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lilsis
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   Posted 6/21/2008 7:20 PM (GMT -7)   
My brother just found out he has prostate cancer, he is 58 years old.  I don't know much other then his PSA was over 13 so they did a biopsy then after confirming he did have it they did a CT Scan and another test that I'm not sure what it was but they said it's not in his blood or bones (thank goodness).  :)  One of the treatment options suggested is cryosurgery.  He (we) are trying to find individuals that have had this procedure to hear their opinions compared to other treatments.  I have been searching online for hours and this is the only site I have found that might be of help.  Any suggestions or thoughts would be very appreciated.  Thanks. 

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   Posted 6/21/2008 7:45 PM (GMT -7)   

Maybe someone is on who knows how this type treatment goes.  In the meantime.....................

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IdahoSurvivor
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   Posted 6/21/2008 9:33 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi lilsis,

I assume by your login name that you are his sister.  If so, what a great support you are and a great support you will be to him.  Even though we are sorry for what brought you here, We're so glad you found the forum.

There are many folks here who will be willing to respond to any of your questions.

The main advice I could give for your and your brother is to try to remain as calm as possible.  This is so you and he will be able to carefully study about his particular diagnosis and gather as much information as you can.

Cryosurgery is certainly one of the many options.  With a PSA of 13, your brother has a lot of options to consider.  His current doctor may have had good results with cryosurgery.  Your brother will llikely want to get a second or third opinion as well. 

One question, has he had a biopsy?  If so, there is more information from that report such as a Gleason number and whether or not the cancer has likely spread.  This information will help us respond to you better.  If he hasn't had a biopsy, I'm certain the doctor will schedule one.  Your brother's age will also be helpful to know. 

You may consider making a signature containing a little about his diagnosis, like others have done here, by using the control panel.  You can check a box when you submit the message so the signature appears along with your message.

Keep positive and keep asking questions.  We'll be here!

A very warm welcome to you.

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Barry ~ (a.k.a. "Idaho") - Prostate Cancer Forum Moderator

 

Da Vinci Surgery July 31, 2007… 54 on surgery day
PSA 4.3  Gleason 3+3=6  T2a  Confined to Prostate

1st PSA  09/11/2007  <0.04 (undetectable)

2nd PSA 12/10/2007  <0.04

3rd PSA  03/17/2008  <0.04

My web site: http://pca-info.blogspot.com


smilingoldcoot
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   Posted 6/22/2008 11:14 AM (GMT -7)   
lilsis
 
 
We wish your brother the best.  Keep us posted please.
 
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lilsis
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   Posted 6/23/2008 12:33 PM (GMT -7)   
I found out his Gleason is 8.  I posted his info in the signature hopefully I did it correctly.  We found out Friday from his test results that it has not spread (thank goodness).  Now he has to make the decision as to what type of treatment he would prefer.  He is leaning toward the cryosurgery which is why I'm curious to hear from others that have had this procedure.  Thanks for those that have replied.  It truly is helpful. 
Age: 59
Gleason: 8
PSA: 16
 
Did have biopsy, CT Scan, bone scan and other tests and they all showed it has not spread outside of his prostate.


IdahoSurvivor
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   Posted 6/23/2008 6:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi lilsis,
 
Nice job on the signature.  :-)
 
I had robotic laparoscopic surgery (RLP) and am very happy with the procedure.  It was much easier than the two hernia surgeries I've had over the years.  The pain was minimal for me and recovery went very smoothly.
 
At 59 and in good health, there are many treatment options that can make sense for your brother.  Please review the second fixed topic at the top of the Prostate Cancer forum page for links to treatment info.  There are many links to various treatment options that you may choose to review.
 
/* Disclaimer: the following is not medical advice, just for discussion */
 
Each treatment has pros and cons in terms of side effects.  There is not much data on whether surgery or radiation is more effective in eradicating the cancer.  What we do know is that 95% of those who catch and treat prostate cancer early have a 10+ year survival rate.  Almost all treatments have side effects causing incontinence, either urinary or stool incontinence.  In addition, surgery often ends up in some form of E.D.
 
Some men who have a higher Gleason score, such as your brother has, have preferred radiation over surgery to irradiate not only the prostate, but some of the surrounding tissue to help ensure that any cancer that may have escaped the prostate has been killed.
 
If the cancer is contained in the prostate, then surgery has been called "the gold standard."  This is because surgery removing the entire prostate has a chance to remove all prostate cancer from your body.
 
If your brother does have surgery, a post-operative pathology is done on the prostate which can give him a pretty good indication of whether or not the cancer has spread beyond the prostate.  This is not possible with radiation treatment that "kill" the prostate.  Again, you hope with radiation treatments that not only do you kill any contained cancer, but also any that may have traveled near the edges of the prostate.
 
The good news is that he has caught the cancer with no detected spreading thus far.  Now he should find a decision that he is comfortable with.
 
You're a good sister.  yeah
 
Keep asking those questions.
 
Kind regards,


Barry ~ (a.k.a. "Idaho") - Prostate Cancer Forum Moderator

 

Da Vinci Surgery July 31, 2007… 54 on surgery day
PSA 4.3  Gleason 3+3=6  T2a  Confined to Prostate

1st PSA  09/11/2007  <0.04 (undetectable)

2nd PSA 12/10/2007  <0.04

3rd PSA  03/17/2008  <0.04

My web site: http://pca-info.blogspot.com

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