My Prostate Surgery

May 2014

Active Surveillance – FUGGEDABOUT IT – Why I Chose To Treat My Prostate Cancer

By |May 8th, 2014|

 

You’ve probably heard the buzz about how prostate cancer is being over-diagnosed and over-treated.  The strategy, as I – a non-medical person – understand it, is that many cases of prostate cancer are the so-called slow growing kind. So rather than seeking aggressive treatment now (which can lead to urinary, sexual and bowel problems), you “MONITOR” your situation by taking regular PSA tests, getting DRE’s (digital rectal exams), and biopsies.

The thinking (I guess) is that some other health problem is going to kill you first. In other words – YOU DON’T HAVE TO DO ANYTHING NOW – we’ll just “monitor” you. If you’re a patient in denial, you will love this!  Hey guys, my doctor told me I don’t […]

I Ate Tomatoes and Drank Green Tea and Still Got Prostate Cancer

By |May 7th, 2014|

I don’t know about you, but my ears perk up when I hear about the things you’re supposed to do to prevent cancer – like “get your antioxidants,” drink green tea, eat tomatoes (lycopene) – to name just a few. Well I did eat (and drink) all that stuff and still got prostate cancer.   So forgive me if I sound a tad skeptical.

Warning: this rant is not based on science. I am not a physician – far from it – I’m an accountant.
Background
Prostate cancer runs in my family and has for at least four generations that I know of. My great grandfather died from it, my grandfather died at a younger age, so we don’t know about him. […]

10 Great Things that Happened to Me After Prostate Surgery – The Urological Decafecta

By |May 6th, 2014|

I chose prostate surgery to treat my case of prostate cancer. You and your doctor may choose a different method. This is not medical advice.

When they wheeled me into the operating room, I had no idea that I would be receiving some “unadvertised” benefits.  Yes, prostate cancer was my diagnosis, and that is not a good thing, but I have to admit that I was more than pleasantly surprised after everything was said and done.

“The 3 goals of successful radical prostatectomy in descending order of importance are cancer control (margins), urinary continence, and potency.” ((http://www.roboticoncology.com/oncology-articles/organ-confined-prostate-cancer/#sthash.mRo6ONyS.dpuf))

 

Urologists sometimes speak of the ” trifecta.”  They’re not talking about horse racing – it’s a term that is sometimes used with prostate removal surgery. What do they […]

The Startling Story of Steve Jobs’ Pancreatic Cancer

By |May 5th, 2014|

I was reading the book, Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson, and came across what is nothing less than a startling series of events that eventually led to Steve Jobs’ untimely and way-too-early death at the age of 56 in 2011.

The story goes that in 2003, Steve was having a bout with kidney stones – a fairly common ailment that affects many people at one time or another. In treating the kidney stones, a CAT scan was taken of his kidney area that, inadvertently, picked up a suspicious spot on his pancreas.  After a needle biopsy, it was confirmed to be pancreatic cancer.

Normally when I hear of someone who has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, the disease is pretty far […]

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