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gregory m helman
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Date Joined Oct 2009
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   Posted 11/27/2009 6:50 PM (GMT -6)   
well i decided to talk to the cancer treatment centers of america and if all goes well i will go and chat with them and see what options i have for my prostrate cancer. pretty soon  i will have a ct ,bone scan and prostascint scan.i don't know since the cancer cells are so small i don't know if the ct or prostascint scan will show anything. the prostascint scan not to reliable what i heard. after all tests are done, wants to start radiation therapy, and hormone therapy the first of the year.
now has anyone have gone through the cancer treatment centers of america and had their treatments done there?.
what is your thoughts on them and would you think they can help me. had one friend who is a radiologist and say to me,
don't dr. shop , listen to your second oncologist to do what he says.he wants ct, scan , bone scan and prostascint scan and wants do hormone therapy and radiation.i told him its up to me what i want and whats best for me and also says stay away from cancer treatment centers of america.
  age 52
post op pathology report
specimen type - radical perineal prostatectomy
specimen is intact
pre op psa level 0.97/ng/ml
other organs-seminal vesicle(s)
microscopic --tumor site-1 nodule
nodule#1- involves left lateral mid and left lateral
dimensions--0.6 x 0.2 x 0.6 cm
Histologic type------ Adenocarinoma
histologic grade---gleason
primary pattern is-grade 3 : single acini of variable size and seperation , cribriform and papillary patterns
Secondary pattern is: grade 4 : irregular masses of acini and fused epithelium , can show clear cells
gleason score (primary + secondary)  = 7 : Moderately poorly differentiated
Tumor Quantitation:
preportion of prostrate involved by tumor =<1 %
estimated tumor volume(% involved by tumor x prifixation vol) =< 1 ml
extraprostaic extention - absent
seminal vesicle invasion- absent
perineural invasion - absent
blood /lymphatic vessel invasion --absent
extent of invasion : pT2a: tumor involves < one half of one lobe
regional lyph nodes: NX; cannot be assessed
margins :
margins involved by tumor : anterior left lateral mid
margin involvement is extensive (> 1 HPF)
beingn prostatc acini are present at margins , not in area of tumor

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   Posted 11/27/2009 7:01 PM (GMT -6)   

I have used my local facility of Cancer Treatment Centers of America for my most recent 39 Treatments of SRT, and I used the same facility back in the year 2000 for 35 rounds of RT in my neck and throat.

I have nothing but the highest marks for my local center. I have been treated both times as a person, not a number. The care and concern of the staffs each time I would rate excellent. The Medical Oncologist I used in the past and the Radiation Oncologist I am using now from their group are both top notch, with great reputations.

I would not hesitate if I ever had a need to go back, and that is based on two episodes based almost 10 years apart.

That's my take, first hand, having just ended my treatments today.

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
Incontinence:  1 Month     ED:  Non issue at any point post surgery
Post Surgery  PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Latest: 7/9 met 2 rad. oncl, 7/9 cath #6 - blockage, 8/9 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 out  38 days, 9/9 - met 3rd rad. oncl., mapped  9/9, 10/1 - 3rd corr. surgery - SP cath/hard dialation, 10/5 - began IMRT SRT - 39 sess/72 gys cath #8 33 days, 11/2- SP Cath #9 in place

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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 1382
   Posted 11/28/2009 7:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Greg, I go to CTCA in Zion IL and must say I absolutely love the experience so far. Back in 2007 when I first came out of surgery and started radiation, lupron, casodex, and avodart I felt like I was dying. I made the decision to get away from my local hospital and try something new and different. When I first walked in the door of CTCA I knew I was in a special place. They do indeed treat the person as much as they treat the cancer. It will be an unforgettable experience for you. I made some wonderful friends that I stay in contact with to this day. Go for it my friend.

peace and love
My PSA at diagnosis was 16.3
age 47 (current)

My gleason score from prostate was 4+5=9 and from the lymph nodes (3 positive) was 4+4=8
I had 44 IMRT's
Currently on Lupron
I go to The Cancer Treatment Center of America
Married with two kids
latest PSA 5-27-08 0.11

PSA July 24th, 2008 is 0.04
PSA Dec 16th, 2008 is .016
PSA Mar 30th, 2009 is .02
PSA July 28th 2009 is .01
PSA OCt 15th 2009 is .11

Testosterone keeps rising, the current number is 156, up from 57 in May

T level dropped to 37 Mar 30th, 2009
cancer in 4 of 6 cores

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