Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Medical Update

Me waiting for my doctor at the VA Outpatient Clinic this morning


Just returned from my six month checkup at theVA Outpatient Clinic.  

I have "labs" taken every six months.  "Labs" are a blood test.  This is how my prostate cancer was discovered three years ago.  Just think, if I wasn't on a six month regimen of labs, I wouldn't have known of my growing prostate cancer until it was too late. Thank God for the VA.  

Three years ago I had radio active seed implants in my prostate gland to eliminate that growing cancer. Other than some continuing and annoying side effects (don't ask, you don't want to know), my prostate cancer has not returned.

Thus every six months I approach these consultations with my doctor reviewing the results of my blood tests.  This morning was no exception. 

Good news folks!  My PSA score has not gone up! I'm cancer free.  

Cancer survivor here.

19 comments:

  1. Good for you. I too am 3 years cancer free. Unless you go through this, no one understands the stress of those visits till you get the good to go from the doctor.

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    1. Congratulations to you Cheryl for being cancer free for three years. You understand how apprehensive I am each time I make these six month checkups with my doctor. A good friend of mine goes through the same thing after his colon cancer operations. He said he lives his life in "six month increments."
      Ron

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  2. Great news, Ron!!!

    :-)

    -Andy

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    1. Andy,
      I am a very lucky guy. Every day I am healthy is a gift.
      Ron

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  3. We are happy to hear that news. It's a good day.



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    1. Thank you Mike. I am so thankful that I continue to have good health. I appreciate every day I am healthy. More time to ruffle feathers.
      Ron

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  4. Ron,

    Glad to hear you are doing well health wise now.

    Lar

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    1. For the time being Lar. Never know what the future holds in store for us. However for the time being I am basking in "good health."
      Ron

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  5. Fantastic news, Ron! And it certainly doesn't seem like three years have passed already.

    I laughed at your response to Mike's comment - - "More time to ruffle feathers".

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    1. Jon,
      Time flies when you're having "fun."
      Ron

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  6. Ron - I know that is a stressful event to go thru. So glad for the good news - keep it coming!
    Pat

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    1. Pat,
      I certainly had a "run" of medical issues there for a while didn't I? I'm looking forward to coasting for the next several years (at least). However, something will get us in the end. That is the one certainty in life.
      Ron

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  7. Ron,
    Hooray! I am so happy to hear your wonderful news. Go and enjoy this sunny day! Take care!

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    1. Thank you Linda!
      Ron

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  8. Good news, Ron. Thank goodness for the VA, indeed!

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    1. Bea,
      The VA medical system saved my life, that's for sure.
      Ron

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  9. Roger6:44 PM

    I just thought 3 years already...... I hate the quote but "where does time go"

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    1. Roger,
      The older I get the faster the time seems to fly by
      Ron

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  10. good news indeed.
    I wish I could remove me prostate now, it would save me a lot of trouble i reckon.

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