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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 15
   Posted 9/16/2008 4:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Today (9/16) the Wall Street Journal described a new (FDA clearance Jan 2008) machine for radiation treatments. Currently installed in 30 centers in the U.S. and Europe and 150 more on order.

Used in conjunction with IMRT and IGRT the Varian Medical Systems product is faster and more precise resulting in less collateral damage to surrounding tissue.

See section D page 1 for article.
70 when diagnosed in 10/2004, open surgery 12/2004, margins clear, pre surgery PSA 6.4, 3+4=7, cancer from apex to base left side, 30 gm prostate, right nerves spared, seminal vesicles & lymph nodes (6) removed.

ED & incontinence problems since surgery, life changing & indescribable unless you have experienced it.

Advance male sling 03/2004, AUS and IPP scheduled 10/2004. All work done at UT Southwestern in Dallas.

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Date Joined May 2008
Total Posts : 1010
   Posted 9/17/2008 6:38 PM (GMT -6)   

There is a good video at the Varian website showing the use of the Rapidarc.


Diagnosed 04/10/08
Age 58
PSA 21.5 (first and only test resulted from follow up visit to emergency room for kidney stone. first time for kidney stone too)
Gleason 4 + 3
DRE palpable tumor on left side
100% of 12 cores positive for PCa range 35% to 85%
Bone scan clear
Chest x ray clear
CT scan shows potential lymph node involvement in pelvic region
Started Casodex on May 2 and stopped on June 1, 2008
Lupron injection on May 15 and every four months for next two years
PSA test on July 14, 08 after 8 weeks hormone .82
Started IMRT/IGRT on July 10, 2008. 45 treatments scheduled
First 25 to be full pelvic for a total dose of 45 Gray to lymph nodes.
Last 20 to prostate only. Total dose to prostate 81 Gray.
Completed IMRT/IGRT 09/11/08.
Second Lupron shot 09/11/08
Next PSA test by oncologist 03/09

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