I have been officially accepted into the clinical trial being conducted by the National Institute of Health and the National Cancer Institute.
The trial "F-18 Sodium Fluoride in Prostate Cancer".
To evaluate the effectiveness of F-18 NaF in imaging studies to measure bone tumors and their change over time and compare with clinical course, in individuals with prostate cancer.
To determine the smallest amount of change in the bone tumors that F-18 NaF can accurately measure.clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT01240551
I reported earlier that when I discussed this trial with my Onco, he was very in favor of it. He said that this trial and the resulting 4 scans that I would receive over a 12 month period would give us extremely valuable information to monitor and treat my specific PCa.
I was scanned in August 2009, with the normal Tc 99 nuclear scan prior to my surgery and there was nothing shown except for my knees which had been through 5 operations.
May of 2010, my Onco was able to get the F18-PET scan approved. Primarily because there was a shortage of the contrast agent used in the T99 scan. This F18 scan found my MET. Additionally, the scan found not only my knee issues but issues in my spine, shoulder, and foot. While these did not appear to indicate MET activity, they did show as degenerative changes.
As part of a 1 year follow-up I was scanned in May 2011, utilizing the Tc99 nuclear scan. F18 was not approved by my insurance company. This scan again only found my knee issues and none of the other issues brought up by the F18 scan.
If nothing else, this gives me confidence to try and find out where my continued rise in PSA is coming from. Additionally, I feel this trial is important for the PCa population. Success of this trial in being able to find and monitor MET activity will help it along the path of greater acceptance by Medicare and ultimately the Insurance industry.
AS A REALLY GREAT BENEFIT, I was able to schedule to be scanned in Bethesda, Md on September 14th and September 21st. This schedule works wonderfully for my participation in the New York addition of GFMPH the last weekend in September. From Bethesda to Worriedguy's place is only about
Save my spot in the driveway and move the basketball hoop Jeff, the wild driver and the RV beast are on the way.
60 years old - PSA 11/07 3.0 PSA 5/09 6.4
da Vinci 9/17/09 Post Surgery Pathology: GS 4+3=7
Tumor Volume 12.5% positive margin, extra-prostatic extension
PSA .6 IMRT completed 1/15/10 35 treatments- 70Gy
2/23/10 Post IMRT PSA 1.0
3/22/10 PSA 1.5
4/19/10 PSA 1.2
5/22/10 PSA 1.3
8/9/10 Radiation for MET
9/7/10 PSA 2.2
1/5/11 PSA 3.9
3/7/11 PSA 4.2
4/10/11 PSA 3.8
5/19/11 PSA 4.9