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P and D
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   Posted 6/23/2008 3:49 PM (GMT -6)   
My husband is 64 years old has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

We have had consultations with two doctors. One says cryosurgery is best the other says the IMRT is best. They both seem to be sincere in the way they feel. We need input from more sources.

The biopsy came back. Left prostate, 1 out of 5 cores, and involves less than 10% of Tissue. Gleason Grad 3 + 3 = 6 PSA 2.1

We need help from people who have been in our situation. Please help us with more information

P and D
Gleason 6
PSA 2.1

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   Posted 6/23/2008 4:02 PM (GMT -6)   
P and D
You have come to a great place with loving and caring people, both men and women.  THere are many differents journeys here and many will respond.  I am sorry for the reason you had to come here but I am glad you found this site.  It has been and is a blessing to me.
there are many websites with information concerning PCa.  From my experience it can be overwhelming.   I found this site  to be pretty comprehensive except it does not discuss Proton Radiation treatment.  For information on proton treatment go to
I have a website listed below that has many links, artiles, and blogs along with my story and journey.
Please keep us informed of your questions and your choices.
I wish both you and your husband the best.
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Biospy 1/10/08 Gleason 10, Stage T1C  8 of 12 samples positive all Less Than 5% 
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Started Treatment at the U of Florida Proton Therapy Institute in April 2008
May 2, 2008 LUPRON & Casodex
IMRT to started  5/27/2008 Will get 42 treatments 19 IMRT and then 23 Proton
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   Posted 6/23/2008 7:23 PM (GMT -6)   

Dear P and D,

Google is your friend.  Use it often. 

In my opinion, this is the best site on the net for those who suffer from prostate cancer, but it has one big limitation.  Almost all here are surgery guys and quite naturally promote their choice of treatment.  I am a radiation guy and generally don't promote my choice of treatment because I'm not medically qualified to do so.  I must say, however, that I am pleased that I chose radiation instead of surgery.  It has worked for me and as most here will say, you must do what is right for you.  It's your life and your decision.

I recommend that you hang around here.  Best bunch of folks you are likely to meet.



August of 2006, PSA up to 4.2 from 2.7 one year ago. 
October free and total PSA 12% free and 5.0 total.
A month, or so later, 4.7.
Late in the year decide on Image Guided IMRT.
Begin 43 treatments on January 23, 2007 and finish on March 23.
Four month post treatment PSA is 1.9.
Seven month PSA is 0.8.

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   Posted 6/23/2008 8:27 PM (GMT -6)   
hi P & D, Welcome to the site, I have been a 'lurker' for quite a while, I was DX 4.5 years ago with a PSA of 6.5, and a 3+3 Gleason, I was afraid to opt for a treatment so I went the diet way and monitored my PSA regularly. I kept my PSA down to about 1, earlier this year I decided it was time to find out what was going on 'down there' as a result I have opted for Brachytherapy in 2 months time, a decision not made lightly, or rushed into or pushed into by a specialist in a particular field. Don't be afraid to ask the questions such as 'how many procedures have you performed, with what success?' etc. I'm sure no offence will be taken if 'they' are any good, and the decision will be yours.
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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