Susan, the article was excellent. It was a bit of a surprise to read the finding that so many prostrate cancer patients are being "overtreated" with surgery and radiation and not considering watchful waiting. Perhaps this interpretation of the data was over-simplified.
For example, my diagnosis indicated watchful waiting was an option for another year or so.
However, my post operative biopsy indicated it would have been a VERY risky gamble.
The decision tree should not be weighted toward the path of least resistance but rather toward "informed choice" and the personal circumstances (e.g., co-morbidities, available resources, available support network of family and friends, etc.) of each individual patient.
Jim and Tony focused on the most important aspect of the article:
Even if your diagnosis and choice is obvious, get a second opinion from the most qualified physician you can
Otherwise, you will never know what you never knew....
2 Years of PSA between 4 and 5.5 + Biopsy 23DEC06
Only 5 percent cancer in one of 8 samples. + Gleeson 3+3=6
Radical Prostatectomy 16FEB07 at age 54.
1+" tumor - touching inside edge of gland. + Confined. :)
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