Blog posts for September 2013

The month of the doctor
2013-09-23 5:06:44 PM
After my biopsy, my wife and I went to Maui for ten days with some friends. We had a perfect holiday, and I forgot about all my troubles and just enjoyed the sun, surf and great friends.
Overcoming Fear with Information
2013-09-17 1:33:32 PM
Many articles and posts have discussed fear and the fact that prostate cancer will evoke this emotion in many men and their loved ones. As someone with a family history of prostate cancer, I do have fears related to prostate cancer.
The kingpin of the whole process - the nurse navigator
2013-09-16 4:57:04 PM
The nurse navigator is the fulcrum of the whole process of dealing with prostate cancer. She – in my case, both are female – is the person whose job can be described as answering questions like, “OK, so I have prostate cancer; now what do I do?”
PSA Testing: Empowering Patients, Trusting Clinical Teams
2013-09-09 3:58:44 PM
Every debate has two sides – at Prostate Cancer Canada (PCC), we knew when we released our recommendations that they would stimulate an interesting and well-informed discussion. With that philosophy firmly in place, we would like to address a few points that have been raised over the last two days.
The Phone Call
2013-09-09 10:02:23 AM
I’ve been given bad news a number of times in my life, and although none of those phone calls or conversations were good, waiting for and getting the call from the urologist was the most difficult. Of course, that doesn’t count the really bad news of my parents and brother passing – but it’s certainly the most difficult call I’ve ever received that involved my own health.
The Biopsy
2013-09-03 9:44:19 AM
I’m a pretty curious guy, so I spent some time online (which I know you’re not supposed to do) reading about how prostate biopsies are normally preformed.

Not too much to talk about really – the Radiologist sticks an ultrasound probe up your rectum and measures the size and shape of the prostate and then he or she inserts a needle to freeze the side of the rectum. After the freezing is in, a special instrument called a needle gun is inserted and samples are taken through the wall of the rectum and into the prostate.

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