No the 2013 PSA is correct it was only a tenth of a point uptick. Neither I or my doctor was concerned about
it. I really forgot the total cost I mean I looked at it once years ago it was much lower than surgery I remember. My copay was back in 2008 $175 per both procedures. In fact the only objection early on by my insurance was the cost of the 3D saturation biopsy, never the cost of the TFT. The key to this procedure is to best locate the cancer. That is done by a saturation biopsy using a brachytherapy grid. I'll put up the link of having one done it's a little bloody to watch. Then that core info is added to a 3D computer program to best locate the
location and amount of tumor/s. I last heard it was 57% who passed to go on to TFT . Those have more cancer than expected are then recommended the customary treatments. Thus it's cheap once you locate the area, needles are inserted to freeze the tumor and other to warm the prostate minimizing adjacent damage. There's hope for the procedure to spread for the insurance companies will like it in time it's those with million dollar DaVincis to pay off that don't.
Those who thought I was a fool for volunteering for TFT was back in 2007 2008, although a few are still here.
Yes you're right it's often side effects and lower quality of life is a big concern. For some like me more than others. Of course in all the time I've been here I've seen by far most side effects come from surgery. But my old pet peeve is the rationalization that SRT is THE option after failed radical surgery, with few ever mentioning it only has a 30% success rate. I won't even bring up there are other but less done treatments available for those with failed radical surgery.
Ok I may have exaggerated the term 15 year old guidelines for AS. But when I still see posts here claiming guidelines for AS for those only 65 and older I have to object. This is a much over treated cancer. I came to that conclusion early on back in 2008. Thank god I live by a cancer research center whose Doctors suspected that early on. The fact that overtime I have seen Tony here and others come over to my side illustrates the validity of the massive over treatment paranoia that has ruled for the last 20 years. But of course I have to say this is about
lower risks PCa. For one of the big problems are that under the PCa umbrella there and a number of different types of PCa. With only a minority being those that are lethal and aggressive. Now with those of course treatment should be done stat!
Elway has been improving the team. Have you noticed what the Broncos have done with free agency? Seriously Elway has a business degree from Stanford and has transformed the organization in record time after the McDaniels debacle. May Josh rot in hell or New England. Of course talking Manning into signing helped a little <seg>
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