Patient Comments: Prostate Cancer - Symptoms

The symptoms of prostate cancer can vary greatly from patient to patient. What were your symptoms at the onset of your disease?

Comment from: jnurse68, 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: December 23

My dad is 74 he had symptoms in 2003 and opted for surgery. In 2009 the symptoms returned with lower back pain and numbness in the leg. A CT scan and MRI revealed advanced prostate cancer. He is on pain meds for his back and hormone therapy I don't even know if it works. He has been in the hospital for a month and just wants to go home.

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Comment from: Moke, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: December 07

In 2006 my PSA was 1.3 in 2007 it was up to 3.6 in December of 2008 it went up to 19. Early in 2009 I had my prostate remove 3 months after surgery my PSA was 19. It is now Dec.3 2009 and I am not being treated. I am on the watch and wait program. My last PSA score taken 2 months ago my PSA was 29. Bone scans, cat scans show no cancer yet. My doctor says he will not let my PSA score get above 60 and he will start treatment. I am 61 years old and I have never have any of the warning signals of prostate cancer it was found during a routine physical.

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Comment from: dunion, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: November 09

I had been having my PSA tested for approximately 10 years and it always read 1.4. When I reached age 64 it read 2.2 and I was told it was normal. At age 65 it read 3.4 and the doctor's nurse called and said my reading was normal. Concerned about the PSA increasing, I called the doctors office and requested to speak with the doctor. When he called me back I asked about the PSA increasing and he decided to send me to a surgeon. The surgeon did a digit exam which was much more thorough than the previous doctor and he could feel a very small lump. A subsequent biopsy proved it to be cancer.

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Comment from: copernicus, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: July 24

My symptoms were pains in the pelvic region which included what I believe to be spasms. Finally a urologist did an ultrasound with biopsy and found that I had that slow growing kind of cancer where you're supposed to die from something else before it gets you. Nevertheless, I decided on Brach therapy. Still have some pains, but not as wide spread as they used to be. Apparently something else is going on.

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Comment from: Bud, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: June 05

My prostate cancer spread to my liver, lymph nodes of the aorta, spine, pelvis, shoulders, arm, leg and skull.

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Comment from: Bill, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 15

The first signs I experienced, with prostate cancer, was the typical frequent urination especially at night. The real eye opener was the burning and urinary urgency when I drank anything that contained alcohol. Within 10 minutes of drinking a beer I had pretty intense burning which actually felt like it was in the lower bladder. This was always followed by urinary urgency.

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Comment from: DG, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: October 15

My husband would go soft during sex and not be able to finish and would not be able to ejaculate. He had 'no problems' with urinating. I have never seen this symptom mentioned so when I kept bugging him to go to the doctor cancer was not on my mind. I thought maybe male menopause. His PSA had gone from a 3 to a 6 since his last physical. He is an otherwise health 59 yr old.

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Comment from: hdg777, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: September 09

My prostate cancer symptoms were a consistent PSA of around 3.0 to 3.4. over a couple of years. Plus, even though it was not directly related to the cancer, my one dosage per day of Flomax was not working anymore.

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