we applied online about november 1 of this year (almost immediately upon being diagnosed ... thanks to the thread we found HERE).
We got our first letter on November 6, saying they had received it.
about December 6th they sent a letter asking for a release of medical records (thought that was part of the online app), so we sent in the release along with a copy of all medical records (showing diagnosis, lab reports, etc).
Will keep you updated as to when we get approved.
Question please. I have a friend who has just been diagnosed with Pca and he served in Vietnam for a time. Is the Vietnam era the time period the benefit is for?
Post Edited (Rock50) : 2/12/2007 6:32:33 PM (GMT-7)
Post Edited (Izzyblizzy) : 2/14/2007 2:11:27 PM (GMT-7)
Do you apply for these benefits as soon as you are diagnosed with Pca or do you have to wait until you have or complete treatment?
64 years old.
PSA rising for 10 years to 40, free psa 10-15. Had 5 urologists, 12 biopsies and MRIS all neg. Doctors DXed BPH and continue to get biopsies yearly. 13th biopsy positive in 10-08, 2 cores of 25, G6 less than 5%. Scheduled for surgery as recommended by Urological Oncologist.
2nd Opinion from Dr Sholtz, a Prostate Oncologist, said DX wrong, pathology shows indolant cancer, but psa history indicates large cancer or metastasis. Futher tests and Color Doppler confirmed large transition zone tumor that 13 biopsies and MRIS missed. G7, 4+3, approx 16mmX18mm.
Combidex MRI in Holland eliminated lymphnode mets. Casodex and Proscar reduced psa to 0.6 and prostate from 60mm to 32mm. Changed diet, no meat and dairy. All staging tests indicate that tumor is local and non agressive. (PAP, PCA3, MRIS, Color Doppler, Combidex, tumor reaction to diet and Casodex, and tumor location in transition zone). Surgery a poor option because tumor is located next to the urethea and positive margin is very likely; permanent incontenance is also high probability with surgery.
Seed implants on 5-19-09, 3 hours door to door, no pain, minor side affects are frequency and urgency; very controlable with Flowmax and lasted 4 weeks. Daily activities resumed day after implants with no restrictions. Gold markers implanted with seeds to guide IMRT.
25 treatments of IMRT 6 weeks after seed implants. No side affects at all.
PSA at end of treatment 0.02 mostly the result of Casodex. When I stop Casodex next week expect PSA to rise. Next PSA in November. Treatments and side affects have greatly exceeded my expectations. Glad to have this 11 year journey finally conclude.