Breast and Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

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  1. Stoniphi obscurely fossiliferous Valued Senior Member

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    Since this forum appears a tad slow these days, I am bringing this topic up again. There is some confusion about when this 'awareness' is really supposed to happen, so I am disregarding that and going with now.

    Guys should have their Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) measured via blood test beginning at age 40 - earlier if there are symptoms of any kind. You should then get it remeasured pretty much every year and watch for any upward trend. You should be aware that your age divided by 100 = the chance that you have Prostate Cancer (PCa). If there is an abrupt, steep or rapid increase in PSA, you will need to get checked for prostatitis (a local infection of the gland, often with urinary problems) or a biopsy (once an infection has been ruled out). If you have PCa there are a lot of interventions to avail yourself of.

    Women should do self breast exams, as many breast cancers are found by the patient herself. They should also start getting regular mammograms starting about age 40. As with PCa, there are many interventional options.

    Both of these cancers can be hard to detect, both can be 'sneaky' in that they can go unnoticed or undiscovered until it is too late to stop them.

    Current surgical practices like Da Vinci robotic surgery minimize the physical impact of removing the cancers, radiation treatments have become vastly more minimal and efficient as have chemical treatments. There many new drugs and treatments under study at this time and the advances are almost daily now. The current state of the art in fighting cancer allows for much longer survival times as these new treatments come on line. Some of the new treatments even hint at a possible cure for these diseases - like Lutetium 177 and Actinium 255 PSMA therapies that actually kill the cancer cells involved.

    Like other health issues, it is imperative that the patient be their own advocate. You must be proactive and observant. If you don't really trust the first doctors judgement or conclusions, move on to another doctor. No harm in getting that second opinion we all know we should get.
     
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  3. Gawdzilla Sama Valued Senior Member

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    Not participating! I no longer have a prostate. PSA is "undetectable."

    nehner nehner.

    Oh, and FUCK CRYOABLATION. Just sayin'.
     
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  5. Stoniphi obscurely fossiliferous Valued Senior Member

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    No prostate here either thanks to Da Vinci, but the PSA just hit 3.3 so I am back on leuprolide chemo next week and waiting for word on more radiation. Found 2 pelvic lymph gland mets with an Axumin PET scan.
     
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  7. sculptor Valued Senior Member

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    I had a friend who got prostate cancer.
    ("had" being the operative word here)
     
  8. Gawdzilla Sama Valued Senior Member

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    G'luck.
     
  9. Stoniphi obscurely fossiliferous Valued Senior Member

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    Thanks, I think I am going to need some.
     
  10. Gawdzilla Sama Valued Senior Member

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    Be sure to be an informed consumer of medical care. You don't have to make up your mind on ANYTHING that doesn't involve spurting blood.
     
  11. Stoniphi obscurely fossiliferous Valued Senior Member

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    Right you are. Have spent an incredible amount of time in the last few years studying this topic. Am following the course that seems most profitable by way of 'kicking the can down the road' in the hope that one of the many studies currently going on ('Visions' lutetium 177 PSMA, actinium 255 PSMA, Provenge immunotherapy etc) will give me a shot at a cure. If not, there is a list of treatments to go through yet and I am over-the-top healthy so will likely hang in there for quite some time yet.

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  12. Truck Captain Stumpy The Right Honourable Reverend Truck Captain Valued Senior Member

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    whereas medical groups don't always agree one should do a self-exam, I advocate for them and men should also do weekly or monthly self-breast exams
    See links below:
    https://www.verywellhealth.com/male-breast-self-exam-430634
    https://malecare.org/male-breast-cancer/check-yourself-for-male-breast-cancer/

    additional information:
    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S030573720600003X
    https://link.springer.com/article/10.1186/bcr2930
    https://wjso.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1477-7819-6-58
    https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1002/cncr.21353
     
  13. Gawdzilla Sama Valued Senior Member

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    I remember a comment back in the days of Usenet: "If men got breast cancer there would be a cure by now." The blizzard of replies included "They do, little lady, they do!" and "Moobs kill men!" Didn't hear from her again in that group.
     
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  14. Truck Captain Stumpy The Right Honourable Reverend Truck Captain Valued Senior Member

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    wow... I just realised how old we were! LMFAO

    the thing that irritates me about that comment (not you, mind, just people who use the comment) is this: "cancer" is a vague term that includes a variety of issues.
     
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  15. Stoniphi obscurely fossiliferous Valued Senior Member

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    True, that. I believe the one thing they all have in common is that they begin as genetic transcription errors.

    The most common breast cancer, like the most common prostate cancer, starts in glands. Many of the drugs used to fight breast cancer are also used to fight prostate cancer, and both have an affinity for spreading into the bones.

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    The injection hurt quite a bit, still burns and itches quite a lot 2 days out. 1 long, slow shot on each side of the belly. Painful from the very get-go, just begining to get tolerable though. This injection is good for 30 days, have to get a 2 week blood test to see if it is effective. A week later I will find out what drug/chemicals I will be trying out.....
     
  16. Gawdzilla Sama Valued Senior Member

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    [personalexperience]Cryoablation is literally a pain in the ass.[/personalexperience]
     
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  17. Stoniphi obscurely fossiliferous Valued Senior Member

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    Father-in-law would agree, if he was still around.
     
  18. Gawdzilla Sama Valued Senior Member

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    I sometimes wonder if I'm still around.
     
  19. Stoniphi obscurely fossiliferous Valued Senior Member

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    I think so......
     
  20. Stoniphi obscurely fossiliferous Valued Senior Member

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    Now we are in 'Movember' when men are encouraged to grow out their mustache or beard in order to draw attention to prostate cancer and the need for men to get their PSA checked.

    I cannot grow out a 'stash' or beard as I need to wear a respirator and those do not work if you have any facial hair at all, but I encourage guys to do so if they can.

    However, I will continue to try and bring awareness of this disease to the fore, however, as my contribution to the cause.
     
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