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  1. Anxiety is no joke, and does create very real...

    Anxiety is no joke, and does create very real physical symptoms, even if you don't have cancer or another pathogen.

    There are talk therapies and pharmaceuticals available that are useful for this...
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    Keep up the good work, you can't do better than a...

    Keep up the good work, you can't do better than a Zero.
  3. What the general rule of thumb is that patients...

    What the general rule of thumb is that patients under 60 get recommended for surgery, those over 70 for radiation, those in between can go for either.

    Right now, you haven't been diagnosed, so you...
  4. Thread: Next uPSA?

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    Maybe , maybe not. It does take a certain amount...

    Maybe , maybe not. It does take a certain amount of time for the radiation therapy for its work to be reflected in your PSA scores.

    I'm sure that the doctor takes his work very seriously, he...
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    A 0.2 difference would be not much more than a...

    A 0.2 difference would be not much more than a rounding error- for a man with a Prostate. But you don't have one, so this small but rising amount is a lot more likely to be produced by a prostate...
  6. Thread: MRI Results

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    Every treatment plan for cancer, or any other...

    Every treatment plan for cancer, or any other medical problem, has a chance of failure you know. And oftentimes pretty significant.

    All any of us can do is to consult an expert, and make our own...
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    Your age and co-morbidities are factors. If you...

    Your age and co-morbidities are factors. If you will never see your 60's again, or have heart or other medical problems to deal with, the oncologist suggestion makes more sense. If you are...
  8. Thread: MRI Results

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    Patience is a virtue for prostate patients. ...

    Patience is a virtue for prostate patients.

    If you look at the menu page at cancer forums , you'll see that prostate cancer has more than twice as many postings as the next highest specific...
  9. A CT scan is clearer, and the ultrasound may have...

    A CT scan is clearer, and the ultrasound may have identified the area they want to focus on.

    You definitely need to have a positive biopsy and/or pathology report before you officially have...
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    One of my sister in laws had colon cancer, they...

    One of my sister in laws had colon cancer, they put here on chemo- cured her. No surgical resection, no osmotic. Lost some hair, but it grew back.
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    My father had a big cyst on the back of his neck...

    My father had a big cyst on the back of his neck from the mid 1960's until his death in 2005 from something else.

    Seeing a doctor about it was on his to-do list, but he never did it.

    If you are...
  12. Thread: MRI Results

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    Sounds like a plan. So if the biopsy gets...

    Sounds like a plan. So if the biopsy gets upgraded, he'll get the surgery.

    Since I was diagnosed in January 2014, they've seem to have relaxed the criteria where doctors are comfortable with...
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    Yes, 40 is a ballistic level PSA score which is...

    Yes, 40 is a ballistic level PSA score which is often associated with a much higher possibility of Stage IV disease.

    However, the doctor who examined the OP apparently thought the case was curable...
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    The pathology report is the key piece of...

    The pathology report is the key piece of information that you're looking for here. Pathologists get the cells under the microscope, they will be able to see if its cancer, and if it is- what kind of...
  15. Thread: MRI Results

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    What does the doctor say as far as the upcoming...

    What does the doctor say as far as the upcoming biopsy? How will it affect the treatment plan? How much negativity will your doctor need to see to push forward with surgery?

    There seems to be...
  16. Thread: Good news

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    Glad to hear about success. Can't do better than...

    Glad to hear about success. Can't do better than a zero. Will you be continuing the twice a year PSA's for a while , or will you be going to once a year soon?
  17. Concerned? Sure. But no need to worry or panic...

    Concerned? Sure. But no need to worry or panic yet. It does take time to get to the "zero" level after treatment, the surgeon should be able to access the meaning of this reading. With a...
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    I think this one really depends on what kind of...

    I think this one really depends on what kind of ride the OP- or any surgery patient- has. If he has a Fleetwood Brougham or a Town Car, he shouldn't have a problem with this
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    Proscar is a treatment for BPH. One of the...

    Proscar is a treatment for BPH.

    One of the side effects is that it does reduce PSA score by about 50%. So in actuality, my PSA has been steady for the past 6 years. If it hadn't gone down after...
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    Thanks for the acknowledgement, but I'm really...

    Thanks for the acknowledgement, but I'm really not an expert. Just a survivor,and I feel pretty good about the decision to defer treatment- now almost 6 years after being diagnosed.
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    Treatment for prostate cancer, as well as many...

    Treatment for prostate cancer, as well as many other conditions is progressing right along. No one can say for certain that doing it early give the best chance of success , when doing it 10-20 years...
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    That's not necessarily true. If someone is 51,...

    That's not necessarily true.

    If someone is 51, and they can hold off treatment until they are in their late 60's or 70's, that can certainly be a point of positivity. Of course some people would...
  23. An MRI can help the doctor focus in on possible...

    An MRI can help the doctor focus in on possible "hot spots" in the prostate.

    But I didn't have an MRI before my biopsies, and I don't think most patients do.

    It does interpose another step in...
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    Prostate cancer is a marathon, patience is...

    Prostate cancer is a marathon, patience is really called for from patients. Even aggressive forms are long term diseases compared to other cancers.

    Although really, that isn't that bad at all. ...
  25. Although the doctors have been actively...

    Although the doctors have been actively surveilling you, keeping a close eye on your prostate, it isn't called "Active Surveillance" unless you've been diagnosed with cancer.

    That hasn't happened,...
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