Prostate problems

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Prostate problems

Post by Miloman » Thu Aug 03, 2017 4:42 pm

Can anybody tell me if the general have the laser system for reducing the size of the prostrate please.
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Re: Prostrate problems

Post by trevnhil » Thu Aug 03, 2017 5:15 pm

That treatment has never even been mentioned to me in the 9 years or so of seeing the urologist.
But of course that does not accurately answer your question.
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Re: Prostrate problems

Post by Miloman » Thu Aug 03, 2017 5:24 pm

Thanks Trev, I guess I will have to visit and ask if nobody on the forum knows. It is the latest non evasive treatment for an enlarged prostrate which many of us will suffer from in later life.
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Post by Happy in Cyprus » Thu Aug 03, 2017 6:16 pm

I can tell you that the doctor at the Blue Cross who specialialises in urinary tract and prostate problems uses laser ablation therapy. I believe his name is Dr. Economides. Seem to remember that he quoted me around €6,000 but I subsequently discovered I did not need the treatment after all. As with all medical treatments (if you do decide to have this work done privately), remember to haggle the price: Cypriots do! Seem to remember my son-in-law got the price of his varicose vein surgery down by about 25%, just from haggling.

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Re: Prostrate problems

Post by outasite » Thu Aug 03, 2017 9:18 pm

If your prostate is enlarged get a biopsy as soon as possible. Mine was growing very slowly and I had a biopsy at the General and was found to have the very first stages of cancer. I am now getting treatment for this. I have not been told of laser treatment and certainly the General will not have it as I would have been treated by them rather than having to travel to Nicosia.
Travelling to Nicosia is a small price to pay for the alternative.

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Re: Prostrate problems

Post by trevnhil » Thu Aug 03, 2017 10:37 pm

I had a biopsy a couple of years ago and all the samples were clear. I am on tablets only... at the moment.
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Re: Prostrate problems

Post by JimX » Fri Aug 04, 2017 7:04 am

I also use the general and as far as I am aware they do not use Laser treatment in Pafos for Prostate enlargement reduction, as far as I know, they just prescribe me pills for the condition and of course blood testing. unfortunately, I could not afford private surgical treatment.
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Re: Prostrate problems

Post by Miloman » Fri Aug 04, 2017 8:31 am

Thank you all for your replies
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Re: Prostrate problems

Post by Dominic » Fri Aug 04, 2017 8:59 am

Happy in Cyprus wrote:
Thu Aug 03, 2017 6:16 pm
Remember to haggle the price: Cypriots do! Seem to remember my son-in-law got the price of his varicose vein surgery down by about 25%, just from haggling.
I am sure there is a Monty Python sketch in there somewhere. I mean the price haggling, not varicose vein surgery.
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Re: Prostrate problems

Post by robf » Fri Aug 04, 2017 11:03 am

I was turped in the UK by Mr Bottom (I kid you not), took longer than i expected to recover, but all fine now. I remember reading somewhere that laser treatment is much less traumatic and is done on an outpatient basis, but needs repeating more often.
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Re: Prostrate problems

Post by Dominic » Fri Aug 04, 2017 11:13 am

I was thinking more along the lines of a patient going in for gall bladder removal, but by haggling ends up with an appendectomy at half the price, at which point Graham Chapman would enter in his army uniform and tell them to stop being so silly. Or something.
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Re: Prostrate problems

Post by Lincoln » Fri Aug 04, 2017 12:14 pm

Anyone with Prostrate problems is WORRIED. I also had early stages of Prostate Cancer. My choice >>>>I flew to Athens and had BRACHYTHERAPY. That was 11 1/2 years ago. CURED. I still have a PSA test every year to re-assure myself. I was in Hosp for two nights only. This treatment is also done in the UK. Anyone on a state pension (UK) can get FREE NHS treatment in the UK.
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Re: Prostrate problems

Post by Austin7 » Fri Aug 04, 2017 2:12 pm

Let's get it right, it's PROSTATE not PROSTRATE 8-)

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Re: Prostrate problems

Post by trevnhil » Fri Aug 04, 2017 4:08 pm

Correct!! unless you're lying down of course :-) :-)
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Re: Prostrate problems

Post by Devil » Fri Aug 04, 2017 4:19 pm

Lincoln wrote:
Fri Aug 04, 2017 12:14 pm
Anyone with Prostrate problems is WORRIED. I also had early stages of Prostrate Cancer. My choice >>>>I flew to Athens and had BRACHYTHERAPY. That was 11 1/2 years ago. CURED. I still have a PSA test every year to re-assure myself. I was in Hosp for two nights only. This treatment is also done in the UK. Anyone on a state pension (UK) can get FREE NHS treatment in the UK.
Not CURED; you are in remission. My oncologist and my urologist (in Switzerland) have always drummed into me that cancer is never cured. I was zapped in 1995 after a PSA of 28. After 1 year my PSA was about 0.4 and it stayed that way, in remission, for about 15 years with no treatment. Then it started to rise again to 4 over a couple of years (out of remission) and I was put on Zoladex and bicalitamide which has brought me back into remission at about 0.2,

My curiosity: have you had any lasting side-effects from the brachytherapy?

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Re: Prostrate problems

Post by PaphosAL » Fri Aug 04, 2017 8:35 pm

Can someone please explain what a 'good doctor's digit' test means, please? AL :?
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Re: Prostrate problems

Post by trevnhil » Fri Aug 04, 2017 8:44 pm

The doctor pokes his rubber gloved finger up your behind to feel if there are any abnormalities
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Re: Prostrate problems

Post by Lincoln » Fri Aug 04, 2017 9:15 pm

Devil wrote:
Fri Aug 04, 2017 4:19 pm
Lincoln wrote:
Fri Aug 04, 2017 12:14 pm
Anyone with Prostrate problems is WORRIED. I also had early stages of Prostrate Cancer. My choice >>>>I flew to Athens and had BRACHYTHERAPY. That was 11 1/2 years ago. CURED. I still have a PSA test every year to re-assure myself. I was in Hosp for two nights only. This treatment is also done in the UK. Anyone on a state pension (UK) can get FREE NHS treatment in the UK.
Not CURED; you are in remission. My oncologist and my urologist (in Switzerland) have always drummed into me that cancer is never cured. I was zapped in 1995 after a PSA of 28. After 1 year my PSA was about 0.4 and it stayed that way, in remission, for about 15 years with no treatment. Then it started to rise again to 4 over a couple of years (out of remission) and I was put on Zoladex and bicalitamide which has brought me back into remission at about 0.2,

My curiosity: have you had any lasting side-effects from the brachytherapy?
No side effects. The director of the Cancer Hospital assured me I was cured for life. Sorry to hear that yours re-appeared.
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Re: Prostrate problems

Post by PaphosAL » Fri Aug 04, 2017 10:09 pm

OMG, it's bad enough going to the dentist for a routine check-up and scrape. Let alone to the hospital for someone to poke their rubber-gloved finger up your rectum and feel around...

I thought they had little cameras and x-rays for this kind of investigative stuff nowadays?

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Re: Prostrate problems

Post by trevnhil » Fri Aug 04, 2017 10:34 pm

The biopsy is much worse than that :-)
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