Does PC make a person have a higher risk of getting other cancers?

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   Posted 6/26/2007 9:28 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Everyone,


Does having prostate cancer make someone more susceptible of developing other cancers in the future?  Are there any precautions that could be taken?  Should my husband see an oncologist at this point? 


Does anyone here share this concern?




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   Posted 6/26/2007 10:16 PM (GMT -6)   

I asked my uro the opposite, does having prostate cancer exempt me fro having other cancer. He said no such luck. They are unrelated. I would imagine the usual precautions still are in effect as far as getting some other kind. Diet, exercise etc. I have some suspicious spots in my colon so asked for another colonoscopy but my doc said to stay with the current 5 year schedule. Seems like every test I get runs something up my rear end.

Good luck...

Age 72. Diagnosed 11/03/06. PSA 7.05. Stage T2B Gleason 3+3.
RRP 12/7/06. Nerves and nodes okay.
Pathological stage: T2B. Gleason 3+4. Cancer confined to prostate.
PSA on 1/3/07 - 0.04. 
PSA on 4/4/07 - 0.00  T level - 48  Restarted T therapy.
Next PSA on 7/18/07.
 "I have cancer but cancer does not have me."

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   Posted 6/26/2007 11:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Treatment, depending on type (photon radiation or brachytherapy) MAY increase incidence of certain types of cancer in the years following treatment but understand that having PCa does not mean you will be any more susceptable to other kinds. As with any cancer there are too many variables to state categorically that you will develop any other cancer.  So, no I do not share that concern.

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   Posted 6/27/2007 1:45 AM (GMT -6)   

Hello AEG,

As jayadub mentioned, I think the treatment would be more an influence than the fact that you had PC. This was a question that I had for my Hematologist as the rare form of PC that I had (Removed last week by surgery) was found in a post chemo CT scan. I have CLL (Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia), which is currently in remission and my Hematologist said that about 5% of people with this type of Leukemia develop a second cancer. What I would really like to know is if the chemo was the culprit or if they are completely unrelated.  

Stick with the regular check-ups. I never would have known that I had PC had it not been for the post chemo scan as my PSA was normal because I did not have adenocarcinoma but a rare pure neuroendocrine carcinoid on the prostrate.


Age:50, Biopsied 4/9/07, 2 of 12 biopsies positive, pure neuroendocrine carcinoid tumor of the prostate, No gleason score, PSA normal 1.4, Grade:T2b, CT, Bone scan, transrectal MRI, and octreoscan all neg., confined to prostate, laproscopic radical prostatectomy 6/19/07. 

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   Posted 6/27/2007 10:02 AM (GMT -6)   

I asked my urologist exactly that question after being diagnosed. He answered that studies have been done and have found no statistical relationship between having prostate cancer and eventually having other types of cancer.

Diagnosed 7/6/06, 1 of 10 core samples, 40%,Stage T1c, Gleason 3+3
Da Vinci on 11/01/06, Catheter out on 11/13/06
56 Years Old
Post Op Path, Gleason 3+3, Approx. 5% of prostate involved
Prostate Confined, margins clear
Undetectable PSA on 12/18/06
No more pads as of 1/13/07
Began injections in April '07

Rick Roma
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   Posted 6/27/2007 11:41 AM (GMT -6)   
I was thinking the opposite also after my dermatologist found a deadly melanoma on my arm...2. stitches turned out to be 22 a week later.... nasty scar on my arm and as I wait for my results from the prostate biopsy mind goes round and round. Did that melanoma find its way to my prostate..... so I could understand you thinking that way.

There is a special church here nestled deep
in the forest.... a beautiful bell hangs at the very top.... it only stops ringing.  When you come through the forests for your voice takes its place....   Richard

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