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A MOST DISTURBING TOPIC

There's a disturbing topic I've been meaning to bring up since last year in February. Prostrate Cancer.

My dad went to his doctor the year before last so he could perform a rectal exam. The doctor told him that he felt something hard, but felt there was no cause for alarm.

Months passed and one day, my dad found he was in pain and had a hard time urinating. He went back to his doctor, who then sent him to the lab for a PSA test. The results came out positive; my dad had Prostrate Cancer.

The day of surgery, my brothers and I huddled in a corner, praying. My dad's prostate was removed and sent for tests. It was a little too late because the cancer in his prostrate was not contained and it was found that he had an aggressive type of cancer.

My dad is still alive and still considered kind of a young man. He is to go, every 6 months for his PSA blood test to see how things are going. He went this morning for his PSA test and will get the results in seven days. There are no words to describe the tension of that 7th day but only as a stressful nightmare.

I lost my mother last year, and I live in constant fear of losing my dad. I just don't know how much more my brothers and I can take. We adored my mom and we adore my dad.

The reason I bring this up is because I would like express how very important it is for men of all ages to go for a yearly rectal exam. I realize it must be embarrassing and just something you'd rather not have done to you, but it is a matter of life or death that you do it.

I'll always wonder, if only the doctor had of taken it serious, the first time he felt something hard in my dads rectum, that the cancer would have still been contained in the prostrate.

To those of you, who are reading this, please go for your check up as soon as possible. I wouldn't want any of you to go through what my dad did, or for your family members to go through the tormenting anxiety that my brothers and I go through every six months.

Prostrate Cancer strikes 1 in 6 American men. Believe me, it's much easier having the doctor stick his finger in your rectum once a year, than going through this most horrible operation and having your prostrate removed.

Make an appointment now!


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mehen
Feb. 2nd, 2006 11:01 pm (UTC)
Has a survivor myself I shall pray for your Dad *hugs*
playgirl
Feb. 3rd, 2006 01:52 am (UTC)
Thank you so much. Prayers are so powerful and greatly needed.

Thank God you are a survivor my friend, and I will always have you to my prayers!
sir_brettley
Feb. 2nd, 2006 11:18 pm (UTC)
I have one done every year. It's no big deal!

You can also ask for a PSA test to be done even if the doctor doesn't find anything wrong. If you have trouble urinating or see signs of blood get tested!
playgirl
Feb. 3rd, 2006 01:33 am (UTC)
I'm glad you do!

It's a good idea to go ahead and have both tests done.
see_dog
Feb. 2nd, 2006 11:47 pm (UTC)
Man I don't know what I'd do without the little major....I better go get checked out.
playgirl
Feb. 3rd, 2006 02:09 am (UTC)
It is of the utmost importance that you get both the rectal and PSA test.

Also, educate yourself on the subject of Prostrate Cancer and share with others this information.
Hugs!
manoman
Feb. 3rd, 2006 12:12 am (UTC)
This is a very good warning to men.

I get tested every year and am OK.
playgirl
Feb. 3rd, 2006 01:54 am (UTC)
Thank God my friend!

Prostrate Cancer is so very important in my life, that I'll try to post a reminder, ever so often, to my readers.
Love you my friend!
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playgirl
Feb. 3rd, 2006 01:46 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry you both went through that!

I do not like my dad's doctor because I found him to be so cold and unfeeling. But the one I'm very upset with is his General Practitioner. He didn't take it serious when he first found something hard in my dad. My God, that was many months before action was taken, but it was too late.

I find it incredible that most doctors will not recommend a rectal examination to their male patients. Most men don't comprehend how crucial this examination is.

My dad went through so much slaughter and pain! Every February and every August, my brother's and I almost die from fright.

Men must go to their doctor and tell them that they WANT that rectal exam!

We, as women, are constantly told and reminded to have our breasts checked for cancer, why isn't the same stressed (rectal examination) for men?!
(Anonymous)
Feb. 3rd, 2006 01:03 am (UTC)
http://www.answers.com/prostrate&r=67
http://www.answers.com/prostate
playgirl
Feb. 3rd, 2006 01:34 am (UTC)
Thanks for those two informative links!
Hugs!
pixy_pistol
Feb. 3rd, 2006 01:51 am (UTC)
My dad has a very aggressive form of protate cancer. He's terminal. The PSA test is crucial to early detection. The problem is that MOST prostate cancers are slow growing and non-aggressive, so the doc's tend to take their time with a diagnosis. ..thinking it'll be okay. Dad's was caught early, but the type of cancer it is. . . well. . .

playgirl
Feb. 3rd, 2006 02:06 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry about your dad!

My dad's cancer is the aggressive kind, also.

What's so dangerous about this type of cancer for men is that the early symptoms usually do not show any symptoms.

Men have to educate themselves on this subject of Prostrate Cancer, and go each and every year for an examination, both for the rectal and the PSA blood test, too.

You and I both know the anxiety caused every six months by that PSA test. I hope those reading this will take this post serious, because it is a living nightmare for both the patient and the family!
Hugs!
sabrarosa
Feb. 3rd, 2006 02:15 am (UTC)
Amen.
playgirl
Feb. 3rd, 2006 04:55 am (UTC)
Right on!
poetpaladin
Feb. 3rd, 2006 03:18 am (UTC)
Alas, if only there were female proctologists around...
playgirl
Feb. 3rd, 2006 03:51 am (UTC)
I do declare, Poetpaladin, you do so keep me flipping through my tattered dictionary! haaaa
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bluesman02779
Feb. 3rd, 2006 04:12 am (UTC)
I'm amazed at how many people...especialy men, who are embarrased by their bodies, or say it'll go away. A dear friend of mine's father was just diagnosed with colan cancer...74 years old. He was in pain or discomfort for 4 years, but was ashamed to say anything. I just don't get it.
playgirl
Feb. 3rd, 2006 04:51 am (UTC)
I'm quit baffled by people who recognize that something is not right with their bodies, and do nothing about it for fear of having someone look at their private parts.

I don't get it either.
dlanor
Feb. 3rd, 2006 05:34 am (UTC)
Been there done that yearly for the past 15 years. Not something pleasant but it has to be done. Do it guys, it may save your life.
playgirl
Feb. 4th, 2006 01:47 am (UTC)
Yes, the examination could save a life.
Hugs!
olafthunderfoot
Feb. 3rd, 2006 07:02 am (UTC)
~hug~
playgirl
Feb. 4th, 2006 01:47 am (UTC)
Hugs you back!
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butterflysprite
Feb. 3rd, 2006 08:04 am (UTC)
Several years ago my dad had prostate surgery. There were complications, but he got through it all fine, and we've been lucky that his was caught early on. He's done well. (now his hip...that's another subject.. lol)

I'm sending lots of love and prayers while you're waiting for the test results to get back. Sorry about your mom. I recently lost the woman who was like a mom to me... I'm still...numb over it all. *hugs*
playgirl
Feb. 4th, 2006 01:52 am (UTC)
I am so happy that it was caught early for your dad. That's an example of what going for that examination can do for men. And I'm so sorry you lost that lady who you considered just like your mom.

Thank you for your prayers for my dad's results. They are very much needed and appreciated.
Hugs!
a_phoenix
Feb. 3rd, 2006 06:39 pm (UTC)
I am so very sorry to hear about your recent loss and your father's condition. Very sorry!!

I have my PSA checked every year. So far, no problem at all.

(On a totally, totally separate note, are you aware of the "joys" of the prostate?)
playgirl
Feb. 4th, 2006 01:54 am (UTC)
Thank you.

I'm so glad you have those tests done.

I could only imagine the joy a prostate feels, that's why a yearly check-up is a must for you men.
Hugs!
pandorasroq
Feb. 5th, 2006 11:29 pm (UTC)
thank you...
I appreciate u saying all that.. I've been trying to get my dad in for a checkup, but I think he's weirded out about it.. I figure if he survived a quadruple bypass, he can get through an exam!
And also just wanted to send you a hug in memory of your mom, I remember how hard it was for you..even if we only communicate this way-through LJ- know you and your fam are in my prayers :)
playgirl
Feb. 10th, 2006 08:59 pm (UTC)
Re: thank you...
Thank you so much for your prayers. In fact, my dad went today for his blood results and they came out fine, thank God. But, we have to go through this every 6 mo. It is such a tense time, the day when he goes to his doctor for his results.

I'm so happy that your dad has survived that operation! But, I hope you can someday talk your dad into going to have his protrate checked, and a rectal examination. They are so important. Just a few embarressing seconds, means so much. My dad was slaughtered from his navel to his private parts. He suffered agonizing pain. I know because I slept in his room for the 3 days he was there and I tended to his wounds after he got home. It took 3 months to partially recover. He has to wear a diaper still because he leaks.

Tell you dad these things I've shared with you, and I hope to God he goes and gets that check up fast.

Hugs my friend!
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