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Date Joined Jan 2010
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   Posted 9/23/2010 6:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Just finished SRT this week, IMRT 38 treatments 68 Gy. I know many of my brothers here have had significant problems with RT, but for me luckily it was a piece of cake. Only side effects were right toward the end, sunburn irritation on butt and some fatigue. I have been on HT throughout treatments and PSA has been < .01. So far so good. I am scheduled to be on HT for one year. At first I was unhappy with the fact that I wouldn't know if SRT was successful for quite awhile because of the HT, but now I think that it is better for me. For me SRT is not likely to offer a cure. My doctors indicate less than 50%. MSK programs indicate that with my stats SRT will only have a 47% chance of holding of progression of PCa for more than six years. So if I can have the next 8 months thinking that I still may be cured, I'll gladly take it. This thing is a real pain in the a**, but I am going to enjoy the fall, winter and spring. I plan on retiring on April 1 of next year. I intend to live the good life for as long as I can. BB

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Date Joined Jan 2009
Total Posts : 2243
   Posted 9/23/2010 6:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Great attitiude BB. Glad the SRT went so well and send us an invite to the retirement party.
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

Red Nighthawk
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Date Joined Oct 2009
Total Posts : 289
   Posted 9/23/2010 6:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Good for you!~ I know that must have been an ordeal to travel every day back and forth. So now it's ova! (New England lingo)

Have a beer on me, or better yet, a blueberry smoothie.



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Date Joined Jul 2010
Total Posts : 3892
   Posted 9/23/2010 6:46 PM (GMT -6)   
BB, how long after surgery did you start SRT??

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Date Joined Jan 2010
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   Posted 9/23/2010 7:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Fairwind, SRT started 16 months after surgery. BCF at one year with PSA really taking off. I can tell you that I was bummed. Since my tumor was organ contained, my PCa is very likely alr eaaedy systematic. I pulling out all the stops now and willtake this as far as I can. BB
Dx PCa Dec 2008 at 56, PSA 3.4
Biopsy: T1c, Geason 7 (3+4) - 8 cores, 4 positive, 30% of all 4 cores.
Robotic Surgery March 2009 Hartford Hospital, Dr Wagner
Pathology Report: T2c, Geason 8, organ confined, negitive margins, lymph nodes negitive - tumor volume 9%, nerves spared, no negitive side effects of surgery.
PSA's < .01, .01, .07, .28, .50. HT 5/10. IMRT 9/10.
PSA's post HT .01, < .01

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Date Joined Jan 2010
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   Posted 9/23/2010 7:07 PM (GMT -6)   
BB - congrats on getting over that ordeal - wishing you a good recovery and a fantastic fall/winter/spring ... to borrow Sonny again today - "every day is a bonus" - let's make that good for a lifetime !
Age: 55 -gay with spouse, Steve - live in Peteborough, Ontario, Canada
PSA: 10/06/2009 - 3.86
Biopsy: 10/16/2009- 6 of 12 cancerous samples, Gleason 7 (4+3)
Radical Prostatectomy: 11/18/2009
Pathology: pT3a- gleason 7 -extraprostatic extension -perineural invasion -prostate weight -34.1 gm
Post Surgery-PSA: April 8, 2010 - 0.05 -I am in the ZERO CLUB
Sept 23, 2010 -0.05 - again -hoorah !

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Date Joined Apr 2010
Total Posts : 83
   Posted 9/24/2010 4:35 AM (GMT -6)   

Glad you are done with the SRT. Now just relax for a while.
PSA Feb 09 - 9
Dx age 62 - March 2009 - Gleason 7

Surgery - da-vinci RP on April 29, 2009 Gleason upgraded to 9

Started VEGAN diet June 2009

3 month PSA - <.04

6 month PSA <.04

9 month PSA .05

12 Month PSA .16

SRT began May 3, 2010

SRT complete June 25, 2010 - 38 treatments
Accidental PSA from Primary care physician = .05 on Aug 16, 2010

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Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 3149
   Posted 9/24/2010 7:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Most likely the combined HT and radiation will render decent results, I hope it is real long before you have to confront any psa rising issues and you might exceed your own expectations (hope you do).
Dx-2002 total urinary blockage, bPsa 46.6 12/12 biopsies all loaded 75-95% vol.; Gleasons scores 7,8,9's (2-sets), gland size 35, ct and bone scans look clear- ADT3 5 months prior to radiations neutron/photon 2-machines, cont'd. ADT3, quit after 2 yrs. switched to DES 1-mg, off 1+ yr., controlled well, resumed, used intermittently, resumed useage

English Alf
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Date Joined Oct 2009
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   Posted 9/24/2010 8:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Next step is take it easy for a while.

Watch out for some delay in the side effects kicking in after SRT. I was tired by the end of the sessions and my continence was throw off course by all the extra water drinking needed to have a full bladder and I had some itchy skin and about a month after RT lots of brown skin peeled off in various places. But the RT takes a while to do its stuff on the inside and the collateral damage to my gut only became really noticeable about 6 weeks after RT finished and has been at this annoying level regarding frequent BMs and excess farting for the last seven weeks or so. The tiredness is also annoying in a way now as it's unpredictable. One day is fine the next I can hardly do anything without it making me exhausted.

I did not have HT at the same time as RT so was lucky to be able to see the results of the SRT three months on when it gave me admission to the zero club.

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