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awb824
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Date Joined May 2008
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   Posted 5/6/2008 4:26 PM (GMT -6)   
My husband has an appointment in the morning with a radiation oncologist.  When the surgeon's office called they said they wanted to see if he was a candidate for a new therapy that was just five sessions.  After doing some research the only thing that I can find is some information on SBRT (Stereotactic body radiaton therapy).  They do it in five 30 minute sessions.  Is anyone familiar with this? 
 
Also, we have no idea what to expect at this appointment.  We don't know if we will just talk to the doctor or if they will schedule more scans, etc.  We are travling 150 miles for this appointment and have no idea if we need to plan to be there one day or several days.

Age 56, psa 4.2
Diagnosed 1-14-08
Davinci surgery 2-19-08
Pre-op and post-op gleason 4+5=9
left positive margin
left seminal vesicle positive
T3b
psa 3-26-08  .08
psa 4-29-08  .10
 


DanmanBob
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Total Posts : 467
   Posted 5/6/2008 5:09 PM (GMT -6)   

Not familiar with it, but as someone likely to have radiation later this year, I will follow your progress closely.

Here is an article about it....

http://www.acr.org/SecondaryMainMenuCategories/quality_safety/guidelines/ro/stereo_body_radiation.aspx


Danman Bob, Born 1951
Nerve-sparing, open prostate surgery November 13, 2007
Gleason score 9, PSA 14; Biopsy result - 9 of 12 sticks showed cancer
Post-op pathology stated that cancer was confined to the prostate
Unrelated surgery January 2008 delayed incontinence recovery, which is now showing good signs of improvement (fraction of a pad a day as of late April 2008)
100 MG Viagra 3 times a week beginning December 2007
Osbon Erec-Aid Esteem manual pump for therapy beginning mid-February 2008
30 MG papaverine/1 MG phentolamine bimix injections beginning late April 2008
Five week post-op PSA 0.2, five month post-op PSA 0.1, next test August 2008


awb824
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Date Joined May 2008
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   Posted 5/6/2008 6:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the link to the article. I did not see it when I was searching. I don't know for sure what they are considering, but I will post the information after our appointment tomorrow. It would be great if he could get it all done in five days.
Age 56, psa 4.2
Diagnosed 1-14-08
Davinci surgery 2-19-08
Pre-op and post-op gleason 4+5=9
left positive margin
left seminal vesicle positive
T3b
psa 3-26-08  .08
psa 4-29-08  .10
 


smilingoldcoot
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Date Joined Jan 2008
Total Posts : 338
   Posted 5/6/2008 7:58 PM (GMT -6)   
awb
 
don't be afraid to get on the phone and call the people you are scheduled to see.  Ask questions and don't be rushed into anything until your comfortable.  Best of Luck and please keep us posted.
 
Richard yeah yeah yeah
Retired USAF Richard & Debbie on The Shores of Toledo Bend Lake Louisiana
Neg Bios 1997 & 2000 PSA within considered normal range
11/06 PSA 1.9 PSA 11/07 was 4.9 PSA 12/07 was 7.7 MDA 2/12/08 3.3 On Proscar so shud be doubled
Biospy 1/10/08 Gleason 10, Stage T1C  8 of 12 samples positive all Less Than 5% 
Bone scan 1/17/08 hot spot on ribs, CT shows rib enjury CT CHest 1/30/08 Clear
M.D. Anderson 2/12/08 Gleason 9 - CT Abdomin & Pelvis Clear Recommended Hormone&Radiation
2/19/08 Dr Fagin, Austin, TX did not recommend surgery based on medical history
2/22/08 Contacted U of Florida Proton Therapy Institute - Appt 3/13/08 
3/24/08 PET Scan Indicated possible lyphm node involvement
4/1/08 Prostascint Scan indicates no lyphm node involvement
UFPTI  3 day workup April 29th and 30th and May 1st.
Urologist feels nodule during Proton marker seed implant Stage T2A
5/2/2008 LUPRON & Casodex
IMRT to start 5/15/2008 for approx 4 weeks with Proton to follow for approx 4 weeks
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don826
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Date Joined May 2008
Total Posts : 1010
   Posted 5/12/2008 7:51 PM (GMT -6)   

This sounds like the Cyberknife. I looked at this and made an inquiry through a hospital in Vancouver, WA (SW WA Medical). I have lymph node involvement and they would not consider me as a candidate. The therapy was 5 session for 60 minutes per day.

Try Cyberknifesupport.org There is a forum where you can ask the doctors if you are a candidate for this device.  


DanmanBob
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Date Joined Feb 2008
Total Posts : 467
   Posted 5/12/2008 8:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Nerve-sparing, open prostate surgery November 13, 2007
Gleason score 9, PSA 14; Biopsy result - 9 of 12 sticks showed cancer
Post-op pathology stated that cancer was confined to the prostate
Unrelated surgery January 2008 delayed incontinence recovery, which is now showing good signs of improvement (fraction of a pad a day as of late April 2008)
100 MG Viagra 3 times a week beginning December 2007
Osbon Erec-Aid Esteem manual pump for therapy beginning mid-February 2008
30 MG papaverine/1 MG phentolamine bimix injections beginning late April 2008
Five week post-op PSA 0.2, five month post-op PSA 0.1, next test August 2008

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