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Is it uncommon to have prostate cancer go undetected for several years?

Is it uncommon to have prostate cancer go undetected for several years?

No: It is not unusual for prostate cancer to go undetected for years, especially if the patient is not undergoing a yearly routine physical examination. This is because it is usually a slow growing tumor. At the early stages of prostate cancer, there are generally no to mild urinary symptoms. At more advanced stages of prostate cancer, one will experience more urinary issues and body pain. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Can i get prostate cancer if i'm 26 years old?

Can i get prostate cancer if i'm 26 years old?

Very very unlikely: It is very very unlikely at age 26, but unfortunately anything possible in this world. The youngest I have had , he was 40 years of age. ...Read more

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Prostate cancer survior, 13 years, how to increase libido,and improve ed, without pills?

Prostate cancer survior, 13 years, how to increase libido,and improve ed, without pills?

Erectile Dysfunction: I understand your concern for lack of libido after prostate cancer treatment. your sex life isn’t just about having sex.it involves how you feel about yourself and your sexuality. And how you feel about your body, your desire to have sex and being touched and loved. Feel comfortable about your sexuality at this time, and talk freely with your partner about emotional, physical and sexual intimacy ...Read more

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Is it true that masturbating to much in the teenage years to mid 20s can put you at risk for prostate cancer?

Is it true that masturbating to much in the teenage years to mid 20s can put you at risk for prostate cancer?

Myth: There are many such associations passed by word of mouth.You also don't go blind,don't become infertile, etc.Many cultures find this normal area of sexuality something to discourage and such myths are part of the effort. ...Read more

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My husband had my prostate taken out about 6 years ago because of prostate cancer. Since then his psa was always 0.01. now it's 0.08. Cancer returned?

My husband had my prostate taken out about 6 years ago because of prostate cancer. Since then his psa was always 0.01. now it's 0.08. Cancer returned?

Needs further monito: One PSA value is rarely helpful.
Your friend should get recheck of his PSA on 3-4 occasions, roughly 3 months apart and see the results. If the PSA level keeps rising steadily, then a urologist needs to check him and make sure that he is not having a recurrence of his prostate cancer. right now we can not be certain...so wait and watch is advised. I hope he has his own urologist to guide him? ...Read more

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Does 25 years old man can get prostate cancer? And if prostate is removed then a man become father. Means fertile?

Does 25 years old man can get prostate cancer? And if prostate is removed then a man become father. Means fertile?

Unlikely twice: Unlikely some one 25 year old to get cancer of prostate , usual age is 40 + and incidence increases with age. It is unlikely to impregnate as after radical prostate surgery , will not have normal ejaculation, ( retrograde ) but there are other means to harvest sperm, . ...Read more

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My father had prostate cancer 5 years ago when he was 52 (now free). I'm a 25 year old male. When should I get screenings for all types of cancer?

My father had prostate cancer 5 years ago when he was 52 (now free). I'm a 25 year old male. When should I get screenings for all types of cancer?

Screening Prostate : A good source for recommendations regarding screening is the american cancer society, cancer.Org. Guidelines for prostate cancer screening are controversial. The acs recommends that men at high risk, aa with 1st degree relatives diagnosed earlier than 65, should start discussing pros and cons of screening (psa and digital rectal exam) with their doctors starting at age 40. ...Read more

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Risk of prostate cancer and prescription for 69 yearold with enlarged prostate and psa going from 2 to 4 in last two years?

Risk of prostate cancer and prescription for 69 yearold with enlarged prostate and psa going from 2 to 4 in last two years?

Other factors: Am.UrolAss(AUA)&Nl.Comp.Ca.Netw(NCCN) say PSA velocity above 0.35ng/ml/yr should be biopsied.More recent data fr.Meml.Sl.Kett.(MSKCC):using those guidelines caused many unnecessary biopsies.Univ.ofCA Dr.Peter Carroll:PSA vel.is only a factor. Other factors to be considered:DRE,family hist..Space limited,so please talk to your urologist. See: www.cancer.gov/clinicaltrials/results/summary/2011/psa- ...Read more

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I had radiation four years ago for prostate cancer, now my seman is bloody. Is this a medical emergency?

I had radiation four years ago for prostate cancer, now my seman is bloody. Is this a medical emergency?

No but get checked : Blood in semen, while alarming, is uncommonly a sign of severe problems. You can see a urologist (i am in mount kisco) and get checked out just to be sure. ...Read more

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Psa was, 74 6 months ago now.84. Is that something to worry abt. Considering i had radiation for prostate cancer almost 5 years ago.

Psa was, 74 6 months ago  now.84.  Is that something to worry abt. Considering i had radiation for prostate cancer almost 5 years ago.

Not necessarily: A change of 0.74 to 0.84 is not a terribly big jump in six months. You should continue to have the psa checked by your urologist. If the psa continues to rise, your urologist will determine if any further testing and/or treatment is indicated. ...Read more

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Years ago, a scientific paper suggested that flaxseed or flaxseed oil should not be consumed by men at risk for prostate cancer. What is recommended?

Years ago, a scientific paper suggested that flaxseed or flaxseed oil should not be consumed by men at risk for prostate cancer.  What is recommended?

No scientificpaper: There is no scientific paper getting prostate cancer from flaxseed oil , you have to give , which paper. Flaxseed oil contains ( suposed to ) omega-3 and omga--6 fatty acids., take from there what ever benifits it has.. ...Read more

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My father-in-law has stage 4 prostate cancer. He has had more than a years worth of chemo plus he was in a drug study. What is his chances?

Lot depends on age: His age at diagnosis, general health, will to live, strength to fight this beast, receiving compassionate care, having loving support system, all are factors that help get to the answer. Even then, a knowledgable, experienced doc does would not try to give a specific answer. .If he is under 65, it is usually a more aggressive cancer (my father died at 55 with it); if over 75, may have yrs left. ...Read more

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If a guy who masturbated throughout his high school and college years have a high risk of prostate cancer?

If a guy who masturbated throughout his high school and college years have a high risk of prostate cancer?

No: This question similar to asking if frequent sex and ejaculation during school years could lead to prostate cancer. It appears that the latter is related to a viral infection that enters the Wnt-1 gene of the prostate cell. This same virus, the MMTV is also associated with breast cancer and it is well established that men married to women who have breast Ca have a higher incidence of prostate Ca ...Read more

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My father age 52 years had recurrent pus cells in urine from past 3 months , is this related with prostate cancer though his psa test are normal.

My father age 52 years had recurrent pus cells in urine from past 3 months , is this related with prostate cancer though his psa test are normal.

WBC in urine: White blood cells, pus, in the urine would be more related to bladder or kidney infection. The prostate does not actually come in contact with urine even though the bladder drains right thru the prostate. ...Read more

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I had prostate cancer 2 1/2 years ago, they did da vici and took it out. Now I still leak when I laugh hard or sneeze , how can I fix this? Thank you

I had prostate cancer 2 1/2  years ago, they did da vici and took it out. Now I still leak when I laugh hard or sneeze , how can I fix this? Thank you

Kegels may help: This may be helped with strengthening of your pelvic floor with kegel exercises. Assuming you had no other treatment, such as radiation therapy, then this may be a fact of life for you. Consider bulking injections for stress urinary incontinence or even a male sling procedure if you are bothered by this. ...Read more

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I've survived prostate cancer for 5 years now after radiation treatment, but with the usual side effects. Is it harmful to masterbate?

I've survived prostate cancer for 5 years now after radiation treatment, but with the usual side effects. Is it harmful to masterbate?

No, please enjoy: There is no reason not to masturbate, and healthy to have the urge. Is there any chance you might find or have a partner, that might be better. ...Read more

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I had internal radiation for prostate cancer three years ago. Since the day I had the first of two surgeries I had pain in both hips. All the doctor?

I had internal radiation for prostate cancer three years ago. Since the day I had the first of two surgeries I  had pain in both hips.  All the doctor?

Brachytherapy : I assume you're referring to the placement of radioactive seeds into the prostate? It is unlikely that this procedure would result in hip pain that has lasted 3 years. You should be certain that your PSA has remained low following treatment and that bone pain isn't from a metastatic recurrence of your prostate cancer. ...Read more

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Recurrent prostate cancer after rrp and radiation i remained with a psa of .2 for about 8 years. This spring it rose to .3. My urologist prescribed finastaride and that has lowered the psa to .01 within 2 months. He has said we would get concerned when

You have done really: Well. You now suffer with psa-osis. The psa rises trivially, and you quake. No one has ever died of a psa rise. It does mean you are not cured, but you live many years well with these levels. It would have helped to know original gleason, psa and use of big anti-hormones (lupron/goseralin). Celebrate your life, do not take treatment that you will regret. ...Read more

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It's been six years since my dad has had prostate cancer. He has had radiation and hormone therapy. Now his gleason numbers are high now spots on spin. What doesit mean?

It's been six years since my dad has had prostate cancer. He has had radiation and hormone therapy. Now his gleason numbers are high now spots on spin. What doesit mean?

May have returned: Unfortunately this may mean that your father's cancer has progressed despite treatment. A high gleason score (8-10) independently predicts the odds of this as well as high psa score and abnormal exam findings. Fortunately there are many highly effective treatments available even in situations where the cancer has spread. An oncologist can help you decide on appropriate treatments for your father. ...Read more

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My father-in-law who is 90 years old is a prostate cancer patient. Lately he has swelling in his legs. What could be the reason?

My father-in-law who is 90 years old is a prostate cancer patient. Lately he has swelling in his legs. What could be the reason?

Some ideas: Very likely the prostate cancer is in the lymph nodes around his inferior vena cava and is compressing them. In my experience this often gets missed. He might instead have congestive heart failure, deep vein thrombi in the legs or vena cava, or any of several other things. A physical exam & perhaps imaging might show a treatable cause. Glad you are here for him. ...Read more

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I am 60 years old. I had prostate cancer radiation two yearsago. My g was 7.25 and psa was 7; now my psa is 5.8.My bones get very sore at some places, on/off. Could it bebone cancer?

I am 60 years old. I had prostate cancer radiation two yearsago. My g was 7.25 and psa was 7; now my psa is 5.8.My bones get very sore at some places, on/off. Could it bebone cancer?

Unlikely: Bone cancer is rare in patients with psas under 20. As a mentor of mine once said, though "the good thing about cancer is that it gets worse." what he meant was that if you have had bony pain for a while and if it has not been getting worse, then it is unlikely to be cancer. ...Read more

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My dad is 68 years old. Recently, he was dignosed with advanced prostate cancer with skeletal bone metastasis. What kind of hormone therapy shall he use? Is orchiectomy ok?

My dad is 68 years old. Recently, he was dignosed with advanced prostate cancer with skeletal bone metastasis. What kind of hormone therapy shall he use? Is orchiectomy ok?

Orchiectomy OK but: The standard of care is an lhrh agonist (such as lupron, zoladex) injection combined with a drug taken by mouth called casodex. The Casodex should be used for a minimum of 1 month and then can be stopped. The advantage is that these injections can be as little as once every 6 months. Alternatively, a drug called Firmagon (degarelix) (an lhrh antagonist) can be given monthly without the casodex. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a 14-year-old to have prostate cancer?

Is it possible for a 14-year-old to have prostate cancer?

Rare, not impossible: Nothing is impossible 14 year old boys have a prostate, and any organ can get cancer it would be extremely rare and likely the source of a journal article in a patient that young, it would most likely be a rhabdomyosarcoma, not a traditional adenocarcinoma. ...Read more

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How common is bladder and prostate cancer in 17 year old males?

How common is bladder and prostate cancer in 17 year old males?

Exceedingly rare: See this site for information on cancer by age. http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/cancer-info/cancerstats/incidence/age/ ...Read more

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