I had my biopsy on June 4, 07 and fortunately for me found this site three months earlier.
Since that date, my uro gave a book by Dr. Patrick Walsh to read, and many of the posters to this site have provided me with their knowledge, experience and opinions. This humble Engineer realizes that this site is hands down the best guidance a person could ask for in going this pc path for the first time, as I am. Why? First off, the book was written in 2001. How many things in this age of rapidly changing technology are state-of-the-art for seven years? Those of you who were kind and “Brave” enough to post to my previous threads here helped point me in a direction that makes sense for 2007.
This afternoon, I met with my uro for the follow-up after my biopsy. He did not come across as forthright which under most situations would have left me in a real quandary. Here is my situation: I had 10% of one in twelve biopsy samples show cancer. My Gleason is 4+4. The combination is that I am at the early stages of a very aggressive cancer. Six months from now is too long to wait, and it should be purged now. He recommended one of two choices: DaVinci surgery (which is his specialty) or traditional radiation. He had his staff schedule me to talk with the associate in his group that does radiation.
I asked him about Proton radiation, and he said it is unproven. A few days earlier, my son gave me an excellent article. It had two messages:
When detected early enough, nobody dies of Prostate cancer
The doctor that you see for pc will consistently recommend his specialty as the
best course of action for you.
This site has guided me to a totally different method, and I would have never found on my own or in any five year old book – Proton radiation. That is where I hope to go for treatment; there may be things happen that prevent me from doing it – like cost, we’ll see. I will post here to let you know whether I can complete this with the Proton radiation, as I currently intend to.
This site does not have a specialty, or anyone who would post a false position without being greatly challenged. That is the power of this site from which I have greatly benefited and offer those of you who post my deep-felt thanks.