Prostate Cancer Strikes: Navigating the Storm

Prostate Cancer Strikes: Navigating the Storm

by Gogs Gagnon


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AT AGE 57, GOGS GAGNON became one of millions of men diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetimes. After his surgery and recovery, he decided to share his story to inspire others to advocate for their health and learn from his experiences. Prostate cancer hits at the very core of manhood, and Gogs, in this deeply personal account, reveals intimate details that everyone impacted by the disease — man or woman — needs to know. A guide to those facing prostate cancer themselves or are curious about the disease.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781926991948
Publisher: Granville Island Publishing Ltd.
Publication date: 06/12/2019
Pages: 190
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

A native of New Westminster, Gogs Gagnon followed an early passion for computers by becoming a programmer and independent technology consultant. In the course of his career, he has developed software for Apple, IBM, and the government of British Columbia where he was the lead programmer analyst and data architect.
Now, in addition to promoting prostate cancer awareness, Gogs devotes much of his time to writing. His next book is a coming-of-age memoir set in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia during the
The father of three children, Gogs lives with his wife and their two dogs in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island, BC.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

Foreword xiii

Chapter 1 In the Beginning

Introduction 1

Background 2

Chapter 2 Annual Checkup

Rising PSA 11

The Urologist 15

Prostate Biopsy 23

Chapter 3 Prostate Cancer Testing

The Urologist Anew 29

MRI Scan 30

Prostate Biopsy Reloaded 36

Bone Scan 48

CT Scan 54

The Decision 56

Chapter 4 Pre-admission Testing

Pre-admission Nurse 63

The Laboratory 66

Echocardiogram 67

Radiography (X-ray) 69

The Anesthesiologist 70

Preparing Your Will 74

Chapter 5 Surgery

The Waiting Game 77

Inspirational Surprise 78

Operating Room 80

Saying Goodbye to Prostate 83


Chapter 6 Post-surgery

Recovery Room 87

Hospital Room 89

Walkabout 89

Student Nurses 91

Night Plight 93

Unexpected Closure 95

Unstoppable Force 99

Surprise Visit 101

Family Visit 102

Hospital Release 103

Chapter 7 Home Recovery

Home Sweet Home 105

Fainting Episode 107

Emergency Room 109

Catheter Woes 112

Removing the Catheter 114

Anxiously Awaiting 116

Chapter 8 Surgery Results

Pathology Report 119

Urinary Incontinence 123

Erectile Dysfunction 126

Chapter 9 Moving Forward

Post-surgery Monitoring 137

Celebration Cruise Mishap 140

Reflection and Final Thoughts 144

Bibliography 161

About the Author 168

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