Movember and Prostate Cancer Support

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Sonny3
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   Posted 10/30/2009 10:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey guys check this out and let me know what you think. I ran across this on another site in a discussion on raising awareness on the issue of PCa.

Seems legit, being tied to the Armstrong Livestrong Foundation, but probably requires a close look.

Sounds like a pretty neat fund and awareness raiser for Pca.

Sonny

http://us.movember.com/about/
61 years old
PSA 11/07 3.0
PSA 5/09 6.4
Diagnosis confirmed July 9, 2009
12 Needle Biopsy = 9 clear , 3 postive
<5%, 90%, 40%
Gleason Score (3+4) 7 in all positive cores
CT Organ Scan - negative
Nuclear Bone Scan - Negative

da Vinci 9/17/09 Dr. Mani Menon Henry Ford Medical Institute

Post Surgery Pathology:
Gleason: Changed to (4+3) = 7
Stage: T3a
Tumor Volume 12.5%
ALL NERVES SPARED
Margins: focally positive right posterior mid level
Perineural Invasion: present
Seminal Invasion: absent
Venous Invasion: absent
Angiolymphatic Invasion: absent
Left Internal iliac lymph node: reveals zero
Right Internal lymph node: reveals zero


geezer99
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Date Joined Apr 2009
Total Posts : 990
   Posted 10/30/2009 11:23 AM (GMT -6)   
A quick web search does make these guys seem legitimate. They started in Australia about 6 years ago and have only recently moved to the U.S. in the last year or two. In Australia they have attracted corporate support from some pretty mainstream organizations. One Australian charity guide lists their fund raising expenses as 8% of the amount raised which they say is about half the average for Australian charities.

The only controversy I could find is that originally one of their areas was men's mental health (depression) and they seem to have dropped (or downplayed) that causing hard feelings among those who thought this should be a priority
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
6 mo. PSA 0.00 -- 1 light pad/day


Purgatory
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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25393
   Posted 10/30/2009 11:40 AM (GMT -6)   
My research on this group was kind of a mixed bag, but as always, open minded to anything on the surface at this point.
Age: 57, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 7/08 12.3, 9/08 14.5, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 - 7/7 Positive, 40-90% Cancer, Gleason 4+3
Open RP: 11/08, Rht nerves saved, 4 days in hospt, on catheters for 63 days, 5th one out 1/09
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos margin
Post Surgery  PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Latest: 7/9 met 2 rad. oncl, 7/9 cath #6 - blockage, 8/9 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 out  38 days, 9/9 - met 3rd rad. oncl., mapped  9/9, 10/1 - 3rd corr. surgery - SP cath/hard dialation, 10/5 - began IMRT SRT - 39 sessions/72 gys.


Radical
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   Posted 10/30/2009 3:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sonny,
 
Yes we here in Australia, started the Movember Idea, some 5-6 years ago.  The basic idea behind it, beside raising revenue for cancer research groups of course, was that by growing a Mo, it intiated conversation amoungst your male friends.  This giving you the opportunity to talk about prostate cancer awareness.  I have just started growing mine, (I needed to get a head start, before the 1st of November), and I am amazed the amount of guys that comment on it.  I have already managed to speak to three blokes about PSA blood testing and seeing their doctor for a check up.  A simple but very good idea, don't you think ? idea
So come on guys, how about starting it up here on HW, "Go the Mo"
.......................Kev
 
 
 
 
 
 
Age 51yrs
DX 11/11/08
6 out of 8 cores positive 3 X 60% / 3 X 10%
PSA 4
Gleason Score 3+4=7
Stage T1c
Robotic Surgery 24/12/08
Upgrade Gleason Score 4+3=7 Gleason Differential 60%/40%
Stage T2c
Three small foci total volume <10%
Neg Margins and Nodes
Nil - Extraprostatic Extentions
Dry less than 1 week.
ED- taking Meds- Its been 9 mnths now getting some action ! yah
PSA 1/09  .03
PSA 2/09  .03
PSA 5/09  .03
PSA 9/09  .03
"Everyday in Everyway I get better"

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