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 Post subject: Prostate Cancer.
PostPosted: Sat 18 Jul 2015 13:01 pm 
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Get your PSA levels checked guys.
I've been having mine checked every six months for the past three or four years. It's a simple blood test that your doctor or nurse will do. My levels have always been on the high side and I've had a couple of biopsies (not very pleasant) and three MRI scans. They've always shown that I was clear of cancer.
Recently our doctor retired, and on seeing my PSA levels my new doctor insisted I start the whole biopsy thing again. I protested but he persuaded me. The biopsy five weeks ago showed that I have early stage Prostate Cancer. It's no big deal and I'm not looking for sympathy believe me. But guys, get your levels checked.
I will be tested at six monthly periods just to make sure that it hasn't spread. Without the PSA test I would have been oblivious to my condition. So do it. Best wishes. Alan.

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 Post subject: Re: Prostate Cancer.
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Wishing you the best outcome Alan :Doctor:
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 Post subject: Re: Prostate Cancer.
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It might be a bit of a cliche, but a lot of fellers benefit from a reminders, and examples!
Thanks, Alan and all the best for you :thumb:

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 Post subject: Re: Prostate Cancer.
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I second this emphatically. 12 years ago I was found to have a PSA count of 18 and came out positive from the biopsy. I was sucessfully treated with radiation therapy. Because it was caught early.

Whereas my brother-in-law however had a reading of 51 by the time he was checked. Much too late, and he died 18 months later.

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 Post subject: Re: Prostate Cancer.
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Oh wow...I had to read your post twice Alan, I am so sorry to hear your news. I wish you and your family all the best for the future.

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 Post subject: Re: Prostate Cancer.
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Thanks for the good wishes. It's not such a big deal really. I had ten samples taken during my biopsy and only three showed signs of cancer. The oncologist said that I may need surgery when I get to be eighty. I think I've been one of the lucky ones. Won't be selling the stash off just yet. :D
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 Post subject: Re: Prostate Cancer.
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Congratulations Alan,good outcome,takecare.

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 Post subject: Re: Prostate Cancer.
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I had my first check up since being diagnosed recently. I anticipated bad news, possibly another MRI scan (not painful but who can lay still for fifteen minutes), and at the very least a biopsy (painful). Happy days, my PSA levels had dropped and the doctor was very pleased with me. He looked at his computer and calculated that I shouldn't need surgery for at least seventeen years. I'll be eighty three by then. Stay healthy guys. Get the checks done. Regards Alan.

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 Post subject: Re: Prostate Cancer.
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I had results come back today. All clear. For the sake of having a little prick of a needle in your arm, get checked, it can save your life.

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 Post subject: Re: Prostate Cancer.
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 Post subject: Re: Prostate Cancer.
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Can I reiterate what has been said already. I had my first tests 6 years ago which turned out to be benign but I went onto a permanent dose of tablets and blood tests and my PSA tests have given a result of 3 for the last five years. Two of my good friends thought they knew better. One died of prostate cancer two years ago after an emergency operation found it was too far gone and the other had to have major surgery followed by chemotherapy and still has problems. The regular blood tests are a very minor inconvenience as is taking tablets and the biopsy is only a minor discomfort for a couple of hours. But the shear relief of being told that your PSA count is negligeable pales everything else into a minor inconvenience. Regards, Walter


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 Post subject: Re: Prostate Cancer.
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Had mine checked a couple of weeks ago for the first time, with a result of 0.2. Won't be getting smug about it though and will retest every six months.

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 Post subject: Re: Prostate Cancer.
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Just been down to my doctors' surgery/pharmacy to collect my monthly prescription and thought I'd ask about this. I have an annual blood check anyway, so the receptionist looked it up on her computer. No, PSA levels weren't checked, and I should speak to my doctor. Could I do that while I'm here? I enquired. No, I must ring and speak to him on the telephone. What, that telephone that takes hours to get through on - forget it, it can't be important :evil:

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 Post subject: Re: Prostate Cancer.
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It is damn important. Just keep trying, it's your life at stake, not their's.


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 Post subject: Re: Prostate Cancer.
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Best Health Service in the world. What a joke. It is run for the benefit of those who work in it and not the patients. My mother-in-law had a fall a month ago. Her son is her Carer. They won't release her from hospital into his care. They get 10 minutes to eat their meal before its taken away, regardless of whether its been eaten, is being eaten or hasn't been started. She needs physiotherapy to get her mobile again, yet the Physio goes round while she's asleep and whispers "Do you want to exercise?" and when she doesn't answer he's on his way - another box ticked and he hasn't had to do anything - but she can't be released from hospital until she's had therapy. The level of care is pathetic. The only thing they care about is that they might have to work of a weekend. Well lots of folks have to work weekends. When you work in a service industry its 24/7 not 9 to 5 Monday to Friday.
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 Post subject: Re: Prostate Cancer.
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It certainly has it's problems and it's not perfect, but if it wasn't for the NHS I would have been dead 15 years ago.


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 Post subject: Re: Prostate Cancer.
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I had another check with the oncologist yesterday. My PSA level had doubled from 5.0 to just under 10. He isn't the usual chap I have, and was quite matter a fact about everything. I have to have another blood test in three months and an MRI scan in the next week or two. The MRI was scheduled before my latest blood test, so that was reassuring. If anyone is considering a PSA test please read this first. Regards Alan.
http://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/avoid-sexua ... goryID=693

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 Post subject: Re: Prostate Cancer.
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Best Health Service in the world. What a joke. It is run for the benefit of those who work in it and not the patients. My mother-in-law had a fall a month ago. Her son is her Carer. They won't release her from hospital into his care. They get 10 minutes to eat their meal before its taken away, regardless of whether its been eaten, is being eaten or hasn't been started. She needs physiotherapy to get her mobile again, yet the Physio goes round while she's asleep and whispers "Do you want to exercise?" and when she doesn't answer he's on his way - another box ticked and he hasn't had to do anything - but she can't be released from hospital until she's had therapy. The level of care is pathetic. The only thing they care about is that they might have to work of a weekend. Well lots of folks have to work weekends. When you work in a service industry its 24/7 not 9 to 5 Monday to Friday.
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That's struck a chord with me. When my wife was in hospital for two months at the end of last year, I was struck by the utter disorganisation of the NHS, and the amount of waste caused by so much of it only operating Mon-Fri, office hours. One member of the team required to carry out a procedure doesn't turn up (on a fri afternoon). "Oh, the next time we can do it is Tuesday, as this function is closed over the weekend."
Patient kept in hospital for longer than they need to be, and heaven knows what that costs. Lots of managers employed, but far too few that actually know how to manage.

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 Post subject: Re: Prostate Cancer.
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.....Lots of managers employed, but far too few that actually know how to manage.
There is a lot wrong with the NHS. But do remember that there is an awful lot that is right. There are poor staff like that Physio, but there are many more competent and excellent, caring staff. It's a disaster when you hit the bad ones, though. My own daftest story was my being woken up early - at 05:30 - for breakfast following having a heart stent so I could be discharged at 06:00. Of course I still had to arrange my own transport from Leeds to Ilkley, and Mrs O was slightly alarmed to be woken at that time by a call from the hospital.
I highlighted the bit about managers because I believe that is at the heart of the problem (and not only in the NHS). A good nurse or doctor may not make a good manager, in fact probably won't because the two roles have different requirements and priorities. Let the practitioners practice, and treat management as a different skill, that needs experience and training, and not simply an overhead or promotion opportunity.

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 Post subject: Re: Prostate Cancer.
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My February blood test showed my PSA levels to be high. The oncologist seemed unconcerned and booked me an MRI scan. That showed no change, and this Monday at my routine check-up I was told that everything was looking good. PSA levels down and the MRI showed no spread of the cancer. :thumb:

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