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Old 04-04-2012, 06:27 AM   #15
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Old 04-04-2012, 09:58 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by Elkhartjim View Post

No chemo or radiation...no better deal than cold steel however.

We met a gentleman today with the exact same cancer as I had but he delayed getting treatment. He is now trying experimental drugs just trying to live.
I was told I had prostate cancer in 1998. My options were surgery, cryotreatment (freezing), drugs, seed implant radiation, or watchful waiting.

I got on i'net and read up on all treatments and the pros/cons for each. The cancer had progressed to some degree but no indication of spread.

After 2 weeks of research and consultation w/ doctors, I opted for seed implants. My doc was skeptical saying he was not optimistic but he agreed to do it.

I went in the hosp at 5AM and due to a mixup had to wait since they had forgotten to get a gas passer for me. Oh well, I got into surgery at 8AM.

Out of surgery at 9AM, alert at 10AM and told I could leave when I passed urine ok.

I was home <1PM. and back to work 2 days later.

That was 14 years ago and to date, no problems.

I just gpt a PSA test and have pre scheduled dr. appointment next week. I have my fingers crossed.

I seem to be a test bed for doctors. I had a quad bypass in 2000, gall bladder in 2001, knee replace in 2010 (redone in 2011) and 9 vertebra fused in 2011. Whew!

I will celebrate my (our) 50th anniversary in 2 weeks and my 70th BD in August.

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Old 04-04-2012, 01:34 PM   #17
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I just gpt a PSA test and have pre scheduled dr. appointment next week. I have my fingers crossed.
One of my doctors at MD Anderson Cancer Center told me yesterday to never have blood work taken for a PSA test soon after your physical exam as it (the physical exam) tends to elevate the PSA numbers.

I had a low grade carcinoid tumor surgically removed from my colon but I do monitor my PSA numbers closely.

Good luck and I pray your number is low. Please let us know!
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Old 04-04-2012, 02:42 PM   #18
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Had bleeding problems late in 2010, went to gastroenterologist, said it was nothing and would do colonoscopy next year as scheduled. Not satisfied, went to my family dr, he said do colonoscopy, found tumor on colon. Surgery to remove six inches of colon and tumor successful, got all the cancer, no chemo required. Surgery JUNE 2011,check up every three months, everything good. Don't be afraid to get second opinion. Thank God and good doctors for saving me. Please, if you have never had a colonoscopy, please get one, it may save your life.
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Old 04-04-2012, 03:19 PM   #19
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If you are 50 and have never had a colonoscopy, do it now, do not wait. I went in at 51 and it was a life saver. I had several cancerous lesions. I asked my gastro doctor if this would have turned to full blown bowel cancer in time. His answer was, if you had left it one more year, your wife would have lost you. The Lord treats me pretty good Praise God!

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There is absolutely no doubt having a colonoscopy saved my life too. If you haven't had one and you're over the age of fifty-don't wait. Yeah, the prep sucks but have you ever seen how cancer slowly sucks the life from someone; I have. Now that really sucks.

And you ladies...don't just depend on your annual mammograms either. Self examinations are a must. I lost a wife that had a mammogram in July and due to whatever reason, she failed to do a self examination for several months. When she got around to it in January she found a lump and was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. She survived 40 months and none of that time was fun. Nuff said!

If this thread convinces one reader to have a colonoscopy, a PSA test and for a woman to do a put off breast self exam, then we've accomplished something.

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