Article--Real Men Get Prostate Cancer

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Tim G
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   Posted 11/18/2008 1:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Here's a link to a second prostate cancer personal account by Dana Jennings in the NY Times. And a sampling to whet your interest:
 
These facts home in on why so many men often have trouble talking about prostate cancer. The treatment of the disease strikes at the very heart of our clichéd, John Wayne image of the American male. Impotence and incontinence, cramps and man-breasts just don’t sell pickup trucks and the King of Beers, hoss. These symptoms are not some mere midlife crisis — more like a change-of-life crisis — that can be salved or solved with topical (and typical) macho palliatives, like buying a candy-apple-red Hummer or having an extramarital affair. They shake the very pillars of what we talk about when we talk about being a man.
 

LV-TX
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Date Joined Jul 2008
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   Posted 11/18/2008 1:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Tim....good article. The last sentence made me smile.
Les
 
Age 58 at Diagnosis
Oct 2006 - PSA 2.6 - DRE Normal
May 2008 - PSA 4.6 - DRE Normal / TRUS normal-Gland 38 cc
July 2008 - Biopsy 4 of 12 Positive 5 - 30% Involved Bilateral (Perineural Invasion present at base)
Gleason (3+3) 6  Stage T1C
August 23 - Bone Scan - Hips, Spine and ribs marked uptake - X-Ray showed clear -Hooray
Sept 9 2nd DRE - questionable - TRUS...shadow in base - Gland now 41 cc
Robotic Surgery Sept 18, 2008
Pathology October 1,2008
Gleason 7 (4+3) Staged pT2c NO MX
Gland 50 cc
Seminal Vesicles and Lymph Nodes clear
Positive Margins Right Posterior Lobe
4 tumors in prostate - largest being 6 cm 
PSA Oct 08 <.05


RBinCountry
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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 270
   Posted 11/18/2008 4:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Interestingly, one of the most rugged guys I know got PC some 15 years ago. I knew little about PC then, but when I was diagnosed early this year he was the first person I thought about. I contacted him. He is now 78 years old and is still a tough old bruiser. I talked to him about his PC and found out he had IC problems that led to a spincter operation some two years after the PC. All the time this was going on I was working with him and never knew - he never let on, and never complained.

Yes - real men have PC.

RB
Age 61 (now 62)
Original data - pre-operation
PSA: 5.1
T1C clinical diagnosis, Needle biopsy - 10 cores, Gleason 7 = 3+4 in 1 core (40%), 7 cores Gleason 6 = 3+3 ranging from 5% to 12%
All scans negative
Lupron administered 4/9/2008 for 4 months (with idea I would undergo external beam radiation followed by seed implants - then I changed my mind).
Robotic DiVinci surgery - Dr. Fagin (Austin) May 19th
Post operative - pathology
pT2c NX MX
Gleason 3+4
Margins - negative
Extraprostatic extension - negative
seminal vesicle invasion - uninvolved
1st Post PSA <.04
2nd Post PSA <.1 10/30/2008
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