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Steve n Dallas
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   Posted 10/9/2009 7:19 AM (GMT -6)   
 
Has anyone seen their TV Commercials? Talking about "too good to be true."  They're moto  is "there's nothing but HOPE here."
 
The commercials show people talking about how their doctor gave them six months to live...So they went to Cancer Treatment Centers of America and feel much better now that they have HOPE.
 
To me - I hope they give you a money back Guarantee...cause odds are they still don't have much longer then six months to live.
Age 54   - 5'11"   205lbs
Overall Heath Condition - Good
PSA - July 2007 & Jan 2008 -> 1.3
Biopsy - 03/04/08 -> Gleason 6 
06/25/08 - Da Vinci robotic laparoscopy
05/14/09  - 4th Quarter PSA -> less then .01
Surgeon - Keith A. Waguespack, M.D.


JoeyG
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   Posted 10/9/2009 7:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Steve,
 
I saw the commercial last night.
 
I don't know whether the "centers" are any better than the quality hospitals that are around the nation but their PR certainly has inspired many without cancer.
 
For instance, a couple of months ago my older sister said "you should go there...they make miracles." Knowing how naive she is about cancer, I just yessed her until she finally got off the subject.
 
Age -57; Diagnosed 10/05 PSA 13.4 GS 9 Organ confined (T2B)
Cryoablation 4/06 Allegheny Hosp-Dr Ralph Miller (Cohen/Miller)
Post Cryo Nadir 8/06 0.2
Rising steadily to 0.7 4/09 :-(
Steady at 0.7 (7/09) (Pomegranate???)
Looking to take next steps soon
Hoping to qualify for salvage cryo or radiation


LV-TX
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   Posted 10/9/2009 7:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Steve...I think the premise is if you live in area that isn't close to major hospitals or cancer centers, like we do here in Dallas, then most certainly yes, there is hope by going to one of there centers. Dale here (livingadream) goes to one of the centers and it is about more than just medical in their treatment plans. Its about wellness from every aspect of your life. I wouldn't discount them until you have the chance to actually visit them.

They may state some pretty big hopes for folks, but that is part of the treatment...never give up hope.
You are beating back cancer, so hold your head up with dignity
 
Les
 
Age 58 at Diagnosis
Oct 2006 - PSA 2.6 - DRE Normal
May 2008 - PSA 4.6 - DRE Normal / TRUS normal
July 2008 - Biopsy 4 of 12 Positive 5 - 30% Involved Bilateral w/PNI - Gleason (3+3)6 Stage T1C
Robotic Surgery Sept 18, 2008
Pathology October 1, 2008 - Gleason 7 (3+4) Staged pT2c NO MX - Gland 50 cc
Seminal Vesicles and Lymph Nodes clear
Positive Margins Right Posterior Lobe
PSA 5 week Oct 2008 <.05
                   3 month Jan 2009 .06
                   6 month Apr 2009 .06
                   9 month Jul  2009 .08


Steve n Dallas
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   Posted 10/9/2009 7:55 AM (GMT -6)   

Les - I agree 100% with everyting you wrote.

When I see the commercials - I "almost" hear-> Hey Steve, go dig up your dead co-worker and bring her here - we'll fix her all up.


Age 54   - 5'11"   205lbs
Overall Heath Condition - Good
PSA - July 2007 & Jan 2008 -> 1.3
Biopsy - 03/04/08 -> Gleason 6 
06/25/08 - Da Vinci robotic laparoscopy
05/14/09  - 4th Quarter PSA -> less then .01
Surgeon - Keith A. Waguespack, M.D.


Purgatory
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   Posted 10/9/2009 8:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Steve,

I go to one of their facilities currently in my SRT, and used the same facility 10 years ago for radiation for treatment of my previous ultra rare cancers. The quality and care of their doctors was/are amazing. The patient car/concern is exeptional in my opinion, and while their ads may toot their own horn a bit (what advertising doesnt), I do find hope going through something I hate so much. When I am there, they cater to my every need, and even pre-anticipate things when possible. You won't hear anything bad from me about my experience.

David in SC
Age: 57, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 7/08 12.3, 9/08 14.5, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 - 7/7 Positive, 40-90% Cancer, Gleason 4+3
Open RP: 11/08, Rht nerves saved, 4 days in hospt, on catheters for 63 days, 5th one out 1/09
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos margin
Post Surgery  PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Latest: 7/09 met 2 rad. oncl, 7/09 cath #6 - blockage, 8/9 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 - out  38 days, 9/14/9 - met 3rd rad. oncl.agree to start radiation, mapping on 9/21/9, 9/24 - mtg with uro/surg, 9/29- pre-op, 10/1 - 3rd corr. surgery - suprapubic cath/hard dialation, 10/5 - first treatment IMRT.


Steve n Dallas
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   Posted 10/9/2009 9:17 AM (GMT -6)   

OK...I'll shut up then shocked

As a side note - I've come close to building a web site several times. The big problem I always face-> The theme for the site aka, what should the site be about....And it just so happens - BAD TV Commercials is probably going to be the ticket to my claim to fame.


Tony Crispino
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   Posted 10/9/2009 9:28 AM (GMT -6)   
CTCA is known for their for their physical and faith based attention to hope in fighting cancer. What many consider the bigger picture ~ that there is hope to defeat cancer and that hope does not end if you die from it...

I won't go into more detail about that as many don't want to hear it. But you only need to visit my website once to know that I am a deeply religious man.

Tony
 Age 47 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8 : Surgery at The City of Hope on February 16, 2007
Gleason 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 (May 11, 2009): <0.1
 
My Journal is at Tony's Blog  
 
STAY POSITIVE!


LV-TX
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Total Posts : 966
   Posted 10/9/2009 10:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Tony...It's what I call "Wellness from every aspect of your life". I know religion is a little touchy on this site.
You are beating back cancer, so hold your head up with dignity
 
Les
 
Age 58 at Diagnosis
Oct 2006 - PSA 2.6 - DRE Normal
May 2008 - PSA 4.6 - DRE Normal / TRUS normal
July 2008 - Biopsy 4 of 12 Positive 5 - 30% Involved Bilateral w/PNI - Gleason (3+3)6 Stage T1C
Robotic Surgery Sept 18, 2008
Pathology October 1, 2008 - Gleason 7 (3+4) Staged pT2c NO MX - Gland 50 cc
Seminal Vesicles and Lymph Nodes clear
Positive Margins Right Posterior Lobe
PSA 5 week Oct 2008 <.05
                   3 month Jan 2009 .06
                   6 month Apr 2009 .06
                   9 month Jul  2009 .08

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