50/50 chance of prostrate cancer

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Date Joined Jan 2010
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   Posted 1/1/2010 5:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been told by my doctor I might have prostrate cancer, I first went to visit my doctor for a checkup sometime days I do wee a quite often and I sometime rush to the toilet, I never get up at night to go, I had a blood test urine test I got a letter back from the hospital saying the results of blood test is back there is no need for concern if there was an urgent problem we would have already contacted you, MAKE A routine appointment with your doctor.

I went to see my doctor he did an anal test and said my prostrate was a bit large and has referred me to the Urgent Urology Assessment service my Doctor says 50/50 chance of prostrate cancer I would have to have a biopsy to determine if it is for definite I wanted to just discuss this with someone its good to get it out of your system, I Live alone and do not really want to upset family member and friends I have decided not to tell them trying to find a way to handle this Thanks for listening.

Steve n Dallas
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   Posted 1/1/2010 5:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the site....
Hey - there's a 50-50 chance you'lll win the lottery too...Or a 50-50 chance you'lll get hit by a bus somedaysmhair
Did you get the results of the PSA test? We really can't and don't like to guess around here.
How old are you and have you ever had a PSA test and know what the results are? When do you see the Urologist?
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
11/20/09 - 18 Month PSA -> less then .01
Surgeon - Keith A. Waguespack, M.D.

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Date Joined Jun 2009
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   Posted 1/1/2010 5:46 PM (GMT -6)   
There are many of us who are living with our prostate cancer (called Active Surveillance) so you shouldn't be overly alarmed if it turns out you do have prostate cancer. If it turns out that you have prostate cancer you should get it properly staged so you can see how aggressive it is and how much of it is in your prostate. Then you can decide if you need treatment at this time.

Could you provide your age and some PSA level readings from your blood work?

I would not advise against getting a biopsy, especially if your PSA levels are high. An enlarged prostate does not necessarily mean you have prostate cancer.

Post back with some numbers and you will see many responses from the very helpful people on this board. Good luck.
Age: 53 6' 0" Weight: 170 Caucasian

Rising PSA over the last six years (from when I started being tested) from 3.9 to 5.2 to 4.6 to 4.5 to 4.9.

DX with PC in January 2009 after biopsy. Bone scan--negative

Consulted Cedars-Sinai Beverly Hills urologist--recommended surgery
Consulted Cedars-Sinai Beverly Hills radiologist--recommended IMRT
Consulted San Diego Cyber-Blade doctor--recommended treatments
Consulted Long Beach radiologist--recommended IGRT
Consulted Loma Linda radiologist--recommended Hypo-fractionated Proton treatments

Insurance approved any treatment I wanted.

Consulted Marnia del Rey urologist Dr. Scholz.
Dr. Scholz referred me to Dr. Bahn for a Color Doppler test.
Scholz and Bahn recommended Active Surveillance, some diet changes, and steady exercise.

I am currently on Active Surveillance.

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   Posted 1/1/2010 6:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Right now we hope that you don't have the qualifications to stay here, but we are here to help. Frequent urination can be caused by things such as infection so it is not really a sign of cancer. IF you have cancer the chances of a cure in one try are over 80%. Everyone of us started with the "hit upside the head" feeling of falling into this unknown. One of the things that you will find here are many opportunities to learn. A part of this is becoming informed which is why you will find us asking about the results of your blood test (called a PSA test) and whether your doctor felt anything abnormal when examining your prostate.

In any case, prostate cancer is slow moving and very treatable -- so take a deep breath, ask questions, learn to understand what your doctor tells you. Ask for help, or just for support.
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

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Date Joined Dec 2008
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   Posted 1/2/2010 7:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Prostate not prostrate...no lying down on fighting PCa. (humor injected 34cc). Big IF's envolved even if you are diagnosed with PCa, it is common as you advance in age. Approx. 80% of men by age 80-90 could be diagnosed with PCa...most of them do not die from PCa. Most cases of PCa are low to intermediate risk assessments and treatments to choose from are out there and it may be cured. In other situations control over a number of years is possible even in high risk scenarios. Think of PCa more like women do on breast cancer, it happens, you are not to be embarrassed about saying so, you are not a leper or such. Hopefully you do not have to deal with this.

If they don't find PCa, great, but because you are a male...you need to monitor such, alot of people out there have no idea that they are walking around with PCa, perhaps for decades but undetected and likely if found would have low risk or indolent versions of it.
Youth is wasted on the Young-(W.C. Fields)

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Date Joined Jun 2008
Total Posts : 407
   Posted 1/2/2010 11:50 AM (GMT -6)   
My physician started testing me - running the PSA sample tests - at age 50 and at age 58 he saw something in the results that caused him to tell me he believed there was - statistically - a 56% chance I had prostate cancer.  He got me in to see one of the more highly-regarded Urologists in Chicago for a biopsy and that test confirmed that cancer was present.  After undergoing prostate removal via the da Vinci robotic procedure the post-op results disclosed the cancer was present in a larger volume than originally thought when the biopsy was conducted.  So, 1) I'm very satisfied that my physician cared enough about my health to pursue the testing/biopsy and, 2) that the Urologist moved forward and recommended the removal . . . both acts which I believe will help me live a longer and more satisfying life in the years to come.  If you have confidence in your primary care physician then go with his recommendations.  If not, find yourself a physician you trust.  Best wishes for a healthier 2010!

Age:  60 (58 at diagnosis - June, 2008)

April '08 PSA 4.8 ("free PSA" 7.9), up from 3.5 year prior

June '08 had biopsy, 2 days later told results positive but in less than 1% of sample

Gleason's 3+3=6

Developed sepsis 2 days post-biopsy, seriously ill in hospital for 3 days

Dr. recommended robotic removal using da Vinci

Surgery 9/10/08

Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL

Dr. Robert Nadler, Urologist/Surgeon

Post-op Gleason's:  3+3, Tertiary 4

Margins:  Free

Bladder & Urethral:  Free

Seminal vesicles:  Not involved

Lymphatic/Vascular Invasion:  Not involved

Tumor:  T2c; Location:  Bilateral; Volume:  20%

Catheter:  Removed 12-days after surgery

Incontinent:  Yes (1/2 light pads per day)

Combination of Cialis and MUSE (alprostadil) three times weekly started 9-27-08

Returned to work 9-29-08 (18-19 days post-op)

PSA test result, post-op, 10/08: 0.0; 12/08: 0.0; 4/09: 0.0; 9/09: 0.0


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