Mar 20, 2013 - 2:12 pm
Well, I had my 2nd opinion interview with Dr Brian Shaffer the other day regarding my lab results. He told me something that I had never heard or perhaps did not want to hear previously. My understanding from what he shared with me is the following (my interpretation) - "if a single cancer cell leaves the prostate and goes elsewhere in the body, the cancer then becomes incurable. There is no way to eradicate/eliminate the cancer once it leaves the prostate. The progression of the cancer can be slowed down but not eliminated."
Now, I may have heard this from my 1st Dr. I do not recall. With a gleason score of 6, I have been walking around thinking, "I have time. No big hurry. Check out your options, etc. Now my motivation is pray to Jesus no cells have left the prostate and hurry and get the prostate out of my body. If this "truth" had resonated witih me back in October of 2011 when I was told that I was a good candidate for wait and watch, I would not have waited and why would I want to watch?
I will have robotic surgery. I now need to find out which of two Doctors would be the best to perform the surgery and get this thing out of my body.
Thank you all for your input. The advice I got here to check out Dr. Shaffer for the 2nd opinion is invaluable.