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  1. Most surgeons are cool with being operated on...

    Most surgeons are cool with being operated on themselves, when its definitely called for or when its an option .

    This definitely makes sense. Surgery is their vocation and livelihood, they really...
  2. This kind of question really depends on the age...

    This kind of question really depends on the age and co-morbidities of the individual patient. I don't think genomic tests and imaging technology have progressed to the point where many medical...
  3. Dr. Walsh discusses this in his "Surviving...

    Dr. Walsh discusses this in his "Surviving Prostate Cancer" tome, and he's of the general viewpoint(at least in the 3rd edition) that delaying hormone treatment has a lot to be said for it.

    It...
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    Surgeons will generally not do a radical...

    Surgeons will generally not do a radical prostatectomy until 6 weeks after the biopsy, so you definitely have to take some time anyhow.

    They have to give your prostate time to recover from the...
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    I think you have a reasonable plan. If you have...

    I think you have a reasonable plan. If you have a comorbidity like thyroid cancer or even a benign thyroid condition, you will want to know that when making decisions on your prostate cancer.
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    With prostate cancer, ordinarily the entire...

    With prostate cancer, ordinarily the entire prostate is removed, not just the cancerous parts.

    The reason is that with PC , patients usually don't have just one tumor but many, and the imaging...
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    In Dr. Walsh's 3rd edition of his tome on...

    In Dr. Walsh's 3rd edition of his tome on prostate cancer, he recommends against ultra sensitive PSA testing as leading to excessive anxiety.

    He hedges on this somewhat in the 4th edition,...
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    The doctor is probably engaged in a little...

    The doctor is probably engaged in a little defensive medicine here. Ordering tests is a habit that a lot of docs get into, documents what they did, if there are disputes afterwards, and with...
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    I think that attitude is a little bit extreme. ...

    I think that attitude is a little bit extreme.

    My mum has chronic pain in her knees mainly, so she takes tylenol and feels it helps her. The problem with Tylenol is that it is very toxic to the...
  10. Although its certainly "possible" you could have...

    Although its certainly "possible" you could have stomach cancer, it is an exceedingly rare disease for someone as young as yourself. The peak age for people to be diagnosed with stomach cancer is...
  11. Not to mention the fee for the treatment itself. ...

    Not to mention the fee for the treatment itself. Proton therapy is considerably more expensive that photon radiation and may not be covered by every patient's health plan
  12. When I first met my urologist, he stuck his hand...

    When I first met my urologist, he stuck his hand out to shake my hand. I chuckled and put my hand up in the air. I knew what the man does for a living, I knew where his hand just was.
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    After the prostate is cut out and removed, it get...

    After the prostate is cut out and removed, it get shoved into a box and shipped off to the pathology lab.

    At the lab the doctors slice and dice the gland, look at it under a microscope and do...
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    Not really that terrible, sounds like a very...

    Not really that terrible, sounds like a very treatable cancer.

    The alternative to surgery is radiation treatments, he may want to see a radiation guy. There have been advances in prostate...
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    Negative lymph nodes is certainly a good omen for...

    Negative lymph nodes is certainly a good omen for your dad, as well as the negative surgical margins.

    But he does have a high risk cancer, and most doctors are going to be alert to small PSA...
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    Yes- my father had prostate cancer.

    Yes- my father had prostate cancer.
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    You should see a doctor as you are concerned. ...

    You should see a doctor as you are concerned. Its certainly possible that you could have cancer, but its very unlikely for such a young man.

    Infections and auto immune diseases are a lot more...
  18. Proton therapy is considerably more expensive...

    Proton therapy is considerably more expensive than photon based therapy.

    Protons have been proven to be definitive treatment for certain childhood cancers. But those tumors are pretty rare, so...
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    I wasn't given a screening PSA test, or a DRE for...

    I wasn't given a screening PSA test, or a DRE for that matter, until I turned 50. The only way I would have been diagnosed earlier is if I was symptomatic.
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    The screening PSA tests introduced circa 1990...

    The screening PSA tests introduced circa 1990 have actually reduced the death rate from prostate cancer pretty significantly. Before PSA screening, most cases were a lot more advanced.
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    You're right. However, there is a small chance...

    You're right.

    However, there is a small chance that the pathologist might be wrong on the determination that it was truly prostate confined.
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    Very good, negative margin, no gleason upgrade, ...

    Very good, negative margin, no gleason upgrade, superb chance of a cure without any further treatments.
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    Actually cancer patients are considered "Cancer...

    Actually cancer patients are considered "Cancer Survivors" as soon as they are diagnosed.
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    The St. Jude commercials, like the Shriners...

    The St. Jude commercials, like the Shriners Hospital commercials, really aren't "cancer commercials", they are soliciting for contributions not to attract new patients.
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    When I was a kid, I never saw hospital or cancer...

    When I was a kid, I never saw hospital or cancer commercials on TV. Instead it was cigarette commercials back to back all day and night long- probably a third of the ads on TV were for cancer...
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