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Date Joined May 2011
Total Posts : 14
   Posted 6/9/2011 10:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi All!
I am the guy with high (22) PSA and a single core, T1C G-6 PCa. In my last post I was trying to weigh my options and was leaning towards Cyberknife, which almost no one here had.
The MRI confirmed my biopsy on lateral right and showed a similar anomaly on the left, only slightly bigger. That means we still don't know what caused my very high PSA but it most likely isn't PCa. No visible invasion, everything clear. Dr. Fuller, who will be treating me with Cyberknife in San Diego, is not worried about it and thinks that with what the MRI showed my PSA should be 3 or 5. One of those biochemical mysteries I guess.
My fiducials went in this morning. Then 2 more scans (with a catheter - ouch!) for the treatment plan and we are going to zap this thing July 5-8, providing my insurance does not mess this up (I am going there tomorrow to rattle some doors). 4 doses, 40 Gy's I think.
So, from DX (5/12) to treatment (7/5) - 8 weeks! Not too shabby, but again, the insurance people can throw a big wrench in the works here, as they sometimes do. Let's hope not though.
All in all, I am very relieved; with PSA this high it could have been much worse.
All the Best to all of You out there, and thanks for the great support I received on this site.

Regular Member

Date Joined Apr 2011
Total Posts : 47
   Posted 6/9/2011 10:40 PM (GMT -6)   
congrats on making a decision on treatment. keep us posted on your results

best wishes.
Age 42
PSA 2/11 of 5.6
Biopsy 3/11 5 pos out of 12 Gleason 6's (3+3) and one 7 (3+4)
Full bone scan 4/11 - neg
Pelvic CT 4/11 - neg
exploring options and getting blurry eyed reading everything I can
staying positive

Elite Member

Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25393
   Posted 6/9/2011 10:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Good luck with your decision and choice. Will be interesting to hear of your account when this takes place.
Age: 58, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 7 of 7 Positive, 40-90%, Gleason 4+3
open RP: 11/08, on catheters for 101 days
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos margin
Incont & ED: None
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12, 4/8 .04, 8/6 .06, 2/11 1.24, 4/11 3.81
Latest: 6 Corr Surgeries to Bladder Neck, SP Catheter since 10/1/9, SRT 39 Sess/72 gy ended 11/09, 21 Catheters, Ileal Conduit Surgery 9/10

Gleason 6
Veteran Member

Date Joined Mar 2011
Total Posts : 876
   Posted 6/10/2011 7:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Let us know how you make out with the insurance battle and with your Cyberknife procedure. It will be nice to have someone with experience in a new technology. Best of luck with your procedure in July.
"Everybody dies, but not everybody lives"
Age 61 Active. No other problems (except small hernia)
PSA 4.3 9/10
PSA 5.5 2/11
PSA 7.1 3/11
PSA 6.73 5/18/11
Template Biopsy 6 pos out of 40 3/25/11 GS 6 (3+3)
CT bone scan neg
6/18 areas positive - 2 in left base, 4 left apex. 6/40 cores pos. 33cc.
Stage T1C
Scheduled appointment with Dr Terk at FROG (for seed consultation) 6/13/11

Regular Member

Date Joined Mar 2010
Total Posts : 134
   Posted 6/10/2011 7:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Just making the decision on what to do often relieves a lot the stress. Good luck!

Veteran Member

Date Joined Jul 2010
Total Posts : 3893
   Posted 6/10/2011 9:33 AM (GMT -6)   
What type of MRI did you have? T-3 machine with an endorectal-probe?

New Member

Date Joined May 2011
Total Posts : 14
   Posted 6/11/2011 12:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Seemed like just a regular old MRI (No endorectal probe), that showed anomalies in red. Ir was not one of those with the 3 letters after MRI. Dr. Fuller uses it all the time but they did the wrong protocol first time so i had to go twice ( 280 m. round-trip)
Age 54. PSA upticking for 5 or so years, settling on 10 3/2010. 9 months later its 28. Antibiotics bring it down to 18, and it upticks to 30 3/2010. Biopsy 5/2011. Dx 5/12/2011 1 core pos., 2 mm, T1c, G 3+3. Abdomen, bones clean. MRI shows two tumors, small, total organ confinement. Cyberknife scheduled for 7/4/2011
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