Next step, Brachytherapy

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duckfan
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Date Joined Dec 2008
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   Posted 3/5/2009 4:20 PM (GMT -7)   
We just got back from Portland, OR this morning where my husband had the testing done for the seed implant.  He had a volume study, he was a little apprehensive about it, and came through fine.  His only comment was "they have your feet up in stirups and  this thing up your butt and two cute little female residents and one Dr. are all staring at it. "  He said it didn't really hurt, just uncomfortable.  I'll bet.  I told him "welcome to my world".   Women always seem to have their feet in stirrups at Dr's offices.
 
He has the seed implant in Portland on the 20th.  He was treated so well up at Oregon Health Sciences and we really like his Dr.  Worth the 5 hour drive, that's for sure. 
 
We'll let you know how the seed implant goes.
 
62 year old with Multiple Sclerosis currently in remission
Last PSA taken in 2008 was normal
November, upon exam abnormality felt in Prostate
Biopsy taken December 10
6 samples taken
3 positive for Prostatic Adenocarcinoma
3 Negative
Gleason Score of 3+3=6
Grade T-2
Looking into DaVinci Surgery, no decision made yet.  Update, not a good candidate for surgery because of MS.
Most likely will do brachytherapy at Oregon Health Sciences in Portland
 


JustJulie
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Date Joined Mar 2006
Total Posts : 355
   Posted 3/6/2009 1:43 PM (GMT -7)   

We're on the other side of the Brachytherapy table - successful surgery and return to a "normal" life.  Please keep us posted and best wishes for a comfortable surgery.

JustJulie


Husband diagnosed in December 2005
PSA of 3.74
Gleason 6
Brachytherapy (91 stranded seeds) April 2006
PSA of 0.39 - November 2008 - whoo hooo!
 


Tudpock18
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Total Posts : 4019
   Posted 3/6/2009 4:19 PM (GMT -7)   

Dear Duckfan:

Glad the volume study went well...to tell the truth, that was the worst part of my brachytherapy experience!  My wife also gave me the "welcome to my world" commentary - LOL -  after hearing my description!

I'm also well on the other side...not as far over as Julie...but 3 months next week.  All has gone amazingly well, with really no sexual or urinary sides.  Yeah, the sexual sides may come later...but, for now, all is well!

So, good luck.  I'll be thinking of you and please let us know how it goes.  As a suggestion, maybe you could start a "Duckfan's Brachytherapy Journey" so newbies will see how yours goes along with Julies and mine.  There are only a few of us seeds here, so other persepective is welcome.

Good luck.

Tudpock


Age 62
Gleason 4 +3 = 7
T1C
PSA 4.2
2 of 16 cores cancerous
27cc
Brachytherapy December 9, 2008.  73 Iodine-125 seeds.  Procedure went great, catheter out before I went home, only minor discomfort.  Regular activities resumed, everything continues to function normally as of 1/31/09.


duckfan
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Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 40
   Posted 3/6/2009 8:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, that's a good idea to start a journal.  There really aren't many brachytherapy people out there so it is good information to those that want to go that route.  My husband was pretty relieved that he's so close to this journey being over.  Of course, he knows there may be side effects but he's pretty sick of Dr appointments.  Between his Multiple Sclerosis and this it's constant. 
 
He just started Flomax today.  He gets most of his meds from the VA and they wouldn't approve the Flomax.  He's been on a generic drug that I can't spell.  The Flomax was quite expensive.  No wonder the VA won't approve it. 
 
I'm going to go back and read  your journal.  Thanks.
62 year old with Multiple Sclerosis currently in remission
Last PSA taken in 2008 was normal
November, upon exam abnormality felt in Prostate
Biopsy taken December 10
6 samples taken
3 positive for Prostatic Adenocarcinoma
3 Negative
Gleason Score of 3+3=6
Grade T-2
Looking into DaVinci Surgery, no decision made yet.  Update, not a good candidate for surgery because of MS.
Had a MRI which showed no spread outside the prostate. 
Will do brachytherapy at Oregon Health Sciences on March 20th.
 


Purgatory
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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25354
   Posted 3/7/2009 7:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello Duckfan,

Glad your husband made it through the first part fine. I agree with the others, lets have a nice journal, it will be educational for us and for anyone else contemplating "seeding", since it is not the most common path here.

From what I understand, the generic of Flomax works just as well as the real thing, so that should be ok.

I think you are on the right path with your husband, especialy considering the added complexity of his MS.

My best to you both.

David in SC
Age 56, 56 at DX, PSA 7/7 5.8, 7/8 12.3,9/8 14.5
3rd Biopsy Sept 08: Positive 7 of 7 cores, 40-90%, Gleason 7, 4+3
Open RP surgery 11/14/8, Right nerves spared, 4 days hospital, staples out 11/24/8, 5th cath out on 1/19/9
Post-surgery Pathlogy Report:Gleason 3+4=7, pT2c, 42 grm, tumor 20%, Contained in capsular, clear margins, clear lymph nodes 
First PSA Post Surgery   2/9 .05, 6 month on 5/9
 
 


zufus
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Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 3149
   Posted 3/7/2009 7:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Good fortune to you on this and this current article might help you feel even better about your protocol

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2009/03/prweb2206914.htm (16 yr. stats on this proceedure)

Yeah this is PR for Dattoli and probably comparitively RCOG and other treatment centers doing comparitively the same or similar protocols. But, looks pretty good and great to hear of course, especially when you figure in the high risk patients that also do this protocol.


 

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