Posted 4/16/2011 5:22 PM (GMT -7)
David, good point. On the other hand, the article says
"By contrast, in RP and RT patients who did experience BCR, 5-, 10-, and 15-year cumulative mortality rates were 3%, 11%, and 21%, and 11%, 20%, and 42%, respectively."
So at 15 years, "only" 21% of RP patients with BCR had died. That means 4 out of 5 had not, which are pretty good odds. Sure, these were older men but if 4 out of 5 were still fighting PC off at their age, I would think a 40 or 50 year old's stronger system would fight it off even better. And they may have fought it off for much longer, the study just cut off at 15 years.
I don't know about you, but 15 years to me is sort of an infinite horizon, no matter the age. I'm 66 now and I don't really relish the idea of being around in my 80s and 90s with all the issues that entails, though I realize there are many men that age who are very agile. I felt the same when I was 50, 65 was way in the future to me. Maybe once we pass prime child rearing age we begin to put older age in perspective.
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