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My Story

I am 80 years old and was leading a healthy and energetic lifestyle when I developed what appeared to be old man's prostate problems three years ago. My GP did a digital rectal examination and diagnosed and enlarged Prostate .  I had been having…

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5 Replies · Reply by Cobblerdave on Saturday

A Younger Mans Journey

HI everyone. I've started this discussion to provide some details about my Prostate Cancer journey as a 41 year old. I know there is others younger that go through this as well, however their stories and information is spread thin across the…

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82 Replies · Reply by Big Kev on Friday

Radical prostatectomy or Nano Knife

Hi my name is Steve and I have just been diagnosed with prostate cancer, I am 58 years old. Gleason score of 3+4=7.Shocked can't describe the diagnosis.I have a very highly regarded Urioligst in Profesor Paul Sved, teaching surgeon at Sydney unit…

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13 Replies · Reply by Big Kev on Friday

Public vs Private

I scheduled for a robotic prostatectomy in 4 weeks which will cost ~10k, i'm finding it difficult to get a conclusive answer on what would happen if chose to be treated as a public patient instead of private. Questions I'd like answered are: Is…

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10 Replies · Reply by Cobblerdave on Thursday

Medicare/Insurance Out Of Pockets

Afternoon Gents, Looking for advice/guidance on minimising expense for treatment. Brief background; I'm 48, reasonably fit, with no symptoms! Had a routine blood test at the GP and returned a PSA of 17!!! A whirlwind 2 weeks later and am now…

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8 Replies · Reply by Cozza Sep 20

Medicated Cell Manipulation

My new urologist tells me hundreds of thousands of men are attempting to reduce their prostate size with 5ARI drugs. My 12 months culminated in 3+4=7 PCa. I have read every post on PCFA. This gives an indication of the number of contributors though…

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1 Reply · Reply by Darth Vadar Sep 20

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