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PROSTABLOG NZ: My last PSA test recently showed it continues to be undetectable, some 20 months after my surgery in March, 2009.

But I’m not getting cocky just yet (forgive the pun).

From what I’ve read about prostate cancer treatment, if the cancer bug has got out of the organ during/after a prostatectomy, there’s a good chance the first signs will come two years after the operation.

My two-year anniversary comes up in a couple of months – so wish me luck.

It’s interesting how long it takes to fully recover from the surgery’s effects.

My scar is virtually gone and I’ve felt fit for ages.

There’s no incontinence. I haven’t done the pelvic floor exercises for more than a year, but there’s never any problem with not being able to hold it in, even when I’m busting.

Not that I put myself in the busting mode if I can avoid it.

So, hey, no regrets and no real worries. I’m bloody lucky.

Well, there is one worry – the number of friends and people I know who have been diagnosed. Talk about an epidemic.

And I wonder if the NZ Parliamentary Health Select Committee will ever get round to reporting back on its prostate cancer inquiry…

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HEALTH NEWS TODAY: When combined with the erectile-dysfunction drug Viagra, a long-used chemotherapy drug called doxorubicin may be even more effective as a treatment for prostate cancer, according to a new study. READ MORE>

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NEW PROSTATE CANCER INFOLINK:  Men with low-risk prostate cancer who choose surgery need to realise the possible after-effects – reduced urinary and erectile function, shorter penis, penis distortion – they might have to live with for up to 35 years afterwards. READ MORE>

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URO TODAY: The bone-anchored male sling is an effective and minimally invasive treatment for mild-to-moderate male urinary incontinence, according to a new study. READ MORE>

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URO TODAY: A more precise grading system is needed to predict men’s erectile function recovery after nerve-sparing prostate surgery, a study shows. READ MORE>

Our data support the adoption of a subjectively assigned nerve-sparing score to more precisely predict erectile function outcomes and suggest that even minor nerve trauma significantly impairs the recovery of erectile function after procedures classically regarded as having achieved bilateral nerve sparing.

Further studies are needed to identify the optimal nerve-sparing system.

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URO TODAY: Recurrence of prostate tumours starts no later than 58 days in the course of radiotherapy for prostate cancer, according to a new study. READ MORE>

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URO TODAY: The side effects of radiotherapy for prostate cancer are likely to lessen as new approaches become available, says a new study. READ MORE>

It is likely that recent technical advances, such as intensity modulation and image guidance, will further improve the toxicity profile of prostate radiotherapy.

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URO TODAY: Prostate cancer patients with Gleason score 6 disease are very unlikely to develop late recurrence and might be candidates for less-intense follow-up once they have passed the five-year mark. READ MORE>

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REUTERS: Men who show signs that their disease has returned after prostate cancer treatment are still more likely to die of other causes, a new study in US veterans shows. READ MORE>

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URO TODAY: A numb penis is a rare complication from brachytherapy for prostate cancer, but it can be fixed. READ MORE>

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