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Board: Cancer: Prostate 05-11-2018, 03:35 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 10,124
Posted By Baptista
Re: To Screen or Not to Screen - 18 years ago tonight

Hi, Jim,

I have not been around for long but saw this your thread and decided to congratulate you for the 18Th anniversary as a PCa survivor. My post is late but I am glad to read the news. I hope...
Board: Cancer: Prostate 11-13-2013, 10:16 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,470
Posted By Baptista
Re: A rise in PSA after Proton Treatment

AIU

From your post I suppose proton has been your only treatment, meaning that you got still your prostate in place. In such a case, it is typical to experience what they call "Bounce PSA". This...
Board: Cancer: Prostate 08-08-2013, 01:16 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,589
Posted By Baptista
Re: Husband Just Diagnosed with Prostate Cancer

I am sorry for the diagnosis of your husband.
I do understand your wish to get rid of the cancer the soonest but I would recommend you to get second opinions from other specialists before committing...
Board: Cancer: Prostate 07-15-2013, 03:41 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 16,484
Posted By Baptista
Re: Elevated PSA & Hard nodule on Prostrate

MWB & LouAnn

I hope you found the info to your queries. The biopsy is a simple procedure and the only way to diagnose cancer. The positive DRE is alarming but it could be due to calcification at...
Board: Cancer: Prostate 04-08-2013, 03:14 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,228
Posted By Baptista
Re: Brachytherapy vs radical prostatectomy

I agree with Tumbleweed, bracky seems to have lesser problems than surgery. Pubmed published the bellow study that compares outcomes among therapies but there is some controversy regarding the...
Board: Cancer: Prostate 03-07-2013, 08:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,147
Posted By Baptista
Re: Catheter

Having a catheter in place is somehow bothersome but you can do everything except jumping or running. The sac to collect the urine will be striped attached to one leg inside your pants. Depending on...
Board: Cancer: Prostate 10-25-2012, 09:41 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 8,534
Posted By Baptista
Re: Confused, Anxiety, All so fast - what next?

Eddie

Congratulations on the first two weeks reported. I understand your curiosity with regards to sex. That is probably the biggest worry we go through after an open surgery. The cancer comes...
Board: Cancer: Prostate 10-12-2012, 11:12 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,580
Posted By Baptista
Re: How long can remission last?

Lionel

Congratulations on the continuous low levels. Maybe you got "graduation" from the "problem".
I would take the time to celebrate and enjoy and look upon the matter annually.

I will not...
Board: Cancer: Prostate 09-14-2012, 03:19 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,778
Posted By Baptista
Re: Stunned by the diagnosis?

Congratulations for the negative results.
Try concentrating now on the BHP case, how far is it bordering you .
Continue the periodical testing (PSA, DRE, etc) and most of all, enjoy life.
Board: Cancer: Prostate 09-11-2012, 01:47 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,808
Posted By Baptista
Re: My biopsy experience... results pending

Hopefully the biopsy is negative to cancer and the rise of PSA is due to BHP. The gland’s volume could mean just that.
In any case you should be prepared for the news and try knowing the terminology...
Board: Cancer: Prostate 07-18-2012, 01:20 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 8,534
Posted By Baptista
Re: Confused, Anxiety, All so fast - what next?

Eddie

I am sorry for the news on cancer. Being positive changes the way we appreciate life and see things.
In any case, your stats couldn’t be better for a PCa patient. Low grade aggressiveness...
Board: Cancer: Prostate 07-15-2012, 05:20 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,039
Posted By Baptista
Re: Active Surviellance - viable option now?

PK

Welcome to the board.

I certainly recommend you to “explore” avenues with Active Surveillance. It is difficult to live with the idea that the beast is alive inside our bodies but in many...
Board: Cancer: Prostate 07-12-2012, 12:35 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 8,534
Posted By Baptista
Re: Confused, Anxiety, All so fast - what next?

Eddie

Welcome to the board.
Nobody is happy for seeing you here but we all will try to help you in your PCa saga.
Hopefully the biopsy is negative to cancer. However just for being the son of a...
Board: Cancer: Prostate 05-15-2012, 11:55 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,418
Posted By Baptista
Re: PSA decrease from 200 to 0.63 in 4 months after HT.

Carmen

I am appalled by the negative comment of the doctor. Maybe his experience with ADT and Chemo treatment is scarce. I agree with Jim’s opinion with regards to what chemo can do and I think...
Board: Cancer: Prostate 04-05-2012, 02:52 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,460
Posted By Baptista
Re: atypical glands on biopsy

Brain

ASAP stands for Atypical Small Acinar Proliferation. ASAP diagnosis is usually related to cells that do not classify to benign neither malignant but to a probably of both.
In some studies...
Board: Cancer: Prostate 04-05-2012, 08:13 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,738
Posted By Baptista
Re: One year after rarp

Jim

It is wonderful to read about your improvement at the one year mark. PSA in the Zeros no paddies or ED. Surgery was the best choice and you are the one to be congratulated.
Thanks for...
Board: Cancer: Prostate 03-13-2012, 09:14 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 33,455
Posted By Baptista
Re: Are urologists too optimistic?

Bhavna

I am glad to read about the drop in PSA. I hope it continues low and you and your family celebrate this relief.
In hormone refractory cases, there is a phenomenon known as “antiandrogen...
Board: Cancer: Prostate 03-09-2012, 04:07 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,072
Posted By Baptista
Re: New question re: husband with prostate cancer

Jackie,

Your other thread provides details that can justify the doctor’s comment of "inconsistent with cancer". PCa usually forms at the peripheral tissue areas and in your husband case it was...
Board: Cancer: Prostate 03-02-2012, 02:49 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,205
Posted By Baptista
Re: Need more advice please

Jackie

I am surprised for the refusal at Johns Hopkins. I would insists with them and demand for talking with a superior. I am not at US but I was attended at JH even when calling from overseas....
Board: Cancer: Prostate 02-06-2012, 03:03 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,418
Posted By Baptista
Re: PSA decrease from 200 to 0.63 in 4 months after HT.

Carmen,

Following my above post, I would like to add a note of caution regarding both drugs; Xgeva or Zometa.
These drugs are associated with the disease “Osteonecrosis of the Jaw” (ONJ). Some...
Board: Cancer: Prostate 02-02-2012, 03:16 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,418
Posted By Baptista
Re: PSA decrease from 200 to 0.63 in 4 months after HT.

CVG

Welcome to the board. You may be worry but your father’s treatment is in line with traditional ways and the drop in PSA shows that the treatment (ADT) is efficient and that your father’s...
Board: Cancer: Prostate 01-30-2012, 05:00 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,558
Posted By Baptista
Re: need help

Seeker
We PCa survivors all have at one time experienced similar feelings; “....I am lost and scared to death the right things are not being done”, but you will do fine and understand once you get...
Board: Cancer: Prostate 01-28-2012, 01:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,709
Posted By Baptista
Re: What am I in for?

Bob

Both, DRE and MRI are positive for abnormalities of the prostate. The PSA is not high and the increase to 3.6 from a 5 year stable 2.6 could be a cause of manipulations before drawing the...
Board: Cancer: Prostate 01-03-2012, 09:15 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,490
Posted By Baptista
Re: Surgery in 2 days!

Jeff, you are doing it the right way. Your doctor’s schedule is fine and you should follow his instructions. Many guys just want to try it the soonest, and some doctors recommend the use of the...
Board: Cancer: Prostate 12-27-2011, 12:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,288
Posted By Baptista
Re: Triple Androgen Therapy

Landcrab

Welcome to the board.
Being from Norway you can consult oncologists residents in other European countries, using your health social security card. Germany and Sweden may be not so...
Board: Cancer: Prostate 12-20-2011, 10:27 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,641
Posted By Baptista
Re: Prostate cancer 4 years post IMRT, HDR brachy and hormones

NatuaralCure
Your post indicates that you are well educated in the matters of prostate cancer and know well about your status. The protocol for treatment you describe seems to be a good choice in...
Board: Cancer: Prostate 12-18-2011, 01:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,490
Posted By Baptista
Re: Surgery in 2 days!

Congratulations.
This down graded means "Better". Hope you recover the soonest and that all returns to normalcy, to close this chapter in your life.

Merry Christmas.
Board: Cancer: Prostate 12-06-2011, 03:12 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,490
Posted By Baptista
Re: Surgery in 2 days!

Congratulations, Jeff

I hope the path-report comes out "clean" and that you recover the soonest.

Wishing you luck in your journey.
Board: Cancer: Prostate 12-01-2011, 04:44 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 5,502
Posted By Baptista
Re: My story, next chapter; also F18 bone scan and Feraheme USPIO scan

Jim

I am very glad for your positiveness in the project for cure. I believe you will achieve it. Your case is rare among the many I have read and followed because you acted timely with stealth...
Board: Cancer: Prostate 11-30-2011, 01:34 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 18,393
Posted By Baptista
Re: PSA reading of 222.5

Ross62 (Roscoe)

The info you share indicates you as a stage IV patient :( probably systemic. This is an advanced status in prostate cancer which requires an aggressive treatment.
Most probably,...
Board: Cancer: Prostate 11-28-2011, 02:55 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 33,455
Posted By Baptista
Re: Are urologists too optimistic?

The brand name for abiraterone is Zytiga. I believe that you can get it with a prescription from India. You can inquire at the pharmaceutical Janssen Biotech (of Johnson& Johnson).They have a UK...
Board: Cancer: Prostate 11-27-2011, 03:21 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 5,502
Posted By Baptista
Re: My story, next chapter; also F18 bone scan and Feraheme USPIO scan

Jim

This is another phase on your journey to success. You surely could continue the path taken along the 12 years (which I believe that would continue the control on the advancement of the...
Board: Cancer: Prostate 11-26-2011, 07:11 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,919
Posted By Baptista
I got a lower PSA

It is with joy that I inform my fellow survivors of the last PSA test which come as 0.02 ng/ml (testosterone at 32). :jester:
This is lower than the previous test of August 2011 (at 0.03 / T=33). I...
Board: Cancer: Prostate 10-27-2011, 05:39 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,358
Posted By Baptista
Re: Prostate cancer and Red wine.

My initiation on red wine was at the age of seven. It was common in the old times in Portugal to let children taste wine at meal time. When in baptism a drop of wine in the baby lips was also part of...
Board: Cancer: Prostate 09-30-2011, 05:02 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 35,045
Posted By Baptista
Re: Going from incurable to likely curable!!!

Jim

With regards to the approach of USPIO plus RT of lymph nodes, I would recommend you to include in your researches this 2008 study from Michael T. Milano (Department of Radiation Oncology,...
Board: Cancer: Bowel 08-13-2011, 01:10 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 10,058
Posted By Baptista
Re: DX in Michigan

Tom52

I am glad to read about the negative scans. You surely have all options in the open.

Regarding your question, you can read several suggestions on how to choose a surgeon from the net....
Board: Cancer: Prostate 08-05-2011, 02:56 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 7,144
Posted By Baptista
Re: PSA jumped to 2.6 after Bi-Lateral Orchiectomy 2 years ago

Neo

From the info you share about your father’s past PCa history, it all indicates that he never attempted to cure. I presume that his doctor have not suggested treatments to “kill” the cancer...
Board: Cancer: Bowel 08-05-2011, 02:26 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 10,058
Posted By Baptista
Re: DX in Michigan

Tom (52)

I believe you are in the good truck. Researching and acquiring knowledge about the disease, its treatment and pitfalls.
Your comment;
“…. Don't we all want the same basic results?
Get...
Board: Cancer: Bowel 08-02-2011, 02:51 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 10,058
Posted By Baptista
Re: DX in Michigan

Tom

I do not understand :confused: what has made you to converge to robot surgery. Your diagnosis indicates your case as low risk. PSADT is over 70 months (slow activity), Gleason grade 3 and...
Board: Cancer: Prostate 08-01-2011, 02:57 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 33,455
Posted By Baptista
Re: Are urologists too optimistic?

Chadhas

I believe that cancer doesn’t “choose” where to spread. Cells travel through the blood system and settle in places propitious for its survival.
Bone seems to be the traditional place for...
Board: Cancer: Prostate 07-26-2011, 05:12 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 33,455
Posted By Baptista
Re: Are urologists too optimistic?

Chadhas

The progressive PSA you report in your father’s status is indicative of refractory. The treatment is failing and adjustments are required or a change on drugs should be initiated.
I...
Board: Cancer: Prostate 05-22-2011, 02:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 7,288
Posted By Baptista
Re: Possible Irregular PSA + Finasteride

Willy

You have all the reasons to be optimistic. Your PSA is not that high, and you have not been diagnosed with cancer yet. You need to find firstly the cause of that steady increase of PSA....
Board: Cancer: Prostate 05-22-2011, 05:01 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 7,288
Posted By Baptista
Re: Possible Irregular PSA + Finasteride

Willy

I wonder why you are so focus in the Finasteride effectiveness or its study indicating 50% lower reading factor. Any direction that Finasteride could take would not alter the positive...
Board: Cancer: Prostate 04-28-2011, 04:21 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 6,501
Posted By Baptista
Re: sex after shot and radiation?

Betty

The side effects from the hormonal shot usually will subside two months from the end of shots’ effectiveness. In a 3-month shot you could expect 3+2=5 months of side effects.
Sex will...
Board: Cancer: Prostate 04-20-2011, 01:34 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,996
Posted By Baptista
Re: Biospy results back - Cancer confirmed - Now what?

Hi VicRider
The results of your 6-core biopsy show (4=positive and 1=atypical) mid voluminous cancer in a not so high PSA (4.5), clinical stage T2c. Only one core shows a Gs of 7 with the pattern of...
Board: Cancer: Prostate 04-19-2011, 03:15 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 8,375
Posted By Baptista
Re: Husband just diagnosed, won't talk about it, any advice?

Hi RSwife

It is usual to read in this forum about the scare that prostate cancer causes to the newly diagnosed. I recommend you and to your husband wisdom on the matter and not to rush to a...
Board: Cancer: Prostate 03-07-2011, 11:30 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 35,892
Posted By Baptista
Re: PSA 49 Gleason 8-10

Brenda

The pathologist report indicates Dan’s case as of High Risk, voluminous cancer. There are high possibilities for micro metastasis in which case radical treatments may not be appropriate.
I...
Board: Cancer: Prostate 02-27-2011, 06:20 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 25,832
Posted By Baptista
Re: My Dearest Dad diagnosed with Prostate Cancer with Bone Metastases

Hi Legacy

You should keep “hope” wide open. Your dad’s body testosterone is now on castration levels (no testis) which will control the advance of the cancer to a certain extent. His doctor will...
Board: Cancer: Prostate 02-13-2011, 03:10 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 24,648
Posted By Baptista
Re: Rising PSA but no prostate enlargement

I agree with Allen, the high PSA is a "raised flag", a biopsy will give you the answer and peace of mind.

Wishing you the best.
Baptista
Board: Cancer: Prostate 01-28-2011, 10:28 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 8,325
Posted By Baptista
Re: Projection of 15-year Prostate cancer Specific survival

Rhome

You may want to read in detail the whole abstract. The nomogram is also influenced by age of the patient not only Gleason, but you can see your status in this quotation;
“……When patients...
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