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Andy Joyce22/06/2019 16:20:10
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Ended up with a general anaesthetic so never felt a thing. Only issue was a 6hr wait in the day surgery ward. Lots of bruising though.

Andy Joyce24/06/2019 17:53:16
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Not improving as have now contracted an infection according to the doctor I consulted this morning.

Had rated the day op ward with a gold star for looking after me, perhaps I was tadge too quick.

fly-navy28/06/2019 19:19:03
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Went yesterday and had biopsy using trust method, dreading it as daughter said husband got home and was on the floor sobbing as pain had been excruciating. Doc went through procedure with me, any questions ,ok lie on your side please . What was I worrying about, nothing to it, slight discomfort but nothing to write home about. (Well I was in the RN 😀😀No after effects and felt quite normal ever since I have got home. Biggest downer no caffeine associated drinks for couple of days.

NHS bloody brilliant, just wait and see now. Get it tested chaps.

fly-navy28/06/2019 21:10:47
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Of course it should read "Trus" method. Blooming puters why doesn't it appear what you write.frown

Andy Joyce01/07/2019 19:44:52
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Lucky man, I still have mild discomfort and was passing blood for 6 days!

Still I did get good service from the NHS with less than 2 weeks between the PSA test and the biopsy.

Martian01/07/2019 21:10:10
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Good luck with your results Andy should be in the next week

fly-navy10/07/2019 19:31:44
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Got back from Cosford saturday to find letter waiting for me to attend hospital yesterday to see specialist nurse,

Cut long story short she said biopsy had shown some low and medium aggression signs. Started me on hormone tablet for a month, hormone injection next Thursday, and because we are away in July and Sept after that will have 4 to 8 weeks radiotherapy sessions. It's strange it hasn't affected me the way I thought it would, I feel no different now mentally than I did the weekend, it's diagnosed, caught early and going to be treated.

My dear wife on the other hand, oh dear, she went to hospital convinced there was no problem and it really knocked her for six , I know where she is coming from though as she had cancer in the fallopian tubes many years ago and thankfully it was contained and cut out and binned, me I was a complete wreck, crying in the day, at night, in the night get up crying, and we are supposed to be strong.

So I'm up for it, lifestlye changes, not too bad as I don't smoke or drink, and I'm sure the way I feel has a lot to do with this thread and the support shown and experiences shared by all. Cheers guys. John

Martian10/07/2019 21:53:31
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Great you have a positive approach John and I sincerely hope your treatment goes well . Good luck mate

fly-navy10/07/2019 23:12:59
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Cheers Martian, appreciated.Went for a meal together earlier and she has perked up a bit now.

John

SR 7111/07/2019 07:37:56
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A good positive attitude John

Wishing you all the best

buster prop11/07/2019 19:51:07
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I went for my annual ‘MOT’ blood tests recently and luckily the results are all marked Satisfactory. My PSA is 2.5 which is ok as I am 72. It has crept up slowly, 15 years ago when I had the first test it was 0.8. If it suddenly shoots up then I’m sure the Doc will have a closer look at me. We had a new GP a couple of years ago and she pulled me in for the DRE in view of my age (then 69). Was ok but recommended that I have an annual test. I’d tell anyone to get checked and know what your baseline PSA is.

Andy Joyce18/07/2019 18:17:08
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Got my results today, not good, so now need a full body bone scan to see if it has spread.

Still looking on the bright side of life, it gives me more time off work next month recovering from surgery to work on the rigging of my Flair Tiger Moth which I started some 3 years ago.

fly-navy19/07/2019 00:09:29
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Had my hormone injection today and good talk to specialist nurse, SWMBO feeling lot more comfortable about it now as she heard original diagnosis wrong and thought I had very aggressive reading.

Off to Wales for two weeks Sat so expect letter when we get back with appointment for bone scan, which hopefully shows good results for me to have the radiotherapy treatment.

Good luck and try to be positive Andy.

I feel great, really, no different now to before I was diagnosed. I honestly never thought I would have this reaction to my diagnosis, although in fairness had a rough patch Sat, they were on about pelvic floor exercises on tv which is supposed to help, another program showed a son visiting his skeleton of a father in hospital with the big and to top it all two letters came with appointments ,one for "Surviving with cancer" talk and prostrate cancer and you, for some reason got to me and had a weep.

John

Martian19/07/2019 11:35:37
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It can be difficult sometimes John it,s normal to be like that and strangely enough our brains seem to latch on to cancer information stories I know I think are they doing this on purpose to spook me and having an underlying feeling of anger after all even if it's not aggressive you know it's there and it doesn't belong , it's a journey with a potentially positive outcome. Take care John

Andy Joyce29/07/2019 19:47:51
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First bit of good news today. My bone scan results came back clear, so now need to make a decision on what treatment path to proceed on.

Interestingly one of the options is to have robotic surgery to remove the prostrate. Bit of RC could be the way to go, that's if the surgeon has an B certificate

Eagle 89929/07/2019 19:58:20
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Met an old ex RN friend recently who I hadn't seen for several years. Turns out he took that option three years ago.

He has check ups annually and the downside is that he can no longer rise to the occasion, but as he's eighty, he isn't too concerned about that, still enjoys a tot and feels fine.

Malcolm Fisher29/07/2019 20:22:22
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I am in the same camp as Eagle's friend - same age and same problem. This can, and in my case is, fairly easily overcome. A pill superior to Viagra - Cialis was prescribed as well as an injection of another drug directly into the reluctant member.

Both work very well and help to keep my spouse happy.wink

Malcolm

Brian Dickinson 329/07/2019 21:26:53
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I have come to this thread a little late as I have only just become a member.

I was diagnosed at 52. 9 years ago. It was a no brainier for me as an engineer. If it's broke take it out. I had a radical prostectamy by the Davinci method at the LGI and superb after care ever since.

I am fit and well and do not miss the troublesome beggar and I am very grateful to my GP for being so alert.

I have three sons and they have to go for check ups and PSI tests from the age of 40, as it is in my family, my father passed at 81 with it after it gave him bone cancer. I miss him lots

So all you proud young men with a stiff upper lip. Go get tested it can be beaten.

I have not read all the thread as it upsets me too much and the thought that my lads could get it.

regards

Brian

Mike Etheridge 130/07/2019 13:25:32
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As I mentioned earlier, even though my PSA reading was fine for my age I had a slightly raised blood / sugar level and my GP recommended I attend a pre-diabetic course which commenced last week.Initially I was interviewed by a young GP and she measured my height and weight and around my tummy. Oh dear, these measurements and the calculated BMI index confirmed I am overweight at 11 stone 7 pounds and pre-diabetic, but the biggest shock was that I have lost about 1.5 inches in height.

The recommendations were that I should walk at least for half an hour for four days a week. My diet was not seen as bad, but I / we should eat less large potatoes which contain a lot of starch which can convert to sugars, and instead eat more new potatoes and sweet potatoes which contain less starch. Also avoid or eat less cakes, sauces, sweets and chocolate, and drink 1.5 litres of water per day. White bread and pasta were also not recommended. Not much mention was made of fish and meat, but white meat such as chicken was preferable. We should also eat two fruit items and three vegetable items each day.

It's been pouring with rain here so I am heading off to my garage to do a minor repair on my old Junior 60

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Glenn Philbrick03/08/2019 10:59:45
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I have followed this thread for some time and took the advise to get checked out as I was having trouble peeing( very low flow). It turned our that my prostate was slightly enlarged but I also had a 2mm bladder stone that was the cause of the discomfort. I have just had the stone removed and the TURP operation to clear any interference from the prostate. Unfortunately I have now been fitted with a catheter although hope it will be temporary but if not it might be a permanent feature and I would have to learn to self catheterize to drain the bladder a couple of times a day. Has anybody any experience of this. I have not fount much on the internet so far. I have tried to look for a mens health forum but have not found one that covers this issue.

Thanks

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