Provenge Vaccine FDA Approval
Provenge, The first therapeutic cancer vaccine, has been approved by the FDA in the U.S.A was 15 years in the making. As Dr. Sanjay Gupta tells us, it is very expensive, and it could help those with advanced prostate cancer.
Prostate Gland Cancer Diagnosis!
I was 62 years old and I have cancer disease of the prostate gland. There are three primary health issues related to the prostate: benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH, also known as enlarged prostate), prostatitis (inflammation and infection of the prostate) and prostate cancer.
I had a 10.8 cancer tumor indicator from a PSA blood test screening during my yearly doctor exam. PSA Risk Range is Normal: 0-4, Slightly Elevated: 4-10, Moderately Elevated: 10-20 and Highly Elevated: 20+.
My doctor sent me to a urology doctor. He did a Ultrasound procedure where as he took tissue samples with a needle probe inserted through the rectum to the prostate. The biopsy samples are sent to a pathologist for testing. The biopsy tests results confirmed I had prostate cancer.
My doctor said this cancer is very slow progressing and with no treatment I could live another 5-10 years. But, to treat the cancer tumor, he suggested I could have a operation (Radical prostatectomy) to remove the prostate gland or not remove the gland and use External Beam Radiation and Brachytherapy (Radioactive seeds implanted in prostate gland) treatments.
The radiologist doctor said, the chance of cancer remission is about equal between the two treatments. And, radiation and brachytherapy is more forgiving in that you have a better chance to achieve love making function after the radiation treatments.
Read about a related study in this news article: Prostatectomy Vs. Radiation Therapy for Prostate Cancer – Men’s News Daily – Guerneville,CA,USA. Quoting from Journal of the National Cancer Institute…
I opt for the radiation and brachytherapy treatment as opposed to surgical prostate gland removal because, keeping my potency is important in my sexual partner relationship.
Here’s a updated news article addressing the latest primary treatment options:
- Nerve-sparing surgery (reduces the risk of erectile dysfunction side effects)
- Hormonal therapy (Lowers production of testosterone)
- Cryosurgery (Uses liquid nitrogen to freeze and kill prostate cancer cells)
- Chemotherapy (Uses anti-cancer drugs)
Because prostate cancer is often slow growing, a minority of men choose not to be treated at all (so-called watchful waiting) unless blood tests suggest that the tumor is becoming more aggressive.
Radiation and Brachytherapy Treatments Experiences
I received 27 radiation treatments for the cancer to the prostate gland over a 5 week period and then 2 surgical Brachytherapy radioactive seed implants.The treatments were done every work day and only took about 15-20 minutes.
I would go to the hospital and change into a hospital gown and then they would put me on the radiation table in a pre-made semi-body cast (to keep me very still) while the radiation was beamed painlessly to my prostate gland. I then went home each day.
At the end of the 5 week period I had 2 hospital stays two weeks apart were I was put to sleep for the very powerful radioactive seeds (about 9 seeds) that were implanted in my prostate in a way that they could be removed later.
Those seeds were surgically inserted into the prostate gland in the morning and that evening removed. I do clearly remember the pain as they removed them. They didn’t put me to sleep for that. The next day I went home.
Radiation Impotence Side Effects Drug Therapy Treatment Solution
My Sexual Potency!
It has been a few years now since the radiation therapy. I’m now having sexual potency problems with making love. So, my doctor put me on the Viagra (sildenafil citrate) impotence drug treatment. He gave me some samples of 25 mg Viagra prescription drug medication.
After taking the first pill I was really amazed how effective a medicine could work. It not only significantly improved my sexual potency abilities but, was beneficial for extra confidence in myself and feel totally in control. I can attest to the virtues of Viagra for impotence sufferers. Sildenafil citrate is truly a wonder drug.
Prostate Cancer risk and prevention research studies
- Targeting Prostate-Specific Proteins May Lead To New Treatments …
Medical News Today (press release) – UK
By targeting a protein unique to the prostate gland, researchers may have found a compound that is a safe and effective treatment for prostate cancer and …
- Is exercise beneficial in the prevention of prostate cancer?
Exercise may be a potential prevention factor and it seems prudent to recommend that all men become physically active.
Prostate Cancer Survivor’s Second Chance And Wristband:
The really good news is, after 5 years, my PSA prostate cancer indicator now is down to .08. It looks like my prostate cancer is in final remission. I feel good and more energetic. Life is GREAT!