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URO TODAY: Benign prostatic hyperplasia patients in whom prostate cancer is suspected and who have urination problems, with a previously negative biopsy result, can undergo transurethral resection of the prostate, which treats bladder outlet obstruction and gives early diagnosis of prostate cancer. READ MORE>

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PHARMA TIMES: US regulators have approved GlaxoSmithKline’s combination drug, Jalyn, to treat symptomatic benign prostatic hyperplasia in men with an enlarged prostate. READ MORE>

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catheter3PROSTABLOG NZ: What is it about the catheter?

Whenever I look at the viewer statistics for Prostablog, there’s one thing that stands out: “catheter” is the most popular search word people use when they find their way to this site.

It beats everything else by a country mile.

Yesterday, for instance, there were 27 instances of the word being searched – while the next most popular occured seven times.

Today, it’s the same – so far 13 searches on “catheter”, with “Mick Jagger” scoring three (God knows why?) and “brachytherapy and impotence” getting two.

It’s been like this ever since the blog started in April.

I’m not sure I understand how search engines work, but there seems to be a message here: us blokes are very, very worried about getting that damned tube shoved up our tackle.

I can understand why. It was my biggest single fear of the whole radical prostatectomy process.

I needn’t have worried, as it turned out, because the male urology nurse at Wellington Hospital did a brilliant job of removing it. I honestly didn’t feel a thing.

However, two male acquaintances haven’t been so lucky. They both say it was excrutiating. Both had female nurses (is there something significant here? Surely not…) do the removal.

One guy had his taken out just last month and in his words “she just ripped it out.”

How common are such stories? Do they account for the general fear men seem to have about the catheter?

Perhaps someone could write in and enlighten me. All I know is, the term brings a lot of traffic to this blogsite.

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DOMINION POST: In this personal account, a Lower Hutt man recalls the dire effects on his life of an enlarged prostate – and how he finally got it fixed.

When prostate rules it’s not OK

…was too late. I was in trouble again – this time on an island miles from a hospital. I returned in some discomfort to the company and tried to act as if everything was OK. We left soon after. When we got to the cottage I sat on the toilet until I got…read more…

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BIO-MEDICINE: The first patients have entered a Phase 2 clinical trial of a innovative targeted drug treatment, Aptocine(TM) (talaporfin sodium), for benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate). READ MORE>

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JUNE 20: URO TODAY: Men undergoing surgical interventions for benign enlarged prostate are still at risk for subsequent development of prostate cancer due to residual tissue. READ MORE>

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JUNE 13: URO TODAY: Analysis of a 30-minute, out-patient incontinence treatment called “the AdVance male sling” shows it gives encouraging results, with significant improvement in patient-reported pad use, 24-hour pad test weights, and Valsalva leak point pressure without signs of obstruction. READ MORE>

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JUNE 11: NEW PROSTATE CANCER INFOLINK: There has still only been one large, prospective, comparative study of the side effects of the major types of first-line treatment for localised prostate cancer, but a new, if smaller, study has now added to our knowledge, writes Mike Scott. READ MORE>

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JUNE 7: URO TODAY:  Most men develop urinary retention after external beam radiation therapy (EBRT), after brachytherapy with or without EBRT, and in those who have a combination of EBRT and a radical prostatectomy.  The problem urologists are facing is how to manage the obstructing and radiated prostate, a researcher told a US urology conference in Chicago. READ MORE>

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MAY 26:  TALES FROM SERENITY NOW HOSPITAL:  How some (semi-literate) US doctors learn to perform digital examinations on patients – a bizarre tale:  “The patient (sic) recieved 100 dollars per five rectals or 20 bucks each finger. Many of these patients smelled of alcohol, had no teeth, had mental illnesses, and were addicted to IV drugs…” READ MORE>

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