Each Perspective is Different and should not come into question.

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   Posted 10/18/2006 9:14 AM (GMT -6)   

Forum Friends…


Each Perspective is Different and should not come into question.  My own personal opinion of course!!! J chirp chirp


I am responding to postings on SaraMurphy’s Thread: Shocked and Scared  (A thread needing kindness, care, and understanding as to her feelings ~ something…. we have all experienced or we wouldn’t be here… right!)


I really don’t like to go completely off track on someone’s personal thread….so decided to put this in a new thread. I needed to respond to a posting that just didn’t settle well with me.  I do not wish to offend anyone.  I feel strongly that we are here to support each other ~ in what every direction we go in. 


Research is part of this process… and our support is invaluable ~ no matter what the individual’s choice is.


Our decisions are our decisions…. There are no wrong decisions.


We each travel different roads to find the answer to our questions and pull from many different options ~ to make that final decision. 


I am so thankful that this forum allows us to share our experiences…. Which in turn helps others to see what’s out there….  I think sharing should be just that…sharing your journey and what you experienced.   Good, Bad, & Ugly….  This is true sharing.


3 Partial Quotes from 1Mikec to SJC previous postings on Shocked and Scared / SaraMurphy

o        But seriously, You're the first that I've heard of that had open surgery that turned out so great. Congratulations. We are all happy for you.

o        If you have an experienced doctor, Robotic Laproscopic is the answer!

o         My original Urologist wanted to do it the old fashioned way so I switched doctors.


Maybe I’m reading the quotes above…wrong… ~~ But it just didn’t settle well with me.


Buddy & Lee can also be congratulated on a wonderful recovery/healing process with open surgery.

April 4, 2006  Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy

June 29, 2006 PSA  less than 0.1,  NON-DETECTABLE….!!!!!!! J


Partial Quote from SJC previous posting on Shocked and Scared / SaraMurphy

I hope you take my post in the spirit it is intended. I am not an advocate of one procedure over the other. I am an advocate of selecting the finest surgeon out there in terms of experience and credentials, be he rob/lap or open.

Partial Quote from EB02 previous posting on Shocked and Scared / SaraMurphy

I think that SJC's post on 10/13 is one of the best I have ever seen on this forum.


I agree with EB02….. I appreciate SJC’s postings.  And it would not have mattered to me whether it was rob/lap or open.  It was “his journey” and his reasons for selecting this procedure over another… that he shared. 


Make your decisions and know they are the right decisions for you J


In Friendship ~ Lee

mama bluebird - Lee & Buddy 53
RRP April 3, 2006   PSA 4.6 Gleason 3+3=6 T2a   Confined to Prostate
June 29th PSA Less than 0.1 Non-detectable  :)

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   Posted 10/18/2006 12:52 PM (GMT -6)   


I think it was you who coined the phrase "Knowledge is Power".  What I recognize is that all who post here are sincere in their belief; however, not all have as extensive knowledge as others.  There is a misconception by many that the open procedure is not as effective as the robotic/laparascopic procedure.  So many folks simply write off the open procedure from the get-go.  However, if people did a little more research and studied the clinical and research acumen of urologists like Walsh and Partin at Johns Hopkins and Scardino and Eastham at Memorial Sloan-Kettering, all open procedure surgeons, they would realize that the open procedure has excellent results in the proper hands.  I think those of us who studied the total picture have adequately brought our knowledge to the attention of those who were unaware. 

At the end of the day I concluded the type of procedure was not the critical factor.  Choosing the finest surgeon in terms of experience and credentials, be he rob/lap or open, is the #1 criteria when making your selection.

Post Edited (SJC) : 10/18/2006 12:17:59 PM (GMT-6)

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