Where are the studies that can point the way to some treatment guidelines? For example, for men who went on AS, what were their stats prior and what happened to them over the next 15 years? In other words, relative to their numbers, how likely were they to eventually "need" treatment and then how likely were they to get any PC-specific benefit from it? I guess PIVOT was supposed to have demonstrated no benefit for any treatment to anybody, so if that holds up the guidelines would be real simple: no treatment, period. Now, what about
the advanced cases, of which there will certainly be more following the new guidelines? Any information on what, if anything, treatment has accomplished for the various stages of that? Has it extended life, and if so, how much on average? What's the cost in terms of money and QOL? Although it would have no scientific value, I would love to see a long questionnaire presenting all variables of treatment, results, side effects, etc., sent to every urologist with more than 15 years experience to find out how they feel about
all this from what they've been through. After all, they're the ones that have done the "experimenting," as it seems to come down to, on their patients all this time. What's their intuitive feeling about
benefits and costs?
Post Edited (Phenom) : 5/27/2013 5:18:38 PM (GMT-6)