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Date Joined May 2008
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   Posted 9/15/2008 11:34 AM (GMT -6)   
There is a promenent pull-out section in the Washington Post today called "Prostate Cancer - Your Guide to a Better Life Through Diagnosis & Treatment." The Post is posted online so you might be able to get to it and see what it is all about.
It is mostly advertising, but one article talks about Robotic Radiosurgery. This is done by Accuray's CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System. It says it provides more accurate does of radiation and reduces treatments up to 89%.
There is also an article on cryotherapy; PSA - To Test or Not to Test?; a blurb on HIFU (high-intensity focused ultrasound); dietary discussions, and other stuff.
Just FYI.
Age: 52
March 2006: PSA 2.5

Dec 2007: PSA taken for insurance application. I did not see the results until late Jan '08 - after I was rejected. Their lab said PSA 4.5. PSA again in Feb '08: 3.7.

March 2008: Biopsy. Gleason 7 (4+3) 12 cores taken. 5 on the left side were cancerous and the 6th did not look good.

May 5, 2008: Da Vinci robotic laparoscopy at GW Hospital, Washington DC.

Post op: Gleason 9 (4+5). 15% of prostate involved. Stage: pT3a. Negative margins. Lymph nodes and associated glands all appear to be cancer free.

July 2008: PSA at 7 weeks was undetectable.
August 2008: PSA at 14 weeks (3 months) was undetectable.

Tony Crispino
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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 8128
   Posted 9/15/2008 5:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I have the pullout in PDF format.  it is a good document for all here.  There are a few ads, but some interesting reading as well.  PCa advocate Kathy Meade has posted it at The "New" Prostate Cancer InfoLink... She talks about the article by Dr. Schellhammer a prostate cancer patient.

Age 46 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8
Surgery on Feb 16, 2007 @ The City of Hope
Post-Op Pathology: Gleason 4+3=7, positive margins, Extra Prostatic Extension (EPE)
Bilateral seminal vesicle invasion (SVI); Stage pT3b, N0, Mx
HT began in May, '07 with Lupron and Casodex 50mg (2 Year ADT)
IMRT radiation for 38 Treatments ending August 3, '07
Current PSA (May 9 '08): <0.1 ~ Undetectable!
You can visit my Journey at:

Post Edited (TC-LasVegas) : 9/15/2008 6:00:41 PM (GMT-6)

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Date Joined Jul 2008
Total Posts : 637
   Posted 9/15/2008 6:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Tony, I sent this on to our sons and our family members. We have to start at the grassroots level. ...and YOU are doing that...Thank you...! Diane
Husband Pete
dx Jan 2001 age 67 gleason 4 + 3 PSA 16.5
seed implant and conformal radiation Lupron from Jan 2001 to Jan2002
2005 Dec PSA began to rise from .5 to 8 within 6 months
Salvage surgery at MSK 9/06
Fistula operation 2/07 MSK
Many cystoscopies and ER visits with strictures
catheter for one year....Catheter taken out Sept 07..
Total Incontinence since then....
PSA .52 3/07
AUS Operation at MSK Sept 8. Dr. Sandhu
Waiting for activation October 21 2008

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