I voted for experiences can guide me. I'll bet that the sum of current PCa knowledge on this board exceeds that of 95% of individual U.S. family physicians, exceeds that of maybe 65% of individual U.S. uros/surgeons/radiologists, and is fast approaching that of even a few of the true PCa experts.
But the real reason is fear and greed. Fear because in recent years I have seen cancer take my dad, my uncle (PCa), my mother in law, my father in law (PCa) and an aunt. No other way to say it than what a horrible waste. Ok, I'll say it. Scares the **** out of me. And every blood draw, like I had today, takes a little toll.
Greed because, otoh, I had a grandmother live to 103, a great aunt to 105, have been busting my hump working for the last 50 years, and would like some payback on my social security. I know some of the "experts" would say, "Robert, you needed no treatment because you probably would have lived the normal male lifespan, even if you had mets towards the end, and you are messing up the social security scheme by not dying on time". Screw that.
Apologize in advance if this is too direct.
I am adding that I do care about
the guys on here, many of whom have very tough roads and are handling it with more courage than I probably when/if my case advances. And I enjoy helping/posting replies to newbies, though I don't as much as I should.
Jan '08-'11 PSAs 2.2 2.5 2.7 2.6, DREs-
Jan '12: PSA 3.6, DRE+
Jan '12: MRI inconclusive
Feb '12: PCaDx pT2a, 4/12+ (3 @ 3+3, 1 @ 4+3); 3% tot cores; bone scan-
Apr '12: RALP; 3+4=7; pT2c pN0 pMx; 30%; 2 focals+ on r; EPE-; PNI+; 8 LN-; SV-
PSAs @wks: 6/10/16 <.010; 24/32/40 <.006 52 < .05
Post Edited (Bobbiesan) : 5/15/2013 6:25:39 PM (GMT-6)