Sunday, January 26, 2014

PART XII: Cancer treatment often involves surgery

They told us, at the Cancer Assessment Seminar, not to do on-line research. I disagree!
In order to even begin to start researching your cancer, you need to gather some basic information about your situation. More often than not, they give you much information, which is why you need to take a friend/family with you to take notes. Most of our generation want both data and background information.

You need to know: 
  1. The Medical Name of Your Cancer; Prostate Cancer 
  2. The Stage of Your Cancer; Stage II
  3. The Grade of Your Cancer; (Different cancer types have different grades.) Gleason grade 8 
  4. Other Prognostic Factors
Post-surgery catheter equipment.
We made of list of things we need to get.
The bags are provided.
Antiseptic wipes, vinegar for cleaning, and
adult incontinence products.

Prostate Cancer Facts - Stats

  • Prostate cancer is most common in men ages 65 and older.
  • It is possible for younger men to be diagnosed with prostate cancer.
  • Most men with prostate cancer will die of something other than prostate cancer.
  • By age 80, more than half of all men have some cancer in their prostate.
  • Prostate cancer is most often found in its early stages.
(1.) Hubby's prostate cancer is (2.) Stage II prostate cancer, with a predicted 50% Complete Response (CR) rate. This means the surgery isn't guaranteed to remove all of the cancer, since the previous tests may not have shown where it has spread.
(3.) The cancer grade, for prostate cancer, depends upon a Gleason Score. His is high (8), with a lot of cancerous cells. This is why they have put him into surgery quite quickly. Several older friends have had cancer, but it has spread to their bladders, before it was diagnosed and treated. This makes life much more difficult.

(4.) Hubby's physical condition bodes well for surgery. He exercises faithfully and watched his food intake. He has not had any bad reactions to anesthetic, for example. He doesn't have any other health issues that would complicate surgery.

Before surgery to remove the primary tumor, the staging is only a guesstimate. This is true despite hubby's Biopsy, MRI, CT Scan, and Bone Scan, test results which were interpreted with the surgeon. The exact degree of spread is often impossible to determine until the pathologist examines the surgical specimen. The actual degree of lymph node involvement is often not known until after surgery. For some cancers, such as breast cancer, surgical procedures are done just to determine whether the nodes are involved.
da Vinci Prostatectomy has been practiced by many surgeons all over the world. The experiences and results of these surgeons have been widely published in peer ...
This is where the surgeon sits!

Ottawa couple makes $1-million donation to a robotics surgery program at the Ottawa Hospital

It is state-of-the-art robotic surgery, with a quicker healing rate than the traditional surgery. There will be 6 small incisions, rather than a large incision. [When I had my hysterectomy (about 1995), I had laparoscopic surgery and it was really quick healing from it. Two wee 1" incisions.]

I must admit, I DID Google our surgeon. He has an impressive biography!
Dr. Ilias Cagiannos
Dr. Ilias Cagiannos is an assistant professor of surgery at the University of Ottawa and an attending urologist at the Ottawa Hospital. His practice is specifically in urologic surgical oncology. He received his medical degree from the University of Toronto and underwent his formal urology training at the University of Ottawa. Subsequently he completed a clinical and research fellowship in urologic oncology at the prestigious Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. He has been on staff at the Ottawa Hospital since 2002.

This explains Robotic Prostatectomy Surgery

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