I am T3b Prostate Ca patient. RP surgery in Jan 2011, pathology report gleason 8 with tertiary 5, SVI, N0M0, extraprostatic extension, perineural invasion and high grade PIN all present, negative surgical margins.
PSA 3 months post op 0.03. Started HT (Lupron injections) in May 2011, adjuvant IMRT (40 sessions) started in Jan 2012 and ended in March 2012. Last Lupron shot (3 months) in June 2012. Recent PSA in Jan 2013 0.003.
SE's of HT were muscle loss, body hair loss, enlarged breasts. Will have a liposuction next week to fix the gynecomastia. Having sufficient erections for the past 1 month.
... I'm not sure I understand this comment. An 89 percent recovery sounds pretty significant to me?
I could, perhaps, have been clearer. One cannot compute an average if you have missing data. As an example, I have two children. The average age at which they got married is (30+32)/2 = 31 years. The average age at which they became parents themselves is (31+not-yet)/2 = (no result).
Since people like to have an average, if you are averaging a large number of data points and only a very small (loosely speaking, an "insignificant" number of them are missing) then often you just leave them out, compute an average from the data that's left, and put in a footnote. The authors of the study found the 11 percent to represent a "significant" part of their cohort and decided that an average figure would not be that meaningful.
I don't mean to be difficult, but one would assume that an average of 89 percent would be considered a fairly significant number to work with. Now if those numbers were reversed and only 11 percent recovered then I would most definitely agree.
On to a more important issue. I really wasn't looking for any study material, just some personal experiences of others, here, who may have gone through the same HT recovery as I have.