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March 16, 2009

Stage 2 prostate cancer

Stage 2 prostate cancer is in the news today as Don Imus announces that he is suffering from that state 2 prostate cancer himself.

What stage 2 generally means is that it has not spread beyond the prostate itself, that the cancer has not "metastasized" to other parts of the body.

Stage 1 prostate cancer is of course easier to treat but the prognosis with state 2 prostate cancer is still good. Here's the technical description:

Briefly, Stage I disease is cancer that is found incidentally in a small part of the sample when prostate tissue was removed for other reasons, such as benign prostatic hypertrophy, and the cells closely resemble normal cells and the gland feels normal to the examining finger. In Stage II more of the prostate is involved and a lump can be felt within the gland. In Stage III, the tumor has spread through the prostatic capsule and the lump can be felt on the surface of the gland. In Stage IV disease, the tumor has invaded nearby structures, or has spread to lymph nodes or other organs. Grading is based on cellular content and tissue architecture from biopsies (Gleason) which provides an estimate of the destructive potential and ultimate prognosis of the disease.

Stage 2 prostate cancer is the first time that it's likely to be diagnosed even with a prostate exam. The prognosis can be good: th majority of men with state 2 prostate cancer live more than five years after their diagnosis (with cancer, living more than 5 years is regarded as a cure).

A short roundup of stories about Don Imus and his announcement that he has stage 2 prostate cancer:

Don Imus Suffering From Stage II Prostate Cancer
FOXNews - USA
AP Radio host Don Imus announced on his radio show Monday that he is battling stage II prostate cancer. Imus, 68, known for his controversial and outspoken ...

Radio Host Don Imus Battling Prostate Cancer
People Magazine - USA
Radio host Don Imus made light of some serious news on Monday: He has stage two prostate cancer. "I'll be fine. If I'm not fine, then I won't be fine. ...

Newsday - Long Island,NY,USA
(AP Photo / December 3, 2007) Controversial radio show host Don Imus announced Monday morning that he has stage II prostate cancer. ...

The Inquisitr
Don Imus Battling Prostate Cancer
The Inquisitr - Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
The Gleason score can range from 2-10. Stage II prostate cancer may also be called stage A2, stage B1, or stage B2 prostate cancer. ...

Don Imus Battling Prostate Cancer
NBC Washington - Washington,DC,USA
The 68-year-old radio host said he was confident that his doctors would be able to successfully treat stage II prostate cancer. ...

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I am forced to comment on his remarks which are - "his doctor will beat it". That's not the right way to think. It's NOT his doctors that will beat the prostate cancer. It's HIM. He has to believe that he CAN beat the prostate cancer and he will. A lot depends on him because it's his body that's involved. If his will to survive it is very strong, he WILL survive it. There are lots of people that were given a limited prognosis and who their doctor thought wouldn't survive that ended up surviving prostate cancer because their determination was very strong. You can read about some of them in the site below:
Prostate Cancer Survival

Posted by: Prostate Cancer Conquerer | Mar 17, 2009 8:37:01 AM