Brachiotherapy Radiation Seeds Help

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Date Joined Apr 2008
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   Posted 6/15/2008 8:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello to all, My husband had the Radiation Seed treament last week at the uw.  Instead of getting out early, he had to spend 3 days in the hopsital getting rid of blood clots and dealing with spasms.
However, since he has been home, he experiences trouble urinating at night. The stream is slow.  He is fine during the day. He is on Flomax.  He is drinking decaf coffee with at meal, but he is having wine with dinner.  Could it be the wine?
Thanks for any advice.
Also to those who have had this done, when the seeds start working will he experience this again or what will happen when they are working?

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   Posted 6/15/2008 2:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there Maile
Welcome to the Healingwell Forum . . . .although we didn't have experience with seed treatment, we did find the threads posted by Just Julie to be most informative and helpful in that area of treatment. I tried to bump it to the top for you but it's now a "locked" thread . . . .if you go to the second link from the top on the main prostate cancer page . . titled . . .
Prostate Cancer Resources and Direct Links to Sites, Videos, Books, etc. to help with your research!  

You will have to scroll down to the last posting. . there's a section titled . . .New Category to be added when Threads are updated  which lists Julie's and I believe 3 other journeys with seeds.  You will find tons of helpful information there.  Good luck and keep us posted.

;o) Linda & Bob

Bob (62) - Laproscopic Prostate Removal Sept 27, 2006 at age 60.
2 of 12 malignant biopsy samples - gleason 3 + 3 = 6.
Pathology - Gleeson 3 + 4; stage T2; cancer completely contained, even a second more aggressive, previously undetected cancer) PSA UNDETECTABLE Nov 2006; Feb, May, Oct 2007; May 2008.  WHOOO HOOOO! 
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   Posted 6/16/2008 8:11 PM (GMT -6)   


I do not have seeds but am getting radiated in Florida.

Alcohol only makes me go more often. 

Please keep us informed and here is wishing you and hubbie the best

Richard yeah tongue yeah

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chris nz
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   Posted 6/17/2008 3:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Lawink, thanks for the link, I am going for a survey for brachy 7-21-08, I have been prescribed the system cleaners etc, apparently I will be anaesthetized while 'they' do an ultrasound scan of the prostate to plan the number and layout of the seeds. Can anyone tell me if the trauma of this procedure is any different to that of a biopsy? I am asking because I have to drive 250 miles for the procedure.
Dx Nov '03, age 61, 1 of 8 +, 3 + 3, PSA before biopsy 6.5.
after biopsy PSA went 10.5 and stayed there.
Tried a lot of the can't fail 'cures'. Found 'Prostasol' a version of PC Specs.
PSA dropped to less than 1.
Still tried other supplements but reverted back to 'P'. [ a herbal estrogen.] Had problems with Deep Vein Thrombosis, now on blood thinner
March '08, second biopsy, 3 of 10 + [10-50%], 3 + 4, PSA 1.0. T2A.
Bone scan didn't show much, bone density showed early osteo in places.
Time to take action, going for Brachytherapy August 23.....

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   Posted 6/17/2008 9:25 AM (GMT -6)   
HI to everyone,  Thanks for your support and help. 
Linda and Bob,  I read Julie's post and thought it was excellent. I will look for the others.  I was looking for active new people to talk to.
Also..Richard, thanks for the advice on the alcohol.  He has cut it out for a while and it has helped. I hope your radiation is going well.  How many more treatments do you have? 
Chris..I can check with my husband.  I think he thought the biopsy was worse than the ultra sound or the mapping that they did to figure out the seeds.  He was there all day as they sent him to 5 different people..It is mainly an ultrasound and being probed around.  Then discussion and seeing the anesthesiologist, the urologist, and the surgeon.  He was fine and able to drive back with me that night. 
We had to drive 225 miles away also for the treatment and surgery..We will be going back in 2 weeks to see if the seeds have been positioned properly.
Please feel free to pop in with any questions, as my husband has just had the procedure done.
He is feeling better..especially because the dr told him he could have two pills a day to help him.

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   Posted 6/17/2008 10:17 AM (GMT -6)   

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Johnny Canuck
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   Posted 6/17/2008 12:21 PM (GMT -6)   
chris nz said...
Can anyone tell me if the trauma of this procedure is any different to that of a biopsy?
The mapping was no big deal...certainly less grief than the biopsy. You might want to get one of those rubber doughnuts (mmmm....donuts) for the ride home, but you won't really even need that til after the proceedure. I would certainly recommend having one then...and letting somebody else drive. Mapping is a cakewalk.
To the original poster, I still drink coffee and alcohol, and about 4 months in, I often make it through the night now. I am taking the flomax, though. Still get that urgency, but it's fading some.
Happy Trails, All,

Age: 54
Gleason Score: 3+3=6
PSA: 3.33
Biopsy:7/8 Positive
Stage: "Bulky" T1c
Prostate Size: 27cc
Diagnosed: December 05, 2007
Brachytherapy: February 26, 2008
68 seeds, (Iodine 125). 
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Date Joined Mar 2006
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   Posted 6/17/2008 1:11 PM (GMT -6)   
JustJulie checking in here.  Sorry that your husband is experience excessive clotting.  My husband did experience some but nothing to any type of extreme.  Remember that there has been some "trauma" to the lower region so there is likely some swelling that may in fact be causing the decrease in flow.  Flomax is wonderful and worked great for my husband.
A rubber ring, as Johnny Canuck suggested, is great for the first little while - it just makes it a little easier to sit.
Although they suggest to avoid spicy foods (or at least enter them into your diet sparingly) my husband varied his diet very minimally and had little after effects.
I wish you well in your recovery - if I can be of any help, please don't hesitate to give a shout out.

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   Posted 6/18/2008 9:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi to all and thanks for your support. After finally tracking down the dr and getting a return call from him, my husband learned that 2 flomax a day was acceptable. He has had a much better day and night. He still deals with urgency..but it is getting better.
He is going to try to do a jazz guitar performance on Friday night..and hopes the band can cover for him if he has to leave the stage!
In two weeks we go back for a cat scan to see if the seeds are in the right place and if all spaces are covered. Has anyone here had to add extra seeds? Would this mean the whole surgery all over again? I suspect so.
Husband John Age 58
Gleason 6
Brachytherapy 6/10/08
Number of Seeds?
Follow up Cat Scan 7/1/08

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Date Joined Apr 2008
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   Posted 6/18/2008 9:37 AM (GMT -6)   
JC and Julie..I read your threads..They were very helpful and gave me much insight as to what my husband could experience. My main fear is that he will be running a wheat harvest in 4 weeks and may over extend he will not be able to drive the combine. I guess the best thing to do is to take it day by day.
Husband John Age 58
Gleason 6
Brachytherapy 6/10/08
Number of Seeds?
Follow up Cat Scan 7/1/08

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