Here's a new treatment method that looked interesting:
I'm not sure whether or not you need a subscription to the Detroit Free Press to see the above link results, so here are a few snippets from the article:
"In what a leading doctor hails as a new era of prostate cancer treatment, a Detroit-area man became the first in the world last month to undergo single-dose radiation for prostate cancer, a temporary implantation of a higher dose of radiation with the promise of fewer side effects.
The outpatient procedure was performed on a Beverly Hills man at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak on Nov. 29. It is part of a research study by Dr. Alvaro Martinez, chairman of radiation oncology, to chart the effectiveness of the treatment.
Martinez describes it as a new era of prostate cancer treatment in which less is more. Men go home the day of the procedure.
The treatment temporarily places a radioactive pellet the size of a grain of rice into the tumor. The pellet releases radiation when a computerized machine moves it across tiny plastic needles placed in the prostate. Unlike other pellets, or seeds, that are placed in the prostate permanently, the procedure leaves no radioactive material behind, Martinez said.
It also holds the promise of fewer complications associated with other types of radiation and surgery for prostate cancer, he said.
The operation takes three hours to place the pellet, but the radiation treatment is only 15 minutes, Martinez said. The pellet is removed right after the treatment."
Have a great, and healthier, holiday everyone!
Age: 60, 59 at DX
PSA: 1/20/00 7.9, 7/22/00 3.3, 10/25/01 4.9, 10/19/04 5.1, 9/26/07 5.98, 8/28/08 7.68, 9/23/08 7.36, 10/23/08 8.64, 12/18/08 6.39
Prostate size: 96 gm (est.), post-surgical: 112 gm
Biopsy: 11/7/08 Positive 2 of 15 cores, both in rt apex, composite tumor quantity 5% prostate involved, Gleason 7 (3+4), Gleason pattern 4 accounts for 15% of tumor
DaVinci robotic surgery: 3/9/09, Dr. M. Hugh Solomon at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor, MI
Nerves: Spared left nerve bundle and partial sparing of right nerve bundle
Cath removed: 3/19/09
Pathology results: Gleason: 3+3=6, Tumor Quality: 3% of prostatic tissue; max. linear extent 4 mm,
location: bilateral (apices), no extracapsular extension, no seminal vesicle invasion, no perineural invasion and no angiolymphatic invasion. Margins: Focal involvement (1mm) of left apical margin
Pathologic stage: pT2c N0 Mx
Left inguinal hernia 3 months post-surgery (repaired via open surgery), also had right inguinal hernia 2 years pre-surgery (repaired laparoscopically)
PSA's post surgical: 2 mo.= .06, 4 mo.=.02, 7 mo.=.02, 10 mo.=.01, 13 mo. = .02