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Dan Zenka
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   Posted 5/23/2011 3:53 PM (GMT -6)   

What Myths Do you Encounter When it Comes to Discussing Prostate Cancer?

As one of the most under-discussed cancers, there exist many myths and misperceptions about prostate cancer. As I finished a blog entry today listing my 10 top myths and trying to provide some clarity (http://mynewyorkminute.org/?p=1418), I realized I might have just covered the proverbial tip of the iceberg. This led me to wonder what other myths are circulating out there? Does anyone have a favorite I didn’t include?


Postop
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   Posted 5/23/2011 5:25 PM (GMT -6)   
New technology (DaVinci robotic surgery) has greatly reduced the risk of ED and incontinence from prostate surgery.

davidg
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   Posted 5/23/2011 5:30 PM (GMT -6)   
i think it's the other way around. The myth is that having surgery will cripple your sexual and urinary functions. In reality, with great advancements in technology, early detection, given the proper physical background, and in the hands of a great surgeon chances of minimizing those quality of life issues is greatly reduced compared to 10-15 years ago.
40 years old - Diagnosed at 40
Robotic Surgery Mount Sinai with Dr. Samadi Jan, 2011
complete urinary control and good erections with and without meds
Prostate was small, 34 grams.
Final Gleason score 7 (3+4)
Less than 5% of slides involved tumor
Tumor measured 5 mm in greatest dimension and was located in the right lobe near the apex.
Tumor was confined to prostate.
The apical, basal, pseudocapsular and soft tissue resection margins were free of tumor.
Seminal vesicles were free of tumor.
Right pelvic node - benign fibroadiopse tissue. no lymph node is identified.
Left pelvic node - one small lymph node, negative for tumor (0/1)

AJCC stage: pT2 NO MX

T40
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   Posted 5/23/2011 5:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I would have to agree, at 42 and closing in on 2 years post surgery with one side spared I don't need viagra anymore. Still, that doesn't mean I won't use it!

Postop
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   Posted 5/23/2011 5:37 PM (GMT -6)   
The myth is that robotic surgery decreases the risk of ED and urinary problems. There is no evidence that this true.

davidg
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   Posted 5/23/2011 5:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Dan covered that in myth #8 in fact.
40 years old - Diagnosed at 40
Robotic Surgery Mount Sinai with Dr. Samadi Jan, 2011
complete urinary control and good erections with and without meds
Prostate was small, 34 grams.
Final Gleason score 7 (3+4)
Less than 5% of slides involved tumor
Tumor measured 5 mm in greatest dimension and was located in the right lobe near the apex.
Tumor was confined to prostate.
The apical, basal, pseudocapsular and soft tissue resection margins were free of tumor.
Seminal vesicles were free of tumor.
Right pelvic node - benign fibroadiopse tissue. no lymph node is identified.
Left pelvic node - one small lymph node, negative for tumor (0/1)

AJCC stage: pT2 NO MX

Tim G
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   Posted 5/23/2011 5:54 PM (GMT -6)   
"Prostate cancer screening with a PSA test is no longer needed" (Plenty of primary care doctors believe this)

"A diet of (fill-in-the-blank) will prevent you from getting prostate cancer or keep it from spreading if you have it"

"A PSA of less than 4.0 ng/mL means you do not have prostate cancer."

"Prostate cancer is a 'good' cancer and will not kill you."

"Treatment for prostate cancer with radioactivity increases your chances for getting other cancers like leukemia."

"If you have joint pain, pain in the groin area, or pelvic pain, the prostate cancer has spread."

"Prostate cancer is far less common among men than breast cancer among women." Fact: 1 in 6 men get prostate cancer; 1 in 8 women get breast cancer.
Age 62 PSA quadrupled in one year (0.6 to 2.6)
DRE negative Retested at 3 months
1 of 12 biopsies positive (< 5%) G6
RP open surgery June 2006 at age 57
Bilateral nerve-sparing
Organ-confined to small area, downgraded to G5
Prostate weight 34 grams
PSAs < 0.1

ChrisR
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   Posted 5/23/2011 6:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Anything you read in the press.

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   Posted 5/23/2011 10:42 PM (GMT -6)   
You spend less time in the hospital with DaVinci - Not me, I was there 5 days total.
 
DaVinci is great for ED and Incontinence recovery - Not when they take both sets of nerves, and you still sop pads after 18 months.

logoslidat
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   Posted 5/23/2011 11:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I understand your point post/op. It is either understood or it isnt. fegiida about it.
Diagnosed 8/14/09 psa 8.1 66,now 67
2cores 70%, rest 6-7 < 5%
gleason 3+ 3, up to 3+4 @ the dub
RPP U of Wash, Bruce Dalkin,
pathology 4+3, tertiary5, 2 foci
extensive pni, prostate confined,27 nodes removed -, svi - margins -
99%continent@ cath removal. 1% incont@gaspass,sneeze,cough 18 mos, squirt @ running. psa std test reported on paper as 0.0 as of 12/14/10 ed improving

leeanglo
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   Posted 5/24/2011 1:50 AM (GMT -6)   
As my (now ex) GP stated prostate cancer is the best one to get ??????
And he stated that there are no side effects from Adt/ht...????????
think he needs a little reeducation.
psa on dx 144, gleason 4+3 7 12 biopsie cores cancerous
T3a N2 M1.
psa after 3 months zoladex 20
T levels 0.5 after 3 months zoladex.
now taking 50mg cosadex daily also.

njbmwgs
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   Posted 5/24/2011 1:57 PM (GMT -6)   
"It's impossible to have surgery after radiation".

This is according to both a radiation Onc and Uro I met with over the past 2 days.
Age 42
PSA 2/11 of 5.6
Biopsy 3/11 5 pos out of 12 Gleason 6's (3+3) and one 7 (3+4)
Full bone scan 4/11 - neg
Pelvic CT 4/11 - neg
exploring options and getting blurry eyed reading everything I can
staying positive
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