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cc_rider

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Location: Bastrop
Gender: Male


Posted: Feb 5, 2020 - 8:19am



 Red_Dragon wrote:


 cc_rider wrote:
Preventative screening... do it!

Yesterday was my first colonoscopy. Oh joy. But here's the thing: as much as it was inconvenient and unpleasant, it was NOTHING compared to colon cancer!
Which applies to pretty much any medical screening procedure. Sure, it sucks rocks. But the alternative is usually much, much worse.

We can debate the efficacy of flu shots and the like, but finding something that's actually wrong (or could go wrong) is a different matter. One of those polyps could be pre-cancerous: do you really want to take that chance?

Funny thing, my new GP, who insisted on the test, STILL hasn't had it done himself! No one is immune to the hassle- and ick-factors. But the hassle and ick will seem like a picnic if God forbid there is something serious going on.

Many health care plans cover it 100% (preventative) but there's usually a charge if they find something (diagnostic).

Plus the stuff they use now, Propofol, works really fast (10-15 seconds) and wears off quickly (less than an hour?)

Bite the bullet, drink the horrid stuff, get checked. The life you save could be your own...
c.
 
So far my internist is satisfied with the poop-in-a-box kit every three years - and so am I.

 If your Doc says it's ok, good enough for me. I had a few polyps removed to be biopsied, but I think that test picks up stuff like that too. Better than nothing, regardless!
c.



Red_Dragon

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Posted: Feb 5, 2020 - 8:15am



 cc_rider wrote:
Preventative screening... do it!

Yesterday was my first colonoscopy. Oh joy. But here's the thing: as much as it was inconvenient and unpleasant, it was NOTHING compared to colon cancer!
Which applies to pretty much any medical screening procedure. Sure, it sucks rocks. But the alternative is usually much, much worse.

We can debate the efficacy of flu shots and the like, but finding something that's actually wrong (or could go wrong) is a different matter. One of those polyps could be pre-cancerous: do you really want to take that chance?

Funny thing, my new GP, who insisted on the test, STILL hasn't had it done himself! No one is immune to the hassle- and ick-factors. But the hassle and ick will seem like a picnic if God forbid there is something serious going on.

Many health care plans cover it 100% (preventative) but there's usually a charge if they find something (diagnostic).

Plus the stuff they use now, Propofol, works really fast (10-15 seconds) and wears off quickly (less than an hour?)

Bite the bullet, drink the horrid stuff, get checked. The life you save could be your own...
c.
 
So far my internist is satisfied with the poop-in-a-box kit every three years - and so am I.

black321

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Location: An earth without maps
Gender: Male


Posted: Feb 5, 2020 - 8:02am



 cc_rider wrote:
Preventative screening... do it!

Yesterday was my first colonoscopy. Oh joy. But here's the thing: as much as it was inconvenient and unpleasant, it was NOTHING compared to colon cancer!
Which applies to pretty much any medical screening procedure. Sure, it sucks rocks. But the alternative is usually much, much worse.

We can debate the efficacy of flu shots and the like, but finding something that's actually wrong (or could go wrong) is a different matter. One of those polyps could be pre-cancerous: do you really want to take that chance?

Funny thing, my new GP, who insisted on the test, STILL hasn't had it done himself! No one is immune to the hassle- and ick-factors. But the hassle and ick will seem like a picnic if God forbid there is something serious going on.

Many health care plans cover it 100% (preventative) but there's usually a charge if they find something (diagnostic).

Plus the stuff they use now, Propofol, works really fast (10-15 seconds) and wears off quickly (less than an hour?)

Bite the bullet, drink the horrid stuff, get checked. The life you save could be your own...
c.
 
Yes. I've been delaying my first, but have it scheduled for next month. Can't wait...think of it as one of those detox diets in one night.
Hope your's was all good.

cc_rider

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Location: Bastrop
Gender: Male


Posted: Feb 5, 2020 - 7:45am

Preventative screening... do it!

Yesterday was my first colonoscopy. Oh joy. But here's the thing: as much as it was inconvenient and unpleasant, it was NOTHING compared to colon cancer!
Which applies to pretty much any medical screening procedure. Sure, it sucks rocks. But the alternative is usually much, much worse.

We can debate the efficacy of flu shots and the like, but finding something that's actually wrong (or could go wrong) is a different matter. One of those polyps could be pre-cancerous: do you really want to take that chance?

Funny thing, my new GP, who insisted on the test, STILL hasn't had it done himself! No one is immune to the hassle- and ick-factors. But the hassle and ick will seem like a picnic if God forbid there is something serious going on.

Many health care plans cover it 100% (preventative) but there's usually a charge if they find something (diagnostic).

Plus the stuff they use now, Propofol, works really fast (10-15 seconds) and wears off quickly (less than an hour?)

Bite the bullet, drink the horrid stuff, get checked. The life you save could be your own...
c.
Antigone

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Location: A house, in a Virginian Valley
Gender: Female


Posted: Jun 17, 2019 - 2:56am

 ScottFromWyoming wrote:
They have a new, much more effective shingles vaccine out now. Our church decided to pay for anyone who thinks they want it (in the church or not) out at the public health annex. They ran out, but put me on a waiting list and a few days ago, they called and said they had some. I went in Friday morning before going out to sightsee with haresfur! While I was there waiting, Justine had me ask if it was recommended for her because she'd had a mild case a while ago etc. and they said yes and they looked and had enough doses to give her one too. So we both got a shot of it. When I was in with the nurse, she says, "So! Got any big plans this weekend?" Ooh, chatty. Okay. "Not really, just work stuff." She says "well you might want to call in sick because this will leave you feeling puny for a day or two."

Puny. Isn't that, like, queasy? A little under the weather, lethargic, yeah? No, sorry, we made it thru the day being active, but about 8 or 9 hours after getting the shots, started to ache and were running a fever. By midnight, we were both complaining that it felt like we'd been hit by a car. Holy crap it hurt. I took a double dose of naprosyn about 2 a.m. and finally got to sleep for a while but I had to get up and go to the zipline and greet customers. 

So, anyway. Have to get a booster shot in 3 months. I'll plan ahead next time, boy.

 
Yep. Three months ago (today!) I got the first one at my pharmacy. My pharmacist didn’t even recommend I take any pain meds. The next day I called in to work, and slept for 12 hours. AND took pain meds! I also need to plan ahead this time.
ScottFromWyoming

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Location: Powell
Gender: Male


Posted: Jun 16, 2019 - 11:05pm

They have a new, much more effective shingles vaccine out now. Our church decided to pay for anyone who thinks they want it (in the church or not) out at the public health annex. They ran out, but put me on a waiting list and a few days ago, they called and said they had some. I went in Friday morning before going out to sightsee with haresfur! While I was there waiting, Justine had me ask if it was recommended for her because she'd had a mild case a while ago etc. and they said yes and they looked and had enough doses to give her one too. So we both got a shot of it. When I was in with the nurse, she says, "So! Got any big plans this weekend?" Ooh, chatty. Okay. "Not really, just work stuff." She says "well you might want to call in sick because this will leave you feeling puny for a day or two."

Puny. Isn't that, like, queasy? A little under the weather, lethargic, yeah? No, sorry, we made it thru the day being active, but about 8 or 9 hours after getting the shots, started to ache and were running a fever. By midnight, we were both complaining that it felt like we'd been hit by a car. Holy crap it hurt. I took a double dose of naprosyn about 2 a.m. and finally got to sleep for a while but I had to get up and go to the zipline and greet customers. 

So, anyway. Have to get a booster shot in 3 months. I'll plan ahead next time, boy.
miamizsun

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Location: (3261.3 Miles SE of RP)
Gender: Male


Posted: Feb 7, 2019 - 6:52am

 kurtster wrote:
I've taken a lot of flack about the eye being a part of the brain.  Maybe this will be helpful in further understanding.

Neuro-ophthalmology

Optic nerve

The optic nerve is the second of twelve paired cranial nerves and is technically part of the central nervous system
 

i'm cool with the eye being a subdivision of brainville

just don't ask me to go to war over it
kurtster

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Location: drifting
Gender: Male


Posted: Feb 6, 2019 - 8:18pm

I've taken a lot of flack about the eye being a part of the brain.  Maybe this will be helpful in further understanding.

Neuro-ophthalmology

Optic nerve

The optic nerve is the second of twelve paired cranial nerves and is technically part of the central nervous system


meower

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Location: i believe, i believe, it's silly, but I believe
Gender: Female


Posted: Oct 18, 2018 - 11:56am

 JrzyTmata wrote:


 meower wrote:
 

So. This is sort of unbelievable, except that it isn’t Bc it is happening. My girlfriend’s daughter has scoliosis. Rather than taking the traditional, surgical route, the family raised money for her to be able to take a chance on a new approach.

Please see the pics. The straighter spine is after three days of hard work. Three days.

https://www.treatingscoliosis.com/

 

 

Sorry about the cross post from the other site, but am Blown Away.

 

 
 
wow! that is amazing!

 
She's 14 and is doing a two week intensive, then has a home program for two years and then apparently, once she is done growing, her spine won't "fall" anymore.


JrzyTmata

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Posted: Oct 18, 2018 - 11:53am



 meower wrote:
 

So. This is sort of unbelievable, except that it isn’t Bc it is happening. My girlfriend’s daughter has scoliosis. Rather than taking the traditional, surgical route, the family raised money for her to be able to take a chance on a new approach.

Please see the pics. The straighter spine is after three days of hard work. Three days.

https://www.treatingscoliosis.com/

 

 

Sorry about the cross post from the other site, but am Blown Away.

 

 


 
wow! that is amazing!

meower

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Gender: Female


Posted: Oct 18, 2018 - 11:17am

 

So. This is sort of unbelievable, except that it isn’t Bc it is happening. My girlfriend’s daughter has scoliosis. Rather than taking the traditional, surgical route, the family raised money for her to be able to take a chance on a new approach.

Please see the pics. The straighter spine is after three days of hard work. Three days.

https://www.treatingscoliosis.com/

 

 

Sorry about the cross post from the other site, but am Blown Away.

 

 


katzendogs

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Location: Pasadena ,Texas
Gender: Male


Posted: Mar 1, 2018 - 5:37pm

 Red_Dragon wrote:

P's pill is covered by a manufacturer's grant - thank the gods. I looked it up and ran the numbers; it's literally $500 per pill. Obscene.

 
I have /had one through co-pay relief. Two shots (one every 6 mos.). Changed Medicare plans so don't know yet how it's going to go for shot #2. Osteoporosis. I used to be 6-2 now 6ft. 

Bright side is i won't need to duck!{#Lol}
Red_Dragon

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Posted: Mar 1, 2018 - 5:06pm

 Coaxial wrote:

I lucked out and get my one and only pill for 90 days for free...I had been paying 14.00 a month. Crazy that just by changing to a 90 day supply I found out about this deal. Just lets you know how much they are gouging elsewhere to make up for old cripples like me.

 
P's pill is covered by a manufacturer's grant - thank the gods. I looked it up and ran the numbers; it's literally $500 per pill. Obscene.
katzendogs

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Location: Pasadena ,Texas
Gender: Male


Posted: Mar 1, 2018 - 5:01pm

 Coaxial wrote:

I lucked out and get my one and only pill for 90 days for free...I had been paying 14.00 a month. Crazy that just by changing to a 90 day supply I found out about this deal. Just lets you know how much they are gouging elsewhere to make up for old cripples like me.

 
{#Wave}

I just did this as well. (mail order) Gettin'n deep into my Medicare this year while I can get it! 3 of mine are now free for a 90 and one Tier 3 for a $10 savings.
 Hope all is well.
Coaxial

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Location: 543 miles west of Paradis,1491 miles eas
Gender: Male


Posted: Feb 28, 2018 - 5:37am

 kurtster wrote:

'twas my intention.  On the HMO vs PPO thing ... HMO's certainly have their place, but as we get older and things are more likely to happen to us, especially if there are profound family histories of certain diseases, a switch to PPO's is in order, before you get ill, just in case.  That may not be an option depending on how you get your insurance, but if it is, do it.  The cost will be higher, but it puts you more in charge of picking who will serve your needs and when.  It may also give you a broader formulary to work with for your prescription drug needs.



 
I lucked out and get my one and only pill for 90 days for free...I had been paying 14.00 a month. Crazy that just by changing to a 90 day supply I found out about this deal. Just lets you know how much they are gouging elsewhere to make up for old cripples like me.
kurtster

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Gender: Male


Posted: Feb 28, 2018 - 5:28am

 ScottFromWyoming wrote:
Excellent post (I think), Kurt. It's directed at one person but is informative for all. 
 
And A: Kick this thing!

 
'twas my intention.  On the HMO vs PPO thing ... HMO's certainly have their place, but as we get older and things are more likely to happen to us, especially if there are profound family histories of certain diseases, a switch to PPO's is in order, before you get ill, just in case.  That may not be an option depending on how you get your insurance, but if it is, do it.  The cost will be higher, but it puts you more in charge of picking who will serve your needs and when.  It may also give you a broader formulary to work with for your prescription drug needs.


Coaxial

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Location: 543 miles west of Paradis,1491 miles eas
Gender: Male


Posted: Feb 28, 2018 - 5:08am

 ScottFromWyoming wrote:
Excellent post (I think), Kurt. It's directed at one person but is informative for all. 
 
And A: Kick this thing!

 
What Scott said.{#War}
ScottFromWyoming

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Location: Powell
Gender: Male


Posted: Feb 27, 2018 - 10:43pm

Excellent post (I think), Kurt. It's directed at one person but is informative for all. 
 
And A: Kick this thing!
fractalv

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Location: Cornell, CA
Gender: Male


Posted: Feb 27, 2018 - 10:21pm

Thank you Kurtster. PM sent your way.
kurtster

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Posted: Feb 27, 2018 - 7:45pm


 fractalv wrote:

If the PSA test doesn't go to 0 after the surgery (which is rare but possible, and they had me sign a consent form to allow them to remove affected lymph nodes during the surgery if they thought it was necessary), there would be radiation treatments, I was told they don't have an effective chemo for this kind of cancer.

fractalv wrote:
Thank you so much, I am grateful for all the kind words, thoughts and prayers. And as far as I'm concerned, they worked! After I paid, signed all the consent forms, answered all the questions, got shaved in a place I've never shaved before, IV'd and EKG'd, pumped with a bunch of stuff including antibiotics and pain meds, answered more questions (most of them were the same over and over), they called off the surgery because they forgot to tell me (and it wasn't anywhere in the pile of torturous pre-op instructions that I followed to the T) to stop taking baby aspirin 7 days before the surgery.

Please doctors and nurses, don't assume everyone just knows this. I now know it, but I wasn't a regular in the medical procedure game (and really hope I never become one) and this is not something I would just know. Just as I don't assume my clients would know that the WiFi will work a lot better if the WiFI router is placed with a clear view of the things that demand the most of it. Kind of makes sense but many people just don't think about it and I don't assume they would. If it's going to be a deal breaker, one would think it would be in those instructions.

The cancer didn't go away, but I have time now to really appreciate having all of my organs, and I call that a win. Might be next January or February before we have to do this all over again.

  

What follows is in no way to be considered medical advice in any way shape or form.  I am legally not allowed to offer any advice.  It is only my opinion and should be verified by qualified medical persons before acting on any of this.  I offer this only as somethings to consider from one cancer survivor to another.  One becomes a cancer survivor as soon as you are diagnosed with cancer. 

The bolded above are two big red flags that are the primary reason for my reply.  This pre-op failure is so basic that it is unacceptable and reason enough to run away from this hospital or any hospital that fails this step.  Yes it is the most basic of all pre surgical instructions.  Stop taking any and all NSAIDs immediately for a period  appropriate prior to surgery.  NSAID's include Aspirin · ‎Naproxen · ‎Ibuprofen · ‎Diclofenac and some others.  They can prevent clotting of blood and cause uncontrolled bleeding during and after surgery.  Thank God someone caught this before.

And on the lymph node removal.  The lymphatic system as you may or may not know is the body's waste disposal or sewer system.  It is a chain of nodes and connectors throughout the body and it is imperative that this system not be broken up unless absolutely necessary.  Being a Lymphoma patient, which in general terms is a cancer of that system, I am familiar with it first hand.  Having said that, I only recently learned of the importance of keeping it intact.  My cancer / Non Hodgkin Lymphoma requires the taking of a complete lymph node in order to make a diagnosis.  It is the only way to confirm it.  I had no choice. 

We all have heard about cancer spreading to the lymph nodes (different from Lymphoma) prompting removal of those affected nodes to slow down the spread.  Well I have now learned otherwise in just the past month from my step daughter's new oncologist.  He is no lightweight, imho.  He was extremely unhappy with her treatment and especially the removal of some of nodes in the process of taking out some of her melanoma tumors.  He emphasized the importance of keeping the system intact and that it is very treatable with new immunological therapy coming online (as well with chemo if needed, as was in my case).  (this does not negate radiation therapy for the prostate, that would still be needed)  In other words, the prostate  and any affected lymph nodes should be dealt separately.  The prostate removed and the lymph nodes to be biopsied, but left in place for subsequent and appropriate treatment keeping the lymphatic system intact as much as possible.  The preceding is my conclusion based upon careful listening.  I may be wrong about this, but this is a question that should be raised in the course of your treatment.  That is why I consider it a flag.  Whoever is in charge and or doing the surgery is not up to date on the latest procedures, again, imo.

This eff up that has delayed your surgery may be a gift to proceed more carefully and cautiously, seeking out a second opinion as well as searching for a better hospital / venue for the surgery.   Based upon what you stated, everyone failed here.  Both the surgeon picked by your oncologist whose team should have informed you as well as the hospital's pre-op team.  They are separate from one another and both failed, imo.  That, to me is an unforgivable error and makes me wonder what else is being overlooked.  I would not give them another chance.

Any cancer diagnosis is life changing and causes emotions to take you over, initially.  You are in shock and for good reason.  It can and will kill you if left untreated.  Emotion must be controlled and cool, calm thinking must dictate your course of action.  Ideally, you take all emotion out of it and treat it like a business venture.  Easier said than done, but been there done that.

Fortunately, prostate cancer is common, well understood and generally progresses slowly.  I do not know what stage you are and that is a consideration, always.  But time would be on your side unless you are at an advanced stage.  While common, there is no routine treatment or surgery of any cancer.  It is all unique to the individual.  Since you are looking at next year, you will go through a policy renewal and you now have a pre-existing condition.  Now that you have cancer, you need a PPO plan if you do not have one already.  If you have an HMO, you must change it to a PPO plan, ASAP.  HMO's are ok for colds and broken bones until you get sick, really sick.  You need to be able to seek out your own specialists without needing permission, where ever you can find them.  An HMO will restrict your choices to what they consider best for you regardless of how you feel about it.  You don't have any say so in the matter.  You take whoever they assign you.  I would recommend that you seek out a hematologist / oncologist.  You should have had a PET scan as well as a CT scan prior to surgery just to see what lights up prior to surgery, notably and especially lymph nodes as well as vital organs and your bone marrow.  Hematologist / oncologists are the best suited for dealing with diagnosing and directing cancer treatments, imo and would find the surgeon most suited for your needs.  They almost never perform surgery, they know who does and does it well.  They will be best suited for dealing with the lymphatic system should there be cause and more than likely most current on recent developments in treatment.  You now have time to do some searching for quality care and plan ahead.  You have more time to ask questions and get answers.

Pardon me if I overstepped. The preceding was not meant in any way to cast any aspersions on you or your decision making in your journey through cancer.  If your surgery had gone as scheduled, I would have nothing to say other than wish you a speedy recovery.  But you raised two glaring red flags that compelled me to write the above, now that you have the need to alter your course of action. 

I only know what I know.  I defer to others here who have more knowledge and experience for criticism and corrections of what I offered above and will not take any offense of either.  Anecdotal exchanges of knowledge does have a place in dealing with cancer.  I am reminded of a woman I met during my stem cell transplant who lived just an hour away from the Cleveland Clinic, as do I, who was told by her doctor where she lived that there was nothing more that could be done for her.  It was time to get her affairs in order.  Bullshit.  Never settle.  There is no such thing as routine cancer / treatment.

Wishing you all the best, k


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