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Re: new diagnosis

From a physician survivor, who did a lot of research before making a decision:

It sounds like you have an intermediate risk tumor; for such tumors, some radiation protocols provide significantly higher cure rates than surgery. This is not a just matter of opinion; there is solid data to support this.

The information is summarised in an article which compares cure rates for many different treatment options. If you seek complete cure, it tells you what you need to know to decide on treatment which maximises your odds for cure. It does not address side effects or social considerations; it is not the whole story, but a very big part of it. The data is presented graphically, relatively easy to understand. Many well educated layman will be able to understand the results; any doctor can (if he/she can't, find another doctor).

The article is "Comparative analysis of PSA free survival outcomes....", by Grimm et. al., British Journal of Urology International, Supplement 1, 2012.

I can email a copy to you or your doctor. The important data is in color diagrams; color reproduction is a must.

I advise you to consult a radiation oncologist at a university center. There you can be sure that the doctors will be familiar with the medical literature on the subject, and can advise you accordingly.

Some non-university centers can offer equally good information and treatment, but how is a layman to know which ones? This is why I recommend a university center. If there is a good center closer to you, they can tell you about it. Do not be swayed by advertising or recommendations from friends. Go to a pro; your life is at stake.

There is more detailed information in my Survivor Story, and I am a registered mentor.

Brooke Jennings, MD

Re: new diagnosis

Thanks for the advice and I would greatly appreciate a copy to read. Can you see my email from post or do I need to send it to you.

Will this get through?

Fred

I previously tried to reply using Firefox, but the Reply button didn't work. I am trying again with Chrome.

Will it go through?

Brooke

Re: Will this get through?

Hey "Ducman", I gotta tell you that I love that name Ducman. Well done.

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