Gold Markers in the Prostate

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aspen4
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   Posted 11/9/2010 6:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello to all the good people here at Healing Well
I have a question as to whether anyone out would know if the gold markers inserted in the prostate prior to radiation would set off the metal detectors at the airport. Mine were inserted prior to Proton therapy an am going out of the states. I would hatex to have the detectors go off and have to explain why and where the metals are located....not that I would mind.
Thanks

Tony Crispino
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   Posted 11/9/2010 7:03 PM (GMT -6)   
aspen,
We recently had a specialist on the gold markers and Calypso beacons at our UsTOO group and that specific question was asked. His answer was simply that it should not be a problem. Many men with staples after surgery have no issues with airport security and the tracers are very small. I would think that brachytherapy guys would have a bigger problem but I have never heard of any issues there either.

Enjoy your trip and be safe...

Tony
Disease:
Advanced Prostate Cancer at age 44 (I am 48 now)
pT3b,N0,Mx (original PSA was 19.8) EPE, PM, SVI. Gleason 4+3=7

Treatments:
RALP ~ 2/17/2007 at the City of Hope near Los Angeles.
Adjuvant Radiation Therapy ~ IMRT Completed 8/07
Adjuvant Hormone Therapy ~ 28 months on Casodex and Lupron.

Status:
"I beat up this disease and took its lunch money! I am in remission."
I am currently not being treated, but I do have regular oncology visits.
I am the president of an UsTOO chapter in Las Vegas

Blog : www.caringbridge.org/visit/tonycrispino

Kongo
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Date Joined May 2010
Total Posts : 36
   Posted 11/9/2010 7:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I have four gold markers (fiducials) in my prostate from my session with CyberKnife.  I go through metal detectors at least twice a week in my frequent air travel between the coasts.  No problem. 

aspen4
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   Posted 11/9/2010 8:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks guys. I could see someone explaining to TSA the "How, Why and Wheres" of your Gold Markers should they trigger an alarm.. You would think that this would be one case where they might be glad to move you along, quickly.

142
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   Posted 11/9/2010 8:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I have three calypso markers, and was given an id card, but was told it was primarily should I have an MRI. No air travel since they were implanted, so can't say if they light up in the "machine", but I did download a little Pink Floyd as the ring tone for my Rad. Oncologist.

Tony Crispino
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   Posted 11/9/2010 8:58 PM (GMT -6)   
142,
I like it. I guess the ID card is considered proactive. It beats setting off the machine and playing "how i wish you were here" for your RO...

Tony
Disease:
Advanced Prostate Cancer at age 44 (I am 48 now)
pT3b,N0,Mx (original PSA was 19.8) EPE, PM, SVI. Gleason 4+3=7

Treatments:
RALP ~ 2/17/2007 at the City of Hope near Los Angeles.
Adjuvant Radiation Therapy ~ IMRT Completed 8/07
Adjuvant Hormone Therapy ~ 28 months on Casodex and Lupron.

Status:
"I beat up this disease and took its lunch money! I am in remission."
I am currently not being treated, but I do have regular oncology visits.
I am the president of an UsTOO chapter in Las Vegas

Blog : www.caringbridge.org/visit/tonycrispino

NotHard
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Date Joined Mar 2009
Total Posts : 737
   Posted 11/9/2010 10:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Just make sure you stay off the Viagra's before flying, because if the bloody thing does go off, they will they your hiding a gun, or pleased to see them............lol
Age 52yrs [Gold Coast Qld, Australia]
6 out of 8 cores positive 3 X 60% / 3 X 10%
PSA 4 Gleason Score 3+4=7 Stage T1c
RP 24/12/08
Upgrade Gleason Score 4+3=7 Gleason Differential 60%/40%
Stage T2c Three small foci total volume <10%
Neg Margins and Nodes
Nil - EPE
Dry less than 1 week. ED- okay with Meds.
PSA at 18mths no change remains 0.03
"Everday in Everyway, I get better"

Tony Crispino
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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 7665
   Posted 11/10/2010 2:40 AM (GMT -6)   
NotHard that was a terrible thought. But I see your point. Taking Viagra before going through airport screening can be more of an issue than than the gold seeds. But then again, and not to be graphic, you can always tell the guards that this gun isn't loaded?

Ugh!

Tony
Disease:
Advanced Prostate Cancer at age 44 (I am 48 now)
pT3b,N0,Mx (original PSA was 19.8) EPE, PM, SVI. Gleason 4+3=7

Treatments:
RALP ~ 2/17/2007 at the City of Hope near Los Angeles.
Adjuvant Radiation Therapy ~ IMRT Completed 8/07
Adjuvant Hormone Therapy ~ 28 months on Casodex and Lupron.

Status:
"I beat up this disease and took its lunch money! I am in remission."
I am currently not being treated, but I do have regular oncology visits.
I am the president of an UsTOO chapter in Las Vegas

Blog : www.caringbridge.org/visit/tonycrispino

142
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Date Joined Jan 2010
Total Posts : 5913
   Posted 11/10/2010 10:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Now that we have pushed the conversation down this path - what happens when the scanner picks up my soggy pad (from having stood in line too long), and they do a hand check - want to see the TSA guy who pulls back a yellow glove!

NotHard
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Date Joined Mar 2009
Total Posts : 737
   Posted 11/10/2010 4:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Tony, ok you take the cake on that one.....lol
Age 52yrs [Gold Coast Qld, Australia]
6 out of 8 cores positive 3 X 60% / 3 X 10%
PSA 4 Gleason Score 3+4=7 Stage T1c
RP 24/12/08
Upgrade Gleason Score 4+3=7 Gleason Differential 60%/40%
Stage T2c Three small foci total volume <10%
Neg Margins and Nodes
Nil - EPE
Dry less than 1 week. ED- okay with Meds.
PSA at 18mths no change remains 0.03
"Everday in Everyway, I get better"
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