Posts Tagged ‘ prostate cancer ’

SENIORS DEFY ENERGY LOSS

Jun 10th, 2013 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

If contributors to energy loss plague you seniors, it is time to seize the day and examine the reasons why.

Five years ago, and a little more, the sinister presence of cancer invaded my prostate. The resulting strategy of complete, hands on, removal has meant that there has been no evidence of cancer since then.

A side effect of that surgery, however, has been the loss of testosterone, the spark that gives men energy and motivation to living. These years later have indicated to me that the medical community has taken notice.

Commercials proliferate promoting a wide variety of testosterone



CANCER: 5 YEARS AND CLEAR

Nov 26th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

A visit to my Oncologist this week will reveal that cancer surgery for the removal of my prostate is successful with no indication of any return after five full years. That is good news. The down side is that there have been several side affects that have contributed to life’s not being quite the same. They are incontinence, sexual dysfunction, and loss of stamina.

Some would argue that that isn’t much of a trade off. And, indeed there are days I would agree. I am now nearing 74 and the limitations are unsettling and just that, limiting. The trade off is that I am alive. And that, of course, is a good thing. But, beware, those who have been diagnosed, there is no perfect cure or solution. There is a cost associated with choosing almost any treatment.



PROSTATE CANCER: APPROACHING THE 5 YEAR MARK

Jun 25th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

November, 2012, will mark the fifth anniversary of my prostate cancer diagnosis and surgery. Anticipating positive results on the PSA lab work, that means my chances for long-term survival jump to high levels. Some might suggest, with their accolades and huzzahs, that that is major good news. Indeed it is. But with it comes side affects that don’t give you back all the pleasures of life you once enjoyed.

Recognizing what those affects are and learning to live with them, limitations and all, marks settling into a changed life style. When the surgeon told me that my biopsy showed my prostate cancer a 9 on the Gleason scale, that, he insisted, gave reason enough for radical surgical removal. In his language, he “wanted to put his hands on it.” He assured me that he would do all possible to avoid complications and would work to leave me without