Inside Dr. Strums book there are photo examples of bone mets person, and after HT therapies new scans showing the hot spots had gone away and were not visible(on scans)....shows the drugs can work on spread PCa...how much and how long it may keep it at bay is always the big question. Once PCa spreads to anywhere in your body, lung, brain, bone....it is always PCa and not some other cancer, so it can respond to various drugs, some refractive PCa cells (hrpca) become independent 'refractive' against drugs over time and sometimes other different drugs can work for decent time frames, this is why certain docs switch protocols trying to keep up with the refractive changes.
The radiation if done to bone spots like vertebrate is meant for alleviation of bone pain and perhaps control at that site, but they cannot radiate your whole body(to the level needed) and PCa can travel throughout the lymph system and end up about
anywhere, usually prefers bone marrow areas after intial spread. They cannot detect tiny amounts of PCa, i.e. micro mets and that is a sorrowful thing for us patients. You might wish to see Dr. Forman on radiations here in Michigan, he is kind of reknown for this and has done many, many spot radiations also. Hope that answers some, Dr. Strums book with info: A Primer on Prostate Cancer (fyi). This oncology with PCa is very strange and never simplistic, some PCa specialists know the most about
controlling it compared to others. I too am I Michigan guy.
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
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