Full VA ED Policy and much more.

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Date Joined Jun 2010
Total Posts : 84
   Posted 12/4/2010 8:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi to all,
Many of us wear several hats in our lives in the world.  In addition to my being a member here I try to help local vet's deal with the VA Benefits Administration or VBA.  I am not really a Service Officer but rather a "schmuck" trying to help other vet's deal with a service system that can drive some of them nuts.
The subjects of erections and VA treatment policy comes up on message boards often.  What do they cover?...... Who qualifies?......  It has come up here and at  http://www.franktalk.org/ and at http://prostatecancerinfolink.ning.com/
This morning I was up mucking around the VA benefits site and stumbled onto the mother load of information about the full VA treatment policy for issues of interest to us members.
It is seachable and clickable or interelated to the rest of the site.  Terms can be copied and pasted into search windows to take you to other information locations and if you click the blue word SHOW located on the upper left of that page , a new display similar to an Explorer display shows up.
Have any of you ever seen this before?

*Age 60 when presented to GP on 3 Aug. 2004 with elevated PSA of 13.8.
*Referred to Urologist. Biopsy and bone scan in Oct 04.
*Pathology report in Nov 04. Initial Results are T2cNoMo carcinoma of prostate gland.
*Had a RPP on 14 Feb 2005. Boy talk about irony look at that date again.
*Dr. called 3 days after surgery. I want you both in my office tomorrow morning, we must talk now.
*"I wish to apologize because I misdiagnosed your condition. Biopsy of your organ says Staging is T3bNoMo. Please accept my apology."
*At that moment I fell in love with my Dr. and have never changed my mind.
*Followup radiation of the prostate bed started early June 05 and ran 42 sessions.
*All PSA checkups to date, 5 1/2 yrs, are undetectable.

Veteran Member

Date Joined Sep 2009
Total Posts : 664
   Posted 12/4/2010 12:24 PM (GMT -6)   
The world is much better off because of "schmucks" like you....we need more.
Age 51 PSA 6.8
Bxy 10 of 12 Cores positive for Gleason 6. up to 75%
Robotic surg 11-02-09
Post op path. 20% neoplasm;4+3=7 Gleason
All nodes (14) and other related tissue negative for cancer
Post op PSA x 3, all <0.01

Regular Member

Date Joined Aug 2010
Total Posts : 121
   Posted 12/4/2010 12:50 PM (GMT -6)   

I am a veteran (NCO) and know the military, if not the whole world, operates because of "schmucks." Thank you.

Age 61, Diagnosed July 2010
PSA 04/09 - 2.5; 05/10 - 3.7; 07/10 - 4.7
DRE and Ultrasound - Negative
Size at biopsy - 32 grams
T1C, 3+3=6, 1 core of 12 60% positive
da Vinci 10/29/10
Post op biopsy indicated bilateral Gleason 6 tumors
Continent 90%
Minor ED - 80% naturally, 95% with Cialis

Veteran Member

Date Joined May 2009
Total Posts : 2692
   Posted 12/4/2010 1:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I tried to enter in to a trial which was being administered by the lAnn Arbor, MI VA. After going through all the proof of service, etc., they informed me that I made too much money and didn't qualify for a free trial.

I threw up my hands and walked away. Just couldn't deal with those schmucks again.
Age 58, PSA 4.47 Biopsy - 2/12 cores , Gleason 4 + 5 = 9
Da Vinci, Cleveland Clinic  4/14/09   Nerves spared, but carved up a little.
0/23 lymph nodes involved  pT3a NO MX
Catheter and 2 stints in ureters for 2 weeks .
Neg Margins, bladder neck negative
Living the Good Life, cancer free  6 week PSA  <.03
3 month PSA <.01 (different lab)
5 month PSA <.03 (undetectable)
6 Month PSA <.01
1 pad a day, no progress on ED.  Trimix injection
No pads, 1/1/10,  9 month PSA < .01
1 year psa (364 days) .01
15 month PSA <.01
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