Senator has prostate cancer

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   Posted 12/16/2010 10:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Just picked this off on the news:

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   Posted 12/17/2010 12:40 AM (GMT -6)   
I wonder if Pat Walsh will be doing his surgery...

I bet the blood testing labs in Washington are kept very busy trying to find the other 14 Senators who must have PC...

Tim G
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   Posted 12/17/2010 8:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, there are at least three other US Senate members who have been diagnosed and treated for PCa:
Christopher Dodd:  Connecticut
John Kerry: Massachusetts
Mike Crapo:  Idaho

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   Posted 12/18/2010 1:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Just a random observation: A Massachusetts fire chief died of prostate cancer very recently. TV stations covered his passing, but I noticed they would often leave out the word "prostate" when listing cause of death. Found myself being a bit annoyed by the absence, since we all know here on this site that PCa awareness is less than the best. It IS the club no one wants to join, but the high profile patients get more publicity out there...
Husband 60yrs., no symptms: PSA 10/04 2.73, 12/06 3.64, 5/09 3.9, 10/09 4.6, 1/10 5.0w/ free PSA 24
6 core biop 4/1/10 path rept: rt mid: adnocarc. G=3+3, 5% of core; R apx v. susp. minute ca, R base bnign w/ mod. atrophy, L side atrphy only; 2nd opnion JH confrmd
MRI - 15mm nodule
BiLatRP surg 7/6/10, path: T2c, nodes, sem.ves, extra caps. neg., adenoc both sides G=3+3 cntinent, Viagr-8/27 ED

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   Posted 12/18/2010 2:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I can't disagree with that observation, NEIrish.  Recently a prominent civil rights leader died of prostate cancer in Chicago.  I heard many reports of his passing, but only one mentioned prostate cancer.  The rest all just said he died of cancer, or didn't mention the cause of death at all.

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   Posted 12/18/2010 6:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Our Australian Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer, Wayne Swan is a PCa survivor and this is quite widely known.

The Honourable Wayne Swan MP was sworn in as Treasurer on 3 December 2007 and elected unopposed to the position of Deputy Prime Minister on 24 June 2010.

Mr Swan has been the Member for the Brisbane suburban electorate of Lilley from 1993 to 1996 and from 1998 until the present, and has held senior economic roles in the Labor Party since 1998.

His focus as Treasurer is on strong economic growth, secure employment, competitive businesses, and a fairer go for low and middle income earners in the tax and retirement income systems.

He is best known for his role in helping to formulate Australia's successful response to the global financial crisis, for cutting income taxes in all three of his Budgets and for lifting the age pension.

Deputy Prime Minister Swan is the author of a well-received book on the economics of disadvantage, and lectured in public policy at the Queensland Institute of Technology (now QUT).

As a prostate cancer survivor, he is a vocal, tireless advocate for the early detection of the disease.

The Deputy PM was born 30 June 1954 in Nambour and grew up on Queensland's Sunshine Coast, where he now holidays each year with his wife, two adult daughters and teenage son."
65 years old

Very fit......weights and running.

Diagnosed May 2009 after biopsy following a jump in PSA from 4.5 to 8.7 in 5 months.

Gleeson of 7.7

Prostectomy July 2009

ED failed to respond to viagra, levitas etc.

Injections worked 25 % but great pain resulted. (agony actually)

PSA 0.12 in October 2009

Radiation treatment from 6 December 2009 to 23 January 2010.

PSA 0.17 in Feb 2010

PSA 0.13 in April 2010.

PSA 0.13 in June 2010

Implant June 2010

Healing of wound in scrotum almost complete August 2010.

Regular and frequent sexual intercourse started in September 2010.

Started taking 60 drops of zeolite per day in October 2010.

16 December 2010 PSA tested at 0.08.

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   Posted 12/18/2010 6:46 PM (GMT -6)   
thats good to hear, aussie bloke. our cause can use all the voice it can muster.
Age: 58, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 7 of 7 Positive, 40-90%, Gleason 4+3
open RP: 11/08, on catheters for 101 days
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos marg
Incont & ED: None
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12, 4/8 .04, 8/6 .06 11/10 Not taking it
Latest: 6 Corr Surgeries to Bladder Neck, SP Catheter since 10/1/9, SRT 39 Sess/72 gy ended 11/09, 21 Catheters, Ileal Conduit Surgery 9/23/10

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   Posted 12/18/2010 8:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I noticed that too. When my dad died of prostate cancer, I specifically wrote in the news paper it was "prostate cancer" not just cancer. Drives me nuts when it is unspecified what type of cancer it is.

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   Posted 12/19/2010 5:39 PM (GMT -6)   
FYI, there is a very extensive list of hundreds of well known people who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer. It has many more names than any other list that I've seen. It's not 100% complete, for example, there are at least four US supreme court justices who are known to have been diagnosed with prostate cancer (Stevens (radiation), Brennan (no treatment), Powell (surgery, apparently had problems with recovery and ultimately resigned) and Blackmun (surgery plus recurrence), but they only list Stevens and Blackmun. The website is
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