No, Prostate Cancer is Not the ‘Good Cancer’

No, Prostate Cancer is Not the ‘Good Cancer’
It won’t take too long in your journey with prostate cancer before you’ll hear someone say, “You have the good cancer.” I understand the person saying that means well. There’s some basis in survival rates to think that prostate cancer is the “good cancer.” The five-year survival rate for most men with local or regional

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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. Stephen B. Strum, MD, FACP says:

    Dear Rick,
    I agree with your commentary. Every person with any disease, cancer or otherwise, needs to be evaluated in the context of their individual biology. Now we are calling this personalized medicine but this is always what we physicians should have been doing to the best of our ability from Time 0. The MD degree, as I have mentioned in many lectures over decades of work with prostate cancer, should equate with “Medical Detective”. The real physician obtains validated info of major prognostic importance and uses all available tools such as nomograms and artificial neural nets and more recently gene expression profiling (GEP) to then advise the patient of his or her options.
    In the arena of prostate cancer (PC), the Gleason score is often read by pathologists who are not specifically focused on PC. The same is true of most oncologists who see men with PC; they are not focused on this disease. When I subspecialized in PC starting in 1983, I was shocked at how ignorant I was about many aspects involving PC. So hearing the glib remark about PC as the “good” cancer is no surprise to me. Growing up back East, I remember the wooden plaque on the wall that said “Vee get too soon olde and too late schmart.” —Old Russian proverb
    How prophetic was that!?

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