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Date Joined May 2008
Total Posts : 1010
   Posted 1/20/2009 10:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi All:
Here is a news article on some research be Dr Barken et al that shows some promise for future treatment options. It does not say so in this article but I read a similar article addressing the same subject that stated that the drug companies have little interest in developing the drug because it is not patentable being from a natural source. I.E. and opiate.
Anyway, interesting reading.
Diagnosed 04/10/08 Age 58 at the time
Gleason 4 + 3
DRE palpable tumor on left side
100% of 12 cores positive for PCa range 35% to 85%
Bone scan clear and 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
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.
PSA 02/08 21.5 at diagnosis
PSA 07/08 .82 after 8 wks of hormones
PSA 10/08 .642 one month after completion of IMRT, 6 months hormone

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Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 3149
   Posted 1/20/2009 12:55 PM (GMT -6)   

I talked with Barken once years ago on his website, he is retired but still helping out on PCa issues. He has avice information for patients and such, that is free or generalized help.

You would have to check it out for yourself, he also writes articles for Paact Newsletter and is on their board of directors etc.  is his gig.





FLHW(David E)
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Date Joined Nov 2007
Total Posts : 201
   Posted 1/20/2009 12:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm cautious since this has only been studied in mice. In many. many instances the results fail to translate to humans. Time may tell.

As for Big Pharma not being interested, I agree so perhaps Dr. Barken should design a study and approach the PCF for funding?
Dx'd 2/18/05
PSA 271, bone mets, lymph node involvement
Gleason Score: 7
Current (1-05-09)
PSA: 29.58
Taxotere + Prednisone + Atrasentan
[11th Treatment on January 5th]
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