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I should be cracking a bottle of fine bubbles about now – I’m more than a decade past my prostatectomy and there are no signs of Prostate cancer.

is it tempting fate to write that? Of course it is. I met someone a year or so back who got to 13 years with no show of C…then he got it.

Unusual, that. A decade was considered the magic milestone when I was writing about prostate cancer regularly (the first couple of years after my op). What is it now, I wonder? Is there even a safe zone any more? I’d rather not know.

The only time I think about it is when I hear from someone looking for a bit of advice and encouragement. Or when I look down at my greatly shortened appendage, the result of having your urinary tract sliced to get rid of the prostate and sewn back together again.

Nobody warns you about that. After the scars have all but disappeared, a short dick is just about all that’s left to remind you of the op. Small price to pay for life, of course, but irritating, nonetheless.

My wife, bless her, says she doesn’t even notice (she just said something indecent I can’t repeat here – yes, that function still works, too).

I do notice another change, but I suspect it’s the result of creeping age (I’m 73 now); my flow has slowed up considerably again.

I will never forget the joy of taking a slash once the op wounds healed and marvelling at the flow of an 18-year-old that cascaded into the bowl.

I was so excited at the time (2010) I shot a short video (no appendage in view) and posted it on this blog. Weirdly, some sicko complained to WordPress after a few months and they took it down. Give me strength.

Anyway, all is well. Look out for yourselves during Covid.

FOOTNOTE: Just cracked a bottle of fine bubbles with Lin, not just to celebrate the clear decade, but we just finished our latest book (my 21st).

 

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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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Publicly funded chemotherapy clinics in NZ have increased 25% in two years, to just over 57,000 outpatient sessions in public hospitals in the 2009/10 year, says Health Minister Tony Ryall. READ MORE>

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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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WASHINGTON EXAMINER.COM:  Here’s a well-written article on the current US debate about how much a life is worth – more specifically, how much the government Medicare scheme and health insurers pay out for cancer drugs that prolong life for a few months. READ MORE>

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THE ENGINEER: A web-based software system that could help health professionals to manage the treatment of prostate cancer has been developed in the East Midlands. READ MORE>
The system will mean that patients with less complex conditions will not have to make repeat trips to hospital, while consultants will have more time to focus on and treat the most serious urological disorders.

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BLOOMBERG BUSINESSWEEK: A US company will next month report the results of its study of abiraterone acetate plus prednisone for the treatment of patients with metastatic advanced prostate cancer, also called castration-resistant prostate cancer. READ MORE>

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MARKETWIRE:  The approval of Dendreon’s prostate cancer vaccine Provenge in April was a boon for a nascent cancer vaccine industry that had suffered several setbacks, and should lead to an influx of market opportunities and a surge in regulatory activity. READ MORE>

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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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IRISH TIMES.COM: Four out of every five Irish men diagnosed with prostate cancer will still be alive in five years. READ MORE>

Improvements in survival rates are being attributed to increased screening, better surgery and multidisciplinary care.

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