Long Term Survivors: How did salvage radiation go?

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BoisePSABantam
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Date Joined Apr 2009
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   Posted 3/15/2010 1:32 PM (GMT -6)   
My PSA jumped up again and now it's off to Salvage Radiation.

So! how did it go? Was it worth it? Did it bat the beast down and for how long?

Thanks for any and all responses.
Pre-Surgery PSA: 4.92
age: 45 at DX.
DaVinci 5/07
1st PSA 0.07 8/07
2nd PSA 0.04 11/07
3rd PSA 0.04 02/08
4TH PSA 0.04 7/08
5th PSA 0.08 2/09
6th PSA 0.08 5/09
7th PSA 0.07 9/09


BoisePSABantam
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Date Joined Apr 2009
Total Posts : 20
   Posted 3/15/2010 1:34 PM (GMT -6)   
My signature line left out the latest PSA 0.13.

Thanks!

Galileo
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Date Joined Nov 2008
Total Posts : 697
   Posted 3/15/2010 3:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I finished salvage radiation almost exactly three years ago.
My PSA dropped to less than 0.1 by 6 months after treatment, and has remained there since. My next check will be in July.

I had a passing (pun intended) side effect of proctitis (loose stools, painful bowel movements) which was easily treated and temporary.
ED was not worsened, still recover 100% functionality with Cialis. No problem with incontinence.
The treatments themselves were a piece of cake.

So for me, yes, it seems like it was worth it.
Time will tell...

You can read my blog with more details than you probably want (see signature).

Good luck on your treatments.
Galileo

Dx Feb 2006, PSA 9 @age 43
RRP Apr 2006 - Gleason 3+4, T2c, NX MX, pos margins
PSA 5/06 <0.1, 8/06 0.2, 12/06 0.6, 1/07 0.7.
Salvage radiation (IMRT) total dose 70.2 Gy, Jan-Mar 2007@ age 44
PSA 6/07 0.1, 9/07 and thereafter <0.1
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dsmc
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Total Posts : 149
   Posted 3/15/2010 4:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I finished my SRT in January of last year. My PSA dropped to <0.04 immediately and has stayed there.
My next check will be in June.

I had no problems other than a little tiredness 3 or 4 weeks into it. I felt well enough to work everyday and was doing a home remodel at the time.

Galileo, good to hear you are doing well also.....like those longer term results like that!!

I hope you do well with your SRT. Keep us posted.

David
Age 54
Pre-op PSA 4.3
Surgery Feb. 17 2005
Post-op Path : Gleason 3+3=6
Right pelvic lymph nodes: negative for metastatic carcinoma
Left pelvic lymph nodes: negative for metastatic carcinoma
extent: right lobe 40% left lobe 10%
capsular penetration: Absent
Seminal vesicles and vasa differentia: Uninvolved
Prostate: 26 grams
Post-op PSA's <0.04 for 3 years
Feb. 08: 0.07, March 08: 0.08, June 08: 0.09 and Sept. 08: 0.1
IGRT scheduled.....November 17th....
FINISHED 01/14/09
05/14/09
1st PSA after SRT <0.04
12/03/09
2nd PSA after SRT <0.04


Purgatory
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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25380
   Posted 3/15/2010 4:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I completed 39 treatments this past Thanksgiving. I had a lot of issues then and now with it, but had some built in complications that most wouldn't have. Jury is still out as to whether it helped me or not. Getting my second reading soon, April 6th

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, no problem post SRT
Post Surgery  PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12
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 - 11/27 IMRT SRT 39 sess/72 gys ,cath #8 33 days, Cath #9 35 days, 12/7 - Cath #10 43 days, 1/19 - Corr Surgery #4,  Caths #11 and #12  same time, 2/8-Cath #11 out - 21 days, 3/2- Cath #12 out - 41 days, 3/2- Corr Surgery #5, Caths #13 & #14 same time, 3/6 Cath #13 out - 4 days


BoisePSABantam
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Date Joined Apr 2009
Total Posts : 20
   Posted 3/16/2010 10:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the encouraging results. I see many. many men have gone thru IMRT. I guess I can do it too.
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