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Date Joined Jul 2010
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   Posted 7/26/2010 9:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Just want to know who has done this treatment, would like to chat to someone if this is the answer to prostate cancer?

John T
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Date Joined Nov 2008
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   Posted 7/26/2010 10:03 PM (GMT -6)   

I had Brachy 15 months ago. If you want to email me specific questions click on my name and my email is in my profile. It was an hour procedure and I played golf the next day. Had about 6 weeks of urinary frequency and urgency that was eaiily tolerated and didn't affect anything I wanted to do. I have no ED, no urinary issues and no bowel issues. Everything is just as before the treatment except that my psa is 40 points lower. Please post your stats, age, psa and gleason score and numbe of cores positive also your prostate size which should have been estimated at your biopsy.

64 years old.

PSA rising for 10 years to 40, free psa 10-15. Had 5 urologists, 12 biopsies and MRIS all neg. Doctors DXed BPH and continue to get biopsies yearly. 13th biopsy positive in 10-08, 2 cores of 25, G6 less than 5%. Scheduled for surgery as recommended by Urological Oncologist.

2nd Opinion from Dr Sholtz, a Prostate Oncologist, said DX wrong, pathology shows indolant cancer, but psa history indicates large cancer or metastasis. Futher tests and Color Doppler confirmed large transition zone tumor that 13 biopsies and MRIS missed. G7, 4+3, approx 16mmX18mm.

Combidex MRI in Holland eliminated lymphnode mets. Casodex and Proscar reduced psa to 0.6 and prostate from 60mm to 32mm. Changed diet, no meat and dairy. All staging tests indicate that tumor is local and non agressive. (PAP, PCA3, MRIS, Color Doppler, Combidex, tumor reaction to diet and Casodex, and tumor location in transition zone). Surgery a poor option because tumor is located next to the urethea and positive margin is very likely; permanent incontenance is also high probability with surgery.

Seed implants on 5-19-09, 3 hours door to door, no pain, minor side affects are frequency and urgency; very controlable with Flowmax and lasted 4 weeks. Daily activities resumed day after implants with no restrictions. Gold markers implanted with seeds to guide IMRT.

25 treatments of IMRT 6 weeks after seed implants. No side affects at all.

PSA at end of treatment 0.02 mostly the result of Casodex. When I stop Casodex next week expect PSA to rise. Next PSA in November. Treatments and side affects have greatly exceeded my expectations. Glad to have this 11 year journey finally conclude.


Tony Crispino
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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 8128
   Posted 7/26/2010 10:49 PM (GMT -6)   
John is the right guy on brachytherapy. He can tell you quite a bit about it.

Advanced Prostate Cancer at age 44 (I am 48 now)
pT3b,N0,Mx (original PSA was 19.8) EPE, PM, SVI. Gleason 4+3=7

RALP ~ 2/17/2007 at the City of Hope near Los Angeles.
Adjuvant Radiation Therapy ~ IMRT Completed 8/07
Adjuvant Hormone Therapy ~ 28 months on Casodex and Lupron.

"I beat up this disease and took its lunch money! I am in remission."
I am currently not being treated, but I do have regular oncology visits.
I am the president of an UsTOO chapter in Las Vegas

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Date Joined Sep 2008
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   Posted 7/27/2010 8:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Kiekie, I also had successful brachytherapy.  Please check my 'journey" by selecting the link in my signature if you want to see the detail.  Fee free to email me at with the link here at HW and I will be happy to discuss the procecure with you via email and/or telephone.
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"!

Elite Member

Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25355
   Posted 7/27/2010 8:24 AM (GMT -6)   

brachy can be an excellent primary treatment for prostate cancer. a lot would depend on your stats and biopsy, etc. in fairness, not sure i would say its "the answer to prostate cancer". It is one of many primary treatments. JohnT and Tud and some others here have had good and positive experinces with "Seeding" so far. It was my original choice, but in the end had issues that made surgery the better choice for me. Like we would advise any new guy here, its important to check out and study all available treatments for yourself, and get more than one opinion going, good luck.

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, 4/8 .04, next one: Aug 3
Latest:  7/9 cath #6 - 41 days, 8/9 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 - 38 days, mapped  9/9, 10/1 - 3rd corr. surgery - SP cath, 10/5 - 11/27 IMRT SRT 39 sess/72 gys ,cath #8 33 days, Cath #9 35 days, Cath #10 43 days, 1/19 - Corr Surgery #4,  Caths #11 and #12 ,Cath #11 - 21 days,  Cath #12 - 41 days, 3/2- Corr Surgery #5, Cath #13 - 4 days, Cath #14- 27 days, Cath #15 - 26 days, Cath #16 - 31 days, Cath #17 - 39 days, 7/2 - Corr Surgery #6, Cath #18 - 13 days, Cath #19 - 17 days, Total Blockage, Cath # 20 - 7/19

Regular Member

Date Joined Oct 2009
Total Posts : 420
   Posted 7/27/2010 12:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I would not call BT "the answer"....but it is an excellent option to pursue depending on your stats. I had seeds implanted on 12/11/10 and have been very satisfied with the results. Like the other guys above, I will be glad to answer questions and share my experience if you want to contact me. My email contact is in my profile. 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 2 months from last rad treatment - energy level has returned. Burning gone and urgency is much improved.


First post treatment PSA (6/1/10) - 0.1


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