It’s that nervous time of year again

From comments in the press about marks being adjusted for the stiffer A levels so that the trend doesn’t show a big dip (!) I guess it’s that time of year when youngsters nervously await the results for tests they took a month or two back. For me my test was on Monday and the results came in today. So my waiting time was only a couple of days (but it happens every three months not once a year). Continue reading “It’s that nervous time of year again”

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Fine tuning the PSA sledgehammer

San Diego Dan has posted a link to an interesting article on various approaches to refining the PSA test. As I said a while ago a raised PSA really only shouts “Have more tests” since it is possible to have prostate cancer with a PSA of zero and to not have it with a PSA of 4,000. Factors such as how much time you spend on the saddle of a bicycle will have an impact on your PSA level. Then there is the question of whether the cancer is aggressive or not. If you can tell this then a lot of unnecessary treatment can be avoided. While I wouldn’t say avoid hospitals and treatment at all costs (and in the US personal costs can be significant) certainly if unnecessary treatments can be avoided not only does it save money it also avoids all the various side effects and risks associated with any medical intervention. The article explains that researchers are developing genetic tests, imaging tests, and algorithms in an effort to reduce the more than a million men a year who have prostate biopsies and, even more important, reduce the thousands who get treatment they don’t need.

https://www.statnews.com/2017/05/04/prostate-cancer-research-psa/

 

Thank goodness for the NHS

I am going to break the habit of many months and post two days running – well not post so much as re-post. San Diego Dan has written about the challenges brought on by the proposed repeal of “Obamacare” (the Affordable Care Act ). It is worth a read.

It’s good to be distracted. I’ve barely thought about prostate cancer since the holidays, and that’s been fantastic. What’s not fantastic is the reason for the distraction. One word: Trump. I’ll not turn this into a political blog, but suffice it to say, I’m not a fan. But, seeing as the repeal of the Affordable Care […]

via Month 75 – Distracted from Cancer — Dan’s Journey through Prostate Cancer

A short break

You may wonder why you have heard nothing from me for a while – or you may just have been grateful that I haven’t been blethering on. Well we have been away, fitting in a holiday between the end of the school holidays (when everything is twice as expensive, and full of other peoples children) and my next appointment with my oncologist.

First we had a week in Northumberland as a stopping off point on the way to Scotland – but now a destination in its own right.  We also visited Sunderland where my father’s family had lived since 1779 when they probably had come down from Scotland. Then a week in Scotland, this time the eastern side although we did make it over to the west coast for a few hours, and finally back to Yorkshire then home. Continue reading “A short break”