posted on Apr, 9 2012 @ 10:46 PM
My brother has terminal cancer. He is in a hospice
. It started in his prostate and now has
spread to most of his body. He weighed a little over 200 pounds a few years ago. He now weighs about 150 pounds and is too weak to feed himself
without help. His red blood count is dropping which means his body is being starved of oxygen. The doctor told us that, as the oxygen is reduced, he
will become tired more easily and need more sleep. Then, one day, he will go to sleep and not wake up. When that will happen, no one knows. Maybe
days, maybe weeks, maybe a few months.
He turned 70 last August. He was always into exercise and eating healthy foods. He never smoked and drank rarely, but never to excess. Up until about
10 years ago, he would regularly participate in 5k and 10k runs. He would ride a bicycle 20 miles at a time. It wasn't unusual for him to hike into
the woods for a weekend carrying a tent, sleeping bag, backpack and fishing pole. Now, he has a catheter and urine bag because he's too weak to walk
to the bathroom.
One thing he didn't do was go to a doctor unless he felt it was absolutely necessary. He never had a regular check-up. About a year ago, he went to a
doctor because he was feeling weak and run down. At that time, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. It was found to have
to the point that trying to treat it would be futile.
Why am I tellling you this? Because prostate cancer can be successfully treated if detected early.
Prostate Cancer Foundation
How curable is prostate cancer?
As with all cancers, "cure" rates for prostate cancer describe the percentage of patients likely remaining disease-free for a specific time. In
general, the earlier the cancer is caught, the more likely it is for the patient to remain disease-free.
Because approximately 90% of all prostate cancers are detected in the local and regional stages, the cure rate for prostate cancer is very
high—nearly 100% of men diagnosed at this stage will be disease-free after five years. By contrast, in the 1970s, only 67% of men diagnosed with
local or regional prostate cancer were disease-free after five years.
If you are a male over 40, I strongly urge you to talk to your doctor about prostate cancer screening. I will be 55 in June and I admit that I've
neglected this myself. I am, however, in the process of applying for screening through the Veterans Administration.
Please do it. It could save your life.