More about Prostate Cancer
and its relation to Agent Orange Exposure
The War may be over, but its after-effects continue.
PROSTATE CANCER AMONG MOB VETERANS
LET US KNOW IF YOU ARE A MOB VETERAN AND HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH
IS A NEW
PAGE AND IS VERY MUCH A WORK IN PROGRESS
PLEASE COME BACK SOON TO LEARN MORE AS WE CONTINUE OUR RESEARCH ON
THIS LIFE-THREATENING - and QUALITY OF LIFE - ISSUE WHICH COULD BECOME
VERY IMPORTANT TO YOU - VERY SOON.
Where ever opinions are stated, they are my own -
have accepted the logic of opinions of others.
|About Prostate Cancer:
- The good news is that early symptoms of Prostate Cancer can
be determined by a simple blood test - the PSA (Prostate
Specific Antibodies) test can be applied to any normal blood
test - typically during your annual physical.
- If you served with us in Vietnam and are NOT having an annual
physical, get your ass to the doctor soon! It really could save
your life. (I hope that my early diagnosis saves my life. We'll see how
- Approximately 40 percent of prostate cancers are not
they have spread beyond the prostate. These are the guys who
die from it.
- Screening tests are usually the
first step in diagnosing prostate cancer. When prostate cancer is
detected early — when it is still confined to the prostate gland —
there is an excellent chance of successful treatment with minimal or
short-term side effects.
- The SECOND TEST - if your PSA is high - would be a
biopsy. It's not as bad as some say. Minor, focused
pain for a moment as the urologist pulls small samples of tissue from
your prostate gland, then sends it in for testing. The result comes
back as a Gleason Score. This compares the amount of
cancercerous tissue found vs noncancerous tissue. A score of 4+3=7,
(like mine) for example means do something now!
TREATMENT CHOICES - and there are a number of options
- RP - Radical Prostatectomy - most common, most
certain. Most encouraged by urologists and surgeons. Most likely to
cause side effects
- Minimally Invasive Surgery - the DaVinci System -
best way to cut
- Normal "cut it all out" traditional surgery - to
avoided if possible.
Wait and Watch
- Issues of RP - radical is the key word here. They
cut out the prostate and remove it entirely, often removing all traces
of cancer. But they also often cut nerves critical to sexual functions
and muscles critical to urinary and bowel functions
work in progress 3/10/2009 -
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