Question About my Husband!!

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   Posted 7/3/2008 11:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,
   I have a question for ya! My husband is 21 almost 22 and he had his prostate examined at the MD's yesterday.  The doc said that his prostates were swollen and he was probably fighting off a prostate infection.  Is this a symptom of prostate cancer?  I am a mega worrier (stay on Anxiety threads usually) and I would just like to put my mind at ease.  I didn't go with him so I couldn't question the doc about whether this is normal or not.  Thankyou for your help!
"There is hope for every man, a solid place where we can stand, in this dry in weary land, there is hope for every man... Jesus is hope for every man"  -Casting Crowns

Tony Crispino
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   Posted 7/3/2008 11:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Thirsty,
Your husband is likely dealing with a small bout of prostititis. Prostate cancer at 21 is pretty much completely out of the question. So be at ease with this.

But since I am a young prostate cancer patient, I will mention that he keeps in mind the risk factors. If he has family history, he should start testing his PSA at age 35 though that's well below the national guidelines. I have no family history and those same guidelines call for my first test at 50. It's a good thing I was tested at 44 when it was found that I did have the disease. So for me if no history 40, with history 35. And at 21? Breathe easy.

God Bless,

Age 46 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8
Surgery on Feb 16, 2007 @ The City of Hope
Post-Op Pathology: Gleason 4+3=7, positive margins, Stage pT3b (Stage III)
HT began in May, '07 with Lupron and Casodex 50mg
IMRT radiation for 38 Treatments ending August 3, '07
Current PSA (May 9 '08): <0.1
I will continue HT until May '09. 
Years in Remission (3/23/07): 1
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Date Joined May 2008
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   Posted 7/3/2008 11:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Enlarged prostate does not mean cancer, and cancer does not mean enlarged prostate. I had NO SYMPTOMS WHATSOEVER when I was diagnosed, yet I had a Gleason 9 in 15% of my prostate.

After talking to 3 different doctors I encourage every male over the age of 35 to know what their PSA is and to check it annually.

Age: 52
March 2006: PSA 2.5
Dec 2007:   PSA taken for insurance application. I did not see the results until late Jan '08 - after I was rejected. Their lab said PSA 4.5. PSA again in Feb '08: 3.7.
March 2008: Biopsy. Gleason 7 (4+3) 12 cores taken. 5 on the left side were cancerous and the 6th did not look good.
May 5, 2008: Da Vinci robotic laparoscopy at GW Hospital, Washington DC.
Post op: Gleason 9 (4+5). 15% of prostate involved. Negative margins. Lymph nodes and associated glands all appear to be cancer free.

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