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ozieagle Gold Member Herb Adler
Geelong Victoria, Australia   AUS
1958 Wolseley 1500 "Wooly"
1966 MG MGB "Bl**dy B"
After my annual checkup it was found that I have early prostate cancer.

I'm not overly fussed about this, as early treatment is 93% effective.

What I'm after is subjective feelings, from those of you, who have had treatment, about the longer term effects, that you've experienced.

There are three treatment options, each with its own set of complications, so I'm after others' experience, to enable me to make an informed choice.

If you are shy to reply on an open forum, just PM me.

TIA

Herb



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sweep Gold Member Chris W
Gosford, NSW, Australia   AUS
1966 MG MGB "Basil"
2013 Volkswagen Tiguan
2015 Audi A3
Herb, don't know if you remember my saga in 2011. I wrote about it in my journal.

Heart op Pt 1: http://www.mgexp.com/journal/sweep/5949

Heart op Pt 2: http://www.mgexp.com/journal/sweep/6027

Prostatectomy: http://www.mgexp.com/journal/sweep/6614

As far as a longer term report goes, I'm still getting 'zero' PSA readings so I've pretty much been declared cancer-free.

My Oncologist gave me 2 choices - surgery or chemotherapy. I chose the surgery cause I had this thing about chemo and any other type of radiation therapy and the possible side effects.

The Dr spoke about the 'trifecta' with results. 1. Cancer gone 2. Sexual function retained 3. No continence issues.

Well, I scored 2½ out of 3. If you want details PM me. I can say, however, that I pee great and I'm cancer free.

But I do suffer from Diabetes and that also takes its toll on those issues.

Regrets? None.



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melbaver Gold Member Chris Howells
Broadwater NSW, Australia   AUS
1968 MG MGB "Moneypit"
1996 Jeep Cherokee "Shopping Trolley"
Guys, my finger check came out OK, but I think colonoscopy 1 created an emergency appendectomy 3 months later. Follow up colonoscopy, 12 months after the first, I'm sure was responsible for the incisional hernia that followed 3 months later, and is being operated on tomorrow.

The polyps they nuked, were all benign, so I'm wondering whether the postal FOBT test was worth it.

Wish you both the best of continuing good health in the nether regions.



Chris Howells

1968 MGB Purchased already dis-assembled but which is largely back together so I'm a lot less ignorant.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2016-03-08 05:36 AM by melbaver.

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Scooter54 Bob Johnson
Bethesda, MD, USA   USA
Herb

I went through this about 5 years ago. I am 55 now and cancer free. I had a prostatectomy, which indeed comes with its own set of risks, but I had a great surgeon and everything functions as it should with a little help from Cialis as needed.

Please PM me with questions or I'm happy to discuss over the phone somehow,

The reason I am replying publicly on the forum is to try to help other men who don't have a simple test to ensure their health. HAVE YOUR PSA CHECKED ANNUALLY!

My PSA levels were constant for several years and elevated only slightly over one year. That was enough for my physician to set me on course to have the issue evaluated.

Everyone, please see your doctor for annual checkups and if you are over 50, please ensure you monitor your PSA levels. I have a feeling the vast majority of this forum is approaching or over 50 years old so please take this simple test.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2016-03-08 05:45 AM by Scooter54.

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wyatt Silver Member Wyatt W
penguin point, drift ice, Antarctica   ATA
....I'm two years younger than dirt and as healthy as a hearse, so I'm wishing Mr Dirt success on tomorrows operation, and Herb best of luck to ya which ever way you choose.smoking smiley

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Gerry Gold Member Gerry Masterman
Prairieville, LA, USA   USA
Best of luck to you, Herb. The very fact that you are dealing with this shows that you have more guts than I do. Unfortunately I am in the "ignore it and there will be no problem" group. Been years since I saw any kind of doctor and one day it will catch up with me I'm sure.

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Monsantiqu Silver Member Anthony S
Sunshine City, FL, USA   USA
Gerry, go see a doctor, please.
I am a firefighter/paramedic and my wife is a DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice).
We see so many sad situations and suffering that can be so EASILY remedied by a simple Doctor visit.
You live in a country where health care is so easily accessible.
Just do it.

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ozieagle Gold Member Herb Adler
Geelong Victoria, Australia   AUS
1958 Wolseley 1500 "Wooly"
1966 MG MGB "Bl**dy B"
Thanks All, for posting, just what I was after, personal experience.

I must admit that I'm leaning towards surgery, because I want that bugger out of my body. I feel that radiation etc could leave a time bomb behind. Probably false, but...

Herb

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mowog1 Gold Member Rick Ingram
Saint Joseph, IL, USA   USA
1969 MG MGC "Vicky"
1972 MG MGB "Mallard"
1974 MG MGB GT V8 Conversion "The V8"
1978 MG MGB "Maggie"    & more
I've been closely monitored for prostate cancer since September of 2009.

My PSA has ranged from 4.0 to its current level of about 11.0. (I go back in to see the urologist in April)

My biopsy came back negative.

A urine screen for Prostate Cancer Gene (PCA-3 test) also came back negative.

http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/ProductsandMedicalProcedures/DeviceApprovalsandClearances/Recently-ApprovedDevices/ucm294907.htm

I have no problems other than a palpable enlarged gland upon DRE....at present it concerns neither me nor my urologist.

I've lost at least four friends (including my father-in-law) to metastatic prostatic cancer (all went to the bone and was a very painful death)...this is nothing to mess around with.



1969 MGC - 1972 MGB - 1974&1/2 MGB/GT V8 conversion - 1978 MGB

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mowog1 Gold Member Rick Ingram
Saint Joseph, IL, USA   USA
1969 MG MGC "Vicky"
1972 MG MGB "Mallard"
1974 MG MGB GT V8 Conversion "The V8"
1978 MG MGB "Maggie"    & more
I've just learned of a relatively new test for this disease.

The "new" test is called "Apifiny".

Check it out: http://armune.com/apifiny-prostate-cancer-test/

It is a blood screen.

Another member of this site recently had the test done....it gave evidence of problems that were undetected previously...he's now recovering from a prostatectomy.



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wyatt Silver Member Wyatt W
penguin point, drift ice, Antarctica   ATA
...OK, but can I get it done at Menards, I like them better...smoking smiley

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sweep Gold Member Chris W
Gosford, NSW, Australia   AUS
1966 MG MGB "Basil"
2013 Volkswagen Tiguan
2015 Audi A3
Bob your result sounds a bit like mine. A random PSA test picked up mine and this was confirmed as a slow growing kind that had been there a long time and throughout the gland.
Interestingly subsequent to the diagnosis from the biopsy my Dr gave me a 'digital' examination and he declared that that examination would not have discovered it as it had not come to the surface of the prostate. This greatly increased my prognosis for total recovery because the chance of it spreading was minimized.
The moral of this story is that if you're only relying on a rectal examination by the time it's diagnosed it is probably already outside the gland.
So I concur with Bob get yearly PSA tests as well.



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Gerry Avatar
Gerry Gold Member Gerry Masterman
Prairieville, LA, USA   USA
Last I heard the medical industry was saying that the PSA tests were only 30% accurate. Was that just more hype to push a new type of test?

I know this is off topic but I keep thinking back about all the things that the medical industry and other special interest groups have said causes cancer or something else bad. Saccharin, eggs, bacon, cell phones, hi freq power transmission lines and on and on and on. I have lost much of my confidence in anything someone with an interest in health/medical field. Had more than a few friends die of cancer of some type, even after going through all kinds of chemo and radiation treatment and still die. The medical industry takes all their money, leaving the widow nothing and moves on to the next patient. The only people coming out is the medical industry. If I got cancer today, likely there would be no chemo, no radiation, I would just die, but my wife would still have money to live on for the rest of her life. Am I crazy to see things in this light?

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wyatt Silver Member Wyatt W
penguin point, drift ice, Antarctica   ATA
right or wrong....you are a brave man to paint such a large target on your back, ie science denier et al........eye popping smiley

In reply to # 3212734 by Gerry Last I heard the medical industry was saying that the PSA tests were only 30% accurate. Was that just more hype to push a new type of test?

I know this is off topic but I keep thinking back about all the things that the medical industry and other special interest groups have said causes cancer or something else bad. Saccharin, eggs, bacon, cell phones, hi freq power transmission lines and on and on and on. I have lost much of my confidence in anything someone with an interest in health/medical field. Had more than a few friends die of cancer of some type, even after going through all kinds of chemo and radiation treatment and still die. The medical industry takes all their money, leaving the widow nothing and moves on to the next patient. The only people coming out is the medical industry. If I got cancer today, likely there would be no chemo, no radiation, I would just die, but my wife would still have money to live on for the rest of her life. Am I crazy to see things in this light?

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LaVerne LaVerne Downey
Fruita, CO, USA   USA
1954 MG TF "Green Hornet"
1969 MG MGB
In reply to # 3212734 by Gerry Last I heard the medical industry was saying that the PSA tests were only 30% accurate. Was that just more hype to push a new type of test?

I know this is off topic but I keep thinking back about all the things that the medical industry and other special interest groups have said causes cancer or something else bad. Saccharin, eggs, bacon, cell phones, hi freq power transmission lines and on and on and on. I have lost much of my confidence in anything someone with an interest in health/medical field. Had more than a few friends die of cancer of some type, even after going through all kinds of chemo and radiation treatment and still die. The medical industry takes all their money, leaving the widow nothing and moves on to the next patient. The only people coming out is the medical industry. If I got cancer today, likely there would be no chemo, no radiation, I would just die, but my wife would still have money to live on for the rest of her life. Am I crazy to see things in this light?

My kidney doc doesn't have them do the test on my blood work for those reasons, but I would like to have it done as I think one would could see a red flag if the levels were elevated and if you are like Wyatt and I and aren't too keen on having finger shoved up your butt once a year (really this is the best modern medicine can do? ) then what else you gonna do? I'm with you on the cancer diagnosis...and other procedures I might be facing....I see no reason to bankrupt the family for doubtful results. I've had my time and anything I get now is bonus in my book.

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