MAGNUM1's Journey with Prostate Cancer

Survivor: Prostate Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 13 years ago, Male, Age: 67, Stage Recurrent, Progressing despite hormone therapy: No

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    • MAGNUM1
    • Experience with Prostate Cancer
    about 6 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I was diagnosed with prostate cancer, 7 years ago. The urologist informed me about the cancer diagnosis, like he was talking about the weather. No bedside manner whatsoever. I was only 53 yrs old. I asked what the usual age for diagnosis of cancer, of his patients; he said between 65 and 70 yrs old! I sat there in shock. The doctor's comment was: "Go to Barnes & Noble, buy a book about options for cancer treatment. Come back in two weeks, and tell me what you want to do." "You have a very aggressive form of cancer. If you choose not to undergo any of the medical options, you will die from the cancer in 2-3 years." Have a nice day. I was devastated. The doctor simply walked out of the room, and I sat there alone. Upon hearing the word-- CANCER, I was numb.

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    • MAGNUM1
    • Experience with Prostate Cancer
    about 6 years ago
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    Laparoscopic radical prostatectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    How do you put a price, on the cost of your life? With my aggressive cancer, I personally researched all available medical treatment, on the internet. After all, the doctor gave me two weeks to: "buy a book from Barnes & Noble." I decided that my best hope to stop my cancer was the "robotic" radical prostatectomy procedure. One problem. The world reknown surgeon, who was to do the surgery, did NOT participate with my insurance company! I would have to pay him, "thousands" of dollars-- up front-- before he would even consider me as a candidate. We did NOT have the money- we went into debt-to try and save my life. Had the procedure; lost so much blood during surgery, almost needed a blood transfusion. Outcome was not as hoped for. Cancer had spread outside the prostate itself.... but still left with the financial debt!

    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • MAGNUM1
    • Experience with Prostate Cancer
    about 6 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    After surgery, was advised by surgeon that: "in 66% of the cancer patients with my status, cancer NEVER returns in their life." Pretty good odds, I thought. But my cancer returned in only 2 years later...................... Underwent 8 weeks of DAILY external radiation treatments, at a local cancer treatment facility. Main immediate side effect was fatigue, which developed as the weeks of treatment progressed. I did not experience any issues with my skin, as a result of the treatments. A recurrent side effect has been internal, rectal bleeding(spotting on toilet paper). I have had two colonoscopies, since radiation. The doctor attributed this internal "Nuisance" bleeding to the radiation. He attempted to cauterize about 7 areas that were bleeding. He found no evidence of cancer spreading to that area!

    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • MAGNUM1
    • Experience with Prostate Cancer
    about 6 years ago
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    Clinical Trial

    I consulted with one of the top prostate cancer doctors in the world, at the University of Michigan Hospital. She reviewed my entire medical history, from the 2004 cancer diagnosis. ** She advised that I am NOT a candidate for any of the current clinical trials, in this country! My only hope is that a cure is found, before the cancer causes my death......

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    • MAGNUM1
    • Experience with Prostate Cancer
    about 6 years ago
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    Procedure or Surgery

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    Went as Expected: Not Specified
    Minimal Recovery: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    • MAGNUM1
    • Experience with Prostate Cancer
    about 6 years ago
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    Decision Point

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    • MAGNUM1
    • Experience with Prostate Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    PSA LEVEL IS GOING LOWER!

    Celebration

    I am an 8 year prostate cancer survivor. Every six months, I have my PSA levels checked, at the local cancer center. 6 months ago, the PSA level actually went DOWN! The most recent check, revealed that it had stayed the same! The doctor attributed this lowering of the PSA levels to primarily one activity: LOSING WEIGHT. It is very important to lower your weight, if you have excess pounds. The doctor advised that the recurrence of my prostate cancer, is greatly impacted by this factor, which I have control over!

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    • MAGNUM1
    • Experience with Prostate Cancer
    over 3 years ago
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    10 Year Cancer Survivor

    Celebration

    Diagnosed with prostate cancer at age 53. Have undergone surgery, and subsequent radiation treatments, since that diagnosis. Next month, I will be celebrating 10 years as a cancer survivor!

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