If Medicare decides what treatment you get, it becomes a slippery slope. The next thing will be that they decide IF you should get treatment. And then, should you beget to an advanced stage, should you be treated, or is it not worth the tax payers money.
There are also personal considerations. What about
guys like Vince, and others who seem deathly afraid of the surgery option. Should the government force them to go under the knife?
I'll leave it at that because I don't want to get to the border of a political discussion, which I think is against the forum rules.
Age 64 (in 2014), Father had PCa
PSA Feb 2006 - Nov 2014, PSA rose from .7 to 4.3
Nov 2012 - Biopsy - 14 cores all negative for PCa, 1 showed Hi Grade PIN
Nov 2014 BX 3 of 12 cores positive original pathology G6 10%, G6 20%,
G8 (3+5), 70%. Johns Hopkins second opinion, G3+5=8 downgraded to 3+3=6 @80%
Bone scan and CT Scan negative
Surgery with Dr Ash Tewari Jan 6, 2015
Post surgical pathology, stage T2c, bilateral disease, upstaged to G7(3+4)
5% of Prostate involved in Tumor
Organ confined, negative Margins, negative SV, negative lymph nodes (9) PNI positive
PSA 2/15 <.02
My story: www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=35&m=3297053&p=1