"However, to infer that statistics are meaningless is naive."
I agree with this generally. But putting too much trust is statistics like the ones we get from imperfect prostate cancer studies is probably no less naive. If we get the study abstract on this and things pan out as Dr. Brosman outlined ~ then virtually all 10 year studies on local therapies could be questioned in the same way as other ten year studies of surgical outcome can now be.
Imagine if someone pulls out a ten year surgical study that shows a very low incidence of prostate cancer specific mortality after RP, only to find out that at a median of 18.6 years that nearly 25% of the RP men are dead due to prostate cancer.
Two studies on surgery, two drastically different mortality statistics.
Advanced Prostate Cancer at age 44 (I am 48 now)
pT3b,N0,Mx (original PSA was 19.8) EPE, PM, SVI. Gleason 4+3=7
RALP ~ 2/17/2007 at the City of Hope near Los Angeles.
Adjuvant Radiation Therapy ~ IMRT Completed 8/07
Adjuvant Hormone Therapy ~ 28 months on Casodex and Lupron.
"I beat up this disease and took its lunch money! I am in remission."
I am currently not being treated, but I do have regular oncology visits.
I am the president of an UsTOO chapter in Las Vegas
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