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   Posted 10/21/2010 6:44 PM (GMT -6)   
I am a 54 year old male who lives in Australia in December 2007 I was diagnosed with a T1 in situ in the bladder wall. The Doctor said it was that small he was'nt going to worry about it. After it was removed I had BCG therapy and nothing has come back till now. In 2009 I was having major problems passing urine and my bladder swelled holding about 4 litres. As a result they shaved by prostrate and all has been pretty good.
I went in for my 6 month check and the doctor has found 2 small tumours on my prostrate where it was shaved he believes that they are only superfical and am awaiting biopsy reports but he seemed pretty certain it was cancer.
Where to go to from here? My appointment is in 3 weeks so I have to wait and see. The problem is that though family and friends are great it is hard to relate how you feel.
I have been doing some research and my finding are drinking plenty of water, garlic, eating plenting of green leafy vegetables and possible herb suplement called maitake.
Any thoughts or advice would be greatly appreciated.

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   Posted 10/21/2010 8:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Tezza, if I understand your post correctly, you had bladder cancer (treated) and now apparently have two cancerous tumors in your prostate. The biopsy will tell you (1) if they are in fact cancerous, and (2) what type of cancer it is. It's possible these are bladder cancer that moved into the prostate and its possible these are prostate cancer (unrelated to the bladder cancer).

Until you have the biopsy results, you won't know what your options are.

Drinking plenty of water is great for the bladder and allegedly helps to avoid bladder cancer. Garlic is good for the immune system. Green leafy veges helps everything. Am not familiar with the maitake. If you're doing these things to improve your overall health, great, but be very careful with herbal supplements (or any supplement for that matter). Many of these are double edged swords...good for one thing but bad for another.

Personally, I would hold off doing anything (whether it be traditional medicine or a more holistic approach) until you know what you are dealing with.

Good luck, and let us know how things are going.

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   Posted 10/21/2010 9:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Tezzablue

Welcome to the club that no one wants to join. Take some deep breaths; even though you are in shock and feeling a lot of anxiety, there are many good options for how to treat PC and your odds are very good with early detection

When you have your biopsy information back you will know a lot more. It's not so much about yes/no, cancer or not. If you are unlucky and you do have cancer, it is of critical importance what your Gleason grade is and other information which comes from the biopsy. Do you know your PSA? For most people, prostate cancer is a slow moving disease and you have lots of time to educate yourself and decide on the best strategy.

Meanwhile, if you want to start educating yourself while waiting for the biopsy, here are some suggestions:

There is a great booklet online about nutrition and Prostate Cancer here:

There's a good summary here:

A great book to read is Dr. Patrick Walsh's Guide to Surviving Prostate Cancer, Second Edition. It definitely has a bias toward surgery over radiation, which some people here will contest, but it is good at delivering the basic information that you need to understand your condition and begin to explore your options. An important thing to understand is that PC is a very individual disease, and the best treatment for someone else is not necessarily the best treatment for you. So take your time, talk to people, but remember in the end it's about what's right for YOU.

Good luck and feel free to post more as you learn more. You'll get lots of feedback and support here.
DX at age 54 12/2009
Initial clinical profile: PSA 5.6, DRE-, high pre-op PSAV. Clinical stage T1c
Biopsy: Gleason 3+4 with PNI / 6 of 14 cores + / 10% of total length + / worst 45% +
TX: Robotic assisted RP 2/2010
Pathology: pT2cNx / Gleason 3+4 / PNI+ / SM- / SV- / EPE- / Tumor vol 7% / vol 40cc / 63 Grams
PSA - post-op 0.01
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