Specialising in the human experience of Living with prostate cancer – warts and all

Prostate Cancer Versus Cockroach Analogy

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I came across this wonderful piece of cancer journalism on a Prostate Cancer web site and couldnt leave it alone. I wish it had been me that composed this gem of a piece but alas it wasnt to be. I just could not let it pass and I offer it here for the possible enjoyment of our readers.

Prostate cancer is similar to finding a cockroach in the middle of your kitchen table. You panic, knowing that where there is one there are probably more and they do multiply. You call several exterminators.

The surgeon recommends removal. He’ll use a chain saw and remove the kitchen from the rest of the house and repair the plumbing as best he can with what remains.

The external beam radiation exterminator wants to stand out side the kitchen and blast away with a twelve gauge shot gun hoping he will miss the plumbing.

The seed implant exterminator is really slick. He just wants to drill holes in the wall and toss in grenades.

The cryosurgery exterminator wants to drill holes in the walls and pump in liquid nitrogen, hoping he doesn’t freeze the plumbing.

The hormone guys.. well they just want to pump in sleeping gas. Knowing all too well that in a couple of years the cockroaches will wake up pissed off and hungry.

Chemotherapy boys will offer to poison everything in the kitchen and will promise you that if you eat the poison they will give you an antidote which may or may not work.

The alternative medicine people will give you a bit of eye of newt and toe of frog plus a couple of other exotic ingredients and hope to hell that chases the cockroaches away.

And then there are the watchful waiting folks, some of whom are not real sure that there was a cockroach and some of whom think it may have been just an old bachelor ‘roach with no kids that they saw.

The active surveillance men are a little different – they set up their equipment color dopplers, infra-red cameras – ready to pounce on those

pesky cockroaches if they ever show themselves again.

Now if there is only the one cockroach the odds are good – you can get rid of the infestation. However if the little bugger laid eggs elsewhere or more of his buddies are lurking about in other places… well you get the picture. In any case, life in the kitchen will never be the same. One of these days an exterminator will come along who just swats the cockroach and puts out poison bait for the others!! You’ll never know he was there. Until then good luck on your choice of exterminators, and low or non-existent PSA’s to you all.

And remember – Don’t take life too seriously. You won’t get out of it alive anyway!

Respectfully appreciated and with gratitude to the Yana Prostate Cancer web site

Lee aka Popeye


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  1. A very good analogy. Thanks for sharing.

    Megan Oliver

    27 June 2012 at 7:42 am

  2. well done Lee

    Betty Hobbs

    1 July 2012 at 9:12 am

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    31 May 2013 at 6:49 pm

    • I am glad you guys found something useful in this little piece of tongue in cheek stuff. Good luck with your group.
      Lee aka Popeye


      31 May 2013 at 9:25 pm

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