Calypso Localization System for Prostate Radiation - Both Pre and Post Op Variety

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DanmanBob
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Date Joined Feb 2008
Total Posts : 467
   Posted 12/28/2008 2:25 PM (GMT -6)   
This is fairly new technology.  Posting in case anyone has an interest.
 
 
My transponders will be implanted Tuesday.  Radiation begins in late January.
 
Happy New Year to everyone.
 
Dan Man Bob
Danman Bob, Born 1951
Nerve-sparing, open prostate surgery November 13, 2007
Gleason score 9, PSA 14; Biopsy result - 9 of 12 sticks showed cancer
Post-op pathology stated that cancer was confined to the prostate
Unrelated surgery January 2008 delayed incontinence recovery, which is now showing good signs of improvement (fraction of a pad a day as of late April 2008)
100 MG Viagra 3 times a week beginning December 2007
Osbon Erec-Aid Esteem manual pump for therapy beginning mid-February 2008
30 MG papaverine/1 MG phentolamine bimix injections beginning late April 2008
Five week post-op PSA 0.2, five month post-op PSA 0.1, next test August 2008


James C.
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 4462
   Posted 12/28/2008 2:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Good to see ya posting again, Danman Bob.  How about updating your sig with the new psa results so we can keep track.  Evidently they have risen since you are starting radiation.  Hows things been otherwise?

James C.         Age 61
Co-Moderator- Prostate Cancer Forum
4/19/07 PSA 7.6, referred to Urologist, recheck 6.7
7/11/07 Biopsy- 16 core samples, size of gland around 76 cc. Staging pT2c
7/17/07 Path report: 3 of 16 PCa, 5% involved, left lobe , GS 3/3:6.
9/24/07 Nerve sparing Open Retropubic Radical Prostatectomy
9/26/07 Post-op Path Report: GS 3+3=6 Staging pT2c, 110gms, margins clear
16 mts: ED- 50 mg Viagra 3X week, pump daily,Trimix .35ml 2X week continues
Post Surgery PSA's: 3 mts-.04, 6 mts.-.04, 9 mts.-.04, 1 Year-.02.


DanmanBob
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Date Joined Feb 2008
Total Posts : 467
   Posted 12/28/2008 2:41 PM (GMT -6)   
James,
 
I updated it after posting, so it should show next time I post (like now...lol).
 
Doing ok for an old man with kidney failure and cancer.
 
Still nothing resembling an erection except when I inject or use my pump.  Still taking Viagra multiple times a week.
 
Incontinent when I cough hard....otherwise pretty much continent other than a drop or two here and there.
 
If my health allows, I still plan to have a penile implant in May/June.  Talked with one of the regular posters here about his experience.  Also had dinner with the man who runs penileimplant.blogspot.com (and his wife).  Fingers crossed my cancer and other ailments will not prevent me from moving forward with the implant as planned.
 
All the best to everyone here.
 
Dan Man Bob
Danman Bob, Born 1951
Nerve-sparing, open prostate surgery November 13, 2007
Gleason 9, PSA 14; Biopsy result - 9 of 12 sticks showed cancer
Post-op pathology results - cancer confined to the prostate
100 MG Viagra 3 times a week beginning December 2007
Osbon Erec-Aid Esteem manual pump for therapy beginning mid-February 2008
30 MG papaverine/1 MG phentolamine bimix injections beginning late April 2008
Five week post-op PSA 0.2, five month post-op PSA 0.1, nine month PSA 0.1, 13 month PSA 0.4 (recurrence was likely due to very high Gleason, even though margins were deemed clear after surgery)
Radiation using Calypso Localization System to begin in January 2009


DanmanBob
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Date Joined Feb 2008
Total Posts : 467
   Posted 2/28/2009 11:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Thought I would update everyone on my salvage radiation treatments.
 
As noted in original post, I am undergoing 38 IMRT radiation treatments using the Calypso Localization System.
 
So far the treatments have been a piece of cake.  No side effects that I have noticed, although I realize the effects of radiation are usually delayed somewhat.
 
Have had 22 treatments, with 16 remaining.
 
I hope everyone at healingwell is ....healing well!!!
 
Dan Man Bob
Danman Bob, Born 1951
Nerve-sparing, open prostate surgery November 13, 2007
Gleason 9, PSA 14; Biopsy result - 9 of 12 sticks showed cancer
Post-op pathology results - cancer confined to the prostate
100 MG Viagra 3 times a week beginning December 2007
Osbon Erec-Aid Esteem manual pump for therapy beginning mid-February 2008
30 MG papaverine/1 MG phentolamine bimix injections beginning late April 2008
Five week post-op PSA 0.2, five month post-op PSA 0.1, nine month PSA 0.1, 13 month PSA 0.4 (recurrence was likely due to very high Gleason, even though margins were deemed clear after surgery)
Radiation using Calypso Localization System to begin in January 2009


Tony Crispino
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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 8128
   Posted 3/1/2009 12:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Dan Man, my man,
It's great to hear from you. I am glad also to hear that you are tolerating the radiation therapy well. I had the same experience. I barely noticed during treatment that I has some light fatigue. I was walking three miles every day, sometimes more. When treatment stopped, it was about a couple weeks later that I did notice something. I was having more energy every day. My fatigue was so light that it took stopping my treatments ~ 38 of them ~ to realize that I had any real SE's at all. So delayed reaction is all it was.

Still today I have some fatigue, but it's after hormone therapy by about two weeks and lasts about a month. Again very light but noticeable.

And to the point about healing well? Thank you sir, and yes I am. I wish you the very same.

Peace my friend!

Tony
Age 46 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8 : Surgery at The City of Hope on February 16, 2007
Geason 4+3=7, Stage pT3b, N0, Mx
Positive Margins (PM), Extra Prostatic Extension (EPE) : Bilateral Seminal vesicle invasion (SVI)
HT began in May, '07 with Lupron and Casodex 50mg (2 Year ADT)
IMRT radiation for 38 Treatments ending August 3, '07
Current PSA (January 13, 2009): <0.1
 
My Journal is at Tony's Blog  
 
STAY POSITIVE!

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