PROSTATE CANCER – A Random Chat

PROSTATE CANCER – A Random Chat

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Hi,

on one of the many Forums I contribute to (most of which are political thought and debate – and discussion of world events with a smattering of other subjects!):

In answer to the comment most men seem to get prostate cancer

Prostate and bladder, sagittal section.Image via Wikipedia

 johnofgwent Said: 

Yes, they do. I have no idea why, but surveys carried out in this country by the NHS proved a majority of men over the age of 50 “on the slab” had this cancer to some degree, but died of something else before the cancer had expressed itself to any great degree.

Midas rightly felt it apposite to query this:

Eh?? According to Cancer Research, there were 37,051 new cases of prostate cancer diagnosed in the UK in the last year for which they publish full figures (2008), that’s approximately 0.12% of the male population….

My interjection was:

Hi,

I believe both of you are right.

John has stated a projected autopsy rate whilst Midas has presented a live diagnosis rate based on all age groups (which is a bit misleading).

It is a well founded belief amongst oncologists, I am given to believe, that most men over 60 or 65 have prostate cancerous cells, most over 70 have traceable prostate cancer but few will find time to die of it before something else spares them!

CAVEAT: many believe that a high PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) reading in the blood indicates cancer of the prostate.

I do NOT have prostate cancer but due largely to age and genetics I have an enlarged prostate and one of the lobes is notably enlarged – my PSA is thus very high as with a bigger but otherwise healthy prostate PSA output is high.

A high PSA in a random test is little more than an indication there MIGHT be enlargement and that the enlargement MIGHT be cancerous.

PLEASE NOTE – I am NOT qualified in this or any other medical field – merely experienced ;(

I hope this helps – so panic not John even if you are found to have a problem it may well be benign – and may I suggest Midas that you check if in doubt but be minded that few with prostate cancer are diagnosed in life and only a small percentage of those find it to be life threatening or terminal.

DO NOTE: The sooner ANY cancer is identified the better – do NOT permit your doctors to fob you off without providing sound and plausible reasons for urethral, vaginal or anal bleeding – ALL are un-natural (save for the obvious!0.

Do NOT accept any fob off for any type of prolonged dull ache pain from the pelvic or abdomen area nor any ‘flash’ pain that repeats from the pelvis or down the upper leg(s) from the pelvis.

7,500,000 people a year die from cancer each year – many could have been given extra years of quality life had they been diagnosed early.

YOUR HEALTH is YOUR responsibility and ignoring symptoms is foolish in the extreme.

Anyone who wants to chat about cancer or possible cancer is welcome to call me if you believe my 13 years of experience of this pernicious disease can help them and anyone just wanting a chatty look at cancer do read my blog.

JUST TO TIDY UP:
It is a prostate gland and not as many seem to name it prostrate!

The prostate is a male specific gland producing a sugary type nutrient fluid as a carrier for semen and thus a seminal fluid.

The gland is about the size of a walnut, though it tends to enlarge with age, and it is located at the base of the male bladder where the urethra (Drain pipe for the bladder!) passes through its center.

There is a belief that HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) may well be carried in these seminal fluids giving rise to HPV which if contracted young (before natural resistances have built up adequately) may well develop into cancer of the esophagus, rectum or vagina – dependent on ones practices!

For more information do read my blog. IF you feel it will help you opr a friend.

Regards,
Greg

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06-Jun-2011 – BLOODS, CLINIC, DELAYS & THE REAL WORLD!

06-Jun-2011 – BLOODS, CLINIC, DELAYS & THE REAL WORLD!

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Just to put some of this in perspective:

Mortality from cancer worldwide

Each year more than 7.5 million people worldwide die from cancer. Because of the size of its population around half of these people (50%) are in Asia). Around 12% of deaths worldwide are from cancer. The proportion of all deaths caused by cancer varies, from only 4% in Africa to 23% in Northern America ( Figure 3.11-2). In the UK around 24% of all deaths are caused by cancer.

Even considering WHO predictions that Cancer deaths will rise to 15M a year by 2020 CLICK HERE worldwide that is scarey but a tiny weenie number when you consider there will be approaching 8 Billion people alive then.
So currently out of around 56 Million deaths a year only about 7.5 million are related to cancer.
OK that’s you dead from boredom with statistics but it does put some facts around the fear 😉
Now to really bore you!
So on Monday Lee and I went to Velindre for a Clinic as although I had not been notified last Thursday I remembered I had Chemo on Wednesday (low on my priorities that week!) but when did they intend to check my bloods and when was Dr. lester going to come up with the results on my scan.
As anyone who has played these games will know – you desperately want the results of scans but you try to put them off as it MIGHT be a death sentence – Scanziety!
Anyway I bit the bullet and I suggested I came in for clinic on Monday and then if there was a problem someone else, with luckier results, could have my Chemo slot on Wednesday!
So we walker into Velindre on time! Another 40 miles down the M4! More of that later, but I’ve had a bit of a cunning wheeze I think!
It is astonishing in that busy hospital with all those agitated and concerned faces around just howmany seem to greet me by name!! I suppose it is ‘cos of the crazy ‘T’Shirt slogans and the determination to laugh about life and laugh with people however rough it gets!!
It is astonishing how many people end up chatting as they sit their looking glum and you say ‘Hi great to see you are still alive it gives me hope’! They ALWAYS smile after that!
Anyway – in for another armful of blood to be taken! No problem we were laughing about the risks of washing up when you are on Chemo – DANGEROUS might cut your finger!!
Right so off the blood samples go and the tests, which are done mechanically (well electro Mechanically sort of electronic and printed out on screen) are then human checked by someone with one of the world’s most boring jobs! 
That should take just over 20 minutes but in any busy blood unit it takes nearer an hour – werll it is all down to resources and of course Managers come far before Medical Care! Clearly there are far too many managers and parasites in the Kleptocratic QUANGOcracy.
What we need is more clinical & medical staff – not more parasites – clearly there is a log jam at Bloods and another in Radiography.
I would NOT have possibly terminal Cancer if instead of squandering £1Billion The Local Welsh Health Service had not squandered the money but bought the required Scanners and funded them. The scan I should have had in the first 2 weeks of January so that this could all have been sorted with simple surgery but waiting until the end of March to prove what we already knew led to metastases that may well kill me!

ANNOUNCEMENT:

whilst we were chatting with a couple where the wife had been a Sister at The Royal Gwent, in one of the few units she believed functioned OK, her husband had Prostate Cancer and was waiting for news of scans with a mixture of bold equanimity and trepidation – don’t we all!

The announcement was that Dr. Jason Lester’s clinic was running 90 minutes late!

Actually nuisance as it may be I never really mind – he sets up his clinic on a planned time scale, as is essential, but when he sets it up he has no way of knowing just how long his patients may take to assimilate what may be very grave news and he will – as I have seen repeatedly, give the time that is needed to every patient according to that need.

I may need that time one day and I may well think of the delay but …

So Lee and I checked in with the sister managing the clinic and asked if we could Mike Off to the canteen for an hour – no problem, the coffee is better, it is comfier and there is an outside view!

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03-May-2011-20:30hrs. – I Must TRY To UPDATE GOOD NEWS TOO!

03-May-2011-20:30hrs. – I Must TRY To UPDATE GOOD NEWS TOO!

Hi,
I really must make more effort to update when my location changes as Roger had been reading the blog and Anne phoned thinking she would be speaking to Lee as I was still seemingly in hospital.
Mea Culpa – I was out again and had not caught up so she was quite surprised when I answered the phone!
Anyway it was really great that knowing I was in hospital or at least having read the blog and thought I was still there Anne and a couple of others called up to offer Lee support – Thanks, it really is a great help for both of us.
Roger is back on Sutent but this time the dose is down to 37.5 as 50 had just made him too ill – this time to their relief his system seems to be controlling the side effects a bit better. The normal fatigue but not the more extreme manifestations he had during the last cycle on 50mg. Dosage which he had been forced to abandon.
Roger has picked up an error in my brief comments on his Cancer Trail as it started NOT with RCC but with Prostate Cancer and what seemed to be a very successful radical prostetectomy. There was every reason to believe that he was in the clear.
Then a completely new round started with RCC this time but he has promised to write up his details rather better for me and I’ll include them on a link on this blog.
Check out the Hot Links in the Right sidebar for more details or use The SEARCH BOX at the top of the sidebar.
Anyway – yes I’m back home and my thanks to Anne and others for their calls of support.
I just want to say sorry for copping out at times and leaving Lee and friends to cope!
Any help and support YOU can give her will be hugely welcome.
I do make a lousy patient!

. If YOU want to follow my fight against Cancer from when it started and I first presented with symptoms see The TAB just below the Header of this Blog. called >DIARY of Cancer< just click and it will give you a long list of the main events in chronological order. . Thoughts and comments will be in chronological order in the main blog and can be tracked in the >ARCHIVE< in the Right Sidebar. You may find the TABS >MEDICAL LINKS< and also >CANCER LINKS< of help. . YOU are welcome to call me if you believe I can help in ANY way. .

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