Posted 5/27/2008 6:56 PM (GMT -7)
I have not been as active in this forum in recent months, but just came across your posting here. I checked out your great website which should be very helpful to those who are trying to make the tough decision of how to treat their PCa. I was humbled to find that your website has a link to my journey with PCa on this website. Perhaps you have explained this somewhere, but it would be helpful to know why you did not elect to be treated at M.D. Andersen and chose the University of Florida instead for a combination of hormone, IMRT and proton radation treatment. Also, why wasn't proton therapy alone an option for your treatment? This information would be very helpful to readers here.
Sorry to hear about the delay in starting your treatments, but hopefully you will be well on your way soon! I hope and pray that your treatments will be successful and that you can get back to enjoying your retirement. I have the greatest respect and admiration for those who have bravely served our military so well and have given so much to defend the freedoms which we enjoy and much too often take for granted. Hats off to you!
-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.), 1.7 (9 mo), 1.6 (12 mo.). Radiation oncologist said: the 3-mo. drop of 70% exceeded expectations; the slight 6-mo. bump up was not a cause for concern now; expected drop in 12-18 mo. is 75%.
-The following is a link to My Journey With Prostate Cancer -- Proton RadiationTherapy.