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 #128304  by Mark
 Wed May 31, 2017 3:07 pm
Good that you caught it when you did, Chris. Best wishes for the success of your treatment.
 #128322  by Romany Rambler
 Wed May 31, 2017 8:05 pm
Great that you have caught it Chris.

All the best for your treatment.

 #128323  by david 60
 Wed May 31, 2017 8:38 pm
Prostate health, has long been a group i support.
The biggest problem is men will not talk about it, not even to their doctor, "it's not manly".
Thankyou Chris for having the courage to discuss your problem on this open forum with the hope that others will get them self checked
Good luck David
 #128346  by gerard
 Thu Jun 01, 2017 11:14 am
Just want to add my own experience. Eight years ago me regular checkups showed that PSA was slowly creeping up. Although still in the "normal" range, my GP suggested perhaps a digital examination was in order, taking into account I was early 50's at that point. From there, several biopsies and a prostatectomy. Cancer was within 0.3 mm of outside of the prostate. . All went well. check-up PSA below the detection limit. I feel I am a lucky guy. This sort of thing tends you to help refocus on life (largely as a result of that we bought our first camper).
At the time I discussed this with all our friends, and quite a few of them had their own PSA tested as a result. However, 6 years later I found out a brother in law (54 years old), with whom I had discussed this extensively, had not checked his PSA at the time. Because of complaints he ended up at the GP 2 years ago. Long story short, PSA was sky-high, Prostate cancer was found, and it had already metastasised. Not much they could do other than (very debilitating) testosterone suppressing treatment.

Had he been caught earlier it might not have spread yet,

Some GP's argue that PSA testing is not very useful. It may lead to "unnecessary stress and medical intervention". Yeah right, you can guess how I feel about that!
Get it checked. it's not perfect but better than finding out you're too late.

 #128349  by Nut17
 Thu Jun 01, 2017 12:12 pm
Thanks Gerard. My situation echoes yours fairly closely except that I am 66, not early 50's. I have an MRI and CT scan in about three weeks to confirm that it has not spread and then surgery is around 3 months away.

 #128350  by gerard
 Thu Jun 01, 2017 12:26 pm
Hi Chris,

For what it is worth, I have spent a lot of time on line researching Prostate Cancer. Have started taking Turmeric (concentrated curcumin pills) and mini aspirins. Curcumin has been shown to suppress prostate cancer, aspirin seems to reduce risk of spreading. My brother in law takes both every day, and he is still doing very well, surprising his specialist ("whatever you are doing, continue with it").

I think getting the right diet to support this can be quite helpful. There is quite a bit of info available online.
 #128408  by Hendo44
 Fri Jun 02, 2017 2:18 pm
Just had my digital inspection, Dr all happy blood test on Tuesday,
Thanks Chris.
 #128416  by Waymad
 Fri Jun 02, 2017 5:29 pm
I too am a prostate survivor, Ten years ago, now, clear since. My GP was very thorough about annual PSA testing. Once a rising trend was detected, off for a biopsy (positive, but very early stage cancer), then chose surgery.

Surgeon had extensive experience and steady hands, and the clinic does annual blood tests ever since. All clear.

Took around 12-18 months to really recover but am eternally thankful to my GP and clinic for their skill and attention.

Surgery is now generally keyhole/robot (mine was the old 8" scar sort) so recovery times will be better as less invasive.

Don't wait, guys. Get them tests. And thoughts are with you, Chris.
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