If you are currently undergoing treatment, are in remission, have a friend or family member who has been diagnosed, are a caregiver for a loved one, or have been touched by cancer in any way, please consider joining our new Facebook group.
The 'I Am Not Cancer' group is a closed group -- meaning that you will be able to speak candidly with others, share your bad days and your triumphs, listen to others, exchange information, and spread knowledge without it being visible to all on your personal timeline. The group was created to empower those of us whose lives have been affected by cancer not to feel as though we are defined by it.
Hi Francis, thanks for the reply. I'm retired military so my first doctor is a military doctor. I trust the guy and think he knows what he is talking about ... a lot of retired guys like to see what a civilian doctor has to say when it comes to major issues like I consider this one to be. I did some reading on Brachytherapy after reading your post. It sounds very promising. I wish you best of luck with the procedure. Please let me know how it goes and how your recovery goes. I too have my reservations about active surveillance and the lingering question about what it is doing inside you body while I'm not doing anything. Thanks again and keep me posted and I'll do the same. Best of luck and my thoughts are with you.View Thread
I had radical prostatectomy, homone treatment and radiation but the cancer kept coming back. I took low dose aspirin for heart and stroke prevention and it did not lower PSA. I put a disc out in my back and took aspirin to stop the pain. PSA increase slowed down. Three months ago I started taking 6 aspirin per day. Increase in PSA stopped completely. I am continuing at 6 aspirins per day for three more months to see if it is under control.
Just returned from getting my nearly 5 and half year PSA results,I was a bit concerned it seems to have upward trend was 0.07 today six months ago was 0.05.[br>The only treatment I have have had was my RP my PSA was 0.3 then over the 5.5 years is now 0.07.[br>My Doctor was not worried said it is not acting like prostate cancer going from 0.03 to 0.07 over 5,5 years.[br>[br>My concern is if this continues with every 6 month test surely I will reach the bench mark for recurrence should I be concerned and doing something about it and what is the PSA number for recurrence View Thread
I'm looking for any men who have been treated with transurethral hyperthermia in Germany. There are a number...
Posted by An_263364
I'm looking for any men who have been treated with transurethral hyperthermia in Germany. There are a number of clinics that offer this treatment. Please reply with the date of your treatment, details on the overall experience and on the outcome.
I'm specifically interested in finding someone who has had the procedure without the androgen blockade.View Thread
Had a sexual encounter in the month of Jan 2015 but no intercourse at all.. it was a teasing, breast sucking...
Posted by An_261707
Had a sexual encounter in the month of Jan 2015 but no intercourse at all.. it was a teasing, breast sucking and hand job!! Did STD test after one month and again after 3 months.. all std's test showed negative... i had minor symptoms like fatigue and occasional sharp cut like pain in penis early on around feb 2nd wk but that pain is gone after that.. no medication.. and saw a dr. in early april just to saw everything is okay.. doctor took only few seconds and said everything is okay.. also looked at all the reports and did a urine test for blood, it came back negative..recently i started having sharp cut like pain in Anus area close to Penis.. happens when i sit or before standing or when i pass gas.. pain will go away in 10 or 20 seconds.. this has any relevance to STD.. till now i didn't see any cold sores around my lips apart from pimples on face and cheeks.. and no pain while urinating or 1. is this too early to diagnose std. 2. This pain in Anus is related or not related to STD. 3. Which doctor i should see for this issue.View Thread
DID YOU GET YOUR 12 MONTHS WHILE THE RADIATION FROM THE SEEDS WAS TREATIN THE CANCER. LET ME EXPLAIN WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT. ONCE THE SEEDS ARE IMPLANTED THEY ARE GIVING OFF RADIATION WHICH TREATS THE CANCER. I AM TOLD THAT AS LONG AS THE SEEDS GIVE OFF RADIATION THEY ARE TREATING THE CANCER. MY DOCTOR STATED THAT THE RADIATION CAN STAY IN YOUR BODY UP TO ONE YEAR. ALSO SEE(VSO AGENT ORANGE TRAINING HANDOUT CHAPTER 13) UNDER PROSTATE CANCERView Thread
I am also 61 and had salvage radiation 11 years ago. Yes, your energy level will improve but it won't be overnight. Yes, definitely stay active, as much as you can handle. Drink lots of water, good for your system and good for your bladder. For me I found that caffeinated drinks including soft drinks made me have more bladder leakage. Good luck to you on your recovery. -Mike in SeattleView Thread
Has been dealing with a high grade tumor in his prostate for 4 years now. He's had radiation, chemo, and the works. Things were going along well for awhile. But then his PSA went from 15 to 45 in 6 months. They did a scan of his abdomen and found some enlarged lymph nodes. They want to wait 6 months to do a bone scan. It frightens me to think the cancer is lurking and that they're not doing anything about it. Any thoughts?View Thread
"Quality of life can deteriorate for men due to the effects of prostate cancer and its treatment. But a new study shows that engaging in a regular walking regimen can improve well-being.
According to the study, three hours of "casual" walking per week boosted the men's health-related quality of life by reducing fatigue, depression and weight issues. Walking at a faster pace for 90 minutes a week provided similar benefits, the team found."
Read the article above for more information on the study and its findings.
Coloradosully - did you ever tell ur experience. my old man 63 yrs- had all removed at PC 2 years go. A few signs of reoccurance near bladder base seminal vesicals. Wants to make decision but first to know cyberknife /-View Thread
Thanks Mike, your reply did help. I guess just knowing how your wife supports you is what I needed to hear. I just feel useless not knowing how to help. I also worry I'm not being aggressive enough with the Doctor about my husband's treatment. From your reply it looks like it's standard treatment and that the Doctor is doing what he needs to. I wish you luck in your continued fight. Again Thank You for taking the time to answer my fears. It does help.View Thread
" Vitamin D supplements may slow or prevent low-grade prostate cancer from progressing, a small new study suggests.
"Vitamin D decreases inflammation in tissues, and inflammation is a driver of cancer."
When the prostate gland was examined after their surgery, researchers found that many who received vitamin D had improvements in their prostate tumors, while the tumors in the placebo group remained the same or got worse.
"In greater than 60 percent of those taking it, vitamin D actually made the cancer better," said Hollis."
Read the article above for more information and to see why you shouldn't begin taking vitamin D supplements in the hopes of slowing your cancer just yet.View Thread
Hello. Our dad has the same issue. He is on a Fentinol patch , now of 37.5mg. It is applied to the skin every 3 days. He also takes Ibuprofen which helps a lot in combination with the patch. In addition he gets acupuncture twice weekly and take Dylauded when needed. All of this helps to minimize his pain but not remove it. He has an appointment soon for radiation which, we have been told, will help alleviate his pain even more because it will kill some of the cells in the bones. If your dad doesn't already, he should have a pain management or Palliative care doctor to deal with these issues. Hope this helps.View Thread
"Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs may slow down prostate cancer in men who are also taking medication to reduce their levels of male hormones, according to new research.
Taking a statin alongside androgen deprivation therapy slowed the progress of prostate cancer by about 10 months, said the study's lead author, Dr. Lauren Christine Harshman, an assistant professor at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School."
It is time for radiation therapy and I have a dilemma. I like the team at a major Boston hospital but it is over a hour of white knuckle driving from my NH home every day for 8 weeks. There is a local clinic which is much closer at 30 minutes through sleepy NH farm land. Like the farm land it appears a bit sleepy. I do like the Doctor.
My question is to those that have been through RT is how much does a clinics experience matter? I have found AMA and NIH papers that put numbers to head and neck, breast, and other RT treatments. The score for positive outcomes is around 62% vs 43% for big vs small. Same for the number of De Vinci surgeries (>300) before a surgeon's experience levels off. But nothing on RT for prostate. If you have found a paper it would be appreciated.
If you have an experience to share, that is also appreciated. It can be with a major hospital or a small clinic. I want to hear good and bad. Its probably best not to mention the name of the outfit.
I can not say enough good things about my surgeon and the team at a Boston Med center where I had my prostatectomy. One day in and out, every possible complication addressed before hand, quick recovery. It was a surprisingly good experience. A surgical team experienced with 1000s of a procedure I understand. I do not have a feel for how important it is when getting zapped daily by a ray gun.
Thank you in advance!
age 63Robot surgery 11/2013 Gleason 4/5 with extra everythingPSA3 month <.016 month .059 month .112 month with HRT <.115 month with HRT <.1View Thread
Hello all. New to the group and looking for information for my father. He was first diagnosed with his aggressive form of prostate cancer in 1999; its severity likely the result of Agent Orange. He has always been as pro-active in his healthcare as possible, but it seems as though are options are growing fewer.
He originally underwent surgery and radiation and in the years since then has participated in studies and clinical trials including, but not limited to, Lupron, Enzalutamide, and Abiraterone Acetate. He has had tremendous success with the Abiraterone, but was unable to secure a spot in a current study in which the drug is available and as many of you may know, the cost of procuring it privately are astronomical.
At this point, his current treatment doesn't seem to be as effective as we would like; while his lymph nodes are staying the same size (or increasing only nominally), his PSA continues to rise - It was up over 300 last check. We are expecting his doctor to recommend Chemo as his next step. I wanted to see if there was anyone who had undergone Chemo for prostate cancer, and if so, what your experiences were - We only know of one gentleman personally who received chemo treatments and he lost his battle with the disease in short order. Thank you in advance for your input.
Would also be interested in any alternative treatment options you're aware of that have been successful for you personally, or people you may know. Thanks again.View Thread
The opinions expressed in WebMD Communities are solely those of the User, who may or may not have medical or scientific training. These opinions do not represent the opinions of WebMD. Communities are not reviewed by a WebMD physician or any member of the WebMD editorial staff for accuracy, balance, objectivity, or any other reason except for compliance with our Terms and Conditions. Some of these opinions may contain information about treatments or uses of drug products that have not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. WebMD does not endorse any specific product, service or treatment.
Do not consider Communities as medical advice. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your doctor or other qualified healthcare provider because of something you have read on WebMD. You should always speak with your doctor before you start, stop, or change any prescribed part of your care plan or treatment. WebMD understands that reading individual, real-life experiences can be a helpful resource, but it is never a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment from a qualified health care provider. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or dial 911 immediately.