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Re: Active Survailance vs radical prostatectomy

Jim:

You are confronted with a very difficult decision. Fortunately with a Gleason Score of 6 (3+3), you have time to research your options. In this respect you may find the following book by Bob Marckini helpful: "You Can Beat Prostate Cancer..." His chapter on the advantages and disadvantages of several methods for treating PCa is usually of particular interest to the newly diagnosed. This book is readily available, an easy read and well worth its modest price. Although this book is nearly ten years old much of his information remains relevant.

In general the more research you undertake at this point (be sure to include up-to-date material) the more likely you will be to make a good decision for yourself. Your research will also enable you to ask good questions of the various clinicians you are bound to encounter as you proceed.

If you decide on AS I suggest you closely monitor your PSA until you decide on a course of action. Monthly blood draws would be none to frequent

Best wishes Don O

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