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    Radical prostatectomy doesn't affect testosterone...

    Radical prostatectomy doesn't affect testosterone levels. Testosterone is produced in the testicles, not the prostate. Getting older, however, does reduce T levels and there is not a whole lot...
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    No, I don't think so. Rep Cummings was in the...

    No, I don't think so. Rep Cummings was in the hospital last year for heart problems.

    Prostate cancer does affect African Americans at a greater rate than whites, and Cummings was also from...
  3. A small amount of G6 cancer, PSA elevated but not...

    A small amount of G6 cancer, PSA elevated but not in the ballistic range, AS seems like a reasonable plan.

    And the older he is, the more reasonable and solid the plan is.
  4. Proton therapy has been proven to be the state of...

    Proton therapy has been proven to be the state of the art,way to go, therapy for several types of childhood tumors.

    Fortunately, those kinds of cancer are pretty rare. What proton therapy...
  5. Looking at the CDC statistics, the rate of new...

    Looking at the CDC statistics, the rate of new prostate cancer diagnosis in America has gone down from 234 to 101 over the past 25 years as the usage of statin drugs has soared.

    Certainly not...
  6. Since statins are most usually prescribed for...

    Since statins are most usually prescribed for folks with high cholesterol, maybe it isn't the statins but instead the elevated cholesterol itself that provides protection?
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    You have a little bit too much negativity here. ...

    You have a little bit too much negativity here. America has been leading the world in the relentless progress to new medical advances. The system is hardly broken. Although there is a lot of...
  8. As you understand, the bone scans are done to...

    As you understand, the bone scans are done to stage the cancer. As long as it isn't metastatic, the doctors will recommend going for a cure.

    If dad's PSA is only moderately elevated- under 10,...
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    I think it would be something that you might want...

    I think it would be something that you might want to go for , if you had a lot of blood relatives who had succumbed to cancer. Find out if it was most likely the family's genetic heritage or...
  10. 6 positive cores at age 51, the recommendation...

    6 positive cores at age 51, the recommendation is likely to be surgery. The key with surgery is to remember that radical prostatectomy is a technically challenging operation- getting someone very...
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    If you were having a prostatectomy, you'd have a...

    If you were having a prostatectomy, you'd have a lot more information about the likelihood of a cure afterwards as they slice and dice the organ afterwards.

    The fact that you don't have anything...
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    ADT can be very effective at lowering PSA scores....

    ADT can be very effective at lowering PSA scores. I've seen stories where metastatic PC was diagnosed with PSA scores in the hundreds or thousands and it falls to a virtually undetectable level...
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    This looks like something to ask the doctor on...

    This looks like something to ask the doctor on Tuesday. If he thinks that your prostate has shrunk sufficiently to move forward with the radiation protocol, that's what he'll do. If not, he'll...
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    Sounds like a solid plan on your husband's part. ...

    Sounds like a solid plan on your husband's part. with 6 positive cores, most doctors would recommend treatment and for a young man of 53 that usually means surgery. The doctor has thousands of...
  15. I agree that if you don't have confidence in your...

    I agree that if you don't have confidence in your doctor, you should get someone else.

    However, just because a doctor is a bit absent minded doesn't mean he isn't good.

    The first time I met...
  16. I wouldn't worry about it. Just means the...

    I wouldn't worry about it. Just means the volume of your blood supply is less when you are skinny. Same amount of PSA, but in a bigger vessel. A higher PSA because you are gaunt, doesn't mean...
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    Actually, the radical prostatectomy was first...

    Actually, the radical prostatectomy was first performed at the start of the 20th Century, and radiation therapy for cancer started in the 1890's.

    Treatments for prostate cancer and a lot of other...
  18. With your symptoms that your GP hasn't been able...

    With your symptoms that your GP hasn't been able to deal with, seeing a specialist about is definitely a good idea These guys are experts in the field, and have a lot of experience with guys that...
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    Apparently, Dr. Chang has a great deal of...

    Apparently, Dr. Chang has a great deal of confidence in this genomic testing protocol. That's certainly a good sign that experts are starting to learn more about prostate cancer.
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    Your husband has mixed results here, but his...

    Your husband has mixed results here, but his oncotype score is better than mine and I've gone more that 5 years and counting on AS.

    I don't this is a "rush" case, and February is really just...
  21. I think it should go both ways on this. If you...

    I think it should go both ways on this. If you are already taking Proscar or prostate supplements, make sure you tell your doctor when you quit or change on this.
  22. Not on ADT, but I did get a flu shot...

    Not on ADT, but I did get a flu shot yesterday,and I'm really run down from it and not feeling so great after the shot. Although I am starting to recover.

    If you wait a couple of days, maybe...
  23. I think the only real link between colon and...

    I think the only real link between colon and prostate cancer is the radiation treatment for prostate cancer can put you more at risk for colon cancer.

    But you aren't having that.

    If because of...
  24. Sounds like a solid plan for a young fellow like...

    Sounds like a solid plan for a young fellow like yourself, under 50. Good luck with this, since the doctor has your confidence, moving straight forward has a lot to say for it
  25. I don't see why not. If you started to get...

    I don't see why not.


    If you started to get radiation, that changes the calculus of course.

    An acquaintance of mine pulled out of brachytherapy by phone call while on the way to the hospital...
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