We Become What We Think About Prostate Cancer

We Become What We Think About Prostate Cancer
Living & Loving with Prostate Cancer Early in my journey with prostate cancer, I believed there would come a time when I’d stop thinking about prostate cancer. Seven years into this journey, I still think about prostate cancer every day.
I’ve asked groups of men and caregivers how many times they think about prostate cancer in a day. Their answers amazed me. Those on the low side said 5-10. Those on the higher side said 15-20. Only a few said hardly ever. There are specific events in the life of a prostate cancer patient that increases the likelihood men or their partners will think about prostate cancer frequently in the course of a day. Some of those events are:
  •  Waiting for biopsy results
  •  Waiting for PSA testing results
  •  Waiting for bone scan or other test results
  •  The days before, during, or after treatment, of any kind
  •  While coping with any side effects of prostate cancer treatment
  •  Days before, during, or after receiving an update on the progression of your cancer
These events predictably cause an increase in the number of times a patient or caregiver will think about prostate cancer. Most of us with prostate cancer also deal with everyday reminders. For example, in order for me to stay dry and avoid leaking urine, I have to monitor my bladder every hour. If it gets too full, a cough, bending, or sneezing will cause me to leak urine. Dealing with this iss
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Rick Redner received his master’s degree in social work from Michigan State University. He has spent many years working as a medical and psychiatric social worker He is the author of the award winning book I Left My Prostate in San Francisco-Where's Yours? His second book Everything You Never Wanted to Know About Erectile Dysfunction and Penile Implants won the Beverly Hills International Book Awards in Men's Health in 2016. Additionally, the book was a winner in the 2017 IAN Book of the Year Awards.

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  1. Chris O'Neill says:

    “There are specific events in the life of a prostate cancer patient that increases the likelihood men will think about prostate cancer”

    Another of those events is finding out more information about how unnecessary and substandard was the very harmful medical “care” you were given. Information such as this: http://commonsensemd.blogspot.com.au/2013/07/screening-illiterate-physicians-may-do.html
    and this: http://commonsensemd.blogspot.com.au/2013/11/why-dont-clinicians-discuss-cancer.html
    and this: http://commonsensemd.blogspot.com.au/2015/05/psa-screening-by-numbers-no-benefits.html

    Those sort of events make you realise how incompetent, conflicted and unethical so many medical professionals are, probably most of them.

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