Over the last few years, Varian has indeed made tremendous advances in the delivery systems used for radiation treatment..They have become the world leader in developing this equipment. The only fly in the ointment is the cost and the time it takes to bring radiation oncologists and radio therapists skills up to date to match the new delivery systems..Many treatment centers simply can not afford to replace multi-million dollar machines every 3 years without some sort of government subsidy program...
We will get into a situation where the wealthy will receive much better treatment than those not so well-off. These advances are fantastic as long as they are available to everyone..But the costs associated with them are prohibitive for many cancer patients..
Over the years, billions, if not trillions of dollars have been spent in "The fight against cancer". But cancer has not been cured...Perhaps it's time a small portion of this money is used to make sure everyone being treated for cancer gets the opportunity to have the best treatment available and not be relegated to second and third string techniques and equipment...
Age today: 68. Married, 6', 215 pounds, active, no health issues.
PSA at age 55: 3.5, DRE negative. Advice, "Keep an eye on it".
PSA at age 58: 4.5
PSA at age 61: 5.2
PSA at age 64: 7.5, DRE "Abnormal"
PSA at age 65: 8.5, DRE " normal", biopsy, 12 core, negative...
PSA at age 66 9.0 DRE "normal", BPH, Finesteride. (Proscar)
PSA at age 67 4.5 DRE "normal" second biopsy, negative.
PSA at age 67.5 5.6, DRE "normal" U-doc worried..
PSA at age 68, 7.0, third 12 core biopsy positive for cancer in 4 cores, 3 cores Gleason 6, one core Gleason 9. Finesteride discontinued, still no urinary symptoms, never had any..From age 55 to 65 I had no health insurance.
I have a date with the robo surgeon on Sept 3 but I'm keeping my options
open. I'm also looking at seeds combined with IGRT which seems to be having good results with high-risk patients..
Post Edited (Fairwind) : 8/16/2010 7:40:59 AM (GMT-6)