Tony, from a global perspective you are certainly correct and I'm really glad you are fighting those battles on our behalf...couldn't be anyone better. However from a "local perspective" we get men at HW each day who are perplexed and frightened about
what to do next. I still think that there is value in helping these men understand the facts before making their decision. I think you made a great point when you said, "I have seen that many times the decision to go with a particular treatment choice is derived from the presentation by the physician. A well presented case for a particular treatment option can be just like a message delivered by a charismatic politician or even a good car salesman".
One of the great things about
this site is that there is collective wisdom that can help folks step away from the brink without mindlessly jumping off the cliff.
Age 62 (65 now), G 3 + 4 = 7, T1C, PSA 4.2, 2/16 cancerous, 27cc. Brachytherapy 12/9/08. 73 Iodine-125 seeds. Procedure went great, only minor discomfort. Everything continues to function normally as of 12/2/11. PSA: 6 mo: 1.4, 1 yr: 1.0, 2 yr: .8, 3 yr: .5. My docs are "delighted"! My journey: