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[Misc] Prostate Cancer



AmexRuislip

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Feb 2, 2014
33,904
Ruislip
For starters, this is a not look at me thread, but a genuine gentle warning to the gents on here.
I briefly mentioned on a thread that I had been diagnosed with prostrate cancer.
My story so far......

In Oct 2022, I went to my docs, as I had lost weight.
She sent me off to have a full blood test.
Results came back with a PSA level of 9.58.
MRI scan came back with a 10mm area that couldn't be explained in my prostrate.
After having 20 biopsies taken from prostrate, I was diagnosed with PC.
I was given 2 choices of procedures, either a radical prostatectomy or radio therapy.
I opted for the latter, where in Dec 22nd, 2022, I had my prostrate removed at Charing Cross hospital.
I go back there later next month, to hear the histology of the alien that they taken out of me and the latest PSA reading I have from another blood test.
If reading 0 or 0.01, then the cancer has been removed.
Anything above, then I'm on radio therapy, for a certain amount of time.
PSA levels will be checked every 3 months, going forward.

I'm not looking at preaching to tell you all what to do, just my attitude to this has been to take all that comes at me in a positive view.
As there are no definitive symptoms to show that one has got PC, I do urge all to get checked out, if you feel you have the slightest issue with weight or wee issues.
If I hadn't pursued this, I'd probably be on an RIP thread sooner rather than later :rolleyes:

Mrs AR has been great in supporting me, as I don't know where I'd be otherwise.
:cheers:

 
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Herr Tubthumper

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Jul 11, 2003
60,005
The Fatherland




Springal

Well-known member
Feb 12, 2005
24,072
GOSBTS
All the best - my dad battled the same thing in nearly identical timeframes 12 months before. He’d waited longer than warnings he had from sone people, but had the operation in Guildford , recovered well and results have been positive so far
 






Jul 7, 2003
8,711
Here's hoping for a positive result. I have a few friends who have had PC in recent years and all have recovered well - treatment for this has improved so much in recent years.

I'm typing this with my little PCUK badge on my jumper. I have bought a few and try to wear them wherever I go. If it means one person asks what the badge is and it helps raise awareness then it is worthwhile (as well as raising a little more for PCUK).
 


portlock seagull

Why? Why us?
Jul 28, 2003
17,331
As previously said AR, sometimes cancer doesn’t know who it’s f ucking with and in this instance it’s going to get a right kicking before being turfed out by your body sheriff like some tar and feathered vagabond escorted to the county boundary. Stay positive, and well done for providing a welcome reminder to everyone - especially of a certain age, me included - to be mindful and if in doubt, get checked.
 






Questions

Habitual User
Oct 18, 2006
24,960
Worthing
One of my closest friends who posts on here Amex is just a little behind you as he ponders what road to go down….. surgery or radio therapy…. They said he can’t have both….
So….. all the strength in the world to you old bean….. and yes we should all get ourselves checked.
 


BBassic

I changed this.
Jul 28, 2011
12,471
Here's hoping for a nice 0 on that PSA reading.

In the spirit of the thread I don't mind saying I had an exploratory procedure a few months ago to rule out anything sinister which, thankfully, it did.

As AR says - if you've got something odd going on go and get it checked because you never know.
 




dazzer6666

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NSC Patron
Mar 27, 2013
52,892
Burgess Hill
For starters, this is a not look at me thread, but a genuine gentle warning to the gents on here.
I briefly mentioned on a thread that I had been diagnosed with prostrate cancer.
My story so far......

In Oct 22, I went to my docs, as I had lost weight.
She sent me off to have a full blood test.
Results came back with a PSA level of 9.58.
MRI scan came back with a 10cm area that couldn't be explained in my prostrate.
After having 20 biopsies taken from prostrate, I was diagnosed with PC.
I was given 2 choices of procedures, either a radical prostatectomy or radio therapy.
I opted for the latter, where in Dec 22, I had my prostrate removed at Charing Cross hospital.
I go back there later next month, to hear the histology of the alien that they taken out of me and the latest PSA reading I have from another blood test.
If reading 0 or 0.1, then the cancer has been removed.
Anything above, then I'm on radio therapy, for a certain amount of time.
PSA levels will be checked every 3 months, going forward.

I'm not looking at preaching to tell you all what to to, just my attitude to this has been to take all that comes at me in a positive view.
As there is no definitive symptoms to show that one has got PC, I do urge all to get checked out, if you feel you have the slightest issue with weight or wee issues.
If I hadn't pursued this, I'd probably be on an RIP thread sooner rather than later :rolleyes:

Mrs AR has been great in supporting me, as I don't know where I'd be otherwise.
:cheers:

Hope everything is ok - def worth regular reminders with ‘real’ tales. If it prompts even one bloke to worry about a symptom and go and get tested then it’s worthwhile. I’ve got three pals that have had PC, all fully recovered and leading 100% normal lives (all are golfers) after various ops/treatments and no sign of recurrence - two of them were 10 years+ ago.
 


MattBackHome

Well-known member
Jul 7, 2003
11,745
Sending you love and positive vibes, @AmexRuislip.

Lost one fo my best mates to PC at 40 a couple of years back, which remains to me an ineffable slice of unfairness on behalf of the universe. He would have benefitted from your links, and more importantly your attitude. NSC is with you! x
 


Beach Hut

Brighton Bhuna Boy
Jul 5, 2003
72,030
Living In a Box
Positive vibes and thoughts from the Hut household
 




SuperFurrySeagull

Well-known member
Sep 25, 2003
529
Cardiff By The Sea
For starters, this is a not look at me thread, but a genuine gentle warning to the gents on here.
I briefly mentioned on a thread that I had been diagnosed with prostrate cancer.
My story so far......

In Oct 22, I went to my docs, as I had lost weight.
She sent me off to have a full blood test.
Results came back with a PSA level of 9.58.
MRI scan came back with a 10cm area that couldn't be explained in my prostrate.
After having 20 biopsies taken from prostrate, I was diagnosed with PC.
I was given 2 choices of procedures, either a radical prostatectomy or radio therapy.
I opted for the latter, where in Dec 22, I had my prostrate removed at Charing Cross hospital.
I go back there later next month, to hear the histology of the alien that they taken out of me and the latest PSA reading I have from another blood test.
If reading 0 or 0.1, then the cancer has been removed.
Anything above, then I'm on radio therapy, for a certain amount of time.
PSA levels will be checked every 3 months, going forward.

I'm not looking at preaching to tell you all what to to, just my attitude to this has been to take all that comes at me in a positive view.
As there is no definitive symptoms to show that one has got PC, I do urge all to get checked out, if you feel you have the slightest issue with weight or wee issues.
If I hadn't pursued this, I'd probably be on an RIP thread sooner rather than later :rolleyes:

Mrs AR has been great in supporting me, as I don't know where I'd be otherwise.
:cheers:

Thanks for posting & all the best in achieving a positive outcome as soon as is possible. Your posting may well contribute to the saving of lives of innumerable others - I myself will get myself checked out sooner rather than later so, thanks again! x
 


AmexRuislip

Trainee Spy 🕵️‍♂️
Feb 2, 2014
33,904
Ruislip
One of my closest friends who posts on here Amex is just a little behind you as he ponders what road to go down….. surgery or radio therapy…. They said he can’t have both….
So….. all the strength in the world to you old bean….. and yes we should all get ourselves checked.
With the 2 options I was given, as I've mentioned I went for surgery.
With a radical prostatectomy, they take the prostrate out, and if cancer cells are still there, then radiotherapy, if PSA levels are still raised.
If I went down the radiotherapy route, it mullers your prostrate in a way that you cannot have the thing removed.
 


studio150

Well-known member
Jul 30, 2011
29,705
On the Border
Not what I was expecting to read this morning, but thanks for sharing and my fingers are crossed that later this month you get the good news that you deserve.
 








Harry Wilson's tackle

Harry Wilson's Tackle
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Oct 8, 2003
50,982
Faversham
I'm glad you posted that, @AmexRuislip. It is an important warning for us chaps. As you know, I had a dodgy PSA (on the border) and the bottom inspector considered there was enlargement, so I popped along for the biopsies (this was 18 months ago I think). I could tell the young medic and his assistant were impressed by the quality of upkeep of my perineum. Anyway....

"Just a little prick" he said. Crikey, given that I was lying face downward I was impressed with his eyesight. After the lidocaine injection I was warned there may still be a little discomfort. It was fine at first. The biopsy gun does make a 'crack' sound. After 8 biopsies I asked if they were nearly done, as the sensation although not painful was disconcerting. "Yes, nearly done" the lad replied.

After the final and 24th biopsy I was invited to get dressed, and toddle off home. Over the next week, there were one or two alarming but frankly amusing sequelae of a colourful variety. But no pain.

Fortunately I got the all clear. Benign prostatic hyperplasia, no need even for prazosin. Some follow up PSAs that gave no further cause for alarm.

But I will be back for a further PSA in a few months. An old school pal of mine also had the 24 biopsies just before Christmas. Alas two of them flashed up, so he's on for an op soon. I think the surgeons are getting rather good at this now. So if you can get past the finger up the arsehole part (and let's be honest, a lot of us secretly enjoy that bit) its all part of any sensible staying alive strategy for the discerning gentleman.

All the best, Phil, and anyone else engaging with this malarky.
 


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