Sep 12, 2008 - 2:52 pm
I refused surgery but opted for chemo and radiation. Tumor vanished. (Stage 3 androcarcinoma) I am going on 7 years with frequent endoscopic examinations, biopsies and so far cancer free. My oncologist still wants me to have the surgery claiming that I am my own "clinical trial"....Although I would not want anyone to discount the advise of their oncologist, the survival rate of 25% led me to roll the dice. I probably would have gone through with the surgery if laprascopic were an alternative as it is now, but I am still holding out. I am forever grateful for the treatment I received at the hands of the VA Hosp in Long Beach, Ca. Don't believe all the bad press.