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Prostate Cancer - My experience

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Six weeks ago I was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer after having had a biopsy. I had been monitoring my PSA readings for 6 years & it had been slowly rising up & down over this time from 3.5 gradually to 6.0. My Doctor then advised me to see a specialist which I did 4 weeks later & my PSA dropped to 5.8, my specialist booked me in for an MRI scan which came back all clear so he suggested to monitor my PSA reading in 3 months time,which we did & it had then risen to 7.2.He then said that we better do a biopsy to see what was going on, which 10 out of the 12 core samples came back positive for Cancer grade 7/10.I was then booked in to have a CAT scan to see if the cancer had spread out of the Prostate which after a stressful wait for the result came back clear & that the cancer had seemed to be contained in the Prostate.I have just returned home this weekend after having my Prostate removed by robotic surgery on 14th August. Now I have to work on trying to control my bladder for hopefully the next 6 to eight weeks but it could be longer.Then more tests(PSA) to follow for the next 5 years to make sure that the cancer doesn't return.So no work on my Mustang Resto for at least 2 to 3 Months. I'm writing this so that hopefully if any members that haven't been monitoring their PSA will take note & start doing it. Prostate Cancer is a silent killer ,I didn't feel any difference or changes in my health from 6 years ago .I'm 63 years old & a friend of mine had his cancerous Prostate removed 10 years ago when he was 45 years old. Hopefully what I have written here may save someones life. Regards Phil 

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Many thanks for the post Phil. I have two friend going through it at the moment. One of which had his wife walk out in the middle. A class act. A bastard of a disease so I hope you have a good support network and that this is the road to a full recovery.

Thinking of you mate.

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Hang in there brother. Wise move to stay on top of it. I cringe every time I hear someone say they have been diagnosed with it. You're on my prayer list Phil.

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5 hours ago, bigmal said:

Many thanks for the post Phil. I have two friend going through it at the moment. One of which had his wife walk out in the middle. A class act. A bastard of a disease so I hope you have a good support network and that this is the road to a full recovery.

Thinking of you mate.

Have them ask about the davinci machine if they haven't yet and want it removed. Also, for general info, the more biopsy samples the better and people can ask their doctor about the "confirmmdx" dna test and see if they think it would be helpful as well. People that have their prostate removed should also ask their doctor about testosterone replacement therapy to see if they might benefit from it because a lot of doctors don't mention it, however, it has been determined to increase the risk of stroke.

 

 

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Yes the Davinci robotic machine is what I had & highly recommend. Also making sure that your Urologist is very experienced in using this machine, the more procedures that he has performed with this machine the better.

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Good and bad   It’s tough but better than the alternative and the outcomes these days are so good  

‘I have a bad family history so been monitoring psa since I turned 40.  Dad had a prostectomy when he was in his late 60’s.  he’s now 84 his brother was diagnosed in his late 50’s and had some chemical treatment and was dead in 10 years.  

‘Wind back 9 years my best mate who was 45 was diagnosed. Went robotics like you and he recovered so quickly . Another good mate who lives regionally just had normal surgical removal - he has been doing it quite tough in comparison.  

‘So if/when my turn comes i’m going robotic!!

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Sorry to hear.  Any form of cancer is terrifying.  But it sounds like you've conquered the worst of it with good results.  My next door neighbor had the same thing.  But his was treated and killed off with two types of radiation.  

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Best of luck with your recovery.  It is extremely important to share stories like yours and have topics like this.  Awareness is key. I too have a family history of prostate cancer.  My dad was diagnosed at age 44 and had a prostectomy.  There wasn't as much public awareness of prostate cancer back in 1997 and thankfully, my dad had a great general practitioner who was pretty aggressive with screening/testing.  Thanks to him and the team of doctors, I've had 21 more years (and still counting) with my dad.  

On a personal level, I've been ever increasingly involved with The Distinguished Gentleman's Ride which is a worldwide motorcycle ride raising millions of dollars each year for mens health initiatives, with the main focus being prostate cancer and mental health.  It's a pretty cool event, originating in Australia, aimed at bringing mens health topics out into the open and encouraging men to talk to one another and share their stories.  

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Thanks everyone for your input ,experiences, & wishes.Its great to see the advancement of new tests that has happened over the last few years eg DNA ,isoPSA etc.Info can be easily found over the internet & followed up with your Doctor or Urologist. The sooner that one can find out one way or the other whether you are clear, have a high risk of developing aggressive Prostate cancer or already have Prostate cancer the better. Hopefully this Topic helps everyone that has read it to do something to possibly save their lives. Please don't think that it wont happen to me & find out one day that you were wrong & possibly to late to do anything.Act now & do something.The ones that are doing something well done & keep it up. Simplyj its great to see what you are doing to help the cause, when I am back in action I will be joining the Prostate Group in my location & help fund raise & do what I can to help others. Best Wishes to All Regards Phil

 

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