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John, thanks again for your response. I do really appreciate the information and your prospective. However, since I am limited in what I can write here do to
time constraints, what I have to consider is my own observations of those who acted too slow to PSA rising and are now, contrary to what you wrote, are living horrible lives. A former co-worker whose husbands PC spread due to his PC doctor not
ordering regular PSA tests and so being diagnosed at a later stage. This man, sadly,
on hormone therapy and is living a life where he and his wife are
not very happy to put it mildly. This treatment does not cure anything and
has horrible side effects. Now he is going off of it and will try a wider
radiation to his abdomen. (God only knows what that will do to his organs..) But
he feels it is worth the risk rather than to "live" the way he is. So that is
just one example of what can happen if you do not nip this horrific disease in
the bud. The concern we have is to get it while it is confined to the prostrate.
So if you wait till PSA 3.0 it may be already have metastasized. Anyway, I
know you mean well in your thoughtful responses and have been very helpful. But
we are enjoying our lives - just don't want to regret not having acted in time as
there is no way to undo that decision. Of course, the fact our highly experienced
urologist does seem concerned and he has treated many PC patients over the years, is something he needs to consider. I was looking to hear from other HDR PC patients to
learn what their experience has been over the years.