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Had my tri-annual company medical on Monday, the PCA test revealed that my prostate cancer antigens were over double the norm. Being just 50 yrs old, they did a retest with the same result. Was sent to a Urologist, who did the old, "bend over/deep breath/rubber glove gig". Enlarged right side findings didn't make the sensation any easier to bear either!
They did a "biopsy" yesterday morning, strange, such a small word for such an eye opening experience!
Results on Friday morning, I await with bated breath, fingers crossed and buttocks clenched.:rolleyes:
"Que sera, sera" I suppose, but the prospect of a new bike certainly seems more appealing now more than ever.
(A word of advice to all the "oldies" amongst us though, don't put off a regular examination, no matter how uncomfortable it is or may appear to be....it may save your life.)
 

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Honey don't get too stressed, there are lots of causes of a raised PSA and really successful treatments for prostate stuff.

Even if it's the worst news it is very successfully treated

Have a little look here


And you are quite right, those gentlemen that are reaching a comfortable age, go to your GP if you have any worries
 

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I came to the same conclusion about life when I went to the doctors with indigestion about 12 years ago. Suffice to say it wasn't indigestion but it sure makes you look at life in a different light.
 

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That's not good news Doglegdon. Hope it turns out OK.

My dad had this sticker which read "Jog and die healthier".
 

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I know a few Cab Drivers who have been through this......It's very often not the news they were worried about....So stay hopeful Don......

Good wishes being transmited as I type...:)
 

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Thanks for the support guys, it is appreciated!
Realising that I was being kept waiting for a reason, despite having turned up a full 45 minutes before anyone else in the hospital clinic this morning, the results didn't really surprise me much. Yep, have cancer, sh*t, just my luck.
Anyway scored highest possible marks on "Gleasen's" scale with 5/5 twice, the Thai doctor didn't explain that one at all. :confused:(Sharabee where are you?)
Anyway, have been told to expect an entire weekend of some lower abdomen catscan and bone scan fun. Then they'll decide what is the best plan of attack....will let you know when I know!
Being in a foreign country, (especially away from my family and friends), doesn't make this any easier either, b#gger!:(
 

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Don

I'm gutted to hear this but lets hope Sharribee is right and it is easily treated for a complete recovery.

All the very best
 

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Not the best of news mate.Sorry the family is not there with you. Will you be staying out there, or returning home for treatment ? Keep your chin up.
 

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Sorry to hear
keep your chin up,if early enough detected the chances of full recovery are good:thumbright::thumbright:
Thinking of you "The Vaders";):thumbup:
 

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sh*t news dude - but whole heap of best wishes coming your way from over here!

Keep yer chin up and give the throttle a few extra blips to raise a smile!

keep us posted matey

Z:D
 

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Sorry to hear about you bad news, Just a bit of info for you....


The grade of a cancer is the term used to describe how aggressive the disease is and whether it will progress quickly (months) or slowly (years). The grading assessment is made by a Pathologist in the laboratory, looking at the prostatic cells under the microscope. The grading system used for prostate cancer is known as the Gleason Scoring system, named after the Pathologist Donald Gleason, and ranges from 2-10.
The Pathologist will identify several of the prostate cancer cells in the biopsy. Having identified the largest and second largest areas of cancerous cells, he or she will assign each area a number known as the Gleason grades. These grades range from 1-5, with grades 1-3 tumours least likely to spread and grades 4 and 5 most likely.
The Gleason Score is calculated by adding the two Gleason grade numbers together – thus, the score ranges from 1+1=2 to 5+5=10. Therefore, a Gleason Score of 3+2=5 suggests that most of the cancer is Gleason grade 3, with a smaller amount of Gleason grade 2. Prostate cancers with a Gleason Score of 7 or greater will always contain at least some Grade 4 tumour and hence have a worse prognosis. Understanding of the pathological grading is of great importance for both the clinician and the patient, as it will determine which treatment options are available, as well as their likely success. Many regional cancer centres will arrange for a specialist Pathologist to review the microscopic slides of a patient’s prostate cancer cells to confirm the diagnosis before treatment begins.

You can also visit the web site for more info, hope this helps
 

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PM'd You Don.

Medical service sounds fast out there...:thumbup:
 

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That's a tough thing to bear so far from home. The Steve Cs are all rooting for you Don.
 

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Hey mate best of luck there with all the proding and tests, my dad was tested as well a few years back and a small procedure sorted it out in the end :thumbleft: Just don't leave it unchecked or untreated get it sorted asap :cool:
 

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hey mate feckin bad news:(:(:(:(

you give it a bloody good scrap mate we will all be rootin for you here
:thumbup:good luck:thumbup:
 

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I just read this and I am very sorry to hear about it mate.. besy wishes coming from the Xanders.
 

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Sorry to hear your news. I know its a worrying time but im sure all will be ok eventually, its highly treatable and your score isnt classed as high. A man in my family has just recovered from it and it wasnt caught early like yours. Heres a little info on the Gleason system.

The lower the Gleason score, the lower the grade of the cancer. With prostate biopsies, the samples are usually too small to show grades 1 and 2, so it is most common to get scores from 6 to 10.
Low-grade cancers (6 or less) are usually slow-growing and less likely to spread. A score of 7 is a moderate grade. High-grade tumours (8–10) are likely to grow more quickly and are more likely to spread.
 
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