Prostate Cancer and Heart risk

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   Posted 9/22/2009 8:51 AM (GMT -6)   
I believe we are allowed to post links according to forum rules. If not then the moderator can please delete the below link. At any rate...
Saw this on my morning surfing of the web. According to a study done in Sweden Men that have prostate cancer and were treated with hormone therapy for three years had a 28% higher risk of having a fatal heart attack and a 21% Increased risk of dying from heart disease.
The article does end stating that the benefits of hormone therapy can halt prostate cancer or stop it for years.
Father treated for Prostate Cancer in 1997 with Proton Beam - Still doing well.
My Stats
Age at diagnosis 54, PSA 5.1
Biopsy 04/08 12 cores, 5 positive
Gleason 3 Cores at 4+3=7, 2 Cores at 3+4=7
Perineural Invasion Noted on biopsy

Robotic surgery 08/12/09 at Vanderbilt, Nashville TN. 
Post Surgery - Dr. Spared 100% of Nerves on the left side.
Estimated that 50 - 70% of the nerves were spared on the right side.
Final Path report
20% of the prostate Invovled
Tumor graded at T2C
Overall Gleason 3+4 (7)
Lymph Glands Clear
Positive Margin 1.8 cm in length Noted in Right Apex

Steve n Dallas
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   Posted 9/22/2009 9:39 AM (GMT -6)   
"Experts said the findings could make doctors think twice before prescribing the standard hormone treatment to men with prostate cancer, particularly if they are at risk of heart disease."
Its almost hard to tell...but it looks like guys that already have heart disease are the ones affected?!?!?
Age 54   - 5'11"   205lbs
Overall Heath Condition - Good
PSA - July 2007 & Jan 2008 -> 1.3
Biopsy - 03/04/08 -> Gleason 6 
06/25/08 - Da Vinci robotic laparoscopy
05/14/09  - 4th Quarter PSA -> less then .01
Surgeon - Keith A. Waguespack, M.D.

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   Posted 9/22/2009 9:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Note that the comparison group was all Swedish men. I think it would be more meaningful if the comparison were to men with PC but treated in some other way.
There is a reasonable suspicion that diet may be linked to PC and it has been noted that the same diet which may reduce PC risk is also one that is heart healthy. Eat healthy and you don't get treated for PC and you avoid heart problems.
This is not to say that study is nonsense, but it is weak.
Age at diagnosis 66, PSA 5.5
Biopsy 12/08 12 cores, 8 positive
Gleason 3+4=7
CAT scan, Bone scan 1/09 both negative.

Robotic surgery 03/03/09 Catheter Out 03/08/09
Pathology: Lymph nodes & Seminal vesicles negative
Margins positive, Capsular penetration extensive Gleason 4+3=7
6 weeks: 1 pad/day, 1 pad/night -- mostly dry at night.
10 weeks: no pad at night -- slight leakage day/1 pad.
3 mo. PSA 0.0 - now light pads

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