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elpaso
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Date Joined Dec 2005
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   Posted 12/14/2006 8:03 PM (GMT -7)   
My father was diagnosed with prostate cancer at the age of 60. It was successfully treated with radiation ... Twenty-two years later (last December), at the age of 59, I was diagnosed ... and my brother, 56, just learned that he has prostate cancer. So family history is an increased risk factor ... Studies show that men whose fathers or brothers had prostate cancer are, on average, diagnosed six to seven years earlier than men with no family history of this disease. Men with three or more relatives with prostate cancer have a 35% to 45% risk of developing prostate cancer. And a man whose father had prostate cancer before age 60 has a 20% chance of developing prostate cancer, compared to just 8% for men without such a history ... So spread the word and make sure that your siblings or children are tested early.

I had laparoscopic surgery in March, and my seven-month checkup resulted in an undetectable PSA ... my brother had a PSA of 3.1, no symptoms, when he was diagnosed. His family doctor gave him a clean bill of health, but because I had educated him about PSA scores, he insisted on a referral to a urologist who decided to do a biopsy because of the family history.

lawink
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Date Joined Oct 2006
Total Posts : 621
   Posted 12/14/2006 8:10 PM (GMT -7)   
When Bob's internist heard his family history of prostate cancer (father in his 80's and older brother at 62) he said . . oh you were "genetically doomed" then! Of course this was following Bob's laproscopic surgery at age 60. Our son will be testing early in life (he's only 28 right now).

It is scary when you hear how many doctors won't run a routine PSA test and either rely solely on a DRE or not even on that. My father was told during his DRE that it wasn't too bad . . probably a 2. A couple of years later he had metastized prostate cancer and a PSA of 29.

Educating our friends and loved ones on this dissease that can so easily be treated if caught early is of utmost importance.
Bob (60) had laproscopic prostate surgery on Sept 27, 2006 - 2/12 malignant biopsy samples - gleason 3 + 3 = 6.  Follow up PSA results and pathology results received Nov 14th are NO MORE CANCER!  Gleason changed to a 3 + 4; cancer completely confined to prostate; (even a second more agressive, previously undetected cancer)      PSA UNDETECTABLE.
 
Bob also takes Hydroxyurea to control Polycythemia (elevated red & white cells & platelets) has secondary condition . . Myelofibrosis) -- If anyone has experience or knowledge of these, please post us.


bluebird
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Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 2542
   Posted 12/15/2006 8:38 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi! Elpaso ~

 

Sending a special…

*&^%$#@    WOO HOO!!  (*&^%$#  undetectable!!!!!!

 

On your 7th month PSA…

 

You’re right…. We are definitely spreading the word about early testing…

 

Not having any documentation on paternal/maternal family members…health issues…. Makes it very hard. 

 

But we are now able to help our younger generation….

It’s a curable disease if caught early…. And I feel this is one of the reasons we were chosen to travel this path.

 

This mama bluebird’s been doing ~ a lot of chirping!!!!! 

 

Take care – Lee & Buddy


mama bluebird - Lee & Buddy… 53 on surgery day

RRP / Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy with "wide excision"

April 3, 2006   PSA 4.6   Gleason  3+3=6  T2a  

Confined to Prostate   June 29th ~ PSA Less than 0.1 Non-detectable

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