Blog posts tagged as Murray Hill



My Journey with Prostate Cancer: The Introduction
2013-08-19 10:21:49 AM
I am a very happily retired guy who’s been enjoying the good life since October 26, 2010, when my wife and I retired from 37 years at The StarPhoenix. During my working career I started in the Composing Room producing advertisements for the newspaper in hot metal type – I was actually the last person at the SP using hot metal when we converted to what we called cold type in the mid-seventies.
The Fickle Finger of Fate
2013-08-26 9:38:00 AM
My doctor has happily given me physical prostate exams since I was in my early thirties. I have a family history of prostate cancer and we both knew that at some point there was a very good likelihood that I’d end up with the disease, so he regularly did a rectal exam at least once a year and often more than that. At least once a year, I had a PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) blood test done as well. It’s a simple blood test that measures the level of the PSA in your blood, and I think it’s a valuable extra tool doctors should use to help determine someone’s prostate health. There’s a lot of debate about using the PSA test alone, for a myriad of reasons, but in my case we had a long-standing baseline measurement that, combined with regular manual exams, gave us a pretty accurate picture of my prostate health.
The Biopsy
2013-09-03 9:44:19 AM
I’m a pretty curious guy, so I spent some time online (which I know you’re not supposed to do) reading about how prostate biopsies are normally preformed.

Not too much to talk about really – the Radiologist sticks an ultrasound probe up your rectum and measures the size and shape of the prostate and then he or she inserts a needle to freeze the side of the rectum. After the freezing is in, a special instrument called a needle gun is inserted and samples are taken through the wall of the rectum and into the prostate.
The Phone Call
2013-09-09 10:02:23 AM
I’ve been given bad news a number of times in my life, and although none of those phone calls or conversations were good, waiting for and getting the call from the urologist was the most difficult. Of course, that doesn’t count the really bad news of my parents and brother passing – but it’s certainly the most difficult call I’ve ever received that involved my own health.
The kingpin of the whole process - the nurse navigator
2013-09-16 4:57:04 PM
The nurse navigator is the fulcrum of the whole process of dealing with prostate cancer. She – in my case, both are female – is the person whose job can be described as answering questions like, “OK, so I have prostate cancer; now what do I do?”
The month of the doctor
2013-09-23 5:06:44 PM
After my biopsy, my wife and I went to Maui for ten days with some friends. We had a perfect holiday, and I forgot about all my troubles and just enjoyed the sun, surf and great friends.
D-Day
2013-10-01 5:10:43 PM
As April 29 approached, I noticed my moods were all over the map. It was almost like I was bipolar - and I mean no disrespect to people with bipolar disorder. I was depressed, euphoric, angry, distant and goofy – sometimes all in the same day. It must have been tough for my wife and my son to live with me, and the closer the 29th got, the more up and down I became.
The day the catheter left
2013-10-15 5:16:11 PM
A catheter is a long tube about a foot in diameter that’s shoved up your penis through the urethra into your bladder. Okay, it’s really not that large – maybe an eighth to a quarter of an inch in diameter. It’s made up of two tubes, one long and one short. The long one ends up in your bladder and has a bulb on the end to hold it inside the bladder. The short tube is used to fill the bulb with saline. When you want to take the catheter out, you cut the short tube to let the saline out, then pull the long tube out.

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