Enlarged Prostate

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   Posted 9/4/2010 10:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi,  My husband doens't have Prostate cancer, but was told recently he has  an enlarged prostrate which is causing his frequent urination, and
bladder infections.   The doctor wants to preform what he called, a  "Microwave procedure"  right in his office to shrink the prostrate,  Has anyone
heard of this or had it done.   My husband is a skkeptic by nature, and don't know what to do.  My brother had the laser procedure in the hospital
and it worked great.  He feels good now.   Anyway,  I know this forum is about Prostate cancer but it was the only one that had to do with a
prostate   .   Thanks.

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   Posted 9/4/2010 10:51 AM (GMT -6)   
So is this condition certain to be beyond using proscar or avodart to shrink the BPH (enlargement issue) and thus increase urinary flow?? Have you considered even using Flomax, works well in some.
 Were these ever mentioned to you, or mentioned that he is beyond using such??? Good questions that could use answers.

Have heard of such proceedures and other types that can be useful, depends on how necessary is it?? See another urologists and get second opinion before jumping the gun might be worthwhile.
 Urology info you can read off the net:


Post Edited (zufus) : 9/4/2010 9:55:50 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 9/4/2010 11:23 AM (GMT -6)   
I had BPH for many years. It could be miserable (difficulty urinating). I was EXTREMELY pleased with flomax. It worked great and for once I was taking a medication without any side effects whatsoever for me (many people do have side effects).
Had it gotten worse, I did a lot of research and would have opted for the latest Greenlight Laser treatment.
It works great (supposedly). You have the procedure and I think you go home the same day.
PSA-- 3/08--2.90; 8/09--4.01; 11/09--4.19 (PSAf: 24%), PCA3 =75 .
Biopsy 11/30/09. Gleason 4+3. Stage: T1C. Current Age: 64
Surgery: Dr. Menon @Ford Hospital, 1/26/10.
Pathology Report: G 4+3. Nodes: Clear. PNI: yes. SVI: No. EPE: yes. Pos. Margin: Yes-- focal-- 1 spot .5mm. 100% continent by 3/10. ED- in progress. First post-op PSA on 3/10/10-: 0.01. PSA on 6/21/10--0.02. Next PSA late Sept.

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Date Joined Sep 2010
Total Posts : 148
   Posted 9/4/2010 1:48 PM (GMT -6)   
1+ for the Flow max. I am new to this board but I am now looking at how long to delay surgury. If your husband can get relief without invasive proceedures it might be worth a try.

Age 48 When Diagnosed
10/25/06 PSA 3.0
11/13/06 PSA 3.8
11/13/06 PSA FREE 0.5
11/13/06 PSA % FREE 13.2
10/25/07 PSA 3.4
12/18/07 Biopsy-neg
6/2008 PSA 3.5
1/7/09 PSA 4.6
6/18/09 psa 5.8
2/9/10 psa 8.7
5/13/10 psa 10.5
7/19/10 PSA 10.8
8/19/2010 3rd Needle core biopsy- single focus of prostatic adenocarcinoma, Gleason Grade 3+3=6, Tumor involves one of eight cores -2%

Post Edited (Highwayman) : 9/4/2010 12:52:41 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 9/4/2010 1:56 PM (GMT -6)   

Just one point to keep in mind about finasteride, if that is what the doc prescribes for BPH. (It is commonly prescribed for BPH, and I would certainly consider that, or Flowmax, before agreeing to an invasive procedure).  Finasteride reduces psa.  So when you get future psa tests,  for prostate cancer screening, you need to tell your doc you are on finasteride and take the finasteride adjustment into account in evaluating psa.



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