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April 2015

How A Prostate Biopsy Fooled Me Into Thinking I was Ok

By |April 20th, 2015|

MY PROSTATE BIOPSY SAID NO CANCER – WRONG !
If you have read some of my other posts, you know that prostate cancer runs in my family, so I had been carefully monitoring my PSA over the years.

As you can see from the chart above, my PSA was rising slowly at a more or less “regular” rate (tied to aging) until about 2010. Then it shot up quickly to the 5 range and then just as quickly to the 7 range.

What happened? When I saw the results, I immediately called the PSA testing lab and told them that they must have made a mistake – I need a re-test. The girl on the other end of the line sounded confused, […]

December 2014

5 Reasons Why I’m Glad I chose da Vinci for my Prostate Cancer Surgery

By |December 3rd, 2014|

1) The prostate cancer is gone.
My doctor told me I had prostate cancer, and I’m a relatively young-ish guy (62) and in pretty good health and expect to live at least 20 years or more. Watchful waiting or active surveillance – no way, not for me. I chose the “gold standard” for treating organ-confined prostate cancer. That is, surgical removal (prostatectomy) by an experienced urologist with the assistance of a da Vinci robot.

It worked fantastically for treating my case of cancer, and how do I know that? Easy, I got my PSA tested after surgery and it went to zero, or undetectable, or <.01 ng/mL. Because my PSA level went to zero (or undetectable) after surgery and has stayed […]

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