radiation cystitis and prostate cancer…the gift that keeps on giving…

an inch of time cannot be bought with an of gold

Now the pepster wants to do podcasts…no way shomcheppie….


Today I informed a patient that his prostate biopsy showed cancer and he began, as often patients do, telling me about advice various friends had given him.

“My friend down the street told me not to have the regular surgery, I should have the one with the little holes in stead. My buddy in Tennessee said he had radiation and that for about a year it was rough, but that now he’s fine.”

Do the one with the little holes…okay?

After a year, (of frequency to void, urgency and getting up at night) I am fine?

Now that was good advice. Wonder what his urologist thinks. I don’t know. I elected to just listen to what all his friends and relatives recommended. I learned something.

As my mother would say, “landed on deaf ears John.”

6 Replies to “radiation cystitis and prostate cancer…the gift that keeps on giving…”

  1. I don’t know what this blog? is supposed to be about, except as a promotion to sell your book which like all things tech and medical was probably outdated even before it was published.. You keep sending hanging paragraphs…..one would think to provide recent concrete info on prostate cancer, accurate diagnosis and any new, innovative, less damaging treatment options. But you send only teasers.

    I think your dogs are very nice, I love dogs too. Also love my testicular function and not wearing diapers. Would appreciate more details on how to avoid the latter, or how to be removed from your mailing list.


    1. I think I can help. Are you currently wearing diapers? If so why? You are correct the blog is multifunctional and I hope makes my book known. The book however is timeless because it is about the decision making process and how often times it is not the disease or treatment that matters most, but the personality of the person. Tell me a bit about you and it will probably explain why you are where you are. Cute remark about unsubscribing. That’s easy too. Just press unsubscribe. Thanks for the comment-I enjoy negative comments because I get so few. Jm


  2. Hi Walt I hope you stick with prostate diaries we men need you, continue with your comments and ask the questions too many others have in their head but never get round to asking, I am a guy that has metastatic prostate cancer descibed as a terminal illness. Prior to stumbling into my disease in 2006 I had no idea how prevalent dying from prostate cancer was. So now I look for any guidance that will help me better understand this disease. I look at as many websites as possible to give me a better balanced view of this awful disease ( a disease that is curable if caught early enough). This site contains so much more than the blog posts and the dogs that are obviously very important to the author. Take a look at the right hand side of the webpage and you will find direction to many other sites and comments with diverse opinions.
    Prostate cancer is a complex disease I know it is too late for me but I need to use everything I have to try and protect my three sons, my two grandsons (and all men actually). Life is finite for all of us, quality in life is a gift and we need to grab every ounce.


  3. Keith thanks for that and your reasoned approach. You are right we are all in this together. You add a perspective that is priceless by virtue of your medical situation…almost a fatherly feel to your remarks. I was a bit sarcastic in my response yet you saw past that and got back to the larger issues. Thank you…ps my mother always told me, ” John, sarcasm is the lowest form of wit…it is usually a futile gesture on the part of the less intelligent.” I stand rightfully accused. Ps…on that post referred to…. I had included two examples of how radiation will often manifest its complications years after treatment and how that surprises patients who choose it. The analogy of a farmer who is exposed to the sun and then years later gets skin cancer. Hemorrhagic cystitis is that way and the most severe cases I have treated with hyperbaric oxygen presented five years after the radiation had been given. Anyway, I pushed a button and the explanation was deleted and I could not retrieve it. I was lazy and just posted a skeleton version making fun of a patient (sarcasm again) who said, ” I was fine after a year.” So Walt was actually correct. You’ve taught me something Keith and thanks for following this site. I wish you the best.


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