Scrubs ~ Perspective on Prostate Cancer.

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Tony Crispino
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   Posted 11/9/2010 4:45 PM (GMT -6)   
As a fan of the TV show Scrubs, I saw this episode a year ago ~ it's pretty funny at parts. I was wondering how I was going to pull these scenes from the show and I thank the Prostate Cancer Coalition for North Carolina for doing it and posting it on YouTube. I'll let you watch it and I bet you will all agree with me on a few points:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZUTe7B98Oc


My commentary:
First, there are several points here that show us a very important consideration: This show was in season 4 dating to about 2005. So the perspectives on prostate cancer have changed considerably. This clip shows how Hollywood is not a good source of "clinically acceptable" data.
a> Very few of us had a high PSA test resulting in a hospital visit for low risk prostate cancer.
b> I bet none were lying in bed in the hospital waiting for the biopsy results.
c> The patients feelings about moving forward are very real today.
d> the doctors (JD and Dr. Cox) are not urologists. But they did have "surgery set for the same day the biopsy results were obtained. I am certain that there would be a few here who would like to comment about that.
e> Interesting use of a tire pump

This was a funny set of scenes that end with real life decisions to be made. This fits the Scrubs show very well as it typically ties humor to real life endings.

Interested in your comments...

Tony
Disease:
Advanced Prostate Cancer at age 44 (I am 48 now)
pT3b,N0,Mx (original PSA was 19.8) EPE, PM, SVI. Gleason 4+3=7

Treatments:
RALP ~ 2/17/2007 at the City of Hope near Los Angeles.
Adjuvant Radiation Therapy ~ IMRT Completed 8/07
Adjuvant Hormone Therapy ~ 28 months on Casodex and Lupron.

Status:
"I beat up this disease and took its lunch money! I am in remission."
I am currently not being treated, but I do have regular oncology visits.
I am the president of an UsTOO chapter in Las Vegas

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Ger42
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Date Joined Apr 2010
Total Posts : 189
   Posted 11/10/2010 7:56 AM (GMT -6)   
They crammed my months of researching and agonizing over which course to follow into 30 minutes. Not very close to reality other than the husband wife relationship being a big part of the process.
Age 68 weight 185 height 6'
Samples taken 4/19/2010 sent to Bostwick
3 out of 12 samples cancer
1) gleason score 3+3 involving 65%
2) gleason score 3+3 involving 65%
3) gleason score 3+3 involving 10%
PSA 3.5 Mar 19
PSA 2.5 Apr 4
Bone scan clean CT scan clean
Da Vinci 10/12/2010 DR Paul Kahn all nerves spared
Home 10/19/20
Cath out 10/22/2010
Prostate 56 gm. Gleason grade 3+4 = 7

Ger42
Regular Member


Date Joined Apr 2010
Total Posts : 189
   Posted 11/10/2010 7:56 AM (GMT -6)   
They crammed my months of researching and agonizing over which course to follow into 30 minutes. Not very close to reality other than the husband wife relationship being a big part of the process.
Age 68 weight 185 height 6'
Samples taken 4/19/2010 sent to Bostwick
3 out of 12 samples cancer
1) gleason score 3+3 involving 65%
2) gleason score 3+3 involving 65%
3) gleason score 3+3 involving 10%
PSA 3.5 Mar 19
PSA 2.5 Apr 4
Bone scan clean CT scan clean
Da Vinci 10/12/2010 DR Paul Kahn all nerves spared
Home 10/19/20
Cath out 10/22/2010
Prostate 56 gm. Gleason grade 3+4 = 7

Ger42
Regular Member


Date Joined Apr 2010
Total Posts : 189
   Posted 11/10/2010 7:56 AM (GMT -6)   
They crammed my months of researching and agonizing over which course to follow into 30 minutes. Not very close to reality other than the husband wife relationship being a big part of the process.
Age 68 weight 185 height 6'
Samples taken 4/19/2010 sent to Bostwick
3 out of 12 samples cancer
1) gleason score 3+3 involving 65%
2) gleason score 3+3 involving 65%
3) gleason score 3+3 involving 10%
PSA 3.5 Mar 19
PSA 2.5 Apr 4
Bone scan clean CT scan clean
Da Vinci 10/12/2010 DR Paul Kahn all nerves spared
Home 10/19/20
Cath out 10/22/2010
Prostate 56 gm. Gleason grade 3+4 = 7
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