Aug 17, 2006 - 8:03 pm
I have read books and articles and web sites. "Notably Prostrate and Cancer: A Family Guide to Diagnosis, Treatment and Survival," by sheldon Marks. M.D.(2003)
These books agree. They argue that surgery is a better alternative than radiation. Specifically, they claim that radiation and surgery have similar outcomes 5-7 years out; but that surgery has a significant better survival rate 10- 12 years. out
I just came from a radiation oncologists at Kaiser. He seemed on top of things. I asked about this claim. He claimed that they were not responding to recent developments. That is, the procedures have improved in the last 6 years, so we do not have a cohort who have completed 10- 12 years out.
He provided me with a paper.
It is from the International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics. Vol.58. No. 1. Pp. 25-33. 2004.
I have read this. It says to me that there is no measured difference between surgery and radiation for persons like myself.
BUT, The article is in M.D. speak. I have read it carefully.