Had my Brachytherapy yesterday.

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   Posted 5/27/2010 1:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, finally had my Brachytherapy yesterday Wed 5/26. Was accomplished at the Chicago Prostate Cancer Center, Westmont, IL It was absolutely a "piece of cake", about three hours door to door. Only pain was the needle stick in the back of the left hand to administer the "twilight" anesthetic etc. Great stuff with absolutely NO hangover. Got a bunch of pills to take for a while and only discomfort, and very little at that, is that it's like sitting on a golf ball for a couple days. No big deal though. For the older guys who are newly diagnosed with PC, they should certainly at least look into Brachytherapy. So, I have now joined the ranks of the Brachy guys and just need to get a PSA every three months. It was so easy that even I could do it. wink
Bob, down in Southern Colorado

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   Posted 5/27/2010 1:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Good to hear that everything went so smoothly. Keep us posted on the PSA.
Dx with PCA 12/08 2 out of 12 cores positive 4.5 psa
59 yo when diagnosed, 61 yo 2010
Robotic surgery 5/09 Atlanta, Ga
Catheter out after 10 days
Gleason upgraded to 3+5, volume less than 10%
2 pads per day, 1 depends but getting better,
 started ED tx 7/17, slow go
Post op dx of neuropathy
T2C left lateral and left posterior margins involved
3 months psa.01, 6 month psa.4, 6 1/2 month psa.5 on 11/28/10
Starting IMRT on 1/18/10, Completed 39 tx at 70 gys on 3/12/10
6 week Post IMRT PSA .44 a drop from .5 but maybe more
Great family and friends

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   Posted 5/27/2010 2:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Bob,  Glad to hear the really good news.  I have a lot of friends that have had Brachy and none of them have any regrets.  Good luck going forward.

Diagnosed 2/2008 at age 71, Gleason score 5+3=8, stage T1c, PSA 9.1. 
Robotic surgery 5/2008, nerves spared, stg. pT2c, N0, MX, R0, Gleason 5+3=8 
PSA <0.1 at 20 months and each test since surgery.

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   Posted 5/27/2010 2:21 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Bob:

I glad it went so well..similar to what most of us brachy guys have experienced.  Anyway, take the Flomax, take it easy on caffeine and booze and take a 2 week break from sex.  Other than that life should move on normally from here on.


Tudpock (Jim)

Age 62, Gleason 3 + 4 = 7, T1C, PSA 4.2, 2 of 16 cores cancerous, 27cc
Brachytherapy December 9, 2008.  73 Iodine-125 seeds.  Procedure went great, catheter out before I went home, only minor discomfort.  Regular activities resumed, everything continues to function normally as of 4/10/10.  6 month PSA 1.4 and now 1 year PSA at 1.0.  My docs are "delighted"!

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   Posted 5/27/2010 2:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Good to hear that it went well. That was my choice, if I had just known about the PCa a little earlier.

Keep us posted.

Post Edited (142) : 5/27/2010 5:25:03 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 5/27/2010 2:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Great news. I'm not surprised it went well....my experience was very similar. In a couple of more days, you will probably start feeling some urgency and burning when you urinate. Don't be alarmed...normal stuff and it will go away in 3-4 weeks. You made a great point about BT for older guys. It was certainly a factor in my decision. Regards,

Age -67 PSA - 4.5

Biopsy  (9/4/09) - Positive in 5 of 8 cores. In those 5 cores, 5 of 11 samples were positive. Gleason 3+3=6. Stage – T1C  Ct and Bone scans negative.


BT performed on 12/11/09. 84 seeds of Palladium 103. Surgery at 7:30 - Home at 12:30 same day with no catheter. Blood in urine for a week. Side effects as expected -  some burning, frequency, urgency.   Resumed daily  1 ½ mile walk after 3 days. 


BT followed with 25 IGRT treatments beginning Feb 15 (4500 Gy's). After third week, experienced some fatigue. Now 3 weeks from last treatment - energy level returning. Burning and urgency is improved.


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   Posted 5/27/2010 3:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Glad it went so smooth and thanks for describing the procedure.
I'm scheduled to have mine done June 22.
Age 63

01/26/10 ...PSA 9
Referred to urologist
Met urologist on 2/26/10....DRE normal new PSA test was 11. Taken after DRE.
Biopsy on 3/26/10. 14 samples...3 positive on right side...all 11% Gleason 3+3
Urologist said stage T-1c.
Advised treatment. Discussed surgery and set appointment with radiologist for 4/26/10
4/26/10 Met with radiologist. Thinks IMRT or Brachytherapy would be good choice.
5/20/10 volume study done all looks good for Brachytherapy.

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