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I'm putting this here rather than GA because most of you "know" me and i can take the off jokes and flack from you lot. :)

This morning I was diagnosed with breast cancer.

It's relatively "fine" .

Very small, invasive but does not show in lymph nodes on ultrasound (further checking to be done). I'll have a lumpectomy in two weeks time and radiotherapy daily for 3-5 weeks.

Why pure dumb luck?

Because it it was not manually detectable, only picked up on routine mammogram and ultrasound .

Why more pure dumb luck? because I haven't had a scan for 15 years and only got this done because i had a very small (and unrelated ) pain.

My very trusty GP couldn't detect it manually but she sent me for both a Mammogramm and ultrasound anyway (with a scolding), the specialist couldn't detect it manually. Biopsy last week confirmed.

I'm writing this to tell you to tell your wives, sisters, GF's and any significant female other.

Don't rely on self checking or even your GP checking. If they are over 50. GET YOUR MAMMOGRAMMS DONE!

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2 minutes ago, Shortforbob said:

I'm putting this here rather than GA because most of you "know" me and i can take the off jokes and flack from you lot. :)

This morning I was diagnosed with breast cancer.

It's relatively "fine" .

Very small, invasive but does not show in lymph nodes on ultrasound (further checking to be done). I'll have a lumpectomy in two weeks time and radiotherapy daily for 3-5 weeks.

Why pure dumb luck?

Because it it was not manually detectable, only picked up on routine mammogram and ultrasound .

Why more pure dumb luck? because I haven't had a scan for 15 years and only got this done because i had a very small (and unrelated ) pain.

My very trusty GP couldn't detect it manually but she sent me for both a Mammogramm and ultrasound anyway (with a scolding), the specialist couldn't detect it manually. Biopsy last week confirmed.

I'm writing this to tell you to tell your wives, sisters, GF's and any significant female other.

Don't rely on self checking or even your GP checking. If they are over 50. GET YOUR MAMMOGRAMMS DONE!

Wishing you the best.

Fuck Cancer!

 

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Oh, wow.  I am sorry but also glad it was found at this stage rather than later. Wishing you the best. (((((You)))))

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2 minutes ago, NeedAClew said:

Oh, wow.  I am sorry but also glad it was found at this stage rather than later. Wishing you the best. (((((You)))))

Thank's  :) 

Point is, if I'd waited until this could be felt, by me, my Doc or a specialist it would have been a lot worse.

Get your MG and ultrasound done every year.

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1 minute ago, Ease the sheet. said:

Good catch!

Do you need suggestions for implants?

Me? implants? It's a good thing I'm a DD . I'll just have a dimple :P

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Just now, Shortforbob said:

Thank's  :) 

Point is, if I'd waited until this could be felt, by me, my Doc or a specialist it would have been a lot worse.

Get your MG and ultrasound done every year.

I suppose I better get around to my poo test......

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Just now, Ease the sheet. said:

I suppose I better get around to my poo test......

Yes you should.

Hell, we are given free access to these simple tests, even sent reminders. Do them.

(There, now I've made it political :D )

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Just now, Shortforbob said:

Me? implants? It's a good thing I'm a DD . I'll just have a dimple :P

But you'll walk lopsided!

 

Sister had a double mastectomy about 5 years ago. They started with removing bits but by the third try a full mastectomy was considered the best  solution.

If you didn't know, you couldn't tell.

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Wishing you all the best.  As mentioned above "Fuck Cancer".

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Sorry to hear Meli but good that you have caught it early so that’s some good luck as well. 
Have a couple of good friends that have beaten it and they were both further along than you at diagnosis.

Get good medical advice and ask lots of questions, you listening to your body was a good start.

I for one envisage a good outcome.

Winston said it best “If you’re going through hell- keep going.”

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5 minutes ago, Shortforbob said:

Yes you should.

Hell, we are given free access to these simple tests, even sent reminders. Do them.

(There, now I've made it political :D )

But..poo....

 

 

Actually, while we are at it, how's everyone's prostrate?

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6 minutes ago, Navig8tor said:

Sorry to hear Meli but good that you have caught it early so that’s some good luck as well. 
Have a couple of good friends that have beaten it and they were both further along than you at diagnosis.

Get good medical advice and ask lots of questions, you listening to your body was a good start.

I for one envisage a good outcome.

Winston said it best “If you’re going through hell- keep going.”

It's an unnecessarily terrifying diagnosis. :( I'm scared naturally.

General survival 5 years, rate is now 95% . With stage 1, almost 100% for five years.

My GP sent me to a private specialist. I don't have insurance. But she has access to theatre etc. in our public system so I get my own specialist in a public hospital.No waiting, Great care, crap food.

It's day surgery but as I'm on my own they'll prolly keep me in for the night. 

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25 minutes ago, Shortforbob said:

I'm putting this here rather than GA because most of you "know" me and i can take the off jokes and flack from you lot. :)

This morning I was diagnosed with breast cancer.

It's relatively "fine" .

Very small, invasive but does not show in lymph nodes on ultrasound (further checking to be done). I'll have a lumpectomy in two weeks time and radiotherapy daily for 3-5 weeks.

Why pure dumb luck?

Because it it was not manually detectable, only picked up on routine mammogram and ultrasound .

Why more pure dumb luck? because I haven't had a scan for 15 years and only got this done because i had a very small (and unrelated ) pain.

My very trusty GP couldn't detect it manually but she sent me for both a Mammogramm and ultrasound anyway (with a scolding), the specialist couldn't detect it manually. Biopsy last week confirmed.

I'm writing this to tell you to tell your wives, sisters, GF's and any significant female other.

Don't rely on self checking or even your GP checking. If they are over 50. GET YOUR MAMMOGRAMMS DONE!

Glad they found it, Meli. Agree completely on getting the checks done.

A couple years back my GF was having a skin cancer check. There was a spot on her leg that was a bit itchy, doctor thought it was probably nothing but took a biopsy sample anyway. Came back as a nasty small carcinoma, one of the bad kind. She ended up with a large excision, had to put up with me nursemaiding her for weeks as she couldn't walk and now has a big (but faded) scar. Fortunately it hadn't spread - she has regular checks.

So - commiserations on having it, but I'm glad it's been found while small.

FKT

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Actually, you want a 3D mammogram.  My sister was just diagnosed with breast cancer.  The mass was the size of a softball, but it was of a type that spreads out.  As such, a normal mammogram had a low chance of catching it.

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6 minutes ago, Grrr... said:

Actually, you want a 3D mammogram.  My sister was just diagnosed with breast cancer.  The mass was the size of a softball, but it was of a type that spreads out.  As such, a normal mammogram had a low chance of catching it.

That's why you have the ultra sound at the same time as the MG I think. They did take about 6 pictures and US from every angle both boobs.

My sister had chemo and a mastectomy last year. They detected something 10 years ago, for some reason I really cannot fathom she ignored it.

My little undetectable lump is only 1.3cm. 

I really really hope your sister goes OK. 

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11 minutes ago, Shortforbob said:

It's an unnecessarily terrifying diagnosis. :( I'm scared naturally.

General survival 5 years, rate is now 95% . With stage 1, almost 100% for five years.

My GP sent me to a private specialist. I don't have insurance. But she has access to theatre etc. in our public system so I get my own specialist in a public hospital.No waiting, Great care, crap food.

It's day surgery but as I'm on my own they'll prolly keep me in for the night. 

 

Scary but most of the time absolutely fixable. The question is possible metastasies and other complications. Rather dwell on scary stuff, I'll tell you about the dozens of ladies, friends and in-laws and relations, that have had the same diagnosis and now years... decades in many cases... later are going on perfectly normal & healthy, like

Best wishes from here

- DSK

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31 minutes ago, Ease the sheet. said:

But..poo....

 

 

Actually, while we are at it, how's everyone's prostrate?

Prostate

i haven’t had one for 15 years

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Keep a stiff pecker, as the English say. All the best, any invasive surgery is unpleasant. 

Is it too early to ask for before and after pix?

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6 minutes ago, Steam Flyer said:

 

Scary but most of the time absolutely fixable. The question is possible metastasies and other complications. Rather dwell on scary stuff, I'll tell you about the dozens of ladies, friends and in-laws and relations, that have had the same diagnosis and now years... decades in many cases... later are going on perfectly normal & healthy, like

Best wishes from here

- DSK

This +1000!

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I'm glad it was found early Meli. As you know, I've done the "C" dance, and it's not fun.

 And just a reminder, it's not just women who get breast cancer. Meli and I have a good friend in Oklahoma who has ignored an apple sized lump on his chest for about a year now. Cantankerous old bastard won't go to the doctor because he doesn't want to know.

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43 minutes ago, Ease the sheet. said:

But..poo....

 

 

Actually, while we are at it, how's everyone's prostrate?

Best advice a sailing buddy shared -

When getting your prostate checked, make sure the doc doesn't have both hands on your shoulders.

No idea how he came by such knowledge.

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Just now, Steam Flyer said:

 

Scary but most of the time absolutely fixable. The question is possible metastasies and other complications. Rather dwell on scary stuff, I'll tell you about the dozens of ladies, friends and in-laws and relations, that have had the same diagnosis and now years... decades in many cases... later are going on perfectly normal & healthy, like

Best wishes from here

- DSK

Thanks Steamer, intellectually one knows but the animal in us says panic  :)

The specialist today talked about a lot of post OP and radiotherapy follow up and whole body hormone treatment to block what estrogen I've still got but I kind of switched off at that point. 

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From someone who got a rectal cancer diagnosis in Jan 2019 and some serious surgery, chemo, and radiation treatment over the past 2 years. 

I totally know what you are feeling right now (well maybe not the boobs but the fear). 

You got diagnosed early which is great, and it's treatable.

One thing that was mentioned to me is a 5 year survival rate is based on people diagnosed 5 or more years ago. Every year that rate improves with better treatment. So the rate for people like you, just diagnosed, is higher than the current rates. Yay! 

Take notes whenever you have an appointment. If you get chemo you might experience chemo fog which makes your thinking fuzzy. 

I was lucky and during my first course of daily radiation treatment for 28 days I was riding my bike to work and doing oral chemo at the same time. Later I did I.V. chemo which was boring. Bring a book. 

The drugs they provide you with now to prevent nausea during chemo really work well. Take them religiously. The one time I forgot before my chemo I was really sick - but otherwise very, very, little side effects. 

So take heart. It's very scary but now it's just something that happened to me. 

Best wishes. 

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All the best wishes for you, MSG was a major loss to this forum. I sincerely wish you a rapid recovery.

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Good luck shorty. Fuck cancer.

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24 minutes ago, Shortforbob said:

Thanks Steamer, intellectually one knows but the animal in us says panic  :)

The specialist today talked about a lot of post OP and radiotherapy follow up and whole body hormone treatment to block what estrogen I've still got but I kind of switched off at that point. 

It's very possible that if it's a small, noninvasive tumor, that after surgery you won't need any chemo/radio therapy. Let's hope that's the case.

Despite your librarian view on life, I think that we (collectively) all enjoy your company. So just stay positive, and keep on smiling.

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 I trust your care is in the very best hands. It may be dumb luck that you found this early, good luck just the same. Wishing you the very best Meli, keep us abreast:D of your progress, we really do care about you.

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Hey Ms. Weddgie . .  

Sorry about that - I'm also dealing with several sorts of cancer even as we speak (skin & prostate) 

Last week the good ol' Vets Admin tested me for bladder cancer (with both a Cat Scan and a cystoscopy - the latter of which you REALLY don't want to do unless totally necessary) - well, if you're a guy for sure. 

I just wish everyone in the US and the world had the same quality and availability of care that OZ enjoys. 

I promised me ol' Mumster that I would struggle for that in the US. 

Enjoy your posts, even when you beat up on my poor ol' Irish kiester. 

La Lucha Sigue !! 

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1 hour ago, Ease the sheet. said:

But..poo....

 

 

Actually, while we are at it, how's everyone's prostrate?

Last I looked it was fine.  Thanks to LB15.  He told me I had my head up my ass.

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19 minutes ago, Mrleft8 said:

It's very possible that if it's a small, noninvasive tumor, that after surgery you won't need any chemo/radio therapy. Let's hope that's the case.

Despite your librarian view on life, I think that we (collectively) all enjoy your company. So just stay positive, and keep on smiling.

it's invasive but small, may or may not be in lymphs. The more I read the "better" I feel. its ER/PR positive and HER2 negative. which I think means slower growing.. or something. 

It's at 12'o clock just above the areola, I'll have a small curved scar and a dimple. I might make Bluecrab's head explode and get a tat ,

little hammer and sickle following the curve :D

 

 

 

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2 minutes ago, Shortforbob said:

it's invasive but small, may or may not be in lymphs.

Yeah that. GF had some conflicting advice on lymph - something to do with much more invasive surgery to deal with the lymph system. Lots of likely side effects, no guarantee it hadn't spread anyway. In the end she opted to not have it done, the risk/reward wasn't there in her opinion based on her medical advice. She has checkups every 3 months as I had to do for a while after getting some big skin cancers dealt with - not melanomas though.

2 years in and they're dropping back to 6 monthly checkups for her.

YMMV of course. Hope it all goes well.

FKT

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6 minutes ago, Shortforbob said:

little hammer and sickle following the curve 

Careful someone might mistake that for a Turkish thing not a Commie thing:rolleyes:

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Meli

Best wishes,  fingers (and everything else) crosses for you.....

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Best wishes Meli, we're all hoping this goes well for you.   It was brave of you to share this news with this crew of misfits.   

 

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24 minutes ago, Shortforbob said:

it's invasive but small, may or may not be in lymphs. The more I read the "better" I feel. its ER/PR positive and HER2 negative. which I think means slower growing.. or something. 

It's at 12'o clock just above the areola, I'll have a small curved scar and a dimple. I might make Bluecrab's head explode and get a tat ,

little hammer and sickle following the curve :D

 

 

 

Oh, we'll definitely need a picture then, just for posterity if nothing else..... It's not like we're all geriatric perverts or anything.... Just for... You know, Just evidence!

:D

I have a couple of good friends that have had mastectomies, and reconstructive surgery.... And They've all been a bit shy about wearing bikinis for some reason. I tell them all to just tell anyone who takes a second look (as if you could see the scar anyway) that you were swimming, and a shark was so attracted to you that he bit your breast. But you hit him in the nose and fought him off, and later on you caught him, and served him up on the beach as a bit of sushi.

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Sorry to hear that Meli. And yes, get those checks done.

I've known too many people who've just let things slide, not got symptons checked and then ended up with a stage 4 diagnosis where it's usually too late. I've recently had a sizeable adenoma (40mm across) removed from lower sigmoid colon/upper rectum  where i had reported symptons to doc who referred me to colorectal surgeon. If I had not insisted on follow up sigmoidoscopy 7 months after previous colonoscopy, due to ongoing symptons, then the adenoma might have turned cancerous and spread into lymph system before it got acted on.  I know I need to stay on top of things as there is lots of family history of bowel cancer on Dad's side and on mum's side leukaemia, so I've got it from both directions, plus being in Oz need to stay on top of potential melanoma, in fact had a stage 1 cut out of lower back 3 years ago and regular skin checks since.

All the best Meli and I hope that what they found has not spread and that after the lumpectomy and round of chemo that you get on top of it.

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Speaking of prostates...I have a family history of prostate cancer, dad died of it at 70 cousin in his 60s, and uncle in his eighties.  Been having rectal exams since I was in my early 40s, PSAs for many, many years.  The PSA numbers kept creeping up with age (normal), but mine were little higher....so, at age 70 went through the biopsy route, you know 12 long needles shoved up your ass one at a time to collect prostate tissue (the needles puncture your large intestine wall).  Small, isolated, non aggressive cancer found...wait and see mode.  Year later another bio but with 18 needles, no spread but cancer more aggressive...so, either cut the prostate out or radiation..chose radiation.  Two treatments internal with needles, and seven weeks of external radiation, five days a week.  PSA went from high 3s to 0.2...98% cure rate now at age 74+.  Get going boys, before the crap spreads.

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Meli, as much as we all are wishing and hoping for the best, you should be aware that internal images of breasts don’t count for anything on PA....

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5 minutes ago, foamy1946 said:

Speaking of prostates...I have a family history of prostate cancer, dad died of it at 70 cousin in his 60s, and uncle in his eighties.  Been having rectal exams since I was in my early 40s, PSAs for many, many years.  The PSA numbers kept creeping up with age (normal), but mine were little higher....so, at age 70 went through the biopsy route, you know 12 long needles shoved up your ass one at a time to collect prostate tissue (the needles puncture your large intestine wall).  Small, isolated, non aggressive cancer found...wait and see mode.  Year later another bio but with 18 needles, no spread but cancer more aggressive...so, either cut the prostate out or radiation..chose radiation.  Two treatments internal with needles, and seven weeks of external radiation, five days a week.  PSA went from high 3s to 0.2...98% cure rate now at age 74+.  Get going boys, before the crap spreads.

It's rare that any post here puts me off food and leaves me shivering on the floor.

 

Kudos, Sir.

 

 

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55 minutes ago, Rain Man said:

Best wishes Meli, we're all hoping this goes well for you.   It was brave of you to share this news with this crew of misfits.   

 

Not really brave. I can tell you lot to fuck off, I can't say really that to the Docs or other polite company :D:P

 

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2 hours ago, Shortforbob said:

Thanks Steamer, intellectually one knows but the animal in us says panic  :)

The specialist today talked about a lot of post OP and radiotherapy follow up and whole body hormone treatment to block what estrogen I've still got but I kind of switched off at that point. 

Can you bring someone with you next visit to take notes? Prepare your question list and be sure they get asked. It's a lot to take in, too much often for the person whose body it is. 

 

 

 

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Ex-GF wouldn't get the biopsy because ... vanity. Ex-GF is no longer with us. Fuck cancer.

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Just now, NeedAClew said:

Can you bring someone with you next visit to take notes? Prepare your question list and be sure they get asked. It's a lot to take in, too much often for the person whose body it is. 

 

 

 

Not really. There's only me and the kids and I'm still thinking about if I'll even tell them while it's looking straight forward and simple. Why share the stress?.

And there won't be a next visit. I'm going in for a special lymph scan the day before and that's it . Plenty of time to ask in the aftercare bit

There's plenty of official information from the various national foundations on the internet and I absorb things better if I read.

Good though though.

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Ok, but for the aftercare keep a running list of questions. Especially if there are choices, and also what to expect and how long stages of recovery are. Nurses tend to be better at answering than surgeons in my experience in US

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Just now, Olsonist said:

Ex-GF wouldn't get the biopsy because ... vanity. Ex-GF is no longer with us. Fuck cancer.

Vanity or fear? As I said, my sister refused too. She's a microbiologist. Some people simply just hope it will all go away like a bad dream and don't want confirmation. Peoples minds work in strange and different ways. 

 

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Just now, NeedAClew said:

Ok, but for the aftercare keep a running list of questions. Especially if there are choices, and also what to expect.

will do. :)

Just taking it one step at a time.

Actually, the hospital just called. Wanted to know if I wanted to go in on Thursday?:o

I declined

 

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5 minutes ago, Shortforbob said:

will do. :)

Just taking it one step at a time.

Actually, the hospital just called. Wanted to know if I wanted to go in on Thursday?:o

I declined

 

Don't fuck aound. Get it done!

A hospital appointment in the hand is better than the alternative.......

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pics or it didn't happen!

sorry, wrong thread

seriously, sorry to hear the news and happy to see you so positive. No substitute for enthusiasm and positive vibes. Sending some your way

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38 minutes ago, foamy1946 said:

Speaking of prostates...I have a family history of prostate cancer, dad died of it at 70 cousin in his 60s, and uncle in his eighties.  Been having rectal exams since I was in my early 40s, PSAs for many, many years.  The PSA numbers kept creeping up with age (normal), but mine were little higher....so, at age 70 went through the biopsy route, you know 12 long needles shoved up your ass one at a time to collect prostate tissue (the needles puncture your large intestine wall).  Small, isolated, non aggressive cancer found...wait and see mode.  Year later another bio but with 18 needles, no spread but cancer more aggressive...so, either cut the prostate out or radiation..chose radiation.  Two treatments internal with needles, and seven weeks of external radiation, five days a week.  PSA went from high 3s to 0.2...98% cure rate now at age 74+.  Get going boys, before the crap spreads.

this,

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3 hours ago, Shortforbob said:

My very trusty GP couldn't detect it manually but she sent me for both a Mammogramm and ultrasound anyway (with a scolding), the specialist couldn't detect it manually. Biopsy last week confirmed.

Sorry to hear that news Meli,  I have friends who have recovered many years ago so you will too.

But about your GP not picking it ... I'm an expert at checking mammaries, so if you need some help PM me.

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1 minute ago, Ease the sheet. said:

Don't fuck aound. Get it done!

A hospital appointment in the hand is better than the alternative.......

I'm booked into the Alfred on the 11 Feb. Private specialist list. Public hosp facilities and zero cost.

I've never quite understood how this works but it does.

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2 minutes ago, astro said:

Sorry to hear that news Meli,  I have friends who have recovered many years ago so you will too.

But about your GP not picking it ... I'm an expert at checking mammaries, so if you need some help PM me.

If stripper to granny tits is your thing? . Get Fucked Random. See? :D

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6 minutes ago, Chris in Santa Cruz, CA said:

pics or it didn't happen!

sorry, wrong thread

seriously, sorry to hear the news and happy to see you so positive. No substitute for enthusiasm and positive vibes. Sending some your way

Either that or hysteria. :)

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4 minutes ago, Shortforbob said:

If stripper to granny tits is your thing? . Get Fucked Random. See? :D

Nuh.  Was there supposed to be a pic attached?

Have one friend who was diagnosed 20 years ago, had a relapse and is now in remission again and in the age group where she no longer cares that much.  Didn't stop her drinking too much unfortunately.

Hang in there Meli, the waiting is the worst part.

 

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Just now, astro said:

Nuh.  Was there supposed to be a pic attached?

Have one friend who was diagnosed 20 years ago, had a relapse and is now in remission again and in the age group where she no longer cares that much.  Didn't stop her drinking too much unfortunately.

Hang in there Meli, the waiting is the worst part.

 

you're not wrong.

Fortunately the way my brain works is to tuck these bad things away until they're imminent. I think it's called compartmentalising or something.  

 

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53 minutes ago, foamy1946 said:

PSA went from high 3s to 0.2...98% cure rate now at age 74+.  Get going boys, before the crap spreads.

Had a friend who had his out last year and is still dealing with the side effects.  He made the call even though the cancer was the usual slow growing kind.

"So I'm going to get it out, don't want to end up like my wife's dad".

Oh?  So he died of prostate cancer?"

"Sure did".

"How old was he?"

"95"

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A person I know said guys don't go to the doctor unless their dick is about to fall off.  True enough, I need to get there and all the best SfB.

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1 minute ago, roundthebuoys said:

A person I know said guys don't go to the doctor unless their dick is about to fall off.  True enough, I need to get there and all the best SfB.

but how do you know when the dr's dick is about to fall off?

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34 minutes ago, Shortforbob said:

I'm booked into the Alfred on the 11 Feb. Private specialist list. Public hosp facilities and zero cost. I've never quite understood how this works but it does.

So glad that you do not have to worry about the cost - 

When many USAeans have those issues, even many with (craptastic) insurance, 

they decline treatment because they cannot afford it. 

Me and the Admiral have very good care, but millions do not - 

M4A for the USA  !!!!

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13 minutes ago, roundthebuoys said:

A person I know said guys don't go to the doctor unless their dick is about to fall off.  True enough, I need to get there and all the best SfB.

precisely. get there.

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im another survivor

never been so scared in all my life

it gets easier

best of luck with yours

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1 hour ago, NeedAClew said:

Can you bring someone with you next visit to take notes? Prepare your question list and be sure they get asked. It's a lot to take in, too much often for the person whose body it is.

Yeah - I accompanied my GF, listened a lot, kept my mouth shut - not my body - and we talked things out afterwards, things to check at the next appointment etc. Mainly to offer any support she needed and see if she'd missed anything in the discussion that I'd picked up on.

FKT

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32 minutes ago, AJ Oliver said:

So glad that you do not have to worry about the cost - 

When many USAeans have those issues, even many with (craptastic) insurance, 

they decline treatment because they cannot afford it. 

Me and the Admiral have very good care, but millions do not - 

M4A for the USA  !!!!

It's not quite as easy as all that.

The care here is not as equal as it should be. Or maybe the speed is not.

The way it works for those with no private insurance like me.

If you have a really good GP who knows his or her private specialists, she sends you to a private specialist who also works in the public hospital system. They seem to have some arrangement where they treat patients on the public waiting lists but in return also have slots for their own uninsured patents.

So, I pay about $300 for the first private consultation and about $900 for various diagnostics, of which I get about half back.

The surgery, theatre, anesthetic bed fee,  done in a public hospital is covered by Medicare.

People without the ability to pay for those scans have to wait for a specialist apt in the public hospital and scans, or find some place that treats only for what the gov pays, but usually not long  for something something like this.

And they'll get the consulting specialist they are given, though at least usually they'll have the same person do the surgery too.

It's mostly down to the GP you have. I've known mine for almost 30 years. She knows her network.

It's a good system but could be better and more equal.

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5 minutes ago, phill_nz said:

im another survivor

never been so scared in all my life

it gets easier

best of luck with yours

thank Phil, :) 

I'm putting the fear aside and eating salad. Going for a swim later. May as well get fit and lose the covid kilos.

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Sorry to hear Mali, glad you got it early.

Alfred is a great hospital, there are few places I'd rather be if things go wrong. 

I had a few hyperbaric treatments there a few years back, and interestingly, if you get admitted through emergency, they seem to have a large amount of discretion to waive all the bills for even subsequent treatments. I tried to pay and they were not that interested.

Sorry, but the only surgeon I know there is a colorectal specialist, and I'm not sure you want your lumpectomy performed via that route.

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29 minutes ago, Shortforbob said:

I'm putting the fear aside and eating salad. Going for a swim later. May as well get fit and lose the covid kilos.

Fuck that, now is the time to drink the good wine, so if it all goes this up, at least the kids won't get it. 

Party now, be responsible once you get fixed.

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I like salad now the kids are gone and one can toss in a Buffalo mozza or two and add lashings of exy lemon olive oil and balsamic along with the basil and tomatoes.

and sort of like swimming once I'm in the pool. Trouble is today it will be full of kids. (it's 39C)  I'll go tomorrow at 6.30am when there's only the lap nerds there.

. Endorphins are better than alcohol at the moment methinks when you're on your own. 

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I'm sorry to hear about this.

Caught it early, so that's technically a good thing, right?

Edit- Thus the title of your thread...

 

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Glad it was caught early and that it's getting taken care of right away.

Best wishes 

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2 hours ago, Shortforbob said:

I like salad now the kids are gone and one can toss in a Buffalo mozza or two and add lashings of exy lemon olive oil and balsamic along with the basil and tomatoes.

and sort of like swimming once I'm in the pool. Trouble is today it will be full of kids. (it's 39C)  I'll go tomorrow at 6.30am when there's only the lap nerds there.

. Endorphins are better than alcohol at the moment methinks when you're on your own. 

Looking at this thread, you're far from lonely!

 

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My wife had it and it was caught early. IIRC she was told it was the most curable form when caught early - almost total success rate.

Positive thinking has a big effect on it too.

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Those growths are hard to see in medical imaging because in the early stages they have close to the same density as the health tissue. One promising method to catch them early is to have computers using a stochastic process look at the medical imaging. Computers can often see things that humans don't catch because they look at the numbers that make up the image, rather than the image itself.

Best of luck with the treatment, so far all of the women in my life who have had it have done fine because they caught it early. But as Foamy and A.J. noted, the men with prostate cancers tend to die early and often, apparently it's not in our manly culture to keep up with our health, so we don't get our prostates checked until we notice a pumpkin behind our pissers.

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Hey Meli, so sorry to hear this!

But you seem pretty sober and level headed about it. Keep it up! Together with the early recognition and ever evolving therapies it will work out!

I wish you a full and speedy recovery. :) 

 

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And don't stop getting into "good trouble". 

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20 hours ago, Mrleft8 said:

I'm glad it was found early Meli. As you know, I've done the "C" dance, and it's not fun.

 And just a reminder, it's not just women who get breast cancer. Meli and I have a good friend in Oklahoma who has ignored an apple sized lump on his chest for about a year now. Cantankerous old bastard won't go to the doctor because he doesn't want to know.

Meli, get well soon, PA would not be the same without you.

My BIL died of breast cancer quite a few years ago now. He said one of the hardest parts of the whole thing was people thinking it was funny.

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20 hours ago, Mrleft8 said:

I'm glad it was found early Meli. As you know, I've done the "C" dance, and it's not fun.

 And just a reminder, it's not just women who get breast cancer. Meli and I have a good friend in Oklahoma who has ignored an apple sized lump on his chest for about a year now. Cantankerous old bastard won't go to the doctor because he doesn't want to know.

If you're talking about who I think you're talking about? 

That would be right, but at his age and state of health maybe he's wise. BC is rarely painful.

8 minutes ago, Bristol-Cruiser said:

Meli, get well soon, PA would not be the same without you.

My BIL died of breast cancer quite a few years ago now. He said one of the hardest parts of the whole thing was people thinking it was funny.

That's really sad and horrible. 

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Just saw this, best wishes for a speedy recovery with minimal pain and procedures.  Glad was caught early, those I know in similar situations are all doing great, counting on you to do the same.

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23 hours ago, Shortforbob said:

I'm writing this to tell you to tell your wives, sisters, GF's and any significant female other.

Don't rely on self checking or even your GP checking. If they are over 50. GET YOUR MAMMOGRAMMS DONE!

Thank you for posting this Meli. Curious to know if you got a BRCA genetic test. 

Someone close to me went through breast cancer issues recently. Her doctor initially found a lump manually during her annual checkup. It looked at the time that a lumpectomy would do the trick, but they decided to do (and her insurance covered) a genetic test to look for a particular mutation in the BRCA gene that greatly increases the risk of breast cancer. This mutation is most common among the Jewish community of which she is a member. Came out positive. A difficult decision was made to remove not only the the one breast but both as a prophylactic measure (also covered). 
Good news is she’s been clear for a year now and looks and feels good as new after reconstructive surgery. 
Hats off to cancer center team at Stonybrook Hospital for a job well done.!
 

Moral of the story - get a BRCA test if you can. 
 

https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/breast/young_women/bringyourbrave/hereditary_breast_cancer/genetic-test-need-to-know.htm

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20 hours ago, Mrleft8 said:

but how do you know when the dr's dick is about to fall off?

The desperate calls for DUCT TAPE STAT!!!!!!!!!

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4 minutes ago, kent_island_sailor said:

The desperate calls for DUCT TAPE STAT!!!!!!!!!

Duct tape is useless on a detached dick. You need Krazy Glue. 

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3 hours ago, Sean said:

Thank you for posting this Meli. Curious to know if you got a BRCA genetic test. 

Someone close to me went through breast cancer issues recently. Her doctor initially found a lump manually during her annual checkup. It looked at the time that a lumpectomy would do the trick, but they decided to do (and her insurance covered) a genetic test to look for a particular mutation in the BRCA gene that greatly increases the risk of breast cancer. This mutation is most common among the Jewish community of which she is a member. Came out positive. A difficult decision was made to remove not only the the one breast but both as a prophylactic measure (also covered). 
Good news is she’s been clear for a year now and looks and feels good as new after reconstructive surgery. 
Hats off to cancer center team at Stonybrook Hospital for a job well done.!
 

Moral of the story - get a BRCA test if you can. 
 

https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/breast/young_women/bringyourbrave/hereditary_breast_cancer/genetic-test-need-to-know.htm

Good point, 

I'm pretty much putting myself in the hands of my specialist at the moment, she seems pretty on top of things and asked me about family history (Paternal Grandmother and my sister both had it ) 

My Mum OTOH, had 6 sisters. Non of whom died of BC. 

My dad's mum? i dunno, she had about 5 sisters, AFAIK all live into their 80's. She died young (50 ish) OTOH, she worked in rubber production factory in the 50's.

My dad died at 62 with liver cancer. He was a house painter, Christ knows what he was exposed to.

There's so many other things to take into consideration with historical family cancers.

I'll ask . :)

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