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Re: Will metastatic prostate cancer ever be curable ?

Terry, this thread was meant to be about educated guesses about the future of prostate cancer treatment and chances for a cure for metastatic prostate cancer in particular (or making it a chronic condition, with a few times times greater life expectancy than today) Thanks for the comments so far, if more will follow, then great.

Re this discussion about early detection.
Perhaps the incidence of prostate cancer increased?
Even if not, if you say the PSA testing hasn't changed the rates of deaths from prostate cancer, then it looks like you might be favoring not doing any PSA tests at all.

I think we know there's lots of slow growing cancers and a minority of agressive, Gleasons 9's and 10-'s. I read lots of stories of how early detection and agressive radical therapy saved lifes of those with high Gleasons. I think if one has agressive prostate cancer running in his family, he should do regular PSA tests to catch his cancer early in hopes to save his life, instead of just waiting for symptoms and believing his cancer won't be curable anyway.

Re: Will metastatic prostate cancer ever be curable ?

We both agree with the facts in your first paragraph but you come to an incorrect conclusion in the second paragraph. If improvements were made in the treatment of most diseases since the 70's but no improvement in treating prostate cancer then the death rate for prostate cancer would have gone up and not stayed the same. It has stayed the same because the treatment for prostate cancer has improved by about the same amount as for other diseases. The end result is we all live a little longer than men who died in the 1970s.

Re: Will metastatic prostate cancer ever be curable ?


I'm sorry the thread wandered, as threads do!!

So here's what I meant to express:

I think it is less likely there will ever be a 'cure' for metastasised disese: I think it is more likely that a discovery will be made as to the root cause of the disuption in the cellular process. Stopping that process will prevent the proliferation of the cells we currently label 'prostate cancer' and thise prevent metastasis.

I have no scientific references for my idea, merely my observations on life and how medical breakthroughs occur.

All the best
Terry in Australia