience with frequent "personal updates" is misplaced emotion.
This forum is by nature schizophrenic, and that's OK.
Post Edited (Zen9) : 1/31/2011 9:40:11 AM (GMT-7)