ENLARGED PROSTATE

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anxiety out the roof
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   Posted 8/27/2010 6:07 PM (GMT -6)   
How many of you had an enlarged prostate?

erbob
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   Posted 8/27/2010 6:24 PM (GMT -6)   
For the last few years all of my DRE exams were reported to be normal. The Doctor always indicated that my prostate was smooth, no hard or rough spots and although was large, it was normal size for a guy in his early 70's. Sorry but that's all I can offer on ENLARGED PROSTATE. I do thank the Good Lord that I never did have any trouble with peeing with my big old prostate.

Fairwind
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   Posted 8/27/2010 6:33 PM (GMT -6)   
BPH is very common. The two drugs used to treat it, Proscar and Avodart are both $Billion$ dollar TV drugs..

Generally, a BIOPSY is used to rule out cancer, along with an ultrasound survey of the prostate to determine its size.. BPH can cause severe urinary symptoms, PC less so...

BPH can result in an elevated PSA score, Your Urologist should be able to sort it all out for you..

Take a look at my history and you will see where BPH and PC can intertwine and cause problems....
Age today: 68. Married, 6', 215 pounds, active, no health issues.
PSA at age 55: 3.5, DRE negative. Advice, "Keep an eye on it".
PSA at age 58: 4.5
PSA at age 61: 5.2
PSA at age 64: 7.5, DRE "Abnormal"
PSA at age 65: 8.5, DRE " normal", biopsy, 12 core, negative...
PSA at age 66 9.0 DRE "normal", BPH, Finesteride. (Proscar)
PSA at age 67 4.5 DRE "normal" second biopsy, negative.
PSA at age 67.5 5.6, DRE "normal" U-doc worried..
PSA at age 68, 7.0, third 12 core biopsy positive for cancer in 4 cores, 3 cores Gleason 6, one core Gleason 9. Finesteride discontinued, still no urinary symptoms, never had any..From age 55 to 65 I had no health insurance.

I have a date with the robo surgeon on Sept 3 but I'm keeping my options open. I'm also looking at seeds combined with IGRT which seems to be having good results with high-risk patients..

Ed C. (Old67)
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   Posted 8/28/2010 3:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I had an enlarged prostate and was taking Cardora which is an alpha blocker. After surgery my prostate weighed 57 grams.
Age: 67 at Dx on 12/30/08
PSA 9/05 1.15; 8/06 1.45; 12/07 2.41; 8/08 3.9; 11/08 3.5 free PSA 11%
2 cores out of 12 were positive Gleason (4+4) and (4+5)
Negative CT scan and bone scan done on 1/16
Robotic surgery performed 2/9/09 Dr Fagin, Austin TX
Prostate weighed 57 grams size:5.2 x 5.0 x 4.9 cm
Posterior lateral lesions measuring 1.5 x 1.4 x 1.0 cm showing focal capsular penetration over a distance of 3mm in circumference.
Prostatic adenocarciroma accounts for approx. 10-20% of the hemisphere.
Gleason 4+4
both nerve bundles removed,
pT3a Nx Mx, Negative margins
seminal vesicles clean, lymph nodes: not dissected
continent after 5 months
2 months PSA test 4/7/09 result <0.1
5 months PSA test 7/9/09 result <0.1
8 months PSA test 10/9/09 result <0.1
11 months PSA test 1/21/10 result 0.004
14 months PSA test 4/19/10 result 0.005
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