April 19, 2021
A forum to share the worries you may feel each time you have a PSA test or another scan to ensure your prostate cancer is in remission. When is your next screening? How do you cope with 'scanxiety'?
April 22, 2021
yep I'm a little nervous at the moment, as a matter of fact I just had blood drawn for my firs check after proctectomy in December 2020.
April 23, 2021
May 5, 2021
These days I ask that a copy of the report be sent directly to me along with the needed copies to the urologist or oncologist . Somehow I feel a bit more in control by knowing in advance of my appointment what that mysterious number will be. So far all is well. Dennis(ProstateCancer.net Team)
April 25, 2021
I think scanxiety is the perfect name for this particular feeling. The ultimate goal is to be cancer free. This is just one of those things men must do to secure their health is moving in the right direction. Prior to the doctor's visit, I suggest a nice workout to reduce some tension/stress.
Beverly (Prostatecnacer.net Team)
May 5, 2021
Once you have been diagnosed, treated and are in remission you just have to remember to live life every day to the fullest. Lets face it no amount of worry will change the outcome of the testing so as best you can focus on the present ... Dennis(ProstateCancer.net TEAM)
April 27, 2021
May 6, 2021
Wow ... anticipating those prized bottles is a great way to focus on the future. I have 2 buds who like me also scored those 9's on the Gleason scale - so far all three of us are doing ok.
After 77 years I must be a slow learner) it hit me ... Worry never solved problem. It never did me any good. Denial is dangerous and counter productive. Someone much wiser than I said "The past is gone. The many tomorrows may not come. Reality is here ...Right now ... Live in the present"
Personally I am soaking everything life has to offer for as long as I can. By the way I have a wonderful cork screw when you need one. 😀
... Dennis (ProstateCancer.net TEAM)
May 8, 2021
May 5, 2021
I know this might not be helpful for everyone
(Disclaimer - post may mention faith, God and the Bible
but it's what I do and (according to the Bible) anyone can do it.
Not preaching or proselytising, but I'm not the only guy who's doing this.
"If anyone believes that what they say will happen, and doesn't doubt in their heart, it shall be done for them" (Mark 11:22-4). Drug companies have to do tests to show that their new product is more effective than a sugar-pill placebo, or it won't be licensed. So placebos work at least for some people who believe they're getting a new treatment. If you've read this far, either you know...
or you're wondering: "How do I get a placebo for my next PSA ?"
It starts the day after your last test. Whatever way works for you*, get to (or stay in) a place where you believe that the next test will be negative and "don't doubt in your heart". So when the next PSA is coming up, it will be "no worries"...because you've taken charge. Each and every day you've been telling any anxious thought that comes along (however persuasive or persistent) to take a hike.
And you're not doubting in your heart.
*Staying within the rules, I can't go into detail about what is working for me, except to say that it took 7 months from diagnosis before I wasn't "doubting in my heart" and - yes, you've guessed, it did include God. But you must have friends who know about faith who you can ask...and there's plenty of sensible stuff (as well as the carp) on the web. Thanks for reading - David
May 6, 2021
May 7, 2021