Blue Cross is asking the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare to not cover Proton Beam Therapy. I have a link below for that story, courtesy of my friend, Mike Scott. I love a good debate so I'll stay tuned on this one. On one hand we have a great therapy, and expensive therapy, and on the other? The government.
Here is the link on this one:
Medicare Coverage of Proton Therapy Challenged
Gentlemen, start your engines!
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 (September 17 '08): <0.1 ~ Undetectable!
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Tony's Prostate Cancer InfoLink Page