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    Cancer commercials

    I had to laugh today on my ride to work.

    I could just about make it through a day and maybe a few without thinking about cancer. Life has become a series of six-twelve month segments between biopsies. And I've grown to accept it as my new normal..

    But I swear the local hospitals in my area have gotten into a cancer war. Today, during the same commercial interruption on the radio, there was four cancer commercials in a row. One from Northside, two back to back from Emory and one for a new proton therapy place. I was finally chuckling "gimme one more, let's go for five".

    Is this the same in your area?
    2006: 1.6 PSA age 36
    2007: 1.3 PSA age 37
    2012: 2.2 PSA age 42
    2013: 2.6 PSA age 43
    2014: 2.8 PSA age 44
    2015: 3.1 PSA age 45
    2016: 3.5 PSA age 46
    2017: ? N/A
    3/18– 4.1 PSA at 48 YO. u/s measured 46 ml prostate
    3/18–free PSA 10%
    3/18–12 core all negative
    9/18– 4.5 PSA
    9/18– negative pca3
    12/18- 4K at 17%
    12/18- 3t MRI, 5mm pirads 3-4 and a pirads 1-2
    2/19- Fusion biopsy. G6 (3+3) 20% of a single core
    AS for now
    4/19-PSA at 7.21 (up from 4.5 in September 2018! Gulp

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    Yup ... the same in my area except I am seeing television commercials, and not just cancer but prostate cancer and other prostate issues.

    Seemed freaky that I am seeing so many of these commercials. Maybe they have always been around and now I am taking notice.
    Age DX 63 dob 1955
    8/11/16 CT scan (blood/sand in urine). Prostate norm w/cent calcification.
    11/6/18 GP freq urine/retro ejact. PSA 7.1 (RX Proscar/Flomax)
    12/18 PSA 4.1 14.8% Free Proscar? MRI Lesion 1.6cm. Lymph nodes sim to 2016 CT, prostate norm size. Stage 3. PIRADS 4
    1/19 Biopsy 2/5/19 DX
    2/19 Bone/CT scans: No evid met chest/abd/pelvis
    3/2019 RALP Cath out/post-op path rpt week later:
    G9 (4+5) (65-70% + 15-20%)
    Dominant tumor: 4.3 cm apex to base, bilat.
    LNI+ (4 of 12 on R, largest 4mm, 1 of 8 on L, 9 mm)
    EPE+ (right lat., post. and L lat. aspects apex to base and at ant. mid aspect)
    Intaraductal component+, BNI-, SVI+, LVI+
    SM+ (carcinoma unifocally extends to ant. mid margin area of EPE (2mm)
    Prostate fat: neg. pT3b pN1
    5/2019 Began oral Casodex. uPSA 0.11 2 wks later Lupron inject ( 3mo). 8 wks of RT begin Aug.
    6/19 uPSA .02

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trex Dino View Post
    Yup ... the same in my area except I am seeing television commercials, and not just cancer but prostate cancer and other prostate issues.

    Seemed freaky that I am seeing so many of these commercials. Maybe they have always been around and now I am taking notice.
    I thought it was a case of being tuned in and I was just noticing what was relevant in my life ... until it hit 4 in a row.

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    Like buying a new car and then you see them everywhere.

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    Whoever finds a true cure for cancer ruins big business.

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    Our local hospital systems here in western PA are in a fight to the death, particularly Allegheny Health Network and UPMC, but its really not specifically about cancer per se.

    Although I also see MDA commercials as well as Cancer Treatment Centers commercials on local TV- but neither of those are local outfits. I guess they are encouraging cancer tourism.
    Nov 2013 PSA 4.2 Biopsy Jan 2014- 1 core positive, 20% Gleason 6, doctor highly reco'ed robotic RP - 2nd opinion at UPMC April 2014, put on active surveillance. 2nd biopsy Feb 2015, results negative. PSA test Feb 2016, 3.5. 3rd Biopsy Feb 2016. 3 positive cores less than 5%, Gleason 6. Octotype DX done April 2016, GPS Score of 24--rated "Low risk". PSA test 8/2016, 3.2. PSA test 1/2018 2.2 (after 7 months of proscar) PSA test 7/2018 2.3, PSA test 7/2019 2.0


    DOB 1956, in Pittsburgh, USA

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    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 sticks.

    Now that they've been put off the air, cancer ads seems to be an appropriate replacement.
    Nov 2013 PSA 4.2 Biopsy Jan 2014- 1 core positive, 20% Gleason 6, doctor highly reco'ed robotic RP - 2nd opinion at UPMC April 2014, put on active surveillance. 2nd biopsy Feb 2015, results negative. PSA test Feb 2016, 3.5. 3rd Biopsy Feb 2016. 3 positive cores less than 5%, Gleason 6. Octotype DX done April 2016, GPS Score of 24--rated "Low risk". PSA test 8/2016, 3.2. PSA test 1/2018 2.2 (after 7 months of proscar) PSA test 7/2018 2.3, PSA test 7/2019 2.0


    DOB 1956, in Pittsburgh, USA

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    Quote Originally Posted by Southsider View Post
    Our local hospital systems here in western PA are in a fight to the death, particularly Allegheny Health Network and UPMC, but its really not specifically about cancer per se.

    Although I also see MDA commercials as well as Cancer Treatment Centers commercials on local TV- but neither of those are local outfits. I guess they are encouraging cancer tourism.
    I see--very briefly, I might add--St. Jude commercials. I turn them off as fast as humanly possible because screw cancer and especially cancer that hurts kids. I give a large sum each year (matched 2 for 1 by my company) to St. Jude and then I don't have to feel bad about turning their commercials! 😀

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    Quote Originally Posted by IceStationZebra View Post
    I see--very briefly, I might add--St. Jude commercials. I turn them off as fast as humanly possible because screw cancer and especially cancer that hurts kids. I give a large sum each year (matched 2 for 1 by my company) to St. Jude and then I don't have to feel bad about turning their commercials! ��

    The St. Jude commercials, like the Shriners Hospital commercials, really aren't "cancer commercials", they are soliciting for contributions not to attract new patients.
    Nov 2013 PSA 4.2 Biopsy Jan 2014- 1 core positive, 20% Gleason 6, doctor highly reco'ed robotic RP - 2nd opinion at UPMC April 2014, put on active surveillance. 2nd biopsy Feb 2015, results negative. PSA test Feb 2016, 3.5. 3rd Biopsy Feb 2016. 3 positive cores less than 5%, Gleason 6. Octotype DX done April 2016, GPS Score of 24--rated "Low risk". PSA test 8/2016, 3.2. PSA test 1/2018 2.2 (after 7 months of proscar) PSA test 7/2018 2.3, PSA test 7/2019 2.0


    DOB 1956, in Pittsburgh, USA

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    I don’t listen to radio much, but TV is nuts. First cancer centers of America spends 75% of all the cancer advertising dollars nation wide. Closest CCA is a 5 hour drive but on the tube multi times a day. Cleveland advertises their heart center 24/7 - 3.5 hours away. Mayo jumps on occasionally 12 hours away. MDA is on occasionally, 17 hours away.

    And all those women leading a satisfying life with metastatic breast cancer Keytruda, or some other chemo every hour.

    Road sign today for prostate cancer at the James Ohio St University.

 

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