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

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Where ever opinions are stated, they are my own - or I have accepted the logic of opinions of others.

3/10/2009



- Alan (Sgt. Runfeldt, 1970) Alan's Prostate Cancer Blog page
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 it goes.)
  • Approximately 40 percent of prostate cancers are not diagnosed until 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
  1. 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 be avoided if possible.
  2. Ice Balls
  3. Radiation
  4. Heat
  5. Wait and Watch

Side effects
  • 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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