Well that depends on the definition of most is? Does 30,000 seem like a small number to you?
Prostate cancer is mostly slow growing. Yes. Prostate cancer usually affects the old. Yes. Most people die with it instead of – of it. Yes. Do young people die of it? Yes. Are men diagnosed young and are inoperable at the time of diagnosis too late to cure? Yes. What’s a man to do?
I humbly recommend that you look at the facts and numbers and not costs and epidemiological (is that even a word?) statistics when it comes time to make your prostate decisions. One in a hundred is 100% if it’s you!
So….which will you be? Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm? One of the 30,000? You are a big boy…Are you fer it or agin it?
From “The Decision.”
Don’t be clever by half.
On one particular occasion (however it has happened countless times) I had just told a patient that his biopsy showed cancer. I began to lay out an overview of the options and happened to start with surgery. Before I could continue, the patient told me, “My brother has a friend who has prostate cancer, and he did radiation because his doctor told him that if he had surgery he’d be impotent and that surgery lets air get to the prostate and will make it spread. My brother and his friend told me to steer clear of surgery.” A little knowledge – Don’t get too cute with what you’ve learned from your research; there is no reason to “go it alone” in making your decision.
Now, normally I will take a deep breath and slowly explain the pros and cons of both radiation and surgery and the concept of apples to apples, but sometimes I have a little fun showcasing the folly of how some patients will place so much credence on something someone has told them. On this occasion I said, “Mr. Jones, thank you for sharing that with me. What type of work does your brother do?” “He sells insurance.” “Thank you. And what type of work does your brother’s friend do?” “I think he builds houses.” I then said,” Okay. Based on what you have told me, this is what I’d recommend for your cancer. My advice to you would be for you to do what your brother said his friend was told by his doctor about your brother’s friend’s cancer. Do you have any other questions for me?”