I have thought how devastating it must be for an oncologist to give a horribly toxic treatment to a seemingly strong patient, totally destroying the quality of their life, only to find it ineffective and watch the patient die. That physician not only has my sympathy, but my admiration, providing the treatment was given with the patient’s complete understanding and at the patient’s request. Continue reading “Choices”

Prostate cancer chronology

Background:  20% of all men age 55 have prostate cancer.  By the time a man reaches the age of 70 that increases to approximately 50% and close to 100% by the age of 90.  This is known because when men die from other causes, it is discovered at the autopsy that they had prostate cancer.  Prostate cancer is extremely serious for a young man and generally is not imminently life threatening for a man over 65 unless Continue reading “Prostate cancer chronology”