Last Friday I finally returned home after spending the last 10+ weeks in Loma Linda California where I received proton treatments for Pca. Last November my life trajectory took an unexpected turn when I was diagnosed with prostate cancer, PSA 6.3 and Gleason score of 7. I, like all on this board, went to search for answers mode and spent countless hours researching my solution. I came to the decision proton therapy was my path.
As i was going through treatment at Loma Linda it dawned on me I should keep a record of not only my progress through treatment but also of my thought process prior and during treatment. So I wrote a blog of my treatment experiences to date (http://panajar.blogspot.com). I hope as time goes and I see changes I would add to the blog with the hopes it could be of value to those going through the decision process. Please feel free to read it and to give the address to any who may benefit from it.
In general the treatments were easy with minor side effects. The side effects I had showed up around the halfway point. I started to have hesitancy during urination and urgency only at night. Why at night is good question but without an answer. The side effect have been easily controlled with Flowmax which I am still on. These side effect were common with my fellow patients.
Other than the above side effects the treatments caused _no_ changes in diet, life style or sexual activity. I know there is no guarantee things will stay the same. I am keeping my fingers crossed. In general I came home in better physical shape than when I left for treatment just because i was more active having joined a gym, and started playing tennis.
Highest PSA 6.3
Gleason 7 (3+4)
Pre treatment PSA 4.5
Treatment Proton Therapy Loma Linda
Post Edited (PAN) : 6/4/2008 5:50:59 PM (GMT-6)