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Early Detection Helped Me Survive
2013-12-04 3:23:48 PM
Forty is a big milestone year. For me, it was, but not in the way that you might think. Ironically, I think it was my doctor that gave me the most meaningful 40th birthday gift that I received – a PSA test of all things.
Risky Business: On distinguishing low-risk from high-risk prostate cancer
2013-11-26 3:38:17 PM
In September, PCC released recommendations with one overarching goal: for more men to get tested for prostate cancer. Currently, the test that is initially used for the early detection of prostate cancer is the Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) test. It is a simple blood test that detects the levels of a protein released by the prostate when it is under stress.
Prostate Cancer Canada and Movember: How We Work Together
2013-11-13 9:05:44 AM
It’s the exciting hairy month of Movember, and as President and CEO of Prostate Cancer Canada, I couldn’t be more pleased with what this global phenomenon has done to raise awareness and funds for prostate cancer in order to eradicate the disease.
The day the catheter left
2013-10-15 5:16:11 PM
A catheter is a long tube about a foot in diameter that’s shoved up your penis through the urethra into your bladder. Okay, it’s really not that large – maybe an eighth to a quarter of an inch in diameter. It’s made up of two tubes, one long and one short. The long one ends up in your bladder and has a bulb on the end to hold it inside the bladder. The short tube is used to fill the bulb with saline. When you want to take the catheter out, you cut the short tube to let the saline out, then pull the long tube out.
2013-10-01 5:10:43 PM
As April 29 approached, I noticed my moods were all over the map. It was almost like I was bipolar - and I mean no disrespect to people with bipolar disorder. I was depressed, euphoric, angry, distant and goofy – sometimes all in the same day. It must have been tough for my wife and my son to live with me, and the closer the 29th got, the more up and down I became.
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.
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