Okay……I do want people to know that I am a urologist who has been through the whole process of prostate cancer and have written a book which I hope will help others. I however mistakenly used the American Cancer Society discussion board on prostate cancer survivors (of which I am one) to promote my book through answering questions using my blog and book to help other survivors. For those of you who have never visited a discussion board, I never had prior to last P.M., they are very helpful.You are not supposed to mention,however, anything commercial. By mentioning my book and information on the website, my privileges were taken away. Despite this and now feeling hurt by it, I was particularly moved by the outpouring of honesty and passion of the questions and the subsequent responses by the other participants on these sites. I have written the main email address and have apologized. I have asked for forgiveness in the hope that I can continue to view and respond to questions.In my twenty four years of practicing urology and I had never visited one of these sites; I did not know they existed. I told my wife tonight that I thought that having been through the surgery , the erection issues and the incontinence for three months made me a better doctor. The things I am now reading at the Cancer Survivors Network and the HealthWell.com/prostatecancer have been equally revealing and helpful to me as a physician. There is a lot of pain , misconceptions, and anxiety out there that I , as a prostate cancer treating physician and patient, had not appreciated. I plan to give the web addresses now to each of my prostate cancer patients. I am going to implore the moderators to allow me to participate because I do feel I can add perspective and insight to this disease , the frustration of the decision of what to do, and aftermath of the treatment. I just need to do it the right way. And I will.
Learn something everyday.
HealthWell.com Go the the forum on prostate cancer
Cancer.org Go to the Cancer Survivor Network and then prostate cancer