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Discussion: Prostate Inquiry

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Aug. 7, 2012
Men's 65
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Prostate Inquiry
This is a sensitive topic of course. If there are men out there who would be willing to discuss this topic, would appreciate the learning curve. Have been told hormone treatment is available and is reasonable option to explore. Only serious and confidential responses need to visit this post please. Thanks
Aug. 7, 2012
Men's 60
496 posts
Ed Loma Linda and I believe Scrips here in So California are doing Proton Therapy. I have read they are getting outstanding success rates. Its a non invasive procedure. I believe other hospitals will add this procedure as equipment is available. Google Proton Therapy for more information. There is a book you can buy on Amazon also. This therapy was the discussion topic on the Sunday Morning FOX show a few months back. That was before they put Jamie Colby's legs behind a desk :O( Sorry I thought I'd lighten up things a bit. Good Luck to all that read this.
Aug. 7, 2012
Men's 70
477 posts
Ed, I have no personal experience with this but it is a subject which interests me and I have studied it. Recently there were recommendations that suggested getting PSA tests w/o symptoms may not be a good thing. Likewise, elevated PSA may not be a reason to take action now. To me you are at step 2. Step 1 is to make the doctors tell you exactly what kind of cancer you have and what are the risks of watchful waiting. The majority of men who die past 85 have prostate cancer but it is not what killed them. Many suggest it is best to see doctors at major hospitals or cancer centers who do more than 1 protocol. Doctors who do only 1 protocol have a vested interest in convincing you to let them do their protocol to you.Some cancers actually disappear on their own and some are so slow growing that the odds are you will not die from it. My recommendation is to go slow and get all the facts and knowledge you can.
Note: The above is not applicable if you have a palpable mass and are told you have a fast-growing cancer. Also remember there are downsides to byopsies, so if that is recommended, make sure you understand why it is necessary now. Good Luck!
Aug. 7, 2012
328 posts
Remember, as a preemptive strike, a happy prostate is a healthy prostate. There is only one mechanism to keep it in shape so, use it or lose it.
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