No Catheter When Measuring Prostate Volume

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Going for brachy
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   Posted 4/29/2011 6:54 PM (GMT -6)   
My RO says that he would not insert a catheter when measuring prostate volume in preparation for brachy therapy. Is is common? 

Tudpock18
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   Posted 4/29/2011 7:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry...I can't say what is common.  All I can tell you is that I did have a catheter during the volume study.
 
Tudpock (Jim)
Age 62 (64 now), G 3 + 4 = 7, T1C, PSA 4.2, 2/16 cancerous, 27cc. Brachytherapy 12/9/08. 73 Iodine-125 seeds. Procedure went great, catheter out before I went home, only minor discomfort. Everything continues to function normally as of 12/8/10. PSA: 6 mo 1.4, 1 yr. 1.0, 2 yr. .8. My docs are "delighted"! My journey:
http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=35&m=1305643&g=1305643#m1305643

erbob
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   Posted 4/30/2011 6:50 PM (GMT -6)   
For my first volume study, just about one year ago, a catheter was poked in for the study. I had no idea that the cath was needed and wondered what they were going to do with that hose when they approached me with it. Quickly found out and it was not nearly as bad as I had anticipated. Since the prostate was somewhat too large for the brachy, I took bicalutamide and Lupron shot and went back for the second volume study a couple months later. It was decided that the cath was not necessary for the second study and the results showed that the prostate was an acceptable size for the brachy procedure. Have not regretted my decision on the seeds.
Bob, located in Southern Colorado
Retired railroader
Born 1936
Dx Jan 2010, Volume 51.345
Gleason 3+4=7, second opinion 4+3=7 (Don't know which to believe)
Brachytherapy May 26, 2010 at Chicago Prostate Cancer Center, Westmont, IL
No catheters
First PSA three months after seeds 0.12
Second PSA six months after seeds 0.24
Third PSA ten months after seeds 0.281
Doing just fine.

Going for brachy
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   Posted 4/30/2011 7:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks. The RO I am going to told me he does the volume study without using a catheter. This could be a newer way of doing things. My prostate is not too large for brachy (40 cc). It is reassuring to know about success of brachy.

Going for brachy
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   Posted 5/2/2011 6:33 PM (GMT -6)   
My journey begins tomorrow. I am going for a volume study in preparation for brachytherapy. I hope to join the long list of prostate cancer servivors posting on this wonderful site.

RayPat
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   Posted 5/2/2011 7:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Hope all goes smooth. Doc gave me a valium and I never felt a thing.

JoeFL
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   Posted 5/3/2011 10:34 AM (GMT -6)   
I did not have a catheter for the volume study. In fact, it was never even mentioned.
Age 68 PSA 4.5 Biopsy 9/4/09 Bostwick Labs 5 of 8 sections (5 of 11 cores) positive-Gleason 3+3=6 Stage T1
BT on 12/11/09 (84 seeds of Palladium 103) Home same day/no catheter. Some burning, frequency, urgency for 6 weeks. No incontinence, mild ED. 25 IGRT sessions ending 3/22/10 - some fatigue until 30 days after last treatment. PSA as of 4/14/11 - 0.1

Going for brachy
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   Posted 5/3/2011 10:46 AM (GMT -6)   
I had my volume study today. No catheter, no valium or any other form of medication. Took only 10 minutes with no problem with the probe except for some gentle pressure. Prostate volume 49 cc. Will go ahead with BT.

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Age 70
PSA 3.4 January 2011
Biopsy Feb 2011 Gleason 3 + 3 T1C 2 out of 12 one 5% other 10%
Treatment option: Brachytherapy in the next 5 or 6 weeks

Tudpock18
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   Posted 5/3/2011 2:33 PM (GMT -6)   

Dear Going:

You 'da man!  Glad it went so well.  The volume study was really the only uncomfortable part of the whole journey for me...and now you're by that in a breeze.  Good luck with the rest...I'm sure it will go just fine.

Tudpock (Jim)


Age 62 (64 now), G 3 + 4 = 7, T1C, PSA 4.2, 2/16 cancerous, 27cc. Brachytherapy 12/9/08. 73 Iodine-125 seeds. Procedure went great, catheter out before I went home, only minor discomfort. Everything continues to function normally as of 12/8/10. PSA: 6 mo 1.4, 1 yr. 1.0, 2 yr. .8. My docs are "delighted"! My journey:
http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=35&m=1305643&g=1305643#m1305643
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