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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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URO TODAY:  The five main prostate cancer treatments can all have bad side effects, so a panel of 15 specialists have compared them and come up with some recommended improvements.

Prostate cancer (PC) is one of the tumours with the highest incidence in recent years. PC therapies have several adverse effects.

A panel consensus recommendation has been made to prevent or ameliorate complications in PC treatment to improve quality of life.

Fifteen specialists have met to analyse the different toxicities associated with PC treatment.

Each medical specialist searched National Library of Medicine PubMed citations about these secondary effects and his specialty from 1999 to 2009 to propose measures for their prevention/amelioration.

  • Surgery is associated with incontinence and impotence.
  • Radiotherapy can produce acute, late urological and gastrointestinal toxicity.
  • Brachytherapy can produce acute urinary retention.
  • Chemotherapy is associated with haematotoxicity. peripheral neuropathy and diarrhoea.
  • And hormone therapy can produce osteoporosis, metabolic syndrome, cognitive and muscular alterations, cardiotoxicity, etc.

Improvement in surgical techniques and technology (IMRT/IGRT) can prevent surgical and radiotherapeutic toxicity, respectively.

Brachytherapy toxicity can be prevented with precise techniques to preserve the urethra.

Chemotherapy toxicity can be prevented with personalized schedules of treatment and close follow-up of iatrogenia

And hormone therapy toxicity can be prevented with close follow-up of possible secondary effects.

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URO TODAY: Implantation of a peri-urethral constrictor - a device that injects saline – appears to be a safe and effective treatment for post-prostate surgery urinary incontinence. READ MORE>

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PROSTABLOG NZ:  Well, here’s something good for a chuckle – my short video (right) showing improved urine stream after prostate surgery has just been taken down by You Tube.

Here’s what they say:

The following video(s) from your account have been disabled for violating the YouTube Community Guidelines:

  • Stream – (Tuckr001)

Your account has received one Community Guidelines warning sanction, which will expire in six months. Additional violations may result in the temporary disabling of your ability to post content to YouTube and/or the termination of your account.

Sincerely,

The YouTube Team

So, I’m on notice for offending good taste, I guess.

I’d love to know who complained.

Here’s my response to You Tube (be interesting to see what they say):

I have received your message with some alarm.
The video clip you refer to is a serious attempt to illustrate to men recovering from the effects of prostate cancer surgery the results such surgery have on improving urine flow.
I refer you to the blog on which this video appears. From that, hopefully, you will see the context.
To remove the video for reasons that can only be imagined shows that You Tube has little understanding of the purpose of such an item.
I request that you restore it as soon as possible.
I await your reply with interest, and will report it on the blog.
Here’s the link to my blog (which has so far received 52,000 page uploads and much favourable comment from prostate cancer sufferers and medical experts): http://prostablog.wordpress.com
Thank you

Having read the community guidelines, I’m at a loss to know where the video trangresses. Take a read (see the link above) and let me know what you think.

Here’s where the original video appeared in my series, My PC Adventure: CLICK HERE

I have to say that the video has already been through the scrutiny of the toughest censor of all, my wife Lin, who cut the length (of the video) to a short few seconds. Since she apporoved it, who could possibly take offence?

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