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Sen. Tom Coburn diagnosed with prostate cancer
FoxNews ^ | November 5, 2013

Posted on 11/05/2013 11:18:02 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia

WASHINGTON – Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn has been diagnosed with a recurrence of prostate cancer and is seeking treatment.

A spokesman says Coburn, a survivor of a 2011 bout with the disease, is "undergoing further evaluation and treatment."

Coburn has battled colon cancer and melanoma in the past.

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TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Oklahoma
KEYWORDS: coburn; prostatecancer

1 posted on 11/05/2013 11:18:02 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Good thing his insurance isnt about to kick him out so that he signs up for Obamacare.


2 posted on 11/05/2013 11:19:44 AM PST by RummyChick
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

That’s too bad.

Prayers that he will get a complete recovery this time.


3 posted on 11/05/2013 11:20:10 AM PST by basil (2ASisters.org)
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To: RummyChick

If he had 0dunga-care, they would give him weak palliatives and send him home do die writhing in agony.


4 posted on 11/05/2013 11:39:51 AM PST by Westbrook ()Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Horrible news for him. I will send prayers but prostate ca is pretty voracious.

A doctor I spoke to years ago said he thought men over 50 should get their prostate gland removed. He said they don’t need it and they tend towards cancer later on. I’ve always wondered about that. Sounded like a good idea.


5 posted on 11/05/2013 11:40:35 AM PST by Beowulf9
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To: Beowulf9

A urologist recently told me that in 49 out of 50 cases prostate cancer does not spread beyond the prostate. There have been autopsies on men who have died with prostate cancer but not from prostate cancer. The doctor also said they don’t know if you are the 1 out of 50.


6 posted on 11/05/2013 11:51:09 AM PST by forgotten man
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Prayers for his health.


7 posted on 11/05/2013 12:02:21 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Beowulf9

All men over 50 remove their prostate? A common side effect is sexual dysfunction so I doubt all amles over 50 would want to do that. Good idea if they could do it without sexual side effects.


8 posted on 11/05/2013 12:03:12 PM PST by plain talk
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

As long as he caught it early, it’s very survivable.. My NHS GP found I had it, scheduled me for surgery at the end of that week followed by quick rounds of chemo and radiation, and no ill effects


9 posted on 11/05/2013 12:05:16 PM PST by AnAmericanInEngland
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
Dear Senator:

May I suggest you investigate the following:

http://www.cyberknife.com/

Fantastic “cure” rate.

10 posted on 11/05/2013 12:16:12 PM PST by mad_as_he$$
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To: plain talk

He said it wouldn’t produce sexual side effects, just the inability to reproduce.

After 50, given the choice between that and death, it would be presented as an option, not a mandate.


11 posted on 11/05/2013 12:19:03 PM PST by Beowulf9
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To: AnAmericanInEngland

This is a recurrence. If still in the prostate that is one thing, if it recurred elsewhere that is not good.


12 posted on 11/05/2013 12:42:30 PM PST by Williams (No Obama)
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To: Beowulf9

“He said it wouldn’t produce sexual side effects, just the inability to reproduce.”

That’s not what I’ve read and heard over the years. I don’t beieve it for a minute. I think this makes even less sense than removing breasts as a preventative measure. At least with breast removal you can still have sex.


13 posted on 11/05/2013 12:43:28 PM PST by plain talk
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Why oh why don’t men get those yearly checks? It’s a couple seconds of embarrassment and discomfort, plus a blood test. That’s it.


14 posted on 11/05/2013 12:50:36 PM PST by Lizavetta
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To: forgotten man

You need to have regular PSA test. Prostate cancer contained in the prostate gland and found early is treatable. Once if gets outside the gland the problems increase. There are problems with the prostate gland beside cancer, such as infection and enlargement which cause a lot of discomfort but I don’t think any doctor would remove a person’s prostate gland without a diagnosis that concluded there was a dangerous cancer.


15 posted on 11/05/2013 12:50:58 PM PST by Rock N Jones
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To: Rock N Jones

I have had all of those tests. My PSA took a jump and I went to urology for secondary inspection. The PSA came back down and I am not worried. The urologist was very good and he gave me the LATEST information as of last June. He told me that in 49 out of 50 cases the cancer does not spread beyond the prostate. If my PSA did not come down to normal I would have had a biopsy. If I ever do get a positive biopsy for prostate cancer I will think about it before I decide to get surgery. I hope to God that I have health insurance next year.


16 posted on 11/05/2013 1:00:56 PM PST by forgotten man
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Very sad, but I have complete confidence in my neighbor to the north to elect a good solid conservative to take his place if need be.


17 posted on 11/05/2013 1:17:13 PM PST by Farnsworth (Now playing in America: "Stupid is the new normal")
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To: plain talk

About 5 Years ago my PSA started going up and it went to 6, a year after that it was 21 so I had a biopsy and 1/2 of my prostate was malignant and the other 1/2 was benign. I had 45 radiation treatments and on the 21st I have an appointment with my Oncologist, he told me on the last visit that he considers me cured, My PSA was <0.04 ng/mi last month when I went to the Urologist. In my case, what you have read and heard over the years is true.


18 posted on 11/05/2013 1:22:54 PM PST by depenzz ("Life is longer than you think: don't quit before its over")
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To: depenzz

So glad you are cured. you just had radiation and no surgery, right? The fact your PSA shot up from 6 to 21 in one year is a wakeup call to me at least. I did not know it would move so fast. Thanks for sharing that info. Many of us probably do not get that checked out often enough. Thanks again


19 posted on 11/05/2013 1:31:36 PM PST by plain talk
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20 posted on 11/05/2013 1:34:20 PM PST by Tired of Taxes
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

He’s one of the Senate’s “youngsters.” He’s only 64. Sorry to hear this. Hope he makes another recovery because he’s one of the relatively good guys.


21 posted on 11/05/2013 1:45:31 PM PST by vette6387
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To: Lizavetta

“Why oh why don’t men get those yearly checks? It’s a couple seconds of embarrassment and discomfort, plus a blood test. That’s it.”

Well my friend, welcome to “medical care” Obama style. Now the PSA prostate screening test has been eliminated as a Medicare covered expense. Despite the fact that I have had an elevated PSA in the past, my doctor says the tests are now on my nickel. These bastards are playing Russian Roulette with your life.


22 posted on 11/05/2013 1:49:35 PM PST by vette6387
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To: plain talk
A common side effect is sexual dysfunction

Might be a good idea for politicians since none of them seem to be able to keep their pants zipped.

23 posted on 11/05/2013 1:51:13 PM PST by itsahoot (It is not so much that history repeats, but that human nature does not change.)
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To: vette6387

You ingrate.
Everybody knows the Death Panels are the key to fixing SocSec and Medicare funding.
When the kiddies whine about your early demise, the regime will offer up some student loan forgiveness chits.


24 posted on 11/05/2013 1:52:59 PM PST by nascarnation (Frequently wrong but rarely in doubt....)
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To: forgotten man

Well I have been through the process, rising PSA and a biopsy and then a biopsy that determined I had an aggressive cancer.The choice of spreading cancer or prostate removal was no choice at all, that is if you want to live. I do not want die from spreading prostate cancer because it is a very painful way to go. I still get the PSA test because in my case there is the possibility that just one cancer cell may have escaped the prostate gland. The way I understand it is that not all cancers are aggressive and many remain in the prostate gland which may be ok except when it is aggressive. Then it is big trouble. The PSA test is really a must and surely has cut down the number of deaths since its inception.


25 posted on 11/05/2013 1:56:21 PM PST by Rock N Jones
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To: plain talk

The radiation treatments are really nothing except you must go in 5 days a week until completed. I didn’t have any surgery and neither (2) of the Urologists that pre checked me recommended it. The first was thinking freezing my prostate but the 2nd opinion Dr. didn’t recommend it so we went with the radiation. I just about decided to go to the University of Penn in Philadelphia for the Proton Beam radiation but it was to inconvenient so opted for local regular radiation. Proton Beam is suppose to be more direct with less collateral damage but also more expensive. In fact, I just read an article that insurance companies are starting to balk at paying for the Proton Beam treatments.
At my age, I’m glad I got all this in before Obamacare starts meddling with treatments.LOL


26 posted on 11/05/2013 2:31:32 PM PST by depenzz ("Life is longer than you think: don't quit before its over")
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To: depenzz

Hey thanks for the info. Good info and insights for the rest of us. I’m just glad it is over for you and you are well.


27 posted on 11/05/2013 3:23:14 PM PST by plain talk
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To: Tired of Taxes

{lease add me to the Cancer Warriors ping list. My husband is being treated for lung cancer and I am a cancer survivor for 21 years.


28 posted on 11/05/2013 4:51:58 PM PST by jch10 (Shouting from the rooftop, "OBAMA LIED!!")
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To: jch10

Please. sorry.


29 posted on 11/05/2013 4:52:25 PM PST by jch10 (Shouting from the rooftop, "OBAMA LIED!!")
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To: plain talk

I don’t want to sound like I’m boasting but at the same time I went thru the radiation, in fact we had to put a hold on it for awhile, I had open heart surgery for an aortic valve replacement and one bypass. So, things can change quickly. I went 78 years without anything and then tshtf.lol
Just today I turned 83 and ,like my grand daughter said, I have all new parts now and I should live a good life for some time yet. I hope. I do feel great!


30 posted on 11/05/2013 5:13:17 PM PST by depenzz ("Life is longer than you think: don't quit before its over")
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To: Beowulf9

the more you use it the less likely cancer is to develop.


31 posted on 11/05/2013 5:46:40 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: plain talk

sexual dysfunction, nerve damage, and incontinence.


32 posted on 11/05/2013 5:47:21 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Lizavetta

maybe because we’re not into getting a bunch of hemmorhoids from it? that and colonoscopies

you are speaking as a person designed to have something go into your body down in that area. we are not.

whynis the whole world fixated with putting things in mens’ asses, under all different pretexts?


33 posted on 11/05/2013 5:50:32 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Secret Agent Man
Hemorrhoids don't come from a digital exam of your prostate. You are grossly misinformed if you believe that.

you are speaking as a person designed to have something go into your body down in that area. we are not.

Are you saying that women have vaginas, therefore men shouldn't have their prostate checked?

Get over thinking that you're being molested by your doctor. He doesn't like it any more than you do. I know several men whose lives have been saved by getting their prostates checked in time. They were well on their way to cancer.

34 posted on 11/05/2013 6:01:46 PM PST by Lizavetta
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To: Rock N Jones

My dad’s PSA was normal, everything was normal. He was diagnosed with an infection and sent home with antibiotics. A month later he was in debilitating pain. He is fighting for his life against an atypical prostate cancer. Sometimes the screening tests are wrong.


35 posted on 11/05/2013 6:01:57 PM PST by Marie Antoinette (:)
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To: Marie Antoinette

Your right, PSAs are not fool proof but, as far as I know, its the best we have at the present.


36 posted on 11/05/2013 8:08:48 PM PST by depenzz ("Life is longer than you think: don't quit before its over")
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To: Marie Antoinette

I am sorry to hear that. I pray for the best. But there are things that happen in this life that are not explainable.
The PSA test has saved lives and in my case it did. I had discomfort which sent me to the urologist and found out that the number was to high and I needed to watch it. If it had not been for the discomfort I would have not gone to a urologist until it was too late and I have been told that normally men do not have discomfort with a cancerous prostate. Discomfort usually means infection.


37 posted on 11/06/2013 5:11:51 AM PST by Rock N Jones
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To: Rock N Jones

Thank you. Yes, he went in because the discomfort was bothering him. Nothing helped it though, and it progressed to bad pain. We are praying for a good outcome, we’ll know more in December when he is done with chemo and radiation. That you beat yours gives me even more hope. :)


38 posted on 11/06/2013 6:26:24 AM PST by Marie Antoinette (:)
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To: Lizavetta

I have heard to many horror stories about drs going up your a$$ looking for things to cut off etc... Then a few days later they are in the hospital about to die from an infection. My neighbors mother is going thru this right now.


39 posted on 11/06/2013 6:37:25 AM PST by US_MilitaryRules (Tastes like Heaven, Burns like Hell! Mmmmmm. What is it?)
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