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Can Prostate cancer ground you?

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Clemens Kramer
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#1 Posted: 6/23/2010 14:52:05

I'm being treated for prostate cancer with radiation. And I will be cured by the time I take my next physical but will need to put down my treatments. Is this going to cause me to go through extra hoops to pass my class 3 physical?



Larry Lowenkron
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#2 Posted: 6/24/2010 21:51:27

I contacted AOPA when I had Prostate C and they sent me a list of things I needed to do.  The major part consisted of a letter from my surgeon detailing the items AOPA listed.  My flight surgeon issued me a Cl 2 medical and then a month later I got a letter from Oklahoma  City issuing me a new medical good for 1 yr.  I renewed it after a yr, then before that next yr passed, I got a letter from Oklahoma City saying "never mind" and to go back to regular physicals.  I did need to get PSA's, but since I no longer had a prostate, and the surgery was successful, my PSA was zip.  I no longer even do PSA on a routine basis.I would guess that since you are doing radiation, you will have followup PSA more often.  If you want to talk about this off line, send me an email and I will send you my phone number.  GOOD LUCK!  Larry (email: llowenkron@yahoo.com)



Richard Rosenthal
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#3 Posted: 8/6/2010 06:27:01

Regular exam suspected it in March, 2010 (PSA 4.8) I was diagnosed in April (PSA 5.6), biopsy done to confirm it, underwent cyberknife (radiation) in May.

 On July 8 (6 weeks after last treatment I had a new PSA done and it had dropped to 1.8. A call to AOPA suggested having AME call regional flight surgean then (2nd Class would have expired on October) and sent copies of all records (in PDF)plus Dr.'s letter that there was no reason I could not fly via email to Regional Flight Surgeon.

They received it all on Tuesday, I called woman working on inputting my records to confirm receipt. Talked again on Fri and had new 2nd class special issuance on Next Monday good til October when the letter allows my AME to reissue new 2nd Class upon proof of no change (Need another PSA). She was a major help and took most of the anxiety out of the process.

I need a new  PSA when I renew my medical (and probably a letter from my Urologist, but the whoole process was easy and fast.



Joel Mayhall
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#4 Posted: 10/27/2010 17:51:19

Having your Prostrate removed or zapped is no guarantee that ALL the cancer has been removed.  Thus the need for continuing to monitor your PSA levels.  I have two friends whose PSA levels never went completely to zero after their procedures (one removal, and the other radiation)  and then started to rise.  One has had additional treatment and the other still being monitored.

 

Joel