(Closed) Prostate Cancer

posted 6 years ago in Family
Post # 3
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784 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

My grandfather had prostate cancer when I was born (I’m 21).  He won his battle with cancer and lived another 15 years.. He passed from entirely unrelated reasons. Every case is different, but I will hope for a good prognosis for you.

ETA:  spelling

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012 - Mother of the Bride's residence

My dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer when I was in my last year of high school. I have to admit I was a total distracted jerk teenager and if I could go back in time I’d pay a lot more attention, but shortly after he was diagnosed he was in the hospital for surgery. He was up and about the next day, much to the chagrin of his pain management team, and I believe he was out of the hospital pretty quickly. I remember him recovering relatively fast, though he had a few follow-up tests for a while after until they declared him cancer free. It wasn’t really a big long drawn-out ordeal once the diagnosis was made, but he had a lot of testing prior to that to confirm it and that was a very tense time for him from my perspective.

The cancer has never come back but he does deal with some ongoing issues from it that I won’t get into because it’s his medical history, not mine.

The number one thing that stuck with me after his diagnosis was how it changed him, emotionally. He became a lot more concerned with family matters, with telling us his true feelings, with letting go of the little things. It really made him take stock of his mortality, I think, and in that respect he is a now lot more open and a lot mroe unflappable.

Prostate cancer is a really common thing. I recall reading somewhere that basically, if a man lives past a certain age he WILL get it, it’s just a matter of when — I don’t know if that’s true, though. If it was caught quickly and hasn’t spread it’s likely a very hopeful situation.

I’ll keep you and your family in my thoughts!

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Prostate cancer is a very slow progressing cancer. Very few men actually die of prostate cancer. They usually die of something else, like heart disease or old age before the prostate cancer would get to a lethal stage.

http://www.healthlinkbc.ca/kb/content/major/hw78220.html

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

PP’s are right- prostate cancer is not necessarily a death sentence like many other cancers can be.  My grandfather has had it for apx 10 years.  He also has dementia and the doctors told us that the dementia would probably get him before the cancer ever did.  Good Luck!

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

My uncle was just recently diagnosed, right before christmas.  They did surgery, it had not spread, and he now has to be tested for 2 years I think for signs of another tumour or recurrence.  He had lung cancer years sgo, and the doctors felt this was entirely unrelated.  There was never any talk of him not surviving, or suffering long term.

Post # 9
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7697 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

@Vidya:  I’m hoping that they can treat it.  My friend’s father died of it a year ago.

Post # 11
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5921 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

My FIL was diagnosed the day before thanksgiving. After the bone scans revealed that it hadn’t spread, he had his prostate removed the first week of January. He’s doing great! Early detection is key! I’ll be saying lots of prayers for your family tonight! 

Post # 12
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

@Linz1231:  Same thing with my dad 5 years ago. He had it removed, and he’ good to go. He now has type II diabetes, but other than that, he’s really healthy. He just has to take an extra pill everyday

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Haven’t read all the posts but I wanted to tell you that my father had prostate cancer. He was a 7. I forget what the numbers mean exactly now but 7 was not good and was considered pretty bad. He has the surgery to remove the prostate and he is now over a year cancer free and living life like he was never slowed up. He had things on his side though like excellent shape and normal BMI. Always a healthy eater and so on. He’s also young.. Only  49. Non the less it is a success story. I was very scared for him a cried a lot a night. I just tried to be there for him. Hang in there. It doesn’t always end terrible. <3

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