Just got the results from the Combidex MRI e mailed to me today. All Lymph nodes normal with one at a suspicious level 2 (5 being the highest level) This node is most likely clear.
Along with the report I got a video showing a 3D revolving picture of my lymphatic system showing all the nodes in green and one node in yellow (the suspicious node); It kind of neat to look at. I also have a disk containing 1512 pictures of my insides. The MRI also showed a 2.5cm tumor in the interior back portion of the prostate, so the MRI did see the tumor. An MRIS with endorectal coil at UCSF taken last year didn't see anything.
The trip to Holland and the $2500 cost of the MRI was well worth it. (the local hospital charged me $12,700 for a CT and bone scan). Without this information I would have had radiation to my pelvic area. I would highly recommend this test for all high risk patients.
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I see my oncologist on Monday to develop a treatment plan. Right now I'm leaning for 6 months of ADT3 then rebiopsy the area. From the MRI and color doppler I have a good picture of the tumor and can see if it changed or disappeared. I can then continue on ATD3 or get IMRT; I'll make that decision based on the color doppler and biopsy. I've pretty much eliminated surgery because of the long term side affects and the high probability that surgery can't get all the tissue.
All in all good news.