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Tim G
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   Posted 1/18/2008 1:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Here's another article from the NY Times, today's edition, that focuses on prostate cancer, specifically HIFU treatment

Age 59 PSA 2.6 PSA velocity quadrupled in 1 yr 
1 of 12 biopsy cores positive Open RP 6/21/06  Gleason 5
Cancer confined to prostate  Post-op PSA's non-detectable

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Date Joined Oct 2006
Total Posts : 444
   Posted 1/20/2008 10:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Tim
Thank you for bringing this important NY Times article on HIFU treatment to our attention.  Each and everyone of us has to decide on a treatment that is right for us.  However, to take a possible big risk by having the HIFU treatment done outside of the US (because the FDA has not yet approved it), is a big mistake in my opinion.  The guys who do this are most certainly braver than I am.  HIFU may well be a very viable treatment for PCa in the future when the FDA has approved it and there are definitive longer range studies that prove its efficacy.  God only knows how much all of us would love an easy treatment option with the potential of virtually no side effects and being cured.
-69 years young!
-29 core biopsy 9/27/06 at age 68
-PSA 7.1, Stage T1c, Gleason 7 (3+4) [less than 20% in one area], Gleason 6 [less than 5% in two other areas], Negative DRE, bone scan and Endorectal MRI. 
-Completed 39 Proton radiation treatments 2/22/07-4/18/07.   
-PSA History: 7.1 pre-treatment; post treatment: 2.1 (3 mo.), 2.4 (6 mo.).  Radiation oncologist said the 3-mo. drop of 70% exceeded expectations and the slight 6-mo. movement upwards is not a
cause for concern.
-The following is a link to My Journey With Prostate Cancer -- Proton RadiationTherapy.  

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