Another good reason not to have unneeded CAT scans

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Purgatory
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   Posted 12/14/2009 9:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Just picked up this story, disturbing but not sure it wasn't known before.
 
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20091214/hl_nm/us_cancer_radiation
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


Tony Crispino
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   Posted 12/14/2009 9:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Any exposure to radiation comes with risks. We have made so much progress with the delivery, however, that we each need to accept the benefits when they are necessary. I just had an Xray in the dentists office, and I needed it. In itself it isn't an issue. But who knows. I have had countless other Xrays in life, and I was treated after surgery with IMRT as well.

But when you receive a cancer diagnosis, CT scans do become a part of the journey for most. Not so much for early stage prostate cancer, but it does more good than harm for the gander.

This one does not worry me as much as my advanced disease does.

Tony
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compiler
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   Posted 12/15/2009 10:57 PM (GMT -6)   
i see dr. menon tomorrow--hope he doesn't want to do a scan--umich chose not to,
 
mel
63 years old
PSA-- 3/08--2.90;  8/09--4.01; 11/09--4.19 (Free PSA 24%), this after 45 days on cipro! DREs have always been normal.
 
History of BPH/prostatitis.
 
PCA-3 test: 75.9 (bad news, guaranteeing I have to do....):
 
Biopsy on 11/30/09
 
Biopsy Report—Prostate Cancer

5 out of 12 positive

Gleason 4+3. More specifically:

2 cores were 3+3 (one 5% and the other 30%) on one side. On the other side:

2 cores are 4+3 (5%)--

1 core 3+4 (30%)

no peri-neural invasion

prostate is 45 grams

Stage: T1C

 Latest: Have set up an appointment at Umich with surgeon, radiation guy, general medical oncologist on Monday, 12/14. Trying to also set up appointment with Dr. Menon at Ford Hospital. Looking at another reading of the slides.


Rolerbe
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   Posted 12/15/2009 11:18 PM (GMT -6)   
This is why the great mammogram debate has *some* merit in arguing less diagnostics (I personally disagree with decreasing the testing), but the arguments for less PSA testing, of course, have NO merit. Tthe 'risk' of an additional test on blood they will take anyway for other standard tests is ZERO.
51 YO
PSA at Dx: 8.2
DaVinci RALP: 10/31/08 -- Great MD in New Haven, CT
Negative margins, no extra-capsular involvement
One nerve spared
PSA at 0 for just over a year now.
 
 

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