i find the various studies, nonograms, percentages as interesting as the next PC guy, there's definitely a lot to glean from them. At the individual level, I find them of limited use, i.e. pertaining to my own case. On paper, I should be doing much better than I am, and even if you eliminated all the side effects, complications, etc from my journey, I should have been in a better situation for controlling the cancer. When I was downgraded after surgery from 4+3 to 3+4, I sighed a big relief, thinking that would work in my favor. I always have the same wish, that one day (perhaps not in our generation of PC fighters), there will be more effective dx tools available to pin point the variants and aggressiveness of our cancers. Then, of course, treatment decisions could be more focused and determined for our actual needs. Even with patients that are well educated on their choices, and even when they are among the top doctors, it's still a shot in the dark at times, with the hope that the cancer can be stopped in its tracks.
not sure i will be alive 25 years from now, but would love to look into the future, and see what might get discovered or developed in fighting the beast. perhaps they will look back to these times as the "barbaric" times in PC related medicine.
one can only hope for better choices for the next generation of PC men.
Age: 58, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 7 of 7 Positive, 40-90%, Gleason 4+3
open RP: 11/08, on catheters for 101 days
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos margin
Incont & ED: None
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12, 4/8 .04, 8/6 .06, 2/11 1.24, 4/11 3.81, 6/11 5.8
Latest: 6 Corr Surgeries to Bladder Neck, SP Catheter since 10/1/9, SRT 39 Sess/72 gy ended 11/09, 21 Catheters, Ileal Conduit Surgery 9/10