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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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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: Prostate cancer patients treated with external beam radiation who are still having urinary/gastrointestinal problems two months after treatment are more likely to have long-term side effects. READ MORE>

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URO TODAY: Recent changes in male sling surgery may improve efficacy in men with more severe incontinence. READ MORE>

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URO TODAY: Robot-assisted surgery for prostate cancer is now the preferred method in the US, where a study says its benefits outweigh other methods. READ MORE>

While cost remains a valid criticism to the robotic technique, some of the additional expenditure is offset by improved convalescence, fewer medical complications, and decreased morbidity.

Data with follow up approaching 10 years demonstrates equal if not superior outcomes with respect to continence, sexual and oncological factors.

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RENAL & UROLOGY NEWS: Prostate cancer is associated with substantially diminished urinary health, new research shows. READ MORE>

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URO TODAY: The stigma associated with prostate cancer and its aftermath needs much more research, a recent conference in Spain was told.

Men are reticent to discuss sexual or urinary problems, are reluctant to seek medical help and men’s health is not as prominent in the public eye or in the public agenda. READ MORE>

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