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With your age and diagnosis, it would seem that you would be a perfect candidate for proton.
Have you visited protonbob.com, read the testimonials and talked to some of the men who have had proton? Loma Linda has been doing proton since 1990 and the results are comparable to those of surgery. My treatment was 5yr ago and I have had no side effects. Think it would be worth your looking into.
Good luck in your search.
Proton therapy does often have side effects. Similar to IGRT. Ain't no free lunch with prostate cancer. It's just that the new radiation therapies are much better than they were a few short years ago. If the stats you read go back more than a few years, they are out of date. You can find out tons of info about IMRT, but not a lot about IGRT, which is much better.
Ya'll hang in there,
Would be interested in the side effects of proton that you have heard of. IGRT is radiation and the radiation (photon) I would assume would go clear through the body where the proton energy enters the body at 2/3 speed of light, doing very little damage to cells on way to tumor(these cells heal in 6 hr) and the bulk of proton energy is deposited into the tumor at what is called the Bragg Peak.
I agree there is no free lunch.
Post Edited (pcdave) : 2/10/2007 6:12:24 PM (GMT-7)
Just a clarification to Dave's post above.
X-ray (photon) does both enter and exit the body but proton DOES NOT exit the body. The beam is stopped at the tumor site. The proton beam enters the body at 2/3 the speed of light, doing very little damage to cells along the way (these cells repair themselves in 6 hr) and the bulk of the energy is deposited into the tumor at what is called the Bragg Peak. The proton beam goes no further.
I have also been told that if the cancer should return, surgery can be done in some cases as the damage to surrounding tissue is minimal. Cure rates for proton are comparable to those of surgery.
In the future, as more facilities become available, I think proton will be more widely used.
Dave, I wish you the best and know you will have a good experience at Loma Linda.
Post Edited (pcdave) : 2/10/2007 6:13:36 PM (GMT-7)
Another area of research might be the color doppler - think it is supposed to be a fairly new machine and supposed to show up any tumor in the prostate. You can google prostate cancer color doppler.
Hope this helps.
This color doppler works just like the doppler weather machines on TV that show the rain in green for instance. Cancer cells need blood so, from what I understand, the tumor area will show up as red on the scan. There is one in Ventura, CA and think the cost is about $200-300 for the scan.
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Post Edited By Moderator (bluebird) : 10/14/2007 1:13:58 PM (GMT-6)