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The whole system is a total mess and not just for prostate cancer, much depends on which part of the country you live in.

Some health authorities are quick to deal with certain conditions whilst others claim they have insufficient funds or a particular thing is not a high priority.

We are supposed to have a NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE which should mean that everyone gets equal access to treatment and within similar time scales.

Yes funding is going to be increased but I hear nothing about a equal service and yes I know it's not simple as some areas of the country have high elderly populations who may make a greater demand on the health service but the data is readily available,  what is needed is the government to take action to address the problem.

The current system is very unfair if you live is some parts of the country that offer little or nothing for certain serious conditions

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@Infinity 

Thank you for rising this topic as it's important and, in my view, not discussed enough. 

Thank you for your detailed description of your own personal journey with PC and I hope your wellness continues Smiley

I was wondering if there is any link to certain activities, such as diet, sitting or cycling and if you have had any advice on your future lifestyle? 

I also saw the Wikihow on the subject. https://www.wikihow.com/Check-Your-Prostate 

 

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Just two factors.....

 

Being Male

 

Being over 50

 

(There is no family history in my case.)

 

Future.... just quarterly PSA blood tests, plus occasional MRI & Bone Scans

 

No other links, as far as I am aware, certainly none I have been made aware  of by the Oncology Consultants at The Christie.

 

 

As I have mentioned before, if you are over 50 and male, ask your GP for a PSA test, it's not conclusive, but can be an indicator.

Also, if you have trouble peeing, and other "symptoms" as covered by Dr. Google....

 

And of course, your own GP, a conversation well worth having.

 

I am fortunate that my GP & GP Practise has good links to various local Hospitals, there is never a long waiting list for various interventions, if required.

 

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@Leapy wrote:

@Infinity 

Thank you for rising this topic as it's important and, in my view, not discussed enough. 

Thank you for your detailed description of your own personal journey with PC and I hope your wellness continues Smiley

I was wondering if there is any link to certain activities, such as diet, sitting or cycling and if you have had any advice on your future lifestyle? 

 

 


Tests and treatment

Tests for prostate cancer are haphazard, with accurate tools only just beginning to emerge. 

There is no national prostate screening programme as for years the tests have been too inaccurate.

Doctors struggle to distinguish between aggressive and less serious tumours, making it hard to decide on treatment.

Men over 50 are eligible for a ‘PSA’ blood test which gives doctors a rough idea of whether a patient is at risk.

But it is unreliable. Patients who get a positive result are usually given a biopsy which is also not foolproof. 

Scientists are unsure as to what causes prostate cancer, but age, obesity and a lack of exercise are known risks. 

Anyone with any concerns can speak to Prostate Cancer UK's specialist nurses on 0800 074 8383 or visit prostatecanceruk.org

 

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5882145/Revolutionary-magic-bullet-prostate-cancer.html?IT...

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My dad was diagnosed with a non-aggressive form of prostate cancer in 1997 and died of other aged-related illnesses in 2010 at 90.

 

After treatment he had frequent and regular blood tests for a few years. After that I think it was just annual tests.

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@Infinity wrote:

A year ago, I was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer.

 

 


It's been 12 months now since the radiotherapy treatment at the Christie ended, thankfully, I am still Cancer free, though with quarterly hormone injections as a preventative  measure.

Lots of scans & blood tests continue ....

 

 

And finally, the worst side effects from the treatment have thankfully now finished.

 

After a year, I was told it would probably take 3 months !

 

the Christie are having a more focussed Proton Beam therapy installed, which should lead to less side effects for future patients.

 

 

I know I keep saying it, but if you are male and over 50 have your PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) levels checked by means of a quick blood test, it could be a life saver.

 

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/prostate-cancer/should-i-have-psa-test/

https://www.macmillan.org.uk/information-and-support/diagnosing/how-cancers-are-diagnosed/psa-test/w...

 

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My father has been dealing with prostate cancer for a couple of years now and is about to begin treatment. Does anybody have any information or personal testimonials about how marijuana has helped you or your loved ones in their battle with cancer or other illnesses? Any information would be much appreciated. I have read many articles suggesting highly concentrated cannabis oil can be effective not only in treatment of symptoms but also in the actual treatment of the cancer itself. Does anybody know if there is any science behind this? I am very familiar with the high and physical effects of cannabis but I cant find any solid conclusive evidence that speaks to its efficacy in eliminating the cancer cells themselves. Any help or personal testimonials is much appreciated.
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@Skanda004 wrote:

My father has been dealing with prostate cancer for a couple of years now and is about to begin treatment. Does anybody have any information or personal testimonials about how marijuana has helped you or your loved ones in their battle with cancer or other illnesses? Any information would be much appreciated. 


 

Two years seems an inordinately long period...

 

I was diagnosed (at a very early stage) & commenced treatment within two weeks, cleared after another 4 weeks of Radiotherapy.

The very best treatment, at the Christie, Manchester.

 

Spotted this...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5971185/Cannabis-boost-immune-fight-cancer-scientists-say....

 

It is the Daily Mail though !

 

In my opinion, Cannabis will not treat Cancer, though it may alleviate symptoms

 

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@Skanda004 wrote:

My father has been dealing with prostate cancer for a couple of years now and is about to begin treatment. Does anybody have any information or personal testimonials about how marijuana has helped you or your loved ones in their battle with cancer or other illnesses? Any information would be much appreciated. I have read many articles suggesting highly concentrated cannabis oil can be effective not only in treatment of symptoms but also in the actual treatment of the cancer itself. Does anybody know if there is any science behind this? I am very familiar with the high and physical effects of cannabis but I cant find any solid conclusive evidence that speaks to its efficacy in eliminating the cancer cells themselves. Any help or personal testimonials is much appreciated.
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200 types of cancer and no ' wonder drug ' will fix them all, more here from Cancer research UK. Although it's from 2012 it's still relevant today.  https://scienceblog.cancerresearchuk.org/2012/07/25/cannabis-cannabinoids-and-cancer-the-evidence-so...

 

 

Edit: @Infinity Glad to see you posting in good health, a close friend of mine was also diagnosed with it. A few years on and he's doing just fine.

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Infinity,

Thank you for your detailed report on Prostate Cancer. I happen to be an active 87 yr old.  Had Prostate cancer 25 yrs ago, and they used a procedure which was stopped 2 yrs later. But it was successful in my case. They entered a thermal lance into my canal and cooked it for 1 hour, and shrunk it from a large Plum, to a Walnut.

    This did cause problem with the neck of the Bladder, but they overcome that with small slits in the neck of the Bladder. there by increasing pee flow. Remission for 5 years, and hey presto, here to tell the tale.

   As has been said before always check with the Doctor.    Because of my age, I have an M.O.T. yearly.

                      Can still somersault on Lawn with Great Grandchildren.

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@wrestpete  Really good to read such good news SmileyHow I wish I could do summersaults Wink

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the Christie are currently installing a Proton Beam Radiotherapy Treatment, it is 3 floors tall !!

 

Only the delivery system is visible in the treatment room.

 

This will provide  a far more accurate proton beam, targeted to any tumours, and will have far fewer side effects, on surrounding tissue than  the current X-Ray method

 

http://www.christie.nhs.uk/our-future/our-developments/protons/proton-beam-therapy.aspx

 

It is good to hear of others with positive outcomes.

 

And of course, regular checkups to keep an eye on things.

 

 

 

 

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My mum has had a type of cancer known as lymphoma, which is in the blood.

I don’t want to derail the topic too much (it is cancer, but not of the prostate type) but I know how difficult it is.

Bad enough when it isn’t you but I can understand what it is like when it is.

All I can say is congrats to the people who have been there and come out the other side. Very brave of you all. 👍
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All I can say is this is a subject close to me.

My mum has had it, twice. Lymphona a blood cancer. She had to have chemo which was a special drip.

All I can say is it had a very bleak possible outcome at one stage, but now is all good Thumbs Up