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Decisions about what the newly diagnosed prostate cancer patient should do should be based on specific about "him." A urologist or radiation therapist can be biased, agreed, but a patient can be biased as well for against a particular treatment.

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A urologist who has removed hundreds of prostates for cancer becomes the patient himself. In big terms, it came down to what he thought was the best treatment vs. what would impact his life (short term) the least. In time he became a "cure first" type patient and chose to have the pesky gland removed.

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Frank Zappa is grim reminder to asymptomatic males to checked for prostate cancer. Not all prostate cancers are slow growing and it is not always a "disease of old men."

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Do you know where your prostatic urethra is tonight?

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There are so many variables about patients as well as the specifics of their prostate cancer, it's folly to do what your friend did.

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Men make bad patients. They defer the prostate rectal exam because they have no voiding symptoms not knowing that having no voiding symptoms means nothing in the early diagnosis of prostate cancer.

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Your prostate cancer is specific to you…your decision of what to do should be too. Don't do what your friend did or uncle Bob.

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A PSA is variable in the best of situation. If it is high in the face of infection it is best to repeat after the infection has cleared.

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