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Site provided by a patient with Stage IV Prostate Cancer

 
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  • MRI used to detect cancer
  • You need a good relationship
  • Cancer Cells
  • Cancer Research Lab
  • Radiation for cancer treatment
  • The World At Work
  • Science
  • People dedicatated to finding a cure
  • Newer Drug Theropy
  • Prostate Cancer is slow growing
  • Keep a positive attitude!!
  • Research... Research... Research

Hi, my name is Mike and I have prostrate cancer. When I found out that I had cancer I tried to do as much research as possible. For me the web was my best source. I spend hours looking at dozens and dozens of website. I found a great deal of good information, but I also found some out dated information as well. Cancer treatment changes so being up to date on the latest treatments is essential.

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On this site I want to give you several resources in hopes that it will make your search easier. I'm not recommending any drugs or treatment. I can only give you some insight as to what I found out and what worked for me. Your doctor will develop the best plan for you. But you need to be educated! Learn as much as you can about this disease, it's treatments and what you can expect from treatment. An informed patient will be better equipped to deal with prostate cancer.

You Just Found Out You Have Cancer

I will never forget that day when the doctor took my wife and me into his office and told me that I had prostate cancer. Of course I knew that something like this would never happen to me. I had no symptoms and was only made aware that I might have cancer after a blood test.

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What Are My Treatment Options

Since my cancer was more advanced I had three options. Do nothing, undergo radiation or surgery. Option one was out of the question. I have only had one operation in my entire life and I have a phobia for needles. So I needed to find out more about both options

Waiting

Surgery

Radiation

My Cancer Has Returned

My every six month blood tests were real good. Then one day the PSA levels rose. A second test was ordered and this time the levels were good. I was then given blood tests every 3 months. They were good for a few months but the levels were up again, a real sign that something was up.

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Be Positive!

If fear is cultivated it will become stronger, if faith is cultivated it will achieve mastery.

A famous quote from John Paul Jones

Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results.

A famous quote from Willie Nelson

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.

A famous quote from Winston Churchil

It’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.

A famous quote from Abraham Lincoln

My cancer scare changed my life. I’m grateful for every new, healthy day I have. It has helped me prioritize my life.

A famous quote from Olivia Newton-John

What's Involved?

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    Surgery


    Surgical removal of the prostate is one option, called Prostatectomy. Talk to a couple of surgeons, find out how many surgeries they have preformed. Have them explain exactly what is involved. Most surgeries are done via a robot. The surgeon sits at a machine and operates the robotic arms. For me I decided not to go with surgery. For me I had needles, operating rooms and all the medical stuff. But I was concerned about side effects from the operation. Mainly incontinence. There is always a risk of losing urinary control after surgery.

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    Radiation


    For me I thought radiation would be best. I was told that either radiation or surgery where both good and it was just a matter of preference. To me the short term side effects were a better option.

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    Drug Therapy


    I was also put on Hormone Theory. The drug was called Lupron. I received injections in my abdomen every 4 months for a year. What this therapy does is block the creation of testosterone, the fuel for the cancer. This is also know as chemical castration. I think the side effects from this were the worst. Hot flashes and night sweets occurred often. However, there are medications that I received to help minimize these. I won't lie, the injections were very painful. I burned as the solution was put into my body. But that went away shortly after the injection was completed. It left a lump under my skin that remained for a couple months, and that area was a little sore for a week. But I looked at this as being a small price to pay

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    The Future


    Two years after my first radiation treatment my cancer returned. My doctor told me that in that two years new drugs had been developed. Since there is no cure for Prostate Cancer one can hope for new treatments that will keep the cancer at bay for many years. My doctor keeps telling me that I will probably die of a heart attack or stroke before cancer gets me. By keeping a positive attitude and staying in good health I plan to be around for awhile.

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Updates

Jan 23, 2015 - PSA test was .1, a very good number! Received my next injection of Lupron.

Jan 14 2015 - Received my next round of Zometa. The infusion takes about a half an hour.

Sept 24, 2014 - Started an additional drug program. I now receive a Bisphosphonate infusion every 4 months, the drug is Zometa. This is to strengthen my bones.

Sept 12, 2014 - My latest PSA was undetecable, the best it could be! Received my next injection of Lupron. Good for another 4 month.

August 2, 2014 - A must read about the effects of depression on prostate cancer

July 22, 2014 - I've added some additional research information in the Research section

July 8, 2014 - I've added some additional research information in the Research section

June 2014 - I sought out another Oncologest and his opinion as to what my next steps should be. He has suggested Bisphosphonate Therapy.

Final Thoughts

Although Prostate Cancer is slow growing, there are still thousands of men that die from this each year. Early detection increases the odds of beating this, so routine checkups are important. But the odds are that one day the cancer will develop. If you are diagnosed with Prostate Cancer learn as much as you can about it, what your options are and what's involved. It is ultimatly your decison as to the treatment, so be informed. Seek out information on the web, talk to others what have dealt with this disease. A healthy diet and maintaining an active lifestyle can lower the chances of the cancer coming back, and can improve the chances of staying disease-free.

It is estimated that about 3 million men in the United States are living with prostate cancer. It can be a serious disease, but most men diagnosed with prostate cancer do not die from it. More than 90% of men have their prostate cancer found early, when it’s easiest to treat. The fact it that more prostate cancer survivors die from heart disease than from their cancer.

It is natural for a man and his partner to be concerned about the effects of prostate cancer and its treatment on their sexual relationship. You may want to talk with the doctor about possible side effects of prostate cancer and whether these side effects are likely to be temporary or permanent. Whatever the outlook, it may be helpful for patients and their partners to talk about their concerns and to help one another find ways to be intimate during and after treatment.

Above all it's important to stay positve.