Thank you all for the great encouragement.
I went to the USTOO meeting and was happy to meet more brethren. I was mistaken about
our mayor being there. When I was told the name of the attending physicians it was natural to assume that our mayor was amung them. But it was his SON. Oscar Goodman JR. It was interesting for those who attended. There were about
50 people there, many wives. The guest speakers were invited by USTOO, as they normally do, and wouldn't you have it, they were my team of oncologists. Few of these members knew them as the center is new and thus most of these patients had other doctors for many years. They were very impressed by the NCI faculty. I thought my doc's sounded nerdy though. Great scientists, lousy speakers. But they did
open alot of eyes with thier research on prostate cancer. What I liked about
the forum was the interest to learn about
the trials and studies. I did meet a gentleman who was upbeat but was nearing the end of his treatments. He had come to NCI with a PSA of 4000. He told me I would do well with this team and recommended I stay with them. I asked him if we could talk next meeting and he said possibly. He was a nice guy, but he was struggling. I have thought about
him every day since. I realize that in all this last year, I have avoided the potential worst news. When I left that night, Ruth had noticed I hadn't said anything all the way home. She asked me if I was going to go back, and I told her that I have to. I was taking back by the positive mindset and bravery of this man. And I think it was good for me and him. Hard reality but I was impressed by this group. If there's a chapter near you, check it out. They are like us in every way.
Age 45 (44 when Dx)
Post-Op Pathology was poor: Gleason 4+3=7, 4 positive margins, Stage pT3b (Stage III)
My PSA did drop out after surgery to undetectable. It has not returned and I will continue HT until January '08.
My Life is supported very well by family and friends like you all.