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I hated too give your post an 'excellent', but there is no alternative. When did your dad die? I had prostate cancer diagnosed in 2000 and tried hormone therapy to shrink the prostate prior to planned 'brachiotherapy', but the prostate did not shrink sufficiently and I elected to go with radical  prostatectomy. I had three data points that I could connect to an exponential curve.

A few years later my younger brother had a similar problem but different recommendations. He waited longer and found that, though the PSA rose to twice what had triggered my decision, it later declined and then bounced around.

Between my case and his urologists had learned a bit about the progression. But, if the cancer metastasizes it often goes to bone and can lead to a very painful death. My doctor was with Kaiser, and they are large enough to have their own statistical analysis. I don't fault them. It was just a hard call at the time.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Mar 18th, 2020 at 09:30:10 PM EST
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