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PROSTABLOG NZ: Kiwi prostate cancer campaigner Mark Ebrey sent this supportive note today about my small appearance in the Sunday Star-Times‘ magazine feature about people who reveal all on the web:

“I see you got an honorable mention in the Sunday magazine today. Well done.

I’ve got a petition currently before the Health Select Committee considering whether to review the LDR brachytherapy treatment option.

You will be interested to know I had the implant a month ago yesterday and to date – absolutely no side effects whatsoever, other than the pain over heart where the $24,000 bill is.

Am beginning to wonder about a disease I had no symptoms for, and treatment with no side effects – have I actually been conned?”

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PROSTABLOG NZ: This story and picture in today’s Dominion-Post newspaper shows how poor media coverage is on the topic of prostate cancer.

It suggests that brachytherapy radiation treatment – largely available only at a private clinic in Tauranga for about $30,000 – is now fully available to the public at Wellington Hospital.

Is it? The story doesn’t really explain. What kind of brachytherapy are we talking about here?

Hopefully, someone can enlighten us…

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PROSTABLOG NZ: At last – somebody’s taken up the cudgels over my You Tube “live streaming” incident.

Here’s popular Stuff blogger Luke Appleby’s take on big brother You Tube and how heavily it wields its censorship club.

It seems Prostablog is not the only user to feel the sharp end of You Tube’s “community guidelines”.

Read Luke’s Connector blog HERE>

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PROSTABLOG NZ: The NZ Listener magazine has commissioned an article on cancer and the theme will be screening.

I was interviewed for it today and I think the writer has a good grasp of the issues.

Look forward to seeing what she comes up with.

Does anyone know what happened to the NZ Parliamentary inquiry into prostate cancer?

It was supposed to get more evidence from the Ministry of Health in November, when the ministry expected to have completed its analysis of the two big randomised studies into PSA screening.

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CHATHAMS MESSAGE: The Maori TV and NZ Prostate Cancer Foundation team at Chatham Islands airport. Dene Ainsworth is second from left.

PROSTABLOG NZ: NZ’s Maori television channel has broadcast a beautifully produced programme on men and prostate cancer on the Chatham Islands.

It features Dene Ainsworth (Te Ati Awa), who goes to the remote islands, 800km east of NZ, with Hawkes Bay urologist Dave Mason to talk to people about the dangers of undetected prostate cancer.

Their visit was funded by the NZ Prostate Cancer Foundation. See the programme here:

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JULY 18: STUFF: A 49-year-old Christchurch father dying from prostate cancer is surviving on food bought by friends because his insurance company refuses to pay out on his life policy, claiming he failed to mention his father was diagnosed with the disease at a young age. READ MORE>

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JUNE 8: NZ DOCTOR: Some 50 per cent of men diagnosed via a PSA test would never experience symptoms if left untreated, says a NZ epidemiologist who has analysed the large randomised studies reported recently. READ MORE>

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