May 19, 2004 - 6:14 am
I'm new to this site. My Dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer in March. His PSA is 21 and his biopsy score was 7 (not sure what the latter means, but the results indicated 5% cancerous findings w/high density clustering). He has had radiation testing and a CT scan and both were negative (thank goodness), though the dr said that the CT scan was not necessarily that accurate. My dad is 68, active (he just recently picked up snowboarding, crazy man!) and in general good health. We've talked w/drs quite a bit about treatment options. His urologist recommended surgery or radiation treatment and indicated that w/his high PSA levels, my dad would really only be eligible for beam therapy and not the seed type. He also indicated that w/my dad's high PSA, surgery would almost certainly guarantee impotence since they would not be able to preserve those nerves when dealing w/such a high PSA.
My dad met w/a radiation oncologist and he found out that w/radiation treatment, there is only a 20% chance that the cancer does not recur. As a result, my dad has begun to consider going with alternative treatments b/c he is worried about the efficacy and side effects of the recommended treatments. I was hoping that you could chime in on the following (pls add whatever else comes to mind as well! :).
1) Your experiences with either surgery or radiation treatment, esp if you had similar PSA, age, etc. as my dad;
2) your experiences or knowledge of alternative meds such as herbals, diet control (anyone heard of/used the book "Beating Cancer w/Nutrition" by Patrick Quillin?), exercise regiment; and
3) your thoughts on the advice and info that my dad has been getting from his drs (he is covered by Kaiser and I have not always heard the best stories about them).