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Kyle Schmanke

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My Cancer Surgery

My Cancer Surgery

The surgery to remove the prostate is called a radical prostatectomy. This surgery removes the entire prostate gland and some surrounding tissue. While the urologist/surgeon is inside the abdomen, he/she also checks the lymph nodes to see if the cancer has spread or metastasized. The urologist can have “live” biopsies taken and evaluated during the surgery […]

Choosing My Cancer Treatment

Choosing My Cancer Treatment

Choosing a treatment option is complicated by many factors that can differ greatly from patient to patient with the same diagnosis. After my diagnosis of prostate cancer, most people I knew assumed that I would go for some form of radiotherapy since I have worked in the field for over 20 years. Radiation therapy is […]

Informing the world that I have cancer

Informing the world that I have cancer

After 25 years of working in the field of cancer treatment I never realized what a challenge patients faced in informing the world about their cancer diagnosis. What do I mean about informing the world? One wouldn’t want to make some sort of announcement that would be equivalent to a press release. At least I […]

My Cancer Diagnosis

My Cancer Diagnosis

I am in very good health and fit for my age. Still it had been several years since I had been to the doctor so I decided it was time to get a check up and schedule a colonoscopy. The common recommendation is to get screened at 50 but it was especially critical I be […]