Readers Digest - "The Life Saving List"

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Jerry L.
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   Posted 2/19/2011 8:27 PM (GMT -6)   
So I'm reading the latest Reader's Digest and came across the following:

"The Life Saving List...The nation's top health experts name the 15 discoveries, drugs, and devices that will change our lives". Number 9 deals with PC.

So, without cheating (and reading it), what do you think it is?
Nov. 2009 Dx at Age 44
Dec. 2009 DaVinci Robotic Surgery
Jan. 2010 T3b, Gleason 9
Feb. 2010 Adjuvant Radiation

PSA History:
-----------------
Nov. 2009 4.30
Feb. 2010 <.05
May 2010 <.05
Aug. 2010 <.05
Nov. 2010 <.05

Purgatory
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   Posted 2/19/2011 9:51 PM (GMT -6)   
if you say pomegranate juice, you might get jumped on and mugged, lol
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

Postop
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   Posted 2/19/2011 10:41 PM (GMT -6)   

Worried Guy
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   Posted 2/19/2011 10:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I"ll take PCa for 800, Alex

What is "DRE by a doc with looong fingers."

DJBearGuy
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   Posted 2/20/2011 12:07 AM (GMT -6)   
PSA is a good one, but the wording is "will change our lives". I think PSA has changed our lives already. So what is the future? Immunotherapy? Or genetic medicine?

Piano
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   Posted 2/20/2011 4:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Immunotherapy or gene therapy would apply to many cancers and not just PCa.

So to pick something applicable only to PCa, I would say the ability to determine which cancers are dangerous and which are not. If we knew for sure whether our PCa needed treatment or not, that would be life changing for many.

BobCape
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   Posted 2/20/2011 8:10 AM (GMT -6)   
XL184

Jerry L.
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   Posted 2/20/2011 10:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Any further answers before I reveal our winner?

English Alf
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   Posted 2/20/2011 10:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Loyal suggestion would be the friendly help at HW.

Logical answer would be a sex change at puberty.

Unnecessary answer would be something do to with a fruit full of seeds whose name temporarily escapes me!!

The serious suggestion would be Viagra or perhaps Viagra 2.

What I hope is that the answer is going to be something that will really cure all of us.

Alf

shubbysr
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   Posted 2/20/2011 11:01 AM (GMT -6)   
 It's got to be monitoring PSA  levels.
 
Diagnosed at age 56
November 2008: PSA 4.8
February 2009: Biopsy Gleason 6, T1C
April 2009: 2nd opinion
May 2009: DaVinci Surgery
June 2009:PSA < 0.4
Sept 2009:PSA < 0.4
Feb 2010: PSA < 0.4
Nov 2010: PSA < 0.4
 
PPD (pads per day)
1-2
Erections: 0
 
shubbysr-

Purgatory
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   Posted 2/20/2011 11:22 AM (GMT -6)   
well?
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

natural44
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   Posted 2/20/2011 12:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Is it the correlation between fingers length and PCa? or the Baldness issue and PCa??? Or maybe the correlation between the color of car you drive and PCa?
age 44 when diagnosed 45 now
RRP 9-28-10
gleason 3+3
pathology report clear
11-1-10 PSA 0.02
3 month 0.00
bladder control good
Osbon pump works but uncomfortable to use ring
some noctural erections, but not very strong,more like hanging looser and/or lower
tried all oral meds and nothing yet
Dr. R. Saint in Tulsa did my procedure, I do NOT recomend him!!

Jerry L.
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   Posted 2/20/2011 12:25 PM (GMT -6)   
And the winners are:  DJBearGuy and Piano for at least mentioning Immunotherapy.
 
#9.  TRAINING THE BODY TO FIGHT CANCER
 
What if you could dispense with chemo and radiation and use your immune system to destroy cancer cells?  That's the principle behind Provenge, a vaccine used to treat prostate cancer, approved by the FDA last year.  The men who used Provenge in studies so far (all of whom had advanced prostate cancer) lived an extra four and a half months, on average - bus some got an extra three years.  Equally important, side effects were minimal.  The results are imperfect and the cost high - more than $90,000 for a full round of treatment - but Provenge is still a remarkable development, Len Lichtenfeld, MD, deputy chief medical officer for the American Cncer Society, said when the vaccine was approved.  The reason:  It provides evidence that the immune system can be stimulated to fight cancer.  Already the FDA is considering a second cancer-treatment vaccine-this one aimed at a hard-to-treat form of lymphoma.
 
 
The other non-PC "medical breakthroughs" making the list:
 
1.  Easier, more effective CPR
2.  A better blood thinner(dabigatran)
3. Stem cells to heal hearts
4. Heart repair with barely a cut
5. New help against the deadliest skin cancer (PLX4032)
6. A lifesaving test for lung cancer (low dose CT scan for smokers)
7. Pain relief that has a stunning bonus (adding palliative care to standard treatment lengthened life...)
8. Doing less for breast cancer, benefiting more (3 weeks of radiation regimen can work just as well for women with early-stage breast cancer as one that lasts five)
9. above
10. More caution about tests (limiting CT scans)
11. A deaily pill may prevent cancer (low dose aspirin cut risk of dying of colon cancer by 35%)
12. Keeping deadly germs out of dinner (keeping food safe)
13. Better protection against HIV
14. Saving the brain (gel that lessend the chance of catching HIV up to 54%)
15. A new weapon against an old scourge (new test for TB)
 
OK, so it's the Reader's Digest...
 

Purgatory
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   Posted 2/20/2011 2:18 PM (GMT -6)   
well at least it wasn't the dreaded "P" word, lol, I was hoping to lose
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

DJBearGuy
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   Posted 2/20/2011 5:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Made my day! I hardly every win anything, especially from Reader's Digest.

DJ
Diagnosis at 53. PSA 2007 about 2; 2008 4.3
Biopsy Sept 2008: 6 of 12 cores pos; Gleason 4+3 = 7
CT & Bone scan neg
Da Vinci at City of Hope Dec 8, 2008
Rad prostatectomy & lymph node dissection
Cath out on 7th day, in on 8th day, out again 14th day after neg cystogram
Path: pT2c; lymph nodes neg; margins involv; 41 grams,
PSA 1/08, 4/09,7/09, 10/09, 11/09,2/10 <0.01, 10/10 0.1, 2/11 0.08

English Alf
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   Posted 2/21/2011 5:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations DJ!

Wiki have a reasonbly simple explanation about Provenge at:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sipuleucel-T

This "remove - treat - put back" technicque sounds a bit like something else I heard about for treating a blood disorder where they extract the patient's blood to treat the condition in the lab with something that would be quite bad for the patient if done while the blood was still in them, then they transfuse the "good" blood back into them.

I look forward to this type of treatment being a great success and getting licenced for use elsewhere in the world. (And with fewer side-effects preferrably)

Alf
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