Recommendation from Oncologist and Radiologist

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John T
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   Posted 3/4/2009 5:34 PM (GMT -6)   
My Oncologist and Radiologist got together yesterday and with my input came up with a treatment recommendation.
Casodex and Proscar for a total of 8 weeks, then seed implants followed by 5 weeks of IMRT, continue with Casodex and Proscar.
This seems reasonable to me as it minimizes the side affects and the seeds can be targeted to the tumor. I was not looking forward to the Lupron side affects and the addition of seeds was a surprise as I expected a full course of IMRT.
I've been on Casodex and Proscar for 2 weeks with absolutely no side affects. PSA went from 30 to 15 after 6 days of Casodex and Proscar.
As I said, this seems reasonable, but have I missed anything?

I had a psa of 4.4 in 1999 and steadily increasing psa every 3-6 months before reaching 40 in 5-08.Free psa ranged from 16 to 10%

I had biopsies every year, 13 total in all. I saw 5 different doctors, all urologists or urological oncologists at Long Beach, UCLA, UCSF and UCI and had an MRIS at UCSF in 2007. All tests were negative and I was told that because of all the biopsies I had BPH and not PC but to keep getting biopsies every year just in case.

in Oct 08 my 13th biopsy of 25 cores indicated 2 positive cores, gleason 3+3 less that 5% in 2 cores. Doc recommended surgery.

2nd opinion from a prostate oncologist, referred by my wife's oncologists said cancer found was indolant and statistically insignificant, but PSA history was a major concern and ordered a few more tests.

Color Doppler ultrasound with targeted biopsy found a transition zone tumor 18mmX16mm, gleason 3+4 and 4+3. CT and bone scans clear, but Doc thinks that there may be lymph node involvement (30% chance) because of my high PSA, and referred me for a Combidex MRI in Holland.

Combidex MRI in 2-09 showed all lymph node clear.

Changed diet and takiing supplements while I wait, PSA dropped from 40 to 29 through diet alone. The location of the tumor next to the urethea plus the high psa make surgery an unlikely option.

Currently on Casodex and Proscar. Consultation with the radiologist suggested adding Lupron for 3 months before IMRT. May use a combination of seeds and IMRT. Radiologist and Oncologist will get together and come up with a joint recommendation next week.


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