Prostate Cancer Awareness - TV Commercials

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Steve n Dallas
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   Posted 4/14/2010 2:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Has anyone seen the commercial - The Doctor is standing there with a rubber glove on and says: You're not the only one that thinks DRE's aren't fun.
It really cracks me up...
He goes to say:  don't let the embarrassment stop you from getting examined.
Age 55   - 5'11"   215lbs
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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   Posted 4/14/2010 2:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Steve, that's great! Thanks, that gave me a hearty laugh for the day!
My hearty laugh makes me think of the words of Jim Valvano at the first ESPY Awards ceremony, as he was announcing the formation of the "V Foundation for Cancer Research"… 

To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. Number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy. But think about it. If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that's a full day. That's a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you're going to have something special.


Jimmy V died 8-weeks later at age 47.






Post Edited (Casey59) : 4/14/2010 4:27:36 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 4/14/2010 7:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Is this the same one that recommends to start the exams at age 50? shocked
Good commercial but I wish I'd of seen it a few years ago and they would have said age 40.
Now that I think about it, I probably wouldn't have paid attention anyway.  Never thought it would happen to me.

   August 2009 - Age 48
   4/12 positive, Gleason 8
   1 enlarged(2.9 cm) lymph node tested positve
   Bone scan negative
   T2 N1 M0
   PSA 2.15
   09/08/2009 - 4 month lupron shot
   12/01/2009 - Robotic Surgery with lymph node disection
   12/12/2009 - Catheter removed
   12/18/2009 - Aspirated lymphocelle
   12/28/2009 - JP Drain removed (in for 4 weeks)
   12/08/2009 - Pathology report T0 N0 (No cancer found)
   01/11/2010 - PSA Undetectable

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   Posted 4/14/2010 7:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Haven't seen that one, not aired here ,but sounds like it makes the point. In retrospect thinking back through all I have endured the past 18 months, a DRE is simply the least of my worries. When I have had them done post surgery, doesnt really hurt at all, guess because there is nothing there to feel, including my ex gland.
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
Incontinence:  1 Month     ED:  Non issue at any point post surgery, no problem post SRT
Post Surgery  PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12, 4/8 .04
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 - 11/27 IMRT SRT 39 sess/72 gys ,cath #8 33 days, Cath #9 35 days, 12/7 - Cath #10 43 days, 1/19 - Corr Surgery #4,  Caths #11 and #12  same time, 2/8-Cath #11 out - 21 days, 3/2- Cath #12 out - 41 days, 3/2- Corr Surgery #5, 3/6 Cath #13 out - 4 days, Cath #14 out - 27 days, Cath #15 - 3/29

English Alf
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   Posted 4/15/2010 3:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Not seen the commercial, but I get it
David is right though that a DRE isn't much of a problem by the time you are quite a way down this road.

I am getting quite relaxed about so much.

In Holland there is a big thing about shaking people's hand when you meet them or say goodbye (To the extent that even when my wife was in the middle of the final minutes of labour everyone who came into the room to help out initially shook hands with her!) So there I was on Tuesday walking into a room for a CT Scan and shaking hands with the two young female nurses and saying a few pleasant words before sitting down, but then afterwards my wife told me that I was of course just wearing a shirt and socks at the time with everything else just hanging out.

And I'll tell you another thing you rarely see a urologist picking his nose!!

Age at Dx 48 No Family history of Prostate Cancer
Married 25 years, and I cannot thank my wife enough for her support.
April 2009: PSA 8.6 DRE: negative. Tumour in 2 out of 12 cores. Gleason 3+3.
RALP (nerve-sparing) at AVL-NKI Hospital Amsterdam on 29th July 2009. Stay 1 night.
Partial erections on while catheter still in. Catheter out on 6th Aug 2009.
Dry at night after catheter came out
Post-op Gleason 3+4. Tumour mainly in left near neck of bladder.
Left Seminal Vesicle invaded, (=T3b!)
no perineraul invasion, no vascular invasion. clear margins,
Erection 100% on 15th Aug 2009, but lots of leaking
Stopped wearing pads on 21st Sept 2009
Pre-op style intercourse on 24th Oct 2009 !! No use of tablets, jabs, VED etc.
Nov 17th 2009 PSA = 0.1
Mar 17th 2010 PSA = 0.4!!! referred to radiation therapist

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