Second and last HDRB Treatment Completed Yesterday

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grouchytx
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Date Joined Oct 2009
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   Posted 12/8/2009 12:20 PM (GMT -6)   
It went much better than the first!
 
I made it thru the night without bladder spasms and kept the cath. in all night.  I was able to get some sleep and it was nice to have my wife with me.
 
She was very impressed with the Doctors and Staff at the Texas Cancer Clinic.  I think she is now convinced that I truly have been getting good care these last few months.
 
We went back in this morning and got the cath. out and they did a couple of tests that went well.
 
Now the wait begins.  If I am still working down here I will go back for a short checkup in six weeks.  If not, I will be back in six months for the first post-treatment PSA.  I am going to try to put it out of my mind as much as possible.  I believe it is in a higher authorities hands and we now just wait.
 
It looks like my work may take me back to North Texas and Oklahoma.  I have enjoyed the summer in South Texas but am willing to go just about anywhere there is work.
 
I wish all of you the very best and will try to follow your stories and progress.
 
Blessings on you and all those who love you.
 
Bill
Age: 63
 
Gleason: 8 (5+3) Biopsys ranged from 90% to 100%
Refused surgery and hormone therapy. Doctor really made an argument for benefits of hormone therapy, I could not accept the consequences.
 
28 IMRT treatments.  Originally scheduled to get seed implants but doc decided that due to my prognosis High Dose Rate Brachythrapy was a better path to attempt.
 
PSA: 13
 
Let the chips fall where they may.


James C.
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 4462
   Posted 12/8/2009 2:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Bill, thanks for sharing your 'out of the norm' treatment. We need to hear about and be familiar with any options available to us. I hope you will return with periodic updates as things improve/change, things concerning incontinence or ED or the lack of either.
James C. Age 62
Co-Moderator- Prostate Cancer Forum
4/07 PSA 7.6, referred to Urologist, recheck 6.7
7/07 Biopsy: 3 of 16 PCa, 5% involved, left lobe, GS 3/3=6
9/07 Nerve sparing open RRP 110gms.- Path Report: GS 3+3=6 Stg. pT2c, 110gms, margins clear
24 mts: PSA's: .04 each test since surgery, Bimix .3ml PRN or Trimix .15ml PRN


Purgatory
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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25380
   Posted 12/8/2009 2:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the update Bill, and only wishing you the best from this point on. Please keep us posted from time to time, would like to continue to hear from you.

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, Cath #9 in 35 days, 12/7/9 - Cath #10 in place


grouchytx
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Date Joined Oct 2009
Total Posts : 32
   Posted 12/9/2009 10:17 AM (GMT -6)   
James:

I will keep y'all updated. As far as incontinence issues, that has not been a problem. My problem has been with being able to urinate. My prostate is very swollen and inflamed due to the radiation. I take three Flomax daily and it is still a struggle. But, it should slowly start to improve since the radiation treatments have been completed. As I previously stated, it is now just a waiting game. So far ED has not been an issue.

Bill
Age: 63
 
Gleason: 8 (5+3) Biopsys ranged from 90% to 100%
Refused surgery and hormone therapy. Doctor really made an argument for benefits of hormone therapy, I could not accept the consequences.
 
28 IMRT treatments.  Originally scheduled to get seed implants but doc decided that due to my prognosis High Dose Rate Brachythrapy was a better path to attempt.
 
PSA: 13
 
Let the chips fall where they may.

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