In all my time here at HW Prostate Cancer, not sure I have ever seen a single thread discussing smoking and Prostate Cancer. If there has been in the past, I apologize in advance.
In my research, like all things PC-related, studies seem to be a mixed bag. Some studies indicate that smoking could be a contributing factor to getting PC, and then there are studies that disprove that. Also, there are studies that show that smoking aggervates PC sufferers, and that smoking can lessen the effects of some PC treatments, i.e., HT. But then again, still other studies don't make the link.
We hear a lot here, about the value or lack of value, of supplements, vitamins, etc," and we know that the studies there are a mixed bag as well. The one thing that all of the doctors that I have ever met with since getting cancer, not just my current PC, but including cancers in my past, felt strongly, that if a patient isn't going to quit smoking, then all the other "healthy" life changes they make, are basicially void and secondary to quitting smoking. That smoking alone, is far more damaging to a person's general health, then any of the other fixes that people try to better themselves with.
Me, I am an ex-smoker. I only smoked from age 50-56, first pipes, then cigarettes. Why so late in life? Stupid reasons that aren't worth sharing. But I quit cold turkey from a pack and a half a day habit the night before my open surgery. So my last smoke was Oct 13, 2008. Haven't had a puff or even a desire since.
Not interested in debating the merits of smoker's right, etc, just interested in how my other PC brothers feel about smoking. Not a judgemental thing either, its not a moral issue with me, but as a cancer patient, where do you stand?
David in SC
57, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 7/08 12.3, 9/08 14.5, 10/08 16.33rd Biopsy
: 9/08 - 7/7 Positive, 40-90% Cancer, Gleason 4+3Open RP:
11/08, Rht nerves saved, 4 days in hospt, on catheters for 63 days, 5th one out 1/09Path 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, next one: July
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- 27 days, Cath #15 - 26 days, Cath #16 - 31 days, 5/24 put in Cath #17