Treatment options

Discuss treatment options available, advantages and disadvantages, potential side effects from each and the decision making process.

Discussions

brachytherapy - the first two months

kthln
  • By kthln · New reply January 2, 2014
  • 21 replies
  • My husband has just had 98 seeds inserted for brachytherapy. He is aged 61, was Gleason 7 (one path review said 6) in one core, Gleason 6 in five others. Early stage, minor enlargement, deemed very suitable ...

drs in the Boston area

goodgirl4
  • By goodgirl4 · New reply January 2, 2014
  • 1 reply
  • hey guys and old friend of mine just dropped on me that his psa was 6,5 and hes being refered to a urologist . He lives near Boston what good drs are in or around Boston that I can have him call ...

Seeking another first rate prostate pathologist, 4th opinion

mikcon1
  • By mikcon1 · New reply January 1, 2014
  • 4 replies
  • I won't give all the details but I have 3 pathology reports, all different. The best one was from my hospital where the surgery was performed. The worst from John's Hopkins. The third, between the two ...

Lung metastasis

Pavlov
  • By Pavlov · New reply December 25, 2013
  • 10 replies
  • Background: Diagnosis: 2007, PSA 21, G 4+3 Treatment IMRT/IGRT 80 gy with concurrent HT Recent PSA 27 and return to HT Scheduled lung biopsy for 1/7/2014 after suspicious nodules discovered on CT. Bone ...

Intermittent / suspended LUPRON help

IamDonI
  • By IamDonI · New reply December 24, 2013
  • 20 replies
  • Does any one out there have experience with intermittent or suspended LUPRON injections? I will have my 4th 3 month injection next week and I want to consider suspending injections for a few months. From ...

Medicare Supplemental and Part D

willdon
  • By willdon · New reply December 24, 2013
  • 10 replies
  • I'm not sure if this is considered off topic but here goes: I just signed up for Medicare Part B (retiring and my ending employer health plan coverage). I live in North Carolina and will enroll in Medicare ...

Pre & Post Surgery Support

RickRed52
  • By RickRed52 · New reply December 23, 2013
  • 25 replies
  • I was diagnosed with prostate cancer at age 58 on a routine exam for a prescription refill. Ironically the prescription I needed to re-fill was to help with urine flow because of an enlarged prostate ...

Decisions

sam97
  • By sam97 · New reply December 22, 2013
  • 23 replies
  • OMG! I am so confused! Diagnosed July13 with 5 of 12 cores positive with bilateral apex cores showing 50%, others showing 10% and 5%, gleason at 3+3 and psa at 4.5. 3tMRI shows containment within prostate ...

Prostatectomy failure with cancer in the Apex

dave205
  • By dave205 · New reply December 21, 2013
  • 10 replies
  • What is the most common location for microscopic capsule penetration that causes cancer cells to be left behind after radical prostatectomy? Answer: Microscopic capsule penetration can occur at any location ...

Request input ref Dec/2013 AARP Bulletin

oso
  • By oso · New reply December 21, 2013
  • 7 replies
  • Am new to site, but felt like I needed to get out ahead of the issue, with an enlarged prostate and a PSA of 7.7, and urologist wanting to "vaporize" prostate. Its just a matter of time, till I have surgery ...

Any experiences with Taxotere?

okchris
  • By okchris · New reply December 20, 2013
  • 8 replies
  • My husband has been treated with hormone therapy since May but with mets to the bones, liver and adrenals, the oncologist now wants to add chemotherapy and radiation. He is proposing a 30-week course ...

Proton Beam Therapy - Where Are We?

jvilleacres
  • By jvilleacres · Posted December 20, 2013
  • 0 replies
  • An interesting article about Proton Beam Therapy and PCa: http://www.cancernetwork.com/oncology-jo urnal/proton-radiotherapy-prostate-cance r-how-did-we-get-here-and-where-do-we-go -here Just FYI. Walt ...

Pelvic Exenteration

GreeneR
  • By GreeneR · New reply December 19, 2013
  • 5 replies
  • The doctors are proposing pelvic exenteration down the road after the hormone therapy is no longer effective. Is there anyone in this group that has undergone this surgery? I've been looking around on ...

3D Mapping Biopsy

larryw
  • By larryw · New reply December 18, 2013
  • 18 replies
  • I'm diagnosed with single site, low fraction, Gleason 6 PC based on 12pt biopsy. Considering 3D Mapping Biopsy @ UofC in Denver, CO., which there may lead to focal cryotherapy. Any experience among you ...

mr Davinci

Davinci
  • By Davinci · New reply December 18, 2013
  • 3 replies
  • I have been diagnosed with gleeson score 9 and PSA 20. Presently on testosterone reducing tablets with the view to radiation in 6 months.Have been following the NGPDT thereapy but can't seem to get any ...

Intraoperative radiotherapy for prostate cancer

dave205
  • By dave205 · Posted December 16, 2013
  • 0 replies
  • In cases where prostate cancer cannot be cured with surgery alone or for tumors that are either too small to see or are attached/close to vital tissues, intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT) can be ...

No visible MRI lesion

tejbir
  • By tejbir · New reply December 16, 2013
  • 18 replies
  • It was very gratifying to be informed that the oncs could not see any visible lesion on the MRI after I had been daignosed with a 32 core biopsy and graded with Gleeson 8 and PSA 7.5 about 2 years ago ...

The Need For Objective and Encouraging Urologists

Les12
  • By Les12 · New reply December 16, 2013
  • 3 replies
  • One of the less helpful Q & A sites I subscribe to is run by a seemingly old and negative urological surgeon in Florida. (I will not mention names, but some of you may know.) To me, this man "epitomizes ...

Reason for Concern?

ZippoL
  • By ZippoL · New reply December 12, 2013
  • 9 replies
  • I am new to online support community, so please bear with me. History: Age 62 DX May 2011 PSA 19.6 Biopsy 10 of 12 cores Gleason 7 (4+3), Bone scan negative. Started Lupron July 2011, IMRT 5 weeks Dec/Jan ...

Surgery or radiation

Jim8907
  • By Jim8907 · New reply December 11, 2013
  • 88 replies
  • I am 51 yrs old, no other health concerns. T1c prostate cancer, PSA=6, biopsy 3+4=7, 6 of 12 cores from biopsy positive, on both sides of prostate, lower lateral sides. My urologist/surgeon is recommending ...

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