I did not listen to Dr. Walsh's talk, because I do not believe it is pertinent to my comments here. It just brought to mind something that I thought I should say about
"nerve sparing surgery". Some may consider me sticking my neck out here, but what I am saying I believe is from a reliable source. From what I have heard, "nerve sparing surgery" is not all that it is cracked up to be. One thing that Dr. Walsh may not readily tell the world is that he is very selective in who he takes as patients. He will basically take those patients who are in a early stage of PC where the prognosis of surgical treatment is excellent. That is the reason why his statistics look so good concerning restoration of potency after surgery and why it has mislead many prostate cancer patients into believing that their prostate surgeons can achieve the same rate of success as Dr. Walsh. We all know from this website that many patients luckily are able to restore their potency after surgery, but the process can often be long and slow. Even then, they may not achieve 100% potency and some may not achieve it at all. Younger men appear to have higher rates of success than older men. Notwithstanding my comments, there is no question that Dr. Walsh is an excellent surgeon and a well respected scholar in the field of prostate cancer.
68, Biopsy 9/27/06, Stage T1c, PSA 7.1, Gleason 6 [less than 5% in two areas], Gleason 7 (3+4) [less than 20% in third area], negative DRE, bone scan and MRI. Starting proton radiation therapy 2/22/07. Treatments completed 4/18/07.
Post Edited (pcdave) : 4/28/2007 12:46:28 AM (GMT-6)