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As I was getting ready to leave the exam room, my new PCP asked me a question.
"When was your last PSA test?"
"I think that it's been a few years. My PSA had been good for my age, so we stopped testing it."
"Why don't we add it in with the standard blood panels?"
I had no idea how much this simple conversation would shortly complicate my life.
My PSA was just into double digits and the eventual biopsy indicated prostate cancer. Many appointments, diagnostic tests, imaging and procedures later, I sit here typing this after having had my prostate surgically removed, being halfway through a six month course of ADT and having finished one half of my adjuvant radiation treatments. Some surgical and treatment side effects have resolved, but others are still present.
I am not alone. I have read many on-line stories about other men and their prostate cancers and have heard more face-to-face with men in the prostate cancer support group that I started attending. Stories about living with prostate cancer, which many forget is just as important as dealing with the medical treatment of the disease. The hardest moments are when someone announces another death from prostate cancer. In the support group, we have a moment of silence and on-line, a long series of condolences gets posted by forum members and tears come to my eyes as I type "We persist against this disease not because of a fear of death, but because of the joy of sharing life with those that we love. May the love of family and friends support you at this time." We need to work at stopping deaths from prostate cancer.
One in nine fathers, sons, husbands, brothers, partners and friends will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, including 3,290 men in Missouri this year alone.
I'm participating in the ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk because I want to put an end to prostate cancer. Please support me by making a tax-deductible contribution today!
Your donation provides much needed funds for research, education and awareness, and patient assistance for prostate cancer patients in our local community.
Team up with me to fight prostate cancer; you'll feel proud knowing you've helped save lives.
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